I've probably said this before, but I always get a kick out of the availability of limited edition flavors. Case in point: my recent survey of Turkey Hill limited editions flavors. Sure, I can still pick up July's Chunky Peanut Butter which isn't that much of a stretch BUT along with the seasonal (August) Baked Apple Dumpling I could have also picked up April's Fried Ice Cream. Maybe Market Basket is just trying to mess with me this September. Whatever the deal, I decided Baked Apple Dumpling was the cinnamon ice cream I was more in the mood for.
Edy's (chewy) Apple Pie... but I digress.
I headed right for the dumpling pieces and while I was expecting something crunchy, you know, like a treat that was actually baked, instead I got soft dough-ish like bits. Plus, it's not like they're ooey gooey apple bits and apple filling that are part of those dumpling pieces. Maybe they should be called apple dumpling flavored bits, that would be more accurate. Again, they aren't bad, just be prepared. I could say they are a bit like graham cracker balls, but I don't know if that's the right way to describe it (I'll have to go back and scoop again)
I like the base ice cream. Not chewy, but not to dense either (we are only at 66g per 1/2 cup serving). It's flavorful, but not potent, and not too artificially either. I will admit that it gets kind of hard to describe various ice cream fruit flavors, but overall, I like it alot more than I expected too.
You can see the swirl a bit at the top of the picture above, and lightly throughout. It's got a decent flavor, nothing to sickenly sweet or artificial. If doesn't seem to be taking over the show here, and that's a good thing. This is apple dumpling, not apple swirl, so you will definitely understand the focus on the bits and not the swirl (which I think is the right call here).
On Second Scoop: During my initial encounters with Baked Apple Dumpling, a thought came to mind. "if I was in the right mood one morning, I bet this would rock as a breakfast". Well, that mood struck me Thursday morning and so I scooped myself a modest bowl of B.A.D. and it did indeed taste great. I'm a huge fan of breakfast and I love things like jelly on toast, or a fruit danish, or even a fruity toaster strudel, so this just came as a natural progression of that love. It's not so sweet as to be too bold in the morning and it's got that generous amount of dumpling bits to balance it out as a complete taste and texture rather than just a simple ice cream. No I probably wouldn't eat it every morning, but I totally enjoyed my breakfast that day.