I wasn't 100% ready for my evening ice cream, but I really wanted to try the other L.S. flavor. It just seems like the best way to clear my conscience. I went down to grab the container since it's now had 48 hours to completely refreeze in a real freezer.
First impression: it has potential
Ok, I'm ready! I'm psyched! I've got more realistic expectation! I dig in and... oh the refreeze. As I was digging for cows, I actually found pockets of ice crystals. This is just awful. Foolish Big Y and their antique useless open freezers. Who does this to ice cream? I now really regret going to that particular big Y. When I saw those abused containers I just should have retreated and tried to find a newer store.
So, ignoring the freezer burn or refreeze or whatever you want to call it, what do I think? Well, it's still a super quick melt, again leading me to think why people keep describing it as creamy. I like the big cookie bits, but unfortunately I think they come at the cost of not completely dumping the cookie flavor into the ice cream itself. It just doesn't strike me as that strong (though some may prefer it this way).
Now the thing that sets this ice cream apart from ever other C&C is the chocolate cows. Mmmm, just the thought of those chocolate cows gets me hungry.... but I have to admit, I was disappointed, but it's because I've been spoiled by high fat ice creams. I took out two servings of L.S. and I got just 3 cows. It's not just that they were only a few of them, it's that their chocolate didn't really seem to compliment the cookies. There are so many wonderful ways to tweak chocolate that I really expected someone to have spent days and days getting just the right cow flavor, but this is not the case. It's a pretty crunchy little chocolate cow due to it's thickness, and the chocolate is decent, in fact, it actually reminds me of an hollow chocolate easter bunny in regards to both flavor and crunch. Now, does a bowl of cookies & cream with a chocolate bunny smushed on top really sound good? Wait, don't answer that. I'm sure it would be fun, but I just don't think it's the right combo.
Man, I'm being picky this weekend aren't I? I will say it again, Big Y has wrecked the texture of this ice cream. With that in mind, I would still like to say that if you are going all out to be different, you can't stop before the finish line. I applaud the charity, I applaud the healthy aspect, but I just think this stuff could be better. Hey, at least it's 20x better than that Skinny Cow Cookies N' Cream junk.
On Second Scoop: I went in to the freezer determined to enjoy some lovin' scoopful, but to be honest, I'm bored. The lack of true cookie flavor in cookies & cream is just unacceptable in my world, and to top it off, I got but one cow in my bowl. What's the point? The nutrition stats are excellent, and the ice cream isn't gummy, but other than that, that's all I got.
Dubba's Note: 5/3/2011 Big Y has announced they are closing this particular store.