Behold! Blue Bunny Limited Edition Premium Ice Cream: ALPINE Strawberry Bunny Tracks. Strawberry flavors rarely catch my eye, but Alpine Strawberry? What is this? Sounds intriguing, especially when you read the whole thing: Alpine Strawberry Ice Cream with Strawberry and Fudge Ribbons Loaded with Strawberry Filled White Chocolate Bunnies. Oh yeah, that definitely has my attention. With so much effort put into a strawberry flavor, how could I possibly pass it by?
Hmmm, doesn't look exactly like I suspected. The "ribbons" are more fragments than anything ...and why is the strawberry ice cream white? Now, Blue Bunny only has 5 limited editions flavors listed on their website at the moment, and for some reason, the Alpine description doesn't match the container: Strawberry flavored white ice cream with strawberry and fudge revels with strawberry filled white chocolate bunnies. What's a revel? must be a ribbon fragment, plus we have mention of "white ice cream". I don't think I've ever seen ice cream labeled like that before (not the same as something like Blue Moon or Purple Cow).
I'll admit I was confused, but I was still determined to have a good experience. I did a quick check for any strawberry aromas (nothing obvious) and then dug in. Wow ...it's really mild, like super mild, I'm shocked. It's not bad, but it's more like strawberry whip cream than your typical scoop of strawberry ice cream. The "revels" are mild as well, there just isn't enough of them to make a huge impact. The whole thing reminds me of mixing up the bottom of a container of neopolitan when there's way more vanilla than anything else left.
The bunny tracks are made by these somewhat tasty little white chocolate bunnies that are filled with strawberry. Not awesome, but not bad either. The bad news was that I only found 3 bunnies in my entire bowl!! I'll admit I was disappointed, but I always am when there aren't enough mix-ins.
Overall, I'll say I like it. It's a very creamy ice cream, though I'm not sure of it's exact placement in my world of frozen opinions. It's smooth, but I wonder if it's in a strange way? Iunno, it's going to take a second bowl to be sure. I'm also not sure how I feel about how mild it is either, I mean, it's REALLY mild, by far the most mild strawberry I've ever tasted. There's nothing wrong with being different, but it helps if the flavor is strong enough to make a lasting impression. How about this: It's good enough that I'm waiting for my second scoop tomorrow.
On Second Scoop: I think I like it, well, let's say I don't hate it. Actually, here is a better way to say it: It's not bad, I just don't see myself buying it again. I was thrown off by a buttery taste and texture the first time I had Blue Bunny ice cream. It's a year later and I like to think my taste buds are more mature now, and I do appreciate this ice cream more than I would have before, but overall it's just boring with a texture that will take some getting use to. Also, during my second scoop I had a whopping *4* bunnies. Let's start a petition right now - if a container says LOADED, it means there should be a bunny in every scoop, not every 3rd - 4th - 5th scoop.
Update: I think this one might be discontinued, or at least on the back shelf. It's not listed as a 2012 limited flavor. Wait and see I guess (maybe it will come back better than before)
|Serving Size 1/2 cup (73g)|
Servings Per Container 14
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 160||from Fat 70|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 8g||12%|
|- Sat Fat 5g||26%|
|- Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 21g||7%|
|- Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|- Sugars 18g|
|Vitamin A 4%||Vitamin C 2%|
|Calcium 8%||Iron 0%|
Side Note: Blue Bunny gives you "MORE SCOOPS per package!" by running with a 1.75 Quart container. I don't know if they ever went down to 1.5, I haven't been keeping score. Oh yeah, the all plastic container has a nice tamper evident lid on it as well. It's a little touch, but it is appreciated.