From the monthly archives:

July 2006

Scoop 66: Edy’s Slow Churned Sundae Cone

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on July 31, 2006

I love Drumsticks, Sundae Cones, whatever you want to call them.  So, I couldn’t believe my luck when I found Edy’s Sundae Cone ice cream at Shoppers.  Unfortunately, Sundae Cone wasn’t all I thought it would be.  There just weren’t enough chunks of nuts, chocolate, cone—all the things that make a Drumstick so good.  It wasn’t terrible, but it was in no way a substitute for a Drumstick / Sundae Cone.

  • Flavor: 3.5
  • Flavor Intensity: 3
  • Texture: 3.5
  • Originality: 4.5
  • Overall: 3.5
  • Cost: $4.29 at Shoppers

Edy's Sundae Cone

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Scoop 65: Lee’s Caramel Truffle Swirl

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on July 30, 2006

I’ve wanted to try this brand of ice cream since I found out it is locally produced in Baltimore. Today, I finally discovered Lee’s Ice Cream at Shopper’s Food Warehouse in Alexandria. For only $2.50 for a quart this ice cream is a steal. You can’t even get a scoop at a shop for that price. I was amazed at how intensely caramel flavored this ice cream is. I was surprised to find the caramel filled chocolate truffles even richer than the ice cream, as the ice cream is (by itself) is so rich. However, I was a little disappointed in the texture. It’s a little icy and grainy. But, the strong flavor makes up for what it lacks in texture. I’m looking forward to the chance to try Lee’s at one of their shops.

  • Flavor: 4.5
  • Flavor Intensity: 5
  • Texture: 3
  • Originality: 3.5
  • Overall: 4.5
  • Cost: $2.50 at Shoppers

Lee's Caramel Truffle Swirl

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Scoop 64: Edy’s Slow Churned French Silk

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on July 29, 2006

As I mentioned in one of my Breyers reviews, the slow churned low fat ice cream is taking over America’s ice cream.  Soon, there will be no full-fat ice creams left.  Well, maybe not; but there are just as many (if not more) flavors of Edy’s Slow Churned in Safeway’s freezer as there are of regular Edy’s ice creams.  Since I was pretty impressed with the French Vanilla I had yesterday, I decided to give Edy’s Slow Churned French Silk a try.  I tasted this ice cream and was a little taken aback.  It tastes like coffee.   No French silk pie I have ever had tastes like coffee, but apparently that doesn’t matter.  Had I read the carton I would have noticed that it says “Mocha Mousse.”  The flavor of this ice cream is excellent.  And the texture is better than that of the vanilla.  It’s still kind of fluffy, but I’d expect that from something French Silk flavored.  At 140 calories and 4.5 grams of fat, Edy’s French Silk isn’t quite as good for you as Edy’s Slow Churned Vanilla, but it tastes much better.

  • Flavor: 4.5
  • Flavor Intensity: 4.5
  • Texture: 4
  • Originality: 4
  • Overall: 4.5
  • Cost: $5.79 at Safeway

Edy's French Silk

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Scoop 63: Edy’s Slow Churned French Vanilla

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on July 28, 2006

I actually said “wow” when I tasted this ice cream.  Not because it’s the greatest vanilla ice cream out there, but because there are only 100 calories and 3.5 grams of fat in a half a cup of it.  Seeing as I’ve been eating Ben and Jerry’s and Haagen Dazs with 300 calories and 20 grams of fat in a half a cup, this is unbelievably better for me.  Now this ice cream doesn’t even begin to compare with full fat ice creams, but if you were adding hot fudge or putting Edy’s Slow Churned Vanilla on apple pie, it wouldn’t really matter.  The Edy’s vanilla that I’m reviewing today is French vanilla with specks of real vanilla bean.  I can’t remember a time I’ve had French vanilla ice cream that has vanilla beans in it.  The flavor is pretty good, but not amazingly vanillay.  It isn’t rich, instead it’s light and fluffy.  Thus, it doesn’t melt in your mouth quite the same way regular hard ice cream does.  Edy’s Slow Churned French Vanilla tastes remarkably better than any low fat ice cream I’ve ever had.

