Thursday, October 6, 2011

Archer Farms Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream

Ok, am I the only one who has trouble telling the difference between being bored and being hungry? I think the phenomenom gets worse as you become more tired, but thankfully today I knew I was truly hungry. Not only did I know that, but I wanted something very specific to cure this hunger of mine.

Oh yeah! I knew I needed to finally get back to Target and pick up Archer Farm's Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream. Every fiber of my being adores the perfect combination known as peanut butter and chocolate. I couldn't wait to open the container and start my snack break.

Hmmmm, where to start?
HA, just kidding! I start with the peanut butter swirl of ofcourse!

I found several swirls bunched together in the corner and dug in.
Mmmmmmmmm, must not eat whole container....

It's not hard for me to say that this is a nice treat. What really floats my boat is the crunchy peanut butter swirls and how they play off the chocolate base. However, I don't think it's as good as the Turkey Hill version (which happens to be one of my favorite flavors of all time). My problem would be that the "rich chocolate" doesn't seem that rich and the peanut butter is decent, but not blowing me away. The Turkey Hill swirl is tastier, saltier, grittier and oh so thick. I've literally dug under a Turkey Hill swirl and brought up a huge chunk of ice cream with it. That happens here a bit, but on a much smaller scale. Overall, this one is definitely worth trying because in my book pb&c is always worth trying. It's just more mild than I expected (or prefer).

Have I mentioned how much I adore peanut butter swirls? I wonder how this flavor would be with mini peanut butter cups mixed in for extra flavor and crunch? You know, I was reading the ingredient list and noticed two weird things. One, they add chocolate syrup instead of cocoa. Two, they use skim milk and even a bit of water in the ingredient list. Actually, number two sounds weirder when you factor in that the primary ingredient is cream. I think this odd balance of cream and skim milk versus the typical milk and cream makes a difference.... nope, nevermind, that's how B&J and H-D does it, which makes it even weird because it has the same fat content as those super premium brands, but the texture is more of a regular ice cream.

Verdict?  the swirl gets progressively more annoying
Buy Again?  nah, I'll stick with Turkey Hill

On Second Scoop: I had some more of this after my lunchtime walk and while it's decent, I still find the swirl lacking. It has this weird, tasteless dryness to it sometimes. Can you overcook a swirl? or maybe freezer burn? Iunno, but you'll scoop up a decent size chunk of it, put it in your mouth, chew... and the peanut butter flavor never hits you.

On Third Scoop: Every time I dig into this one, I like it less. The swirl is just to dry or overly roasted or something like that. I've decided this one is a fail for me.


Anonymous said...

I don't know if you have Kemps ice cream by you, but they make the best peanut butter chocolate ice cream. It is called "Under the Stars" and it has the large swirls you were talking about, a deep chocolate base, and peanut butter cup stars. It is so delicious and so addicting.

Dubba Scoops said...

That sounds awesome!! Makes me sad we only have Kemps frozen yogurt in my area...