Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Friendly's Celebration Ice Cream Cake Ice Cream

[New for 2014] I was down at Walmart trying to restock the freezer for my family when I spied one very brightly colored Friendly's container. Oh yeah, my daughter needs this one ASAP.

Friendly's Celebration Ice Cream Cake Ice Cream
Chocolate ice cream with chocolate covered crunchies,
blue whipped icing flavored ice cream
and vanilla ice cream with chocolate covered crunchies.

Don't let the opening shot fool ya, the blue section is quite large. The blue makes for a fun visual divider between the two flavors much like the crunch layer does in a regular ice cream cake. [note: last year Friendly's had the very blue Cotton Candy flavor] Wait, have I mentioned how much I adore ice cream cake? (loyal readers already know this)

All I have to say is, how did no one think of this sooner? They've literally put all the ice cream cake components in to this scoopable container. It's such a simple idea but it works great. The blue middle even tastes like an ice cream cake's blue frosting (an homage more than a straight overly sweet counterpart). It's just a great party trick that the kids are going to love.

Is it perfect? Well, that's for the historians to decide. The good news is that chocolate side has that distinct ice cream cake chocolate flavor (hard to describe, but you know what I mean). The "bad" news is that the while "vanilla" side tastes like it's very mild cake counterpart as well. The vanilla part in ice cream cakes tends to be pretty flat (aka near flavorless) as it relies on everything else to provide flavor, though to be honest, this has never bothered me, it's personal preference really. It's not a mind blowing vanilla here, but at the same time, I was never expecting some super powered vanilla. I wanted ice cream cake and I got it.

So if I seem to be talking in circles, that's because I am. I mean how many ways can I say that this tastes just like just about every ice cream birthday cake you've ever eaten.

On Second Scoop:  Oh man, I went for my official second scooping but my daughter has pretty much made this one disappear all on her own. I knew she would this one! I think what really hooks me personally is the fact that the chocolate side has that same unique flavor you find in the ice cream cake. Sure, some will argue chocolate is chocolate, but it amuses me and I've always been a fan. I also seem to be running in to more crunchies so that's a bonus. Nice job on this one Friendly's!

Verdict?  Fun and Unique
Buy Again?  Yes!



Danielle said...

I know *exactly* what you mean about the distinct flavor of the chocolate in ice cream cake. And as me and Nick were discussing last week, ice cream cake can NOT be called that without the crunchies and fudge! I'm def gonna keep my eyes out for this one!

billy polard said...

I just got back from the store, specifically to get this based on your recommendation. Thankfully my local grocer had it. Can't wait to try it tonight!


Melissa Schmalzried said...

i can't find this anywhere! :(

Nick Rovo said...

Melissa, this is their newest limited edition. It's possible they still have inventory of the older one and once that's gone, you'll be able to get your hands on this one!

Melissa Schmalzried said...

good to know! i found it today! :)

Anonymous said...

Holy crap this ice cream is amazing. The perfect flavor that was staring them in the face the whole time! Such a savings over buying an ice cream cake too! This is the best thing since Party Cake ice cream!

Anise Jasman said...

Still find it at my local store

Dubba Scoops said...

hehehehe, yeah, I just saw it the other day too, some stores don't rotate stock as quickly as others (keeping in mind ice cream has a shelf life of 12-18 months)

Nick Rovo said...

Anise and Dubba, I think they started producing it again because stores that no longer had it around me just recently started stocking it again.