The inner seal is removed and I'll admit that I'm excited. I think I say this every time, but I really love trying new product lines and I hope this blog inspires you to try some as well.
5 senses up, it's time for the first bite. Ummmm, strange..... complex..... lots of dark chocolate notes because of all the chocolate chips. There's some kind of underlying flavor going on here though. I know it's probably cocoa, but it's unlike any frozen cocoa I've had before.
Well it looks like haagen-dazs but it certainly doesn't feel like haagen-dazs. It feels so light and it's quick melting on the tastebuds (note I did not say creamy though). On the one hand, it's cool that they've made such a non-thick ice cream, but then on the other hand you gotta start thinking "well then why are there still so many calories in this?"
I know I should let it sit for a few minutes but I'm so hungry. This may be a weird way to describe it, but it's almost a bit like chewing a milk shake.... or maybe frozen mousse? It's so very hard to pin down.
The good news is that I think I like it. I mean, sure the taste is throwing me for a loop, but no part of me wants to stop. I still can't tell what that underlying taste is, but it's something. Is it earthy maybe? You know, I keep forgetting that it's suppose to be dark chocolate. It's much more complex then that. At least I think it's complex because I can't seem to process what I'm tasting.
Alright, I need to stop, it's almost dinner time. Hmmm, there is a very weird aftertaste. It's the same as the taste before, but now there is nothing else going on to distract me from it. What a strange first encounter. Oh, it's not a bad product, and H-D tried hard like they always do, but instead of going "hey, try this, it's awesome!" I want to say "hey, can you try this? I can't quite tell what's going on".
On Second Scoop: It was definitely a unique experience last night so I'm wondering how things will go when I have a much different mindset (and no headache) --- good news and bad news. The good news is that I still taste something that I can't put my finger on. It kind of reminds me of those super fancy six dollar bottles of chocolate milk at whole foods with their super fancy Belgium chocolate taste (not that I buy them, I just stare and go "yeah, way too much moola" [sorry]). It's that fancy taste in this pint that keeps telling your brain to eat more and more, and frankly, you should, because the bad news is that when you stop eating that funk is going to hit you hard. Sometimes a flavor will make me a little thirsty or crave something salty, but this aftertaste makes me want to, iunno, I'm at a loss for words on this one. I want you to go out and try it if only so you can report back what you think.
Final thoughts: Looking over the almost three year old review of Talenti's double dark chocolate gelato, I suspect I'm having the same kinds of confusing thoughts as I did then. The difference is that I don't ever remember thinking of Talenti as having a "light" texture, though H-D isn't as super light and creamy as Archer Farms gelato.
Verdict? awesome chips, curious base
Buy Again? let's see how the other flavors go first
Second Opinions: If you're wishing that I had tried the cappuccino version, go check out Adam's review of it over at theimpulsivebuy.com
Serving Size 1/2 cup
Servings Per Container 3.5
Amount Per Serving
from Fat 110
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g
- Sat Fat 8g
- Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 36g
- Dietary Fiber 2g
- Sugars 27g
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 0%