  • Flavor: 4
  • Flavor Intensity: 2.5
  • Texture: 3.5
  • Originality: 2
  • Overall: 4
  • Cost: $5.79 at Safeway

Edy's French Vanilla

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I’m a huge fan of frozen custard.  It is so much creamier and richer than regular ice cream; and it’s better for you too.  Growing up in Minnesota, we were lucky to be neighbors with the frozen custard capitol of the world (aka Wisconsin).  So, I was pleased to discover that there are a number of places to get frozen custard in the DC area.  Tonight I had the pleasure of trying out The Dairy Godmother (formally Del Ray Dreamery) in Alexandria.  After Mexican food and margaritas, a friend and I headed over to the local custard shop and tried the flavor of the day: Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookie.  For a weeknight at 9pm, I would never have expected such a long line.  Apparently the place is extremely popular.  After I tasted the custard I understood why.  It is smoother and creamier than any ice cream you can imagine.  The flavor was very cinnamony and I enjoyed the large chunks of crispy oatmeal cookie.  The cone was even amazing.  I can’t wait to go back and try more flavors, as The Diary Godmother offers a different one every few days.

As a side note, I also bought a “squirrel” for my dog.  These are homemade dog treats and my dog seemed to like it as much as I liked my frozen custard.

  • Flavor: 5
  • Flavor Intensity: 5
  • Texture: 5
  • Originality: 4
  • Cone: 4.5
  • Overall: 5

The Dairy Godmother Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookie

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Scoop 61: Ben and Jerry’s Marsha Marsha Marshamallow

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on July 26, 2006

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha.  Can’t you just hear that screechy voice playing over and over in your head?  Maybe that’s just me.  I’m really not sure what Marsha Brady has to do with marshmallows or s’mores.  Honestly, the folks at Ben and Jerry’s are getting a little desperate with this one.  Does she really deserve an ice cream flavor named after her?

Well, it’s not one I would want named after me.  It’s not all that impressive.  It reminds me a lot of the chocolate ice cream I had at Larry’s—a lot of flair, but not that much different than plain chocolate ice cream.  The chocolate ice cream is so rich it overpowers everything else.  The marshmallow only dulls the chocolate flavor a little and adds an interesting texture.  The graham cracker isn’t bad, it’s just scarce.  And the chocolate fudge chunks.  Seriously, what is wrong with those people at B&J’s???  They put fudge chunks in everything these days.  I’m really sick of the fudge chunks.  Put them in Cherry Garcia, but let’s leave it at that.  To sum it up, if you want some good chocolate ice cream, with a variety of textures (in a good way), then you’d like Marsha Marsha Marshamallow.  But if you’re looking for something that tastes like marshmallows or s’mores then you’re on your own.

  • Flavor: 4
  • Flavor Intensity: 4.5
  • Texture: 4
  • Originality: 4
  • Overall: 4
  • Cost: $2.50 on special at Safeway

Ben and Jerry's Marsha Marsha Marshamallow

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Scoop 60: Double Dutch Chocolate at Max’s Best in Georgetown

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on July 25, 2006

Max’s Best Ice Cream is known to be one of the best ice cream shops in DC.  I’ve only been a few times and each time I’ve been impressed.  I’ve never been totally wowed by the ice cream; it’s the atmosphere that’s so enjoyable.  Today was no different, the ice cream was excellent and the atmosphere was even better. I had Double Dutch Chocolate ice cream, which had amazing flavor.  It was intensely rich and tasty and chocolatey.  Even the cone was good.  The only thing that struck me as bizarre was the texture.  It was very smooth, with an ice chunk here and there, but left an almost powdery after-texture.  Can you have an after-texture?  I’m not sure.  But Double Dutch chocolate did.  After each bite my mouth felt a little powdery and dry.  I’m really not sure what it was.  Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t anything major or terrible, just puzzling.  I’d like to know what it was.  Despite the fact that it’s a little difficult to get to (i.e., not right across the street from my house or the Metro) I will definitely make a point to go back to Max’s soon.

