Saturday, January 10, 2015

Friendly's Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Ice Cream

[New for Dec 2014 / Jan 2015, back for January 2016]
This one was hard to resist the first time, but then when I saw it again by work, and for just $2.50, I gave in. [warning, I've realized the camera has burnt out on my phone, so I have trouble in bright light and low light, it's only happy in the middle]

Friendly's Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Ice Cream
Chocolate ice cream with swirls of peanut butter and chocolate covered pretzels

Well, at least it's full, and I can see the pretzel bits already.

I don't waste time and dig right in. The swirl is a dry peanut butter, definitely on the natural side that's more peanut butter flavor than sweet creaminess.

The pretzels have varying levels of crisp-ness. It's a little weird because seem to be crunchy and stale at the same time.

Sorry, I'm not saying a lot yet.... but I think the flavor profile is growing on me. It's not as sweet and chocolaty as I expected, it's more complex then that, but it's not bad.


On Second Scoop: Yeah, I wasn't really verbose on the first try, and that will kind of continue here. I think the problem is the pretzel inconsistency. Yes, this is a common theme in pretzel ice creams, but it's annoying here. The pretzel bits should have a thicker chocolaty shell that not only keeps them crunchy, but also adds a needed sweet balance to the dry peanut butter flavoring. Ahhh, frustrating. It's not that it's a bad base despite being a bit dry in texture as well. Let me put it another way. If I was blind folded, I would never guess this was made by Friendlys.


Third Scooping: Ok, I figured it out. The thin chocolate coating doesn't really stay on the pretzels which has lead to their staleness. If you want to try this, I wish you freshness, but don't get your hopes up.

Verdict?  Freshness fail
Buy Again?  nope


5 comments:

Danielle said...

Interesting, this flavor never made it to my parts of NJ. Despite it's staleness I will keep an eye out!

Tom K said...

Danielle....it is in NJ stores now, I think it is rather good, personally....

zxgriffin1 said...

It's here in MA. I thought it was good. Maybe a little fresher because I live a hop, skip, and a jump from the Friendlys HQ. (Wilbraham).

Dubba Scoops said...

@Tom & ZX, glad to hear you had better luck than I! Maybe i'm just not meant to enjoy pretzels in my ice cream.

wlcnyc said...

I say it would have been better without the pretzels!