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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!

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Dove Mini Bars–A disappointing update

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on September 29, 2011

One of my favorite ice cream treats has always been Dove Miniature Ice Cream bars.   They have just enough ice cream to them to be a delicious treat (at only 70 calories). And the chocolate coating is perfect.

It’s been awhile since I’ve purchased a box – but I had a craving for some and went to the store this week to buy a box of regular vanilla with dark chocolate shell. But a part of me wanted the chocolate ice cream filling – I was on the fence about which type to buy.

So, imagine my delight when I found that my only option was to buy a combined flavor box with both chocolate and vanilla ice cream inside!  I was extremely excited and getting ready to post an update about how easy Dove made my decision.

Fast forward 10 minutes to arriving home and opening the box – I was craving a vanilla centered bar. I open the box and there is no way to tell which flavor is which.

That’s right – the packaging for both the chocolate and vanilla bars is EXACTLY THE SAME!  Perhaps there was some study the showed that people would eat more bars at a time (because presumably they would just keep opening and eating until they got the kind they wanted.) Or perhaps Dove was too cheap to buy different wrappers for the different kind of bars.

Either way, Dove, you’ve let me down.  When I reach into a box of ice cream treats I want to know which kind I’m getting.  What if I had had guests over and they requested a certain kind – should I just open and bite into each one? Obviously not.

I guess I will return to Magnum bars for the most delicious ice cream bars available.  If only they came in miniature…

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REESE’S Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cups Review

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on August 15, 2011

New flavors of ice cream always appear in the height of summer.  This summer at my local ice cream shop I tried hot brown sugar. It’s brown sugar with a hint of Chile pepper. It was different, but good.
In commercial offerings Breyers, Klondike, Popsicle, and Reeses brands have put out several  new flavors.

They sent me a free coupons and one of the favorite treats I tried was a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
Here are my thoughts on the new Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cups:

I was expecting little more intense peanut butter flavor but overall it was very good. It  was more of a subtle peanut flavor with a great chocolate coating. But, the peanut butter had a nice saltiness to it.  The texture was good.

What exactly are the bars?  They are peanut butter ice cream, with peanut butter swirl, inside a milk chocolate coating.

The biggest downside – the size. With only six to a box they were gone from our freezer within three days – I would buy it again!  But I think Magnum bars still get the top reward for best ice cream bar in my book.
Other new flavors you can find in your local grocers freezer include

  • Breyers Blasts! line, which features delicious mix-ins from America’s best-loved candy and cookie brands blasted into every bite.
  • Klondike varieties such as the new Mint Chocolate Chip bar and What the Fudge? Brownie sandwich.
  • Popsicle offerings include Jolly Rancher Awesome Twosome and AirHeads ice pops are colorful and bursting with the same bold fruity flavors that kids know and love from Jolly Rancher and AirHeads candy.

Have you tried any new ice cream flavors this summer?

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Helado in Buenos Aires, Argentina

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on October 12, 2008

All the guidebooks touted Argentine ice cream as being the finest in the world. So, for the past few months while planning our trip to Argentina I’ve been anxiously awaiting the chance to try this deliciousness. Well, I’ve been in Buenos Aires for one week and sampled 5 different ice cream flavors at 2 ice cream shops and so far I’m a little disappointed.

I’ve had Argentine ice cream before, but in the U.S. Specifically, countless times at Dolcezza in Georgetown, Washington DC. At Dolcezza the ice cream was delicious. The flavors rich and fresh and the ice cream creamy. So, I expected it to be even better than this in Argentina itself.

Both the places I have tried ice cream in Argentina so far have been good, but not great. The helado consistency is bizarre. It’s creamy and icy at the same time. The taste is a little icy but the consistency on the spoon is creamy. Elastically is probably the best way to describe it. When I try to take a bite with the little gelato spoons the ice cream doesn’t break free but instead stretches out — much like cheese on a pizza. This in and of itself makes ice cream a little frustrating.

The flavors are good, but I haven’t had any that I would highly recommend. I’ll likely post some specific reviews in the near future.

One of the biggest disappointments is the price. Almost everything in Argentina is far cheaper than you would find in the States. You can get an amazing steak for $7-10 US dollars. An entire pizza (quite popular with the Italian influence here) is $4-7 US dollars. An empanadas — small cheese and meat filled pastries, 3-4 would equal an entire meal — are $1 each. So image my surprise when ice cream is the the same price, if not more than what you would pay in the US. One cone/cup is about $4 US dollars!

Now, I’m not exactly complaining. The ice cream could be terrible. Or worse yet could be non-existent. I guess I just had my hopes up.

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Potbelly Chocolate Malt Review

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on November 13, 2007

Recently I have become semi-addicted to Potbelly Chocolate Malts.  (Is it possible to become semi-addicted?  That’s beside the point…).  Potbelly chocolate malts are just the right thickness and have just the right amount of malt powder.  There’s something about the taste of malt powder where you can easily have too little or too much; and the Potbelly malt lands right in between.
The thickness of the malt is also excellent.  It takes some effort to suck it up through a straw, but not too much effort.  Again, they’ve achieved that critical balance.
Oh, and who can forget the cookies?  Two minature shortbread cookies on the straw, mmm tasty.
My only complaint is the size.  It’s a smaller size cup, but it’s still too much.  After finishing an entire malt I feel like I’ve eaten way too much.  I need about three-quarters of the current size.  That would be the right amount.  I realize I could throw it away after I’ve eaten 3/4; but wouldn’t that be a waste??

