Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Treat of the Week
Itti Bitz Waffle Cone Twist

Yet again, I'm a day late and a dollar short. First I'm beaten to the scoop on the unpleasant mochi ice cream, and now I've been scooped while waiting to dig my spoon into Itti Bitz, the Dippin' Dots knock off from Kemps. I guess the best news to start with is I picked this up for a buck at Walmart, but I believe they are also a buck (maybe a $1.25) at Shaws (IB paid $1.49 on sale, what a rip!)

Ok, I'm getting ahead of myself. Hopefully you've seen dippin' dots before, the flash frozen little tiny balls of ice cream. We use to have a dippin' dots machine at the mall, not sure if it's still there though. There appear to be at least 16 flavors of Itti Bitz, though usually I only see 4-6 flavors at the store. I've been meaning to try them for awhile, and finally an orange labeled container named Waffle Cone Twist was what won me over. I love waffle cone bits, I just can't get enough of them.

Looks intriguing doesn't it? No? Looks like you need to try it at least once? Yeah, that's more like it. Hmmm, If you can't tell, I'm kinda giving away the conclusion to the post already....

I decided to throw some popcorn kernels into the image so you would have some size comparison. Notice the Bitz are by no means a uniform size. The darkest bits are the chocolatey coated waffle cone pieces. (Sorry if the image is a little off, the bitz got that freezer burned look as they sat on the counter)

I couldn't wait any longer and so I dug in ...and quickly became very disappointed. It tastes like a Jell-o pudding pop from oh so long ago. Sure, they are cold ...real cold, great way to find out if you have any cavities or any other loose dental work, but so what? It's just not a pleasant way to eat ice cream. it's gimmicky and nothing else. It's not smooth, it's not creamy ...and it kinda left a weird taste in my mouth. My tongue wasn't so frozen as too numb my tastes buds either, and technically, that may have been preferable. Ok, that wasn't nice, these aren't awful, but don't expect me to review any of their other flavors any time soon.

Parting thoughts: the nutrional stats don't win over any friends either. Sure a serving of Ben & Jerry's is half  your fat for the day, but it's rich, smooth, creamy, and most likely delicious. This is not. Ben & Jerry's is also all natural....unlike the sucralose inside the Itti Bitz. Yeah, I'm good for awhile, thanks.


One more shot: For a super frozen treat, they sure melted on my counter awful fast.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 container (83g)


Amount Per Serving
Calories 190from Fat 120
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g20%
- Sat Fat 10g50%
- Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 60mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 17g6%
- Dietary Fiber <1g4%
- Sugars 12g
Protein 3g

Vitamin A 8%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 8%Iron 4%

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