Round Uno: Visuals
Lids are off... can you guess which one of these scares me?
Round Dos: Initial Hit
Yeah, I'm letting Ben & Jerry's throw the first swing here and it's... subtle, but yeah, I taste cotton candy, the lightest of fluffed sugar flavoring. Even the cotton candy aroma is subtle. I expected a more adult oriented version and I think I got it. The candy sprinkles are very soft, squishable, and kind of like the sugar crumble crust on a nice cold apple pie.
Alright Friendly's, let's see what you got! Here comes the right hook and... Oh man, that's hideous, I'm down on the mat... 1... 2... Oh, it tastes like blue cotton candy alright... 3... 4... I was so not ready for that blow to the gut... 5... 6... back on my feet... the ring is spinning... whew...
Round Tres: The Long Haul
The Ben & Jerry's continues onward, never landing any massive blows while the Friendly's just keeps punching. It's a strong flavor, but there is a certain something that keeps your attention.
My daughter mentions the Friendly's is popping which I don't... wait, no, I hear my bowl popping! Not a lot, just a little. She says it's driving her crazy as she tries to eat it, so I let the ice cream sit on my tongue for a second... ha, it is popping! Quite a lot actually. Both me and my wife were just kind of happily crunching along but it takes a kid to point out the obvious sometimes. Ahhh, to be an old fuddy duddy.
If Jones made a cotton candy soda (which I'm surprised they don't), then it would taste like Friendly's version. There's just that bit of carbonated pop to it. Actually, to be more precise, it kind of tastes like someone mixed a blue freeze-pop with some vanilla ice cream... or maybe mixed a blue raspberry icee with soft serve.
Alright, the judges are collaborating... well, after judge #3 stops eating tostitos to get rid of the cotton candy aftertaste. Ok, let's go. The youngest judge prefers the sweeter, more potent Friendly's ice cream... if only they would ditch the pop candy. The second judge also prefers the stronger flavor of the Friendly's (and the visuals don't hurt). The final judge (me) is still kind of confused. I'm having trouble getting into the overpowering Friendly's, but at the same time the Ben & Jerry's is a timid flavor. If only the B&J had some cotton candy grit... or maybe a cotton candy swirl? I wish there was more here... though technically when I mix the two together, I get a more middle of the road flavor that could appeal to more people.
Final Judgement: The votes are in, Friendly's wins!