Chocolate Shoppe Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream
First off, I really like their logo. I mean, how can you not smile at a cow eating an ice cream cone? Their slogan “You want nutrition, eat carrots” is amusing as well. This is a company that really knows how important marketing is. Okay, ice cream time!
Removing the lid off the vanilla, it surprising looks like vanilla! There are no vanilla bean flecks or yellowish hue you’d get from a French vanilla. It’s just as the name implies, Old-Fashioned Vanilla.
The plus here is that the vanilla flavor is all natural and the texture is exceptional. It’s very thick and creamy, almost rivaling the texture of some gelatos I’ve had. Also, the richness is amazing and way better than what you’d get from Ben & Jerry’s or Haagen-Dazs. This is by far an upgrade from the ice cream you were eating when you were little. Vanilla ice cream, while very basic, can be very comforting and that’s exactly what you get here. I can’t say I have any complaints with this one for what it is. They also make a vanilla bean flavor so I can’t knock them based on my preferences of a stronger vanilla bean presence. While not being my favorite vanilla of all time, I wouldn’t refuse a scoop or two. Okay, on to the flavor I’m excited to try.
Chocolate Shoppe Zanzibar Chocolate Ice Cream
Why am I excited about this flavor you ask? Well it took First Place for Dark Chocolate Ice Cream at The World Dairy Expo this year (yeah, that exists), edging out my hometown favorite Stewart’s. Now not all companies took part in the expo, such as Jeni’s, but that’s still a remarkable feat. If you place #1,you must be doing something right. Time to open this baby up!
After taking my first bite, I’m a little let down. The flavor isn’t quite as dark as I was hoping. Once again, don’t get me wrong, this is an excellent ice cream but for the reigning #1 Dark Chocolate Ice Cream, I was expecting way more of a dark flavor profile. Sure there’s no mistaking this one for milk chocolate but there needs to be more of a bitter presence. Not all is lost as there’s still an awesome fudge-like taste. This translates well with the texture since it’s thicker than your standard ice cream. Sadly it doesn’t have that chewiness that makes Jeni’s Dark Chocolate so good. Like I said before, this is an exceptional ice cream but I think I hyped things up a bit with it being #1 and all. If we’re speaking dark chocolate only flavors, this wouldn’t rank all that high for me. This might be a hometown bias, but I’d rank Stewart’s ahead of this one. However if we’re talking chocolate ice cream in general, Zanzibar would easily be in my top 5.
Verdict? Base flavors done right!
Buy Again? I’d buy the Vanilla for use in a sundae but I’d easily buy Zanzibar as a standalone flavor.