Thursday, January 21, 2016

REVIEW: Yuengling's Original Sea Salt Caramel Swirl

Let's start with a little history about this brand since this is the first recorded review of a flavor from Yuengling's. From 1920 to 1985, this family owned operation provided Pennsylvania with ice cream before eventually having to close up shop, but then in 2014 David Yuengling and others were able to get things back up and running.

David had this to say on their website, "My family has a long history of making quality products in Pennsylvania. We first began making ice cream back in 1920 when my great grandfather, Frank Yuengling, started a dairy business during Prohibition to help support the family brewery. Yuengling Dairy Products made incredible ice cream for more than 65 years and brought fond memories to generations of Pennsylvanians. For all those people who have asked, and for the many others who have not had the opportunity to try our ice cream, it is our pleasure to bring back the great tradition of Yuengling's Ice Cream. We have taken the utmost care to create a product that we believe you will love and will stand up to my family's tradition of quality and value. Our product is all natural, starting with local milk and cream that has no added hormones. We produce all of our ice cream in a small dairy in central Pennsylvania and, whenever possible, source our ingredients from local suppliers. We hope you will try our ice cream. We believe it is one of the best products you can buy anywhere."

While we'll be the judge of that, this brand comes highly recommended. We've received a handful of emails from readers concerned about the lack of coverage for Yuengling's on our blog, but that will soon change. A local Harris Teeter began to offer a few different flavors from Yuengling's in their quart sized containers including the one we settled on below: Original Sea Salt Caramel Swirl.

A company's salted caramel ice cream seems to be the measuring stick these days, so this simple sounding description of sea salt caramel ice cream with rich caramel swirls should let us know exactly what Yuengling's is made of. Just as we expected when we saw the first two ingredients listed as milk and cream, the consistency is just as a super-premium, 200+ calorie per serving base should be. Where other companies have went to the extreme with their saltiness, Yuengling's doesn't stray far from a traditional caramel taste. Only a slight bite from the salt ends up coming through as the ice cream slowly melts away.

As you can gather from the pictures, the rich caramel swirls are the star of the show. These large pockets of sweet gooey caramel mesh perfectly with the "salty" caramel ice cream. Each bite containing both components are far above average even in a very competitive category. Considering Yuengling's also offers flavors such as Caramel Popcorn, and Root Beer Float, hopefully we'll have some more quarts to explore in the near future.

Where I Found It: Harris Teeter
Grade: A

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