So, for comparison, I've had Haagen Daas Sea Salt Caramel gelato and I've previously reviewed Southern Craft Creamery Sea Salt Caramel ice cream on this blog. The big difference with Blue Bell compared to both of those is that the base ice cream here is vanilla and it is accented by a caramel swirl. For Southern Craft's ice cream and Haagen Daas' gelato, the ice cream/gelato itself has a caramel flavor so every bite delivers that flavor.
I can say that I enjoyed Blue Bell's take on sea salt caramel. The swirl itself is delicious and has the right level of sweetness to it. And the salt? Even when I got a swirl-heavy bite, it wasn't really noticeable. There was just enough salt to accentuate the sweet. The consistency of the swirl is very sauce like and not chewy. In fact, the only downside here is that I liked the swirl too much and wished there were more of it. Since it was combined with a vanilla ice cream, it really stands out. If it's absent from a bite, it's really missed.
In fact, when I had my first serving of it, I felt there was something lacking. It almost came across too plain. That's not necessarily a bad thing. I think it's an excellent "base ice cream." Grab a few cashews, toss them in and this would be even better. Or, make it a milkshake, which I did, and make sure you spread that flavor around to every bite. That helps. And it's not too overpowering in it's caramel flavor when you do that.
And hey, one other idea for this...drop a scoop of this into your morning coffee and let the vanilla and caramel permeate your cuppa Joe. Pretty good!
I definitely recommend this, just maybe peruse the toppings aisle before leaving the grocery store. I think you'll wish you had something to go with it if you don't.
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