Round 1 : Marketing
So you walk into a store and see these two side by side, which do you buy?
Hmmm, tough to call outside the box... HA, I meant that figuratively at first. Anyway, I think skinny cow does a good job of catching the diet crowd with the chocolate drizzle. However, I think blue bunny is going to grab the average joe with the nice looking cookie crunch layer. I'm going to call this round a draw.
Round 2 : Initial Impressions
Again, they both have good points. Skinny cow is a mighty treat with a pretty drizzle, but deep down it looks like a oversized slab of ice cream. The blue bunny treat isn't perfect, but I know it's cookies and cream. I look at it and I know exactly what to expect. I'm know I'm biased, but I'll give the slight edge to blue bunny on this one.
Round 3 : Taste
Well, this has certainly been a close one so far. I guess that's the point of cookies 'n cream. It's meant to be simple. In my fuzzy recollection, it's basically one of the first main stream flavors to come out after vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. So, companies have had more than enough time to work out the kinks, so let's dig in.
I couldn't help myself and went for the blue bunny first. Mmm, just as I expected. A non-robust but tasty tribute to CnC. It tastes like low fat CnC ice cream surrounded by somewhat soft cookie crumbles. I know it says crunch, but there's no crunch here.
I flip over to the Skinny Cow and the first thing I say is: this is weird. You really have to think about how you are going to eat this. If you just bite it, the whole point of the drizzle is lost. If you treat it like a popsicle, well, the texture is weird shall we say. I mean, you will get a bit of so-so chocolate taste to get you started if you go that way, but it won't stick on the bar long since there's nothing really holding them on. Underneath is a big slab of skinny cow's very low calorie ice cream. I know as a lover of super premium ice cream that I am always hard on this stuff, but to me, it's just too low fat. Maybe they need to churn it a few more times or something. I stop eating and am left with a bit of that weird skinny cow aftertaste.
Back to Blue Bunny... ahhh, that's better. It's a shame they don't make a full calorie version of this... oh, wait, crazy idea: Monster Cookies 'n Cream Ice Cream Bar. That would rock! (Blue Bunny, call me!). Anyway, this treat would definitely benefit from a thicker ice cream, and a bit more of it, and ofcourse a few more crumbles, but overall, it's exactly what I expected. My biggest problem is that I sometimes feel like I need two of them to be full.
Back to Skinny Cow. Yeah, I don't need two of these, I barely want to finish one. I don't even know why I bother reviewing skinny cow, I just don't like there ice cream, not even a little. I only started reviewing them because I love their mini fudge bars (and their strawberry shortcake ain't bad).You know what, if you want a lower cal cookies 'n cream bar, why not just have a weight watchers one (which funny enough, is made by blue bunny)
Well, the first two rounds went well for both parties, but then Blue Bunny blew Skinny Cow right out of the ring in the third. Hey, that's how these fights go sometimes.
Verdict? BB: decent - SC: disappointing
Buy Again? BB: on occasion - SC: NEVER