Tuesday, December 29, 2015

REVIEW: A McConnell's Christmas, Part 5 of 6 - Cardamom & Gingersnaps


As our collection of McConnell's pints had dwindled down to just two, Cardamom & Gingersnaps was the next to walk the plank. We'd reviewed well constructed cardamom flavors before such as Three Twins Dad's Cardamom, but the addition of gingersnaps to McConnell's version was reason for excitement. This pint features. "Ginger-like, aromatic cardamom - the most traditional of Swedish spices - infused into Central Coast, grass-fed cream. We then fold in house-made “Pepparkakor” - spicy, buttery and crispy, traditional gingersnaps - for a holiday treat, straight from McConnell’s Chef, Eva Ein’s, Swedish childhood."


Spiced holiday cookies are among my favorite, so imagine my elation when I pulled back the first layer of ice cream with my spoon and saw the view above. The base ice cream is just as bodacious as expected, taking advantage of the stellar consistency to maximize the ability of the cardamom. Too much cardamom could have been overwhelming, but McConnell's manages to use balance while going overboard with the mix-ins. The oversized chunks of gingersnap cookies were involved in nearly every bite and didn't let up until the pint was completely polished off. Add another A-rated flavor for our friends from Santa Barbara.


Where I Found It: McConnell's Online Store
Grade: A

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