Hehehehe, the hearts are so cute! It's a shame this wasn't around for Valentine's Day.
Enough playing, time for some real scoops.... of this oh so chocolatey ice cream. Wow. This one is totally trying to go toe to toe with Chocolate Therapy (or even flourless chocolate cake). I'm digging the rich flavor. Wait, is that a little raspberry swirl I detect on my spoon? I'm trying to get more of the swirl but there are just so many fudgy hearts in the way (there's literally six of them bunched together where I am trying to dig).
Ok, there's the swirl. Hmmmm, not sure how I feel about it actually. The cherry was so sweet yesterday that I kind of expected the same today. This is more akin to the raspberry filling you might find in some high end candy. Actually, speaking of candy, there are so many hearts that I'm totally working up a chocolate coating all over my taste buds.
To be honest, I don't think this one needs the raspberry swirl. The flavor is already awesome without it, so why tweak it? I don't know, I'm just thinking they might actually lose a few votes because of the swirl. Only hard core chocolate fans (like myself) are going to repeat purchase a flavor like this and so the raspberry might dissuade some of that crowd from coming back. Iunno, it's a thought. It's not like there's a ton of the swirl, it's more of just a subtle vibe running through the pint. Hey, maybe they can make a King of Hearts without the swirl.
That minor nitpick aside, I'm loving this ice cream. Yes it's free and crazy fresh, but even then, the crazy amount of chocolate coating on every inch of my mouth right now, is, well, crazy awesome. I've never had an ice cream do that before. EVER. Some have tried, but those tasty hearts with their gooey centers have left a wonderful rich chocolate aftertaste that will last for a long time.
Verdict? The hearts make this one epic
Buy Again? Yup!
Update: This became an escapes flavor in 2015!