Thursday, January 24, 2013

Edy’s Maxx Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk Review

[By Nick, discontinued after 2013] Ah, it’s the age old question of what came first, the chocolate or the peanut butter? Wait that’s not how it goes? Moving on then…

It is one of the greatest combinations in the sweet and salty world and one of my favorite food combinations as well. So it was pretty easy for me to pick up this container of Edy’s Maxx Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk.

These Maxx containers are really eye catching and I like the overall design of them. There is one flaw though; there is absolutely no description of what is actually going on inside the container. What happened to the good old days when there would be a nice little description? It’s either something way too long and dragged on or it’s just not there at all. From my awesome observational skills, I’m just going to go with it being chocolate ice cream mixed with peanut butter swirls and chunks of chocolate like I've experienced in their other varieties. Let’s see if my assumption is right, shall we?

After removing the protective seal, two of my three predictions hold true. There’s the chocolate base and the chocolate chunks but no peanut butter in sight. Digging a little in though, I’m able to find a semi permeable swirl of peanut butter. The chocolate base is pretty standard in flavor. It’s a pleasant milk chocolate but by no means mind blowing. The thing it has going for it over other chocolate ice creams is that it has the grittiness I have come to appreciate from Edy’s. The chocolate chunks add more of a dark chocolate vibe. The bitterness isn’t extreme but it’s a good change of pace and compliments the base quite well. My major complaint with these are that they’re literally everywhere and are way too crunchy. On a scale of 1 to 10 on a teeth shattering scale, I’d say they’re about a 7.5.

if you think this photo is bad...
you should have seen the others

The peanut butter swirl tastes well pretty much like peanut butter. I’m not really going to delve into the flavor but I did like the consistency of it. It wasn’t frozen solid like a lot of the peanut butter you find in ice cream. It’s not exactly spreadable either but it’s a happy medium. The swirls are pretty prevalent throughout the container as well which is never a bad thing.

Now getting a scoop with all of the three components together and it literally tastes exactly like a Reese's peanut butter cup. I know that Breyer’s makes a Reese’s ice cream which I have tried and this one is hands down the better one. Heck if it wasn't for the chocolate chunks this would have the same exact texture of a reese’s cup as well. Okay maybe the texture would be backwards because the chocolate ice cream provides the grittiness of the peanut butter in a reese’s cup and the peanut butter swirl adds the creaminess element of the chocolate shell. Suffice to say, this stuff is really good. On their own, these three components are just average but once they’re combined they make for the perfect teaming of sweet and salty. I really can’t think of anything else to say besides good job Edy’s, you did the peanut butter and chocolate combination well.

Verdict?  IT TASTES LIKE A REESES CUP!
Buy Again?  The caps say it all.

Note: January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 cup (71g)
Servings Per Container   3.5

Amount Per Serving
Calories  220
from Fat  110

% Daily Value*
Total Fat  12g
18%
- Sat Fat  7g
35%
- Trans Fat  0g

Cholesterol  20mg
7%
Sodium  65mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate  26g
8%
- Dietary Fiber   2g
8%
- Sugars  19g

Protein  4g


Vitamin A   4%
Vitamin C   0%
Calcium   6%
Iron   6%

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nick, I would really like to see the worst photos. Actually, I wish you guys would do a special entry where you post the top ten or twenty grossest ice cream photos you have.

Dubba said...

hahahahaahaha, I can honestly say I hadnt thought to create such a post

Danielle said...

I agree! DO IT!

Nick Rovo said...

Hmm, I normally delete the non-review photos but I guess I'll have to start saving the exceptionally terrible ones.

Anonymous said...

Have u e ever tried Turkey Hills chocolate peanut butter cup. I know Dubba has reviewed it, but was wondering your opinion . It's my favorite peanut butter and chocolate ice cream

Nick Rovo said...

Oh man I haven't had that flavor in awhile. I agree that is one of the best peanut butter/chocolate ice creams I have ever had. Now I feel the need to go buy a carton of it.

mhann24 said...

I would like to know: Do you think this is better than Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter World?

Nick Rovo said...

I've never actually had peanut butter world but to be honest I doubt this would be better. That one has a chocolate cookie swirl and I'm a sucker for B&J's cookie swirls. Wow I just realized I haven't tried any of the Target exclusive flavors, I need to go fix that soon.

Lori Lillie said...

The target brand chocolate peanut butter ice cream is the best I've had except for baskin Robbins which is the best. They key to eating the dreyers maxx ice cream is to save the chocolate chunks for when you're done with the ice cream ( this sounds gross, but as I'm eating it, I spit the chocolate chunks out in the lid, while I Ethan the ice cream) if you wait until then, the chocolate softens up, and melts in your mouth. It's really awesome chocolate! Try that method and I guarantee you'll enjoy the chocolate chunks more!