  • Flavor: 5
  • Flavor Intensity: 5
  • Texture: 4
  • Originality: 2.5
  • Cone: 4.5
  • Overall: 4.5
  • Cost: $3.25

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Scoop 59: Ben and Jerry’s Pistachio Pistachio

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on July 24, 2006

The first time I had Ben and Jerry’s Pistachio Pistachio was during public speaking class in high school. One of the girls in our class did a “demonstration speech” which involved mixing Jelly Bellys and Pistachio Pistachio. I haven’t had Jelly Bellys in my ice cream since then, but I still enjoy Pistachio Pistachio on an occasional basis. In fact, it is the standard I hold all other pistachio ice creams to. Pistachio Pistachio is pistachio flavored, without being overwhelming. It’s sweet without being intensely nutty. It’s creamy and there is always at least one whole nut in every bite. When it comes to pistachio ice cream, this is without a doubt my favorite.

  • Flavor: 5
  • Flavor Intensity: 4
  • Texture: 5
  • Originality: 3.5
  • Overall: 4.5
  • Cost: $2.50 on special at Safeway

Pistachio Pistachio

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Scoop 58: Black Forest at Larry’s Ice Cream in Dupont

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on July 23, 2006

Sweet cream with walnuts, cherries, and brownies.  Mmm.  I saw someone walk out the door with an ice cream cone with giant chunks of brownie I knew I had to have it.  When I looked at the flavors I knew it was Black Forest.  It has a flavor with a hint of cherry with chunks of walnut and brownie and a few pieces of cherry.  Unfortunately, there were no giant chunks of brownie like I wanted.  I guess it was just an unlucky scoop.  But, it really was amazing.  It was subtle and sweet, but not sugary.  The ice cream had a god mix of flavors and textures with none being overpower.  Very very impressive.

  • Flavor: 5
  • Flavor Intensity: 3
  • Texture: 4
  • Originality: 4
  • Cone: 4
  • Overall: 4.5
  • Cost: $3.50

Black Forest at Larry's

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Scoop 57: Ben and Jerry’s Fudge Central

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on July 22, 2006

The chocolate fudge in Ben and Jerry’s Fudge Central is just like hot fudge. Except it’s not hot. But it is this awesome “core” in the middle of the ice creams that is rich and gooey and fudgey. The chocolate ice cream with white fudge chunks and the the vanilla bean with chocolate fudge chunks surround the fudge core. I preferred the chocolate ice cream to the vanilla though. The vanilla ice cream was overpowered by all the chocolate. While the vanilla may not have been the best part, it was still good. And I couldn’t have been happier with all of the textures and flavors. Honestly, I could have just eaten the fudge core; though mixing it with the ice cream made it even better.

  • Flavor: 4.5
  • Flavor Intensity: 4
  • Texture: 4
  • Originality: 4
  • Overall: 4.5
  • Cost: $3.00 on special at Safeway

Fudge Central

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Scoop 56: Skinny Cow Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich

July 21, 2006

I told you I’d be trying the other half of my Skinny Cow Variety Pack soon. Unfortunately, at some point the ice cream sandwiches got melted a little and thus, any smooth texture was ruined.  However, the flavor was still pretty decent.  I still wouldn’t choose this ice cream over regular ice cream, but if [...]

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Scoop 55: Mocha Fudge Brownie at Sweet Licks

July 20, 2006

The dreadful heat and humidity of DC in the summer brings lines to whichever ice cream shop you go to. Tonight I went to Sweet Licks and even had to wait in a long line there. I’ve never had to wait behind more than two people! One woman in front of me ordered a cone [...]

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Scoop 54: American Pie at Ben and Jerry’s Shop

July 19, 2006

Wow. That’s what I have to say about Ben and Jerry’s new American Pie Ice Cream. I was very skeptical about trying this. Apple pie flavored ice cream? Not your typical flavor. It’s not even something that sounds good. But I thought I’d give it a try since I read about their American Pie Program. [...]

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Scoop 53: Ciao Bella Green Tea with White Chocolate

July 18, 2006

If you like your green tea “green” then you will like this ice cream. If you like to add lots of sugar to your tea (like me) then you may hate this ice cream. This ice cream tastes like green tea. It’s that simple. It doesn’t taste sugary and is incredibly strong in flavor. I [...]

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Scoop 52: Better Batter Cupcake at MaggieMoos

July 17, 2006

“The cupcake you eat with a spoon.” That’s the slogan for MaggieMoo’s new ice cream creations. The one described on their website is not the same as the one I got… The only option left at the Adam’s Morgan location tonight was “Better Batter.” At only $2.99 these things are a steal (compared to their [...]

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