Here it is. A flavor of a popular New York ice cream I've long searched for has reached the depths of Kentucky. And funny that it was only one of two pints left on the shelf at the Louisville Whole Foods. Now if they hadn't ignored my product request card, they could've been selling these things like hot cakes for several months!
Whoopie Pies & Sweet Cream is one of the ten new flavors of Steve's Ice Cream that debuted last March. The company describes it as "Whoopie pies mixed into light vanilla sweet cream. Large pieces of whoopie pies folded into lightly-sweetened grass-fed milk and cream and a swirl of buttercream." I can immediately appreciate how Steve throws a creative spin on the repetitive staple of a "cookies 'n cream" ice cream.
Let's see how the whoopies stack up... The sweet cream base is very nice. Its fairly dense carrying a buttery vanilla flavor with a little hint of sugary frosting. The whoopie pie pieces are delightful and are unmistakably that and not cookies. I had built up even more anticipation for the flavor after reading the label and seeing that the whoopie pie pieces are from Ovenly - the bakery whose chocolate cake pieces helped the Brooklyn Blackout flavor soar to success. The weakness with this flavor is the empty promise of "large pieces of whoopie pies." The only pieces in my pint were about the size of the bits seen on the surface in the photos given. Lack of mix-ins hasn't been much of an issue for me in the past with Steve's flavors.
Whoopie Pies & Sweet Cream is a nice addition to the Steve's repertoire. But if they're gonna do the business of small-batch ice creams, especially being a brand that presents themselves as the artists of mix-ins and saying that a certain flavor contains "large pieces," they might want to tweak their system of production to ensure their product is consistent. Still good though, I give it a B grade.
Where Ryan J. Found It: Whole Foods (Louisville, KY)
Ryan J's Grade: B