Market Pantry Cookie Dough ice cream from Target
(not to be confused with their Archer Farms branded premium ice cream)
That's a pretty decent first impression for a store brand ice cream
Big solid chunks of chocolate as well several cookie dough bits showing through
I've scooped down a bit and we're still look pretty good.
So how does this one taste overall? Nice. It's a soft scooping ice cream with a decent vanilla flavor that's really just a back drop for the inclusions (mix-ins). The cookie dough packs a surprising amount of flavor with a nice texture to boot, especially for a store brand. No complaints here!
You know how reviewers always say "the bitterness of the chocolate...."? Well, I don't usually get bitterness. I mean I can, but in general, my internal wiring means that I tend to miss or overlook it. However, OH BOY do I taste it here. I was (amusingly) shocked at just how much that bitter taste came through the ice cream and cookie dough. As if that wasn't enough, it strongly lingered to boot! We've got some serious sized chocolate chunks here and when you hit them, you better be prepared.
Did this ice cream last long in my house? That would be a no. Thankfully I got first dibbs and a second scoop in before it was gone. It's definitely not a dense super premium ice cream, but the overall flavors popping out of the base make this a fine example of a classic flavor. (Yes, the chocolate is a little too bitter, but the quality of the cookie dough helps balance out the overall judgement on this one).
Verdict? Good flavor for a budget ice cream
Buy Again? Sure