Tuesday, February 28, 2012

2012 New Frozen Treat Product Guide

Below is a chronological guide to the 2012 frozen treat season as discovered in my neck of the words. Not all stores carry everything, many have very few of these new products, but keep searching!


So Ben & Jerry's got a slight head start on everyone (at least in my area), but everyone else is quickly catching up for a spring which begins in a few short weeks.

Let me start with this one because my wife adores Peppermint Patties. We've got Peppermint Light Ice Cream in a Dark Chocolate Flavored Coating. 6 pack, 3 fluid ounces. I'm debating what grocery store near my house might have these so I can bring them home today. Made by Good Humor. My York Review is up

You all know I hate coconut, but even I found this a cool offering for those who do enjoy it. The new Mounds branded treat is coconut flavored light ice cream with coconut topping and a dark chocolate flavored coating. Again it's a 6 pack of 3 fluid ounce servings, made by Good Humor.

Magnum Mini in both Classic and Almond varieties. They are just over half the size of a normal Magnum. The nutrition panel on the back lists serving sizes of both 1 and 2 bars. This is a smart move considering how "indulgent" (i.e. unhealthy) the original is.

Look, another mint treat! There's just the right amount of green on this box to catch your eye yet still stay classy. In a very interesting twist, they added Caramelized Sugar Crunch to the shell. Should be cool. Magnum Mint Review is up

There is also a new Mochacchino Magnum for all you coffee lovers.


Sorry for the blurry pick, but here are the new Breyers BLASTS! flavors. We've got Chocolate Reese's which actually sounds really good as it's a chocolate base with a peanut butter swirl and reese pb cup pieces.  Birthday Blast Oreo mixes things up by changing to a cake flavored base with sprinkles added for good measure (My Birthday Blast review here). Golden Oreo is up top and is a mix of golden vanilla and sweet cream frozen dairy dessert with golden Oreo cookie pieces (My Golden Oreo review here). I will admit that I am impressed by Breyers being so bold with these 3 new flavors. To me it feels like a big departure from their roots (Adam has better pics).

Klondike Krunch Breyers BLASTS is new (Review is up Here)

There's also Strawberry Waffle Cone Breyers BLASTS


Surprisingly, Blue Bunny has teamed with Cadbury for 3 new snack size bars to get our attention. I've known for awhile that the UK enjoys Cadbury ice cream, so maybe this is a way for them to test the American waters. I don't know what's instore, but Blue Bunny's involvement means I will definitely be trying double chocolate, vanilla chocolate, and chocolate almond at some point. They are all "creamy blue bunny, reduced fat ice cream dipped in thick rich cadbury milk chocolaty coating". Update: There is also a Carmello bar and other great new products coming per this Blue Bunny Press Release. ---  Check out My Cadbury Double Chocolate Review Here.


Blue Bunny also released a bunch of new stuff (press release here). First there are two more Duff Goldman Cake flavors. There is Carrot Cake (review here) and Cup o' Coffee Cake. They also revamped their frozen yogurt which is now known as Naturally Frozen Yogurt. I've already tried the Vanilla and Nick tried the Caramel Praline Crunch.

Surprisingly, Haagen-Dazs is releasing a limited edition salted caramel ice cream bar to go with this years limited edition "pint" flavors. It's H-D so I highly doubt this is anything but excellent. Of the pints, the Spiced Caramel Biscuit was excellent, other sites have reviews of the blueberry crumble, coconut macaroon, and salted caramel truffle.

box front on the left, box back on the right

Oh Nestle Drumstick, you almost came back to work with me today. "The Original Sundae Cone" finally has brought my beloved pretzel to a cone, though in a perfect world, the waffle cone would be a pretzel cone as well.... oh, wait, that's interesting: pretzel dipped artificially flavored vanilla frozen dairy dessert. Wow, drumstick moving to a frozen dairy dessert? I feel kind of betrayed. Granted, drumsticks have always been unhealthy... but, well, that's why they were so tasty (and why you don't eat them all the time).

Nestle also has new 6 packs of Orange & Cream Popsicles
(Oh boy, an excellent source of vitamin C!)