  • Flavor: 5
  • Texture: 4
  • Originality: 2
  • Overall: 4
  • Cost: $2.86 at Potbelly

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Bailey’s Irish Cream as an Ice Cream Topping

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on February 20, 2007

Last night I had a phenomenal topping on my vanilla ice cream—Bailey’s Irish Cream.   I wanted ice cream but wanted something more than just vanilla.  We had some Bailey’s in our fridge and I went for it.  It was amazing.  Just a few tablespoons full and you’ve got yourself an adult dessert.  I let the ice cream melt a little bit and mixed the two together; I suppose I could have blended it into a shake.  Maybe next time…

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Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Cake Review

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on January 18, 2007

When it’s someone’s birthday you get them the kind of birthday cake they want. But, if they ever request an ice cream cake from Baskin-Robbins I recommend that you flat-out refuse. I don’t remember the last time I had such bad cake. The ice cream itself, which is rolled up into the cake was good, but the cake just made it not worth eating. We got a mini-roll cake with mint-chocolate-chip ice cream. The fudge covering the cake was the only thing worth salvaging.

  • Flavor: 3
  • Flavor Intensity: 3
  • Texture: 1
  • Originality: 4
  • Overall: 2.5
  • Cost: $7.95

Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Cake

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Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream at Maggie Moo’s

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on January 2, 2007

Wow.  That’s about all there is to say about pumpkin spice ice cream at Maggie Moos.  Generally, I’m not a huge fan of Maggie Moos.  They’re hit or miss and very overpriced.  But, Pumpkin Spice was amazing.  It was intensely spiced and the pumpkin flavor was present but not overwhelming.  And Graham crackers mixed in proved to be a great combination.  This is a seasonal flavor so go out and get some before it’s gone.

  • Flavor: 5
  • Flavor Intensity: 5
  • Texture: 4
  • Originality: 4
  • Overall: 5
  • Cost: $5.05

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McDonald’s Ice Cream Review (17th and R NW, DC)

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on October 16, 2006

I realized that I have never posted a review of McDonald’s Soft Serve Ice Cream before. Considering there is a McDonald’s right down the street from me (on 17th and R) it’s kind of surprising. So, today I’m reviewing McDonald’s Ice Cream.

McDonald’s seems to be pushing their ice cream more and more. Besides the relatively recent addition of McFlurrys, they also now have Oreo Sundaes, cookie sundaes and a few others. I went for the plain hot fudge sundae on their dollar menu. So, for $1.10, I got a hot fudge sundae and a small bag of peanuts. I found the bag of peanuts particularly interesting. I don’t remember ever getting this before.

The soft serve ice cream at McDonald’s is something I’ve always loved. It’s pretty smooth, it’s creamy, and it’s cheap. The hot fudge is also excellent. I was surprised as sometimes hot fudge really isn’t that good. Overall, it was well worth the trip down the block.

  • Flavor: 4
  • Flavor Intensity: 3
  • Texture: 4
  • Originality: 2.5
  • Overall: 4
  • Price: $1.10

McDonald's McDonald's Peanuts

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Turkey Hill Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Review

October 14, 2006

Turkey Hill Vanilla Bean comes out of Lancaster County, PA. I discovered it at Shopper’s and bought it specifically because it didn’t have any gums or artificial ingredients. I’m glad I bought it. It is spectacular. It’s much lighter and fluffier than most vanilla ice cream (especially compared to Haagen Dazs) but that also means [...]

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Scoop 89: Kemps Premium Toasted Almond Fudge Ice Cream Review

August 23, 2006

I never realized that Kemps was a Midwest brand until I moved away from MN.  It’s always been decent ice cream, never amazing, never terrible.  Today’s Toasted Almond Fudge was about what I expected: not spectacular, but not all that bad.  The ice cream was just plain chocolate ice cream with toasted slivers of almonds [...]

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Scoop 87: Dove Miniature Ice Cream Bars Review

August 21, 2006

I flew into Minneapolis today and will be here through the end of the week.  I intend to go out exploring the Minneapolis ice cream shops, but with the flights today and a two hour layover I resigned myself to staying in and having a couple of Dove Miniature bars.  For only 60 calories these [...]

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Scoop 76: Godiva Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Praline

August 10, 2006

Talk about rich.  I can honestly say that I don’t think I have ever had a chocolate ice cream as rich and velvety as Godiva’s Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Praline.  But, I wouldn’t buy it again.  You know how you can’t eat an entire box of Godiva Truffles without feeling sick?  It’s the same way with [...]

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Scoop 68: Nestle Drumstick

August 2, 2006

Since Edy’s Sundae Crunch didn’t satisfy my craving for a Drumstick, I thought I should get the real thing.  So, on my drive up to Cape Cod I stopped at a 711 to pick one up.  They had a ton of ice cream options, including my Drumstick.  But, only came in King Size.  Do American’s [...]

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