From the monthly archives:

September 2012

Ice Cream along the North Shore: Sydney’s in Grand Marais, MN

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on September 12, 2012

If you’ve ever been to the North Shore – that is along Lake Superior in Minnesota – you know that ice cream is a must. Unfortunately, the ice cream production is found to be a little lacking. Duluth has no homemade ice cream shops. (I’m not sure what brand the Portland Malt Shop uses in Duluth, but at $6.50 a malt it should be more gourmet than it is.)

Thankfully, on a recent trip up north I discovered Sydney’s Custard in Grand Marais. All I can say is that I had more ice cream than I should have in a 2 day period. All of their custard combinations are fantastic.

I tried the Almond Joy, Rachel’s (heath and raspberry), Turtle sundae, and regular dutch chocolate. (Don’t worry, I didn’t eat all of these by myself.)

If you happen to be in Grand Marais do yourself a favor and spend some time at Sydney’s. They also have excellent wood fire pizzas (Margarita and the Apple Gorgonzola were both terrific.)

Needless to say, I declare Sydney’s to be the best ice cream in northern Minnesota. It will definitely be included in all my future travel itineraries.


New Ice Cream this Summer: Magnum Minis and Mounds Ice Cream

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on September 5, 2012

This summer has seen a surge in ice cream flavors in the US – specifically from Unilever.  Here’s what’s new:

  • MAGNUM, the world’s most luxurious ice cream bar, has introduced the Mini line of petite treats in Classic and Almond.  MAGNUM has also added two new varieties to its traditional-sized bars, which include Mint and Mochaccino.
  • Breyers Blasts!, the line known for featuring fun mix-ins from the most loved candy and cookie brands has also added four new flavors including Chocolate REESE’S, Golden OREO, Cookies & Cream, OREO Birthday Blast! and Klondike Krunch. Banana Split and S’mores flavors are also available nationwide.
  • Klondike is taking their famous Original Choco Taco to the next level as they have introduces the  Chocolate and Peanut Butter varieties, as well as the new Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • Good Humor has added to their classic candy treats after last year’s successful introduction of REESE’S Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cup.  They now offer Mounds and York Ice Cream Bars.
  • As you may have heard, Popsicle introduced a new line: Yosicle, which combines ice pops with combining ice pops and the smoothness of yogurt. Popsicle also partnered with SOUR PATCH KIDS to introduce fruity, candy-inspired pops that replicate the sour then sweet taste of the classic candy.

I received some coupons to sample some flavors and here are my thoughts.

1. Magnum Ice Cream Minis: These are spectacular. One of my favorite desserts has always been Dove Minis and while the Magnums are a little larger (and more caloric) they are still excellent. I highly recommend these. I would even get a box of Minis over a standard size as it will last longer since there are 6 in a pack instead of 3.

2. Mounds Ice Cream Bars: The new Mounds bars are good, though not as good as the Magnum minis. If you like non-ice cream Mounds bars, you’ll find that the ice crea Mounds quite aren’t as richly coconut as the non-ice cream bars. But they are still good for a dessert.

I’m also looking forward to trying the Peanut Butter Chaco Taco before the warm weather disappears!