Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Stone Ridge Creamery Cheesecake Flavors
Caramel and Double Berry Review

Ok, it's been a almost a year since I've shown you guys anything from Stone Ridge Creamery, the inhouse brand of ice creams from SuperValu owned grocery stores. The maestro behind these flavors does a lot with these "budget" flavors, and there seem to be several new flavors in my area this year, so let's see if we can figure out which ones everyone should try.

Stone Ridge Creamery Double Berry Cheesecake ice cream
Cheesecake Ice Cream with Strawberry & Blackberry Swirls & Graham Cracker Crust Pieces

As much as I say that I don't like traditional cheesecake, I am a believer that there is a funky intersection between fairly cheesy and nicely berry. When a flavor crosses the road there, like Stone Ridge does here, the flavors really play well off each other and amplify the positive aspects of each. In other words, it makes me want to scoop scoop scoop. It's what I deem a "fun" flavor.

Now these are still budget (entry level) ice creams, so you don't get a ton of mix-ins, but I do like the crust bits. If they could double up the bits, a flavor like this would easily keep pace with any of the competition. As is, at this price point, I've got no complaints.

I've always had good luck with these Stone Ridge Creamery flavors. Consider the streak maintained!

Stone Ridge Creamery Caramel Cheesecake ice cream
Caramel & Cheesecake Ice Cream with Ribbons of Caramel

We've got another neat looking ice cream. The swirls of each flavor stand out well, plus we've got a gooey caramel swirl to aim for. Digging in, the caramel is quite strong while the cheesecake flavor is having trouble coming through. I still like it as a caramel flavor, but if you were hoping for the cheese, it's not showing up, not on this scoop, and not on second scoop. It's a shame because the caramel isn't a very buttery or sweet caramel, so a bit of cheezy would have made this one more intriguing and fun. I also miss the crust bits from the other flavor.

I know we're going a little fast here, so I want to re-emphasize this is a decent flavor, it's just mislabeled. See, one of the things that keeps me intrigued by the ice cream industry is studying how vastly different two flavors can be despite both having cheesecake in their name. While the berry perfectly accentuating and amplified the cheese flavor, the caramel completely kills the cheese here. It's a robust (coffee-ish) caramel, so it's nice and complex, but where's the cheesecake flavor? This point is driven further home by the strong aftertaste of what we'll call roasted caramel. Bummer.

Doubleberry Verdict?  berry cheesy
Caramel Verdict?  not cheesy
Buy Again?  doubleberry is welcome to visit again


Josh Hinnenkamp said...

Double Berry Cheesecake is the flavor I always buy when Stone Ridge goes on sale.

Dubba said...