photo courtesy of the Niskayuna Co-op facebook page
What I found was not only a knowledgeable staff but a place that didn't feel like a co-op in the traditional sense. It felt more like a neighborhood market where you could get specialty good as well as national brands like Kellogg's. While you don't have to be a member to shop there, their lifetime membership is only $5. You'd be making that back in saving on your first trip alone.
Now you all know I was mainly interested in their ice cream section and man was I impressed.
Sure they had the "healthy" and "all-natural" options like you expect. However, they easily have the largest selection of Perry's ice cream that I've ever seen and it's always $2.99 a container. They're also the first store that I've seen carry Hershey's ice cream that wasn't a gas station as well. Oh and their selection of Talenti isn't all that shabby either. I was actually able to speak with their frozen foods manager and learned a lot about the ordering and stocking process. He doesn't mess around either. If something isn't selling, that stuff is gone asap *cough* Ben & Jerry's Greek Froyo *cough*. He also refuses to carry Breyer's which was more than a delight to my ears.
As for taste, I really have to give it to Talenti. This is one of the bolder coffee flavors I’ve tried. While it’s no black coffee, it’s lightly sweetened letting the robustness to shine through. It’s definitely up there as one of my favorite coffee bases I have tried. Like I said earlier, the chocolate chips are incorporated into every bite. The chocolate is more on the darker side but works to temper the coffee base. Combined, it actually reminds me of a well-executed mocha coffee. Not one component overpowers the other leading to a satisfying experience. Now this flavor won’t blow you away by any means. That said, there are those days when I just want something simple and this flavor would perfectly fit the bill.
Verdict? Simple yet satisfying
Buy Again? Once in awhile
Thanks again to the folks at the Niskayuna Co-Op for the tour and the pints. I know I’ll be back to explore the freezer section some more!