Saturday, July 25, 2015

Yuengling's Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream

[New for 2015] Alright, I decided to head out to a different Roche Bros in hopes of finding one of the other four new Yuenglings flavors that came out this year. Sure enough, they had the most interesting sounding flavor (and most colorful quart) of the bunch.

Yuengling Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream
"the taste of buttered popcorn with a caramel swirl"

There's a lot of plain base at the top so let's try that first. I get a hint of buttered popcorn, but it's very reminiscent of burnt coffee. Hey, food science can only take you so far. Let's dig deeper.

The swirls don't stand out as much as you think they would. I'm not getting a blast of buttery caramel or anything, instead the defuse the flavor of the base. I still get that buttered popcorn flavor on the back end, but the swirls do distract me somewhat from my original coffee comment.

Having brought home fresh caramel popcorn from the boardwalk just a few weeks ago, I can honestly say this is not caramel popcorn because who puts caramel on buttered popcorn? You do one or the other, why do we have both here? This flavor makes no sense to me.

Sorry for not describing the swirl more but the base is very distracting. The swirl helps but I cant describe it well at the moment. Ahhhh, I'm reviewing poorly. Start over.

This flavor says it's a buttered popcorn base and they have that here once the swirl kicks in. We've seen this tried a few times, and this could have been much worse, but I just don't get it. They've done a decent job recreating buttered popcorn flavor but we need more. Come up with some clever crunchy caramel bits and jam pack them in here. Something. Anything. This flavor is in desperate need of a fun factor.

On Second Scoop: Yeah, it's still really weird that when you start mixing the swirl with the base how this one goes from a mild burnt coffee (or burnt popcorn) taste to move of a straight buttery popcorn taste (with a lingering note of caramel popcorn... sort of). I do not like the way the flavor sits on my tastebuds, it's very.... it just doesn't seem right. It doesn't finish quite right. I am so not the target audience for this flavor. Good luck getting people to buy this flavor more than once. Ok, now I'm just being cranky.

Verdict?  not sure why I would want this
Buy Again?  nope


6 comments:

2c5751ca-f142-11e4-8c2c-73a49f720d67 said...

Is it strange that this review makes me want to try it more?

Dubba Scoops said...

This is a judgement free zone, so go right ahead :)

(and feel free to check back in afterwards!)

TheIcon said...

I thought the flavor sounded odd. I found myself really enjoying it. To me it wasn't overpowering . I would def purchase again.

Dubba Scoops said...

@TheIcon: are you eating it straight or throwing on a few toppings? I'm debating if I want to toy with the last of the quart.

TheIcon said...

I just ate it out of the bowl....aka container :) Its funny you mentioned it tasted like butter popcorn and you are right however it never dawned on me that carmel popcorn isn't carmel covered butter popcorn. I really didn't expect to like this flavor as much as I did. I expected it to be a fun "I tried it" flavor and done but the lightness of it has me coming back for more.

Anonymous said...

I liked the flavor a lot, & never noticed a burnt