Right off the bat, I have to say: Whoever came up with "Yosicle" should probably be fired. These looks like some kind of bizarre joke. Oh, and second, "LOWFAT frozen dairy dessert"? Isn't that a double negative or something? I guess this one's for the kids who won't eat their yogurt... watermelon and cotton candy flavor? really? I want to hurl just thinking about Duos! I think I just TORPEDOed my appetite.

Update: This April 19, 2012 press release goes into a few more details. Duos! are 1.6 fluid ounce pops made of Low Fat Vanilla Frozen Dairy Dessert coated with (flavored) ice. They come in a mix of either Purple Berry-Vanilla & Cherry-Vanilla or Watermelon-Vanilla & Cotton Candy-Vanilla (shown in the picture above). Torpedo! is a three flavored LowFat frozen dairy dessert with each section flavored in purple berry, watermelon, or vanilla. Layerz! is a two layered/flavored L.F.F.D.D. that can be either cotton candy & vanilla or orange and vanilla.

Hey, Friendly's Ice Cream Pizza has finally made it to the state that Friendly's is based in, how nice of them to join us.... oh.... you know I need to try this at some point.

I spied this a few weeks ago at Roche Bros, but I just wanted to share a quick shot of Friendly's Limited Edition S'mores Roll. At 7 bucks it's probably worth a try, especially since I love my s'mores flavors!

I wasn't expecting this, but I probably should have. It's Klondike Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches. I'll try these at some point, though technically I haven't tried the regular ones yet (shame there isn't a half and half box). Nick and I both tried them and neither of us was impressed (dual review here)

OH YEAH!!! I saved the best for last. What could be the funnest product of 2012 is right before me... and also in my fridge! Stay Tuned for a review of the brandy new Chocolate Choco Taco. Oh you know you are jealous, but they are mine, all mine, buhahahahahaha <cough, hack, cough>. Sorry. But seriously, how cool is this? I've been looking for an excuse to pick up a four pack of choco tacos and now I have it! (Update: My Chocolate Review + there is also a Peanut Butter version!!!)

And Some More Additions

Ciao Bella joins the greek frozen yogurt debacle with Adonia (official website here). It's fat free and packs a whopping 9 grams of protein per serving. The new flavors are raspberry, vanilla, blueberry, key lime, peach, mango and espresso (peach and blueberry also come in bars). I reviewed the Raspberry and while it's got it's good points, it just strikes me as boring so I don't expect to review any of the other flavors anytime soon.

Skinny Cow has the new Slimited Edition line up which includes their new product SHAKE-STIRS. They come in Double Chocolate Crumble and White mint cookie and they are just like the Edy's/Dreyer's Shakes, except these buggers taste just like Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches (review here).

Slimited Edition also includes Oh Fudge Nuts! Low Fat Ice Cream Cone, Mmmmocha Truffle Ice Cream Bars, and Best of Both Swirleds Low Fat Ice Cream Sandwiches. I didn't plan on trying them, so Nick reviewed the Mmmmocha Truffle Bars.

Talenti has got new gelato flavors for 2012 and I've already two of them. I wasted no time trying Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup (review here) and Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip (review here), but there is a new Banana Chocolate Swirl as well . As always, Talenti brings their craftmanship to each and every pint --- Ok, new April 24th 2012 press release says that Simple Strawberry Gelato and Chocolate Chip-Stracciatella Gelato will also being joining the mix. I'm so excited!!

Edy's / Dreyer's has added a new Mango Fruit Bar to their collection. I don't foresee trying this anytime review, so check out Gigi's positive review instead. There will also be a new tropical flavors variety pack which will be a 12 piece mix of Coconut, Pineapple and Orange... whoa, wait, why isn't mango in the variety pack? Oy. I guess they are waiting to see if Mango is a hit first.

Well I don't know what new flavors Edy's / Dreyer's has in store for us, but they do have newly redesigned packaging to help catch our eye. Yellow is regular slow churned and Blue is the Splenda version, though notice they now use they same lid color (old blue lid to the left there). Do I like it? Yeah, I do actually. Let's compare to the old design.

They've gone from a pile of ice cream to a scoop of ice cream still in the scoop. The coloring is softened and unswirled. The Slow Churned logo is simplified but also bigger which bumps the flavor name down to a colored tag on the side.  I guess the point of the new containers is that the branding is a little more universal and has merged aspects from each variety. The scoop is actually a hold over from their Frozen Yogurt packaging but I like the way it brings the ice cream front and center.

I've seen the new Dove mint ice cream bar in several locations. 
It's a mint swirl with dark chocolate ice cream bar and I review them here.

Milky Way is an excellent edition to the ice cream treat scene

Found by Nick - This wasn't in the press release!
A Milky Way Simply Caramel Ice Cream Bar
They are a bit dry on first try, but I'm getting us to them!

Nick spied this too - he says to notice who is holding the cookie
New M&M's Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cookies
They are back to a 4 fl oz size too (long ago they were just 3 fl oz)
Adam won our Mars contest and reviewed them here

Oh geez, even Healthy Choice has jumped on the Greek froyo bandwagon. I've only seen these once, and it's end of summer pretty much, but they've got Vanilla Bean, Strawberry, Blueberry and just 100 calories. I wonder if they are tart or sweet


Surprises for October!

Good Humor Limited Edition Reese's Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cup Pumpkins

New Nestle Super Nugget Drumsticks
Look close -- there's a Strawberry flavor in there!!!
(Ahhhhhhh, apparently these are from last summer!)


Bookmark this page and come back soon. 
This post will update as new info becomes available.

15 comments:

Lot-O-Choc said...

Woaa cant believe all the new products that you get..looks so many amazing things!! We probably only get maybe about 5/6 new ice cream products every year in the UK :(..we get magnum mint over here though theyre good! Yum!

Nick Rovo said...

My god this makes me so depressed. When I went shopping today the freezer were so bare. They're just screaming to be filled with these treats, especially those drumsticks. Oh and for the cadbury thing when I sent you my pic there was also a 4th variety that was called carmello aka caramel.

Ana said...

Wow! So many of those look so tempting!
And I've only tried two of them - Magnum Classic and Almond (this second one is among my favourites, along with Double Caramel and Double Chocolate... which is always #1).
I find the last two very tempting, probably because they seem so chocolate-loaded. I don't even like real pizza, but I'd give the ice cream one a try. The Haagen-Dazs bars also look very nice, I'd be very happy if they showed up in Europe as well...

Dubba said...

is the mint good? cool, gotta add it to the shopping list then.

Dubba said...

the freezers were packed at stop & shop, not sure I noticed a carmello version, but it could have been hiding.

Dubba said...

cross your fingers!

Nick Rovo said...

I'll be up in Albany tomorrow which normally has a bunch of new products so I'll be sure to keep a look out for any new things you've yet to see=]

Cory said...

Oh wow!! Are you going to review the Breyer Blasts? Please do!! They sound great. I can't seem to find any decent cake batter flavored ice cream around here (NYC) :(

Nick Rovo said...

The only new thing I saw that you haven't posted was some new weight watchers novelties. The one that caught my eye was a cherry cheesecake mini ice cream sandwich. OH and when I got back home I had to run to price chopper and it looks like they now carry pints of graeter's ice cream.

Dubba said...

I'm not a huge fan of cake batter flavor (usually too sweet for my liking), but the fact they mix it with Oreos really has me intrigued. Look for a review in the next few weeks hopefully.

Dubba said...

Graeters at Price Chopper??? Oh man, I may brave the snow and take the long way home to check this out.

Nick Rovo said...

Yeah it was an impressive selection I want to say there was about 7 different flavors. Black raspberry chip was among them=]

Danielle said...

Dubba have you tried the Birthday Cake Oreos yet? I bought them on Monday, they are sweet but sooo good!

Dubba said...

tried them.... too much for me!

Anonymous said...

I finally decided to try Breyer's Banana Split and it was pretty good. I especially like the strawberry swirls in it. Personally I would like it better if instead of the chocolate pieces they put nuts. I'm not a big chocolate fan and I have never put chocolate pieces on my banana splits before. Now cherry's and nuts then they would have a real hit!!!