Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Babcock Hall's Mocha Macchiato Ice Cream Review

[By Nick] Back when I purchased Babcock Hall’s Mint Chocolate Cookie, I also added their Mocha Macchiato to my order. You guys know I’m iffy on both coffee and mint flavored ice cream but Babcock Hall regularly rotates those flavors so I was allured into trying their current options.

According to ice cream source it’s just coffee ice cream with chocolate in it but scanning over the ingredients list there is also mention of caramel in the mix. Now I’m a big fan of caramel so I’m excited to open this pint up and see what is truly going on in there.

Well that’s certainly not what I was expecting. The base has a tan color that is more reminiscent of caramel instead of the advertised mocha. Besides a couple of chocolate chips peeking out, not much else seems to be going on.

Digging into the base, I realize that just like its color, this pint is also light on coffee flavor. It’s there but more along the lines of someone who dilutes their cup of coffee with cream and sugar. I’m not complaining though, it provides a pleasant taste that’s nowhere near overpowering. The lack of bitterness in the base actually works nicely. The chocolate flakes, which are now very abundant, added a bit of depth as well as some  bitterness to make up for it.

The caramel swirl has to be my favorite part of this whole ice cream. Sure it showed up randomly and wasn’t as prevalent as I would’ve like but when it's the there the bites were perfect. The caramel added extra sweetness but was restrained by being burnt to the right point. There’s nothing worse than a caramel that is either a) undercooked leading to it being too sweet or b) overcooked in which it just tastes burnt. This caramel strikes a happy medium between the two and I only wish there was more of it.

Now let's talk texture shall we. Unlike Babcock's mint cookie variety, this pint was very “gritty”. It was very similar to my experience with the Edy’s Maxx line. I still can’t explain it but there’s just something to it that I enjoy. Maybe it’s just that it’s a change of pace from smooth ice cream but it’s kind of addicting. Aside from that the only other textural component was the chocolate flakes which added a lot of crunch which is to be expected. Once again Babcock Hall has churned out another respectable flavor. Now if only I had ordered some more of their varieties. I think it’s time to consider putting in my college transfer papers  ;]

Verdict?  Pleasant milky coffee taste with perfect caramel
Buy Again?  If I ever have the opportunity again, I definitely would.


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

Amount Per Serving
Calories   160
from Fat   80

% Daily Value*
Total Fat   9g
14%
- Sat Fat   5g
25%
- Trans Fat   0g

Cholesterol   30mg
10%
Sodium   50mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate   21g
7%
- Dietary Fiber   0g
0%
- Sugars   17g

Protein   3g


Vitamin A   6%
Vitamin C   2%
Calcium   8%
Iron   0%

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