Well, low and behold, we've got changes! During the second half of 2012, Walgreen's started re-branding their ice cream. Nick and I have been talking about it a bit as the product line slowly came out, but when I went back today I have to say that the re-branding is looking pretty complete.
So good & de LISH is the new inhouse brand name and here it is on their premium ice cream pints. It's a tragically black background with a variety of white writing and then some color coded larger letters for the flavor name. Notice the star design to go with the strawberry cheesecake starlet name. Let me just come out and say that I don't love the new packaging, but you have to tip your hat to the mighty description of "strawberries, pie crust pieces & a strawberry swirl in a cheesecake ice cream".
banana split and rich vanilla (in 1.5 quart serving sizes). Notice both of these make you hungry as well. I'm dying to know what those little strawberry candies taste like. This is how you brand!
butter wishes & pecan dreams with it's awesome "salted caramel butter pecan ice cream" description, but then I decided to leave this one for Nick and go for a combo I can never resist: chocolate and peanut butter!
cookie dough & peanut butter duet. To be honest, there's very little here that makes me want to buy this pint other than the description. I appreciate the creativity, but let's really think about this. First off, it doesn't catch my (hungry) eye, especially in the poorly lit freezer. Second, it's hard to read. Oh, I get they are trying to be funny and playful, I mean duet = music = guitar = originality... but that doesn't mean I have to actually like the design. Third, there's just so much wasted space. The whole think is just chaotic and wasteful at the same time.
You know, my wife likes to tease me because I tend to not capitalize when I email her. She says it looks funny and I say who really cares because the message is still the same. Well, this pint makes me realize my lazy self needs to capitalize because this just looks foolish. It just all seems so discombobulated. I never liked that faux font that looks like cursive but the letters don't connect, it just seems lazy (which is ironic since someone obviously spent a lot of time on this).
I guess my big point is that the pint doesn't scream ice cream. Yes, it was sitting next to other ice creams, and yes, everyone recognizes a pint container, but this is just bad branding on the premium side. I gotta call it like I see it. I really worry that this won't inspire anyone to pick up this pint.
Alright, enough back story, time to crack open the ice cream.
Well, it certainly makes a funky (aka appealing) first impression.
I take my first few bites and I'm not instantly impressed with flavor profile but maybe it's because I'm too busy staring at the cookie dough (with built in chocolate chips)... so much cookie dough, but I'm not seeing the pb cups (other than the few slivers you see above).
It's always hard to judge a swirled flavor, so let's take the two flavors one by one. The chocolate is nice, no complaints. It took a while to recognize, but it's definitely got a cocoa flavoring to it. It's even a little dry actually.
Now the vanilla base is decent.... nay, it's nice when it's all by itself. no complaints. very creamy and a nice flavor that pairs well with a cookie dough bite. They could easily sell this half of the ice cream by itself.
So much cookie dough... crazy crazy crazy. If you were taking big bites, you could easily get 2 or 3 on your spoon... was that #20 for my serving? I don't even know any more.
On Second Scoop: A few days have passed and it's time to attack this one with a little hope and a little patience. First thought? Eating a hard ice cream is not easy with a flimsy plastic spoon. The cookie dough bits continue to please with lots of flavor yet I still have zero peanut butter cups. It's funny how one mix in is excess while the other one is absent. I know plain cookie dough probably isnt exciting enough to fit with their new foo-foo branding, but the flavors mixed together in my pint just seem like a waste.
Final Note: I never did find that elusive peanut butter cup.
Verdict? Quality product, but this should really be two separate flavors.
Buy Again? Probably not
Serving Size 1/2 cup (99g)
Servings Per Container 4
Amount Per Serving
from Fat 160
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g
- Sat Fat 11g
- Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 27g
- Dietary Fiber <1g
- Sugars 24g
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 0%