This dislike of coffee covers all aspects of my food personality, meaning I don't do coffee ice cream either. It just doesn't work for me. I saw the new line up of Starbucks Ice Cream and felt like I should try it, but I couldn't bring myself to do it ....until ...I saw this:
Starbucks Hot Chocolate Ice Cream
Swirled chocolate and vanilla ice creams with ribbons of chocolate fudge
That's right, it's the rogue punk of the over caffinated bunch. It's a Hot Chocolate ice cream mixed amongst the javas, coffees, espressos, lat-ti-do-das of the very limited Starbucks ice cream line. Just like if you go to the store, there are some check boxes on the left hand side of the pint. You can't see it from this shot, but the checked box says "Not Coffee".
This little pint is so special they don't even take the time to mention it on their website! You know, that's just cold .....doh, no pun intended! I just hate when a flavor isn't listed on a company's website. It means it's either brandy new, discontinued, or just, well, unloved I guess. No matter what it means, it always irks me.
I had been saving this for a special occasion, and quite frankly, I had this underlying hope it would knock my socks off. It's got the price tag of a quality ice cream, so I set my expectations fairly high, maybe too high. It's definitely quality, and I like what I'm tasting, but, I'm just not impressed. It doesn't make me think of hot chocolate at all, and darn it, I'm a stickler for names. If you are going to call an ice cream something particular, it better taste like it, and this hot chocolate just doesn't like hot chocolate.
Maybe it was unrealistic to bring a "hot" flavor to ice cream like this, the "hot" is what separates hot chocolate from regular chocolate milk, so how do you possibly convey that over to the customer in a frozen form? I guessing I'm saying that in retrospect, maybe they shouldn't have tried since they were doomed to fail.
This just happens to be another well made flavor that I can't give my total approval too. Starbucks is distributed by Unilever now (the owner's of Ben & Jerry's), so I expected a well made ice cream, and I won't mind finishing it off, I just wish it tasted like hot chocolate ....or at least throw in some mini marshmallows or something to spice things up.
Starbucks ice cream was introduced in 1996 and was distributed by Dreyers. However, in 2008, Starbucks entered into an agreement with Unilever and on March 24, 2009 they announced the first set of new flavors. In the summer of 2013, they have decided to cease production.
On Second Scoop: "It's utter decadence - and Starbucks - by the spoonful". There is no arguing it's quality, and I know you won't hate it, it just won't wow you or make you go running off to try a Starbucks Hot Chocolate.
|Serving Size 1/2 cup (102g)|
Servings Per Container 4
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 240||from Fat 120|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 13g||20%|
|- Sat Fat 8g||40%|
|- Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 26g||9%|
|- Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|- Sugars 23g|
|Vitamin A 10%||Vitamin C 0%|
|Calcium 10%||Iron 6%|