Saturday, August 11, 2012

Hubigs Apple Pie Ice Cream
from New Orleans Ice Cream Company

Oh geez, I've gone and got myself backlogged again. I know I did the Wonka reviews a little too close together (partially because of my refusal to put them all in one post), so I wanted to take my time with the New Orleans Ice Cream reviews. It's good stuff and seems deserving of some better spacing as they begin their nationwide rollout. Problem is, now I feel like I'm behind the 8-apple ball.

This is Hubigs Apple Pie Ice Cream from New Orleans ice cream. Now Hubigs isn't some funky spice or cooking style, it's a New Orleans bakery institution that is beloved by many. Unfortunately tragedy struck early Friday morning,  July 27th, 2012. The bakery was destroyed by fire. It was a sad day for the community. Hubigs was knocked out for four months after Katrina yet went on to regularly feed the overworked local police and firefighters with unsold pies during the recovery (You can read more here). I wish them the best in their recovery efforts and if you are interested, the best way to help right now is to keep Hubig's in your thoughts, prayers, tweets, newsfeeds, and shirt closet. Until they are back on their feet, they can't make anymore of this ice cream.

Well, that explains why the cover was lopsided, this puppy is overflowing with frozen goodness.

Ok, so you've probably already guessed what's going on here, but let's check the official description: A New Orleans legend, the Hubig's apple pie, is the star in this indulgent delight, blended right in to our vanilla bean ice cream. Note it says vanilla bean base ice cream, but I can tell you that the apple flavoring has evenly spread throughout the entire pint to create a mild and authentic apple flavor. (random thought: don't think I noticed any vanilla bean flakes while devouring this pint)

Holy Guacamole! I dub thee Mount Hubig!
I had to use my hands to get this gigantic piece of crust out of the ice cream
(it's not a very sugary crust, plus there weren't any apples stuck to it)

One more shot because I want to drive home that while the large apple bit (top part of picture) and the crust bit (bottom part of picture) are both sizable, neither one was omnipresent in my treat. Ok, that was probably a silly way to say that but the point is that while the varying sized apple chunks add a real nice summer flavor to the whole pint, the crust bits don't seem to bring a whole lot in terms of taste or texture. Maybe if Mount Hubig had been evenly blended throughout the pint then maybe there would have been a nice grit in every spoonful, but it's just not here. So don't get yourself psyched up thinking this is some crusty endevour, this is all about a nice apple flavor.

On Second Scoop: Or maybe I should call this "On I keep going back to the freezer Scoop". I don't know if it's the mild flavor or the easy scooping or just a drive to find more crust pieces, but I literally plowed through this pint in about 15 hours. I started yesterday after dinner with a big first scooping, had several smaller scoopings last night and this morning and then by say 10:30 I was telling my wife she might want to snag the last 20% before it's all gone. It's soft, it's creamy, and it's a pleasant summertime pint.

So, New Orleans gets another thumbs up on Hubigs Apple Pie. There's no cinnamon swirl to distract me here like there was with B&J American Apple Pie, nor do we have the annoying chewiness of Edy's Apple Pie. It's just a straight forward apple flavor with spots of Hubig's infamous crust.

Verdict?  Pleasant
Buy Again?  Yup

Note: I won't be reviewing Mississippi Debris, but you can check it out at Crazy Food Dude.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 cup (85g)
Servings Per Container   4

Amount Per Serving
Calories  240
from Fat  110

% Daily Value*
Total Fat  13g
20%
- Sat Fat  5g
40%
- Trans Fat  0g

Cholesterol  60mg
20%
Sodium  105mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate  35g
12%
- Dietary Fiber   0g
0%
- Sugars  23g

Protein  4g


5 comments:

IndianapolisEater said...

I am really, really jealous that you and Ice Cream Informant got this flavor and I didn't because it looks awesome. Oh well...

Dubba said...

As a big fan of chocolate, I could say the same of Mississippi Debris hehehehe it will be interesting to see what the final thoughts are on all these flavors when we are done.

Anonymous said...

That looks awesome! I love huge mix-ins. I'm guessing this is not available in the northeast.

Dubba said...

They are based in New Orleans but are attempting a nationwide rollout, check their website for more info http://neworleansicecream.com/

Jamie said...

OMG. I am pregnant and this post has inspired the stereotypical NEED FOR ICECREAM. NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.