Friendly's Vanilla Alpine Bar
Vanilla Ice Cream with a Chocolate Coating
(notice the sealed plastic wrapper)
The other piece of the puzzle is the chocolate, and while I would like to see them not skimp on the bottom coating, overall it to is a decent thing. It's got a mild flavor reminiscent of a hollow chocolate bunny. The problem is that it's thin, so there's not a ton of flavor coming from it. There's enough coating to complete the treat, but it's not going to cure any kind of chocolate craving. It also doesn't have that klondike kick to it that I love, but like I said, it'll due.
Yes, I actually put it next to the terrible Hood version before digging in. You can see the Friendly's version has a lot more bulk to it, maybe 40% thicker? I actually tried a bite of the Hood for comparison and I still despise it's cheap, terrible tasting existance.
So recapping, it's no Klondike, but it's a decent treat if you want something different. Don't be afraid to pick them up. With any luck, they'll do well and Friendly's will start filling them with some of their more interesting ice cream flavors.
On Second Scoop: nothing wrong with these, just doesn't have that special Klondike chocolate that I've grown on up. Here's hoping to more varied flavors in 2014!
Buy Again? if on sale, then maybe, otherwise, Klondike wins