Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter Ice Cream
This is cool, check out how the ice cream visual progress as we dig down.
Opening shot: so many cookie crumbs!
Half inch down: cookie bits everywhere!
further down: holy cow! it's hunks of cookie butter swirl!
I take a few bites and have a thought, but I take a few more bites to verify. Yeah, the vanilla is very strong, and the cookie butter flavoring is secondary. Oh, it's there, but you get that creamy vanilla blast with notes of specaloos (biscoff cookies) rather than a full on cookie butter assault.
This swirl is neat, whether or not it was suppose to clump up like that. I can't wait to find more in my second (and third and fourth) scooping. However, I iwsh they had applied some cookie butter right to the base itself to jack up the flavor profile.
Rather than the cookie bits coming together with the ice cream to form a gritty texture, we are instead treated to a very smooth/creamy (melty) texture with soft speed bumps of cookie bits. There's no definitive crunch if that's what you were hoping for.
Having inhaled my first double serving, I am left full but wanting a bit. I think the problem is that I have such a high tolerance for cookie spread (if you eat it regularly than you'll know what I mean), that this somewhat mild version seems incomplete to me. It's not bad, and I'm sure it will sell well, but I think it needs a spark of something to complete the flavor profile.
On Second Scoop: As always, please don't take my initial impressions to mean this is a bad ice cream, it's not, it's good, just not epic like I had hoped for. I'm still enjoying it, I just want it to have a little more pizzazz. Several people have already commented on how to make it better (I just tried it with some crushed oatmeal cookies as suggested on our facebook page), so don't be afraid to explore with this one.
Buy Again? maybe