I was most interested in one thing though and that was their frozen dessert section. HLM carries a variety of different brands such as household names like Ben & Jerry’s as well as local creameries such as Ronnybrook Farms.
This had to be one of the hardest decisions I have ever made in my ice cream career but as the title states, I decided to go with Jeni’s Dark Chocolate and a flavor to be covered at a later date. What? I need to keep some secrets! Jeni’s describes this one as “Mouth-filling, palate-gripping, intense chocolate flavor with a fudge-like texture. Pleasingly dry finish.” I don’t even know how to comment on that other than by saying GET IN MY MOUTH NOW!
So how was it you ask? Well let’s start with the texture which was interesting to say the least. It’s an extremely dense ice cream with a creamy texture I have yet to experience in a flavor up to this point in my life. What was surprising though was that there was a slight bit of chew to this one. I guess they weren’t lying when they said it has a fudge like texture because that’s all I could think of while I was eating it. Since this flavor is a base only, it really keeps things interesting textually. Just from a textural standpoint, this one seriously impresses me but we still need to talk about the taste. This is easily the darkest ice cream I have ever tasted. The bitterness is strong but there are fruity notes that round out this flavor perfectly. Taste wise, I feel as if I’m eating a very high quality bar of chocolate and honestly, I couldn’t be happier. This is everything I want and more out of a dark chocolate ice cream. I’m a mix-in fiend but this one is a flavor that deserves your full attention and adding anything to it would only detract from the experience.
But wait there’s more! Remember that mention of a dry finish? Well they weren’t kidding there either. After you swallow, your whole mouth becomes dry and you start craving something to quench your thirst. In my case, this just made me want more and more of the ice cream. Man this might just be my new favorite base only and chocolate ice cream.
All I can say is wow Jeni’s, you guys live up to the hype and by far exceeded my expectations. Now I can’t exactly say I would buy this flavor again though. At around $10 a pint, that’s just too high of a price tag to make a consistent purchase. I could easily buy 4 pints of Stewart’s Dark Chocolate ice cream for the same amount, plus Stewart's version was named the world’s best dark chocolate ice cream in 2010 and 2012 at the World Dairy Expo.
That being said, I would recommend everyone to give this one a try if possible. This is an all around excellent flavor and I believe everyone should experience it at least once. I’d again like to thank the awesome people at Healthy Living Market for all they have done for me. Without them, I don’t think I’d ever have gotten to experience such an amazing ice cream flavor. Stay tuned for the other Jeni’s flavor they hooked me up with and if you’re ever around one of their stores, don’t hesitate to stop in.
Verdict? Quite possibly the best chocolate as well as base ice cream ever
Buy Again? The price is a bit steep so maybe once a year or for a special occasion.