"Daddy, are you going to do the penny test?" --- Why yes I am.
So, that's the picture story of the ice cream, but I need to tell you about my initial reaction. This ice cream definitely makes a statement with it's first bite. At first, I thought that statement was ***CARAMEL***. It's way stronger than I would have imagined. I expected it to highlight the caramel cups, but instead it takes over the whole show. I'm surprised, and more importantly, I'm not terribly amused. I just wasn't in the mood for that much flavor. I desperately want something to contrast it to, but I've run out of caramel cups.
I went in for the second scoop to see if I still felt the same way about the caramel now that I'm ready for it. I took some bites and then I thought about it some more. It seems unfair to just call this a caramel flavor. The way the caramel swirl reacts with the toffee ice cream is more robust than that. When I eat this ice cream, all I can think about is Werther's Originals. Ok, technically Werther's are caramels, but my brain keeps wanting to say butterscotch. Let's be honest, the worlds of caramel, butterscotch and toffee aren't light years apart. Maybe my tastebuds just aren't qualified to comment here....Actually, somebody has a bucket of Werther's on their desk, I should take one home and do a side by side comparison.
As always, Stone Ridge continues to try and put out a respectable ice cream at budget prices. As always, the texture is just fine ....As always, there aren't enough mix-ins. I wonder if a main stream brand would have more bits, and therefore a more balanced flavor?
On Second Scoop: I've tried this a few more times and I just don't like it. The toffee flavor is just too potent with the added caramel swirl.