Monday, January 6, 2014

Baskin Robbins Peppermint Bark in the Dark Ice Cream and the Nosh Show Episode 20

[New for December 2013] I'll admit it, I had every intention of trying last month's Baskin-Robbins flavor of the month, but December is a busy month for parenting, and that was before my daughter broke her ankle (thankfully not too seriously, but enough to get her several weeks in a boot). I had pretty much given up on trying it, but then Episode 20 of the Nosh Show got recorded.

So, episode 20 is available now and on top of wrapping up 2013 with talk of some of the year's highlights, we did our Nosh or Not segment which featured the Baskin-Robbins January flavor of the month. It was obviously a nosh for me, and I kind of made the promise that I would try the new flavor before the next show.

So, after my daughter's ankle checkup, well, my hungry side thought that maybe we weren't THAT far from Baskin-Robbins. One little problem though... between the crazy weather and the holidays, the new flavor hadn't arrived yet. I was bummed and wasn't sure what to do. The very nice employees asked how far we had come, mulled it over for a second, then suggested trying Peppermint Bark in the Dark because it's really good. Ok, I've come this far, so why not?

crunchy peppermint bark and creamy chocolate ice cream wrapped together 
with a peppermint candy and white-chocolate flavored ribbon
Looks good, doesn't it? (click for a larger image if you dare!)

Oh, and there's one more thing I need to mention. It was the end of the day and the store was really quiet, so my server says something like "don't worry, you'll get your money's worth". He turned away from us for a few minutes and came back with the gigantic serving you see above. Yeah, that's a double sized cup. Notice how the ice cream is about 1.5 times big then the cup, and the entire base is chuck full of ice cream. This could probably feed three people, maybe four because remember this is premium ice cream we're talking about.

As if you couldn't guess, the employees were right, this flavor is really good and if you happen to see it still hanging about, try it (or just hold tight til next year). The base chocolate is nice, the gooey, puffy peppermint swirls are tons of fun without being overpowering, and then there's one more secret weapon here.

The abundant peppermint bark bits really do seal the deal on this flavor. They might look solid or crunchy, but don't be fooled, they texture is more more akin to a thin mint chunk. They really did a nice job here and even now I'm still happily recalling how well balanced this flavor was. It was true without smacking me across the face.

Verdict?  great holiday flavor
Buy Again?  ofcourse!

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