Thursday, August 8, 2013

Friendly's Red Raspberry Ice Cream

[New for 2013, formula modified after introduction?] Besides all of the new treats that they have released, Friendly's has also debuted a few new flavors this year. This particular one had no problem grabbing my attention.

Friendly's Red Raspberry Ice Cream

I take a whiff, but I'm not sure what I smell.

A take a few bites and it's kind of like a funky sherbet. It's a light texture and it kind of has a bit of that sherbet bite to it. I like it. There's certainly no confusing this with their sweet and creamy black raspberry ice cream (though there is that air of familiarity to it).

I continue on and I think it has that fruity burst that a lot of people are going to dig. There's always talk about that summer bite to things, and this has it. Black raspberry is for those of us that love sweets, but this, no, this one is doing it's own thing. It kind of reminds me of a like a neat sweet cherry flavor.

Yeah, I'm making short work of this first bowl. I like when they mix light textures with this kind of citrus kick to it. It's just an easy scoop that would work great with say some graham or whip cream... mmmm, sundaes. I wish I had a big scoop of their black raspberry to put next to it, just to see how they would taste together.

Ok, hopefully this new flavor will stick around. it's simple, straight forward, and it works in the right setting. I'm always looking for a sherbet like flavor and this will do just fine. Neat addition Friendly's.

On Second Scoop: You knew a sundae was coming, didn't you? Ahhh, that's ok. I realized that the bright, lite nature of this flavor would work great in the breakfast ice cream parfait idea that I've been bouncing around in my head. This sundae is ice cream, raspberry (nut free) granola, white chocolate chips, and whip cream. Now the red raspberry easily dominated the flavor profile but that's what gave it that kick to help wake me up. I'm still deciding if the white chocolate chips were the right choice. They add a lot of fat, and their flavor is totally buried... but they add a neat thud against the soft ice cream and chunky granola. Whip cream worked great as it both mellowed out and sweetened the sundae. Mmmmm, good times. (why yes, the third scoop was another one of these sundaes without the chips)

Verdict?  Good (if you like an ice cream with bite!)
Buy Again?  Yup!

2014 Update: Well I finally bought a follow up container of this ice cream and I might be crazy, but I'm 95% sure that they tweaked the formula. This is now way more of a clone of their black raspberry flavor. While before I noticed a distinct difference, I'm now trying to find the difference between the two. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, it makes more sense this way, it was just a bit of a shock on that first bite.

New Verdict?  Modified black raspberry flavor

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh man, that sundae looks awesome. Better than Turkey Hill all-natural raspberry?

Dubba said...

these are two very different flavors, one is all natural and mild, the other is very vibrant. basically both good in their own ways... don't make me pick :)