I don't want to keep you in suspense too long, so here it is. Rocky Road-ish. Oh -ish, how I have abused your vague ways over the years. That and the word thingy, as in "plug the thingy into that rectangle-ish looking hole". Man I love being vague... vague and sarcastic.. ahhh, wait, sorry, ice cream.
So there I was, ready to grab a pint of Talenti when I saw this bad boy on the bottom shelf. Don't ask me what made me check, but I instantly noticed this pint out of place. I thought it was S'mores at first. I read the description. Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream with a Toasted Marshmallow Swirl & Fudge Covered Almonds. Toasted Marshmallow ice cream? Are you serious? You expect me NOT to buy this? It could have cost $10 and I would have bought it, I don't care, I want it! I want it now!!
I race to the car and pop open the lid. That crater is where an almond use to be (it stuck to the lid and begged me to put him out of his misery). The swirl definitely looks kinda... ummm, funky, shall we say. It's slightly darker and has gritty (yet mushy) look to it.
I can't wait any longer! I dive in! Oh the scoopage!
and.... wow, that is weird, it's like Rocky Road without the chocolate. Envision a super well made, squishy, creamy, rocky road, but then somehow extract the chocolate flavor because there is none. Like none-none. Fudge on the almonds you say? Yeah, that's like putting new rims on your 24 year old rust bucket, it doesn't matter. - disclaimer, my car is working it's way up to rust bucket... just teasing car, don't break down on me.
I'd call this one weird but that doesn't seem fair, it's too good for that. Immensely different is another choice, but that term still isn't quite right because it's different, yet it really does feel so familiar. Heck, call it bizarro rocky road because it is rocky road, but it isn't. I don't know what they were thinking when they made this, but massive kudos for going far outside the box on this one.
Here's one more shot of the very plentiful almonds inside. However, if you really just want to get to the ooey gooey squishy base ice cream, it probably wouldn't be that hard to scoop around them.
So, what's my conclusion? Do I sound pretty confused? Well, maybe I am. Overall, I like this ice cream, but at the same time, it's confusing my brain as it searches for a chocolate vibe that isn't there. Unless you don't like almonds, you've got to try at least one pint of this stuff just for the funk factor. A sugary funk factor that is.
Maybe I should mention that this a sweet flavor, but not crazy sweet. It's got marshmallow flavor, but the flavor itself is mild. It's kind of soft and squishy like real marshmallow, but the flavor still isn't the same. I guess I am still on my quest to find a marshmallow flavored ice cream that tastes exactly like marshmallow (I will find you... someday!)
Verdict? totally different yet very familiar
Buy Again? debating it
On Second Scoop: Well well well. I went at this flavor a bit differently today. I attacked a big puddle of swirl (shown above), then ate every almond I could see, and then went back for some more base & swirl. Now I am left with a chilly cold marshmallow aftertaste and possibly a mild sugar overload. The swirl is very gooey, and when eaten by itself and in excess, there is no mistaking that it's (mildly toasted) marshmallow. I know I didn't make it very clear yesterday, but I would love to see this swirl in an actual B&J Rocky Road flavor or even in their S'mores flavor. The base is somewhat mild compared to the swirl, but still fun and worthy to be used somewhere else... Like say with a peanut butter swirl with graham cracker crust chunks, mmmmm, just like peanut butter and fluff on crackers. I can dream, can't I? Oh, and one more thing. While part of me thinks the almonds get in the way, the other part of me realizes that a straight marshmallow on marshmallow flavor might get old quickly without something to break it up.
|Serving Size 1/2 cup (101g)|
Servings Per Container 4
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 250||from Fat 110|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 12g||18%|
|- Sat Fat 7g||35%|
|- Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 32g||11%|
|- Dietary Fiber <1g||2%|
|- Sugars 24g|
|Vitamin A 8%||Vitamin C 0%|
|Calcium 10%||Iron 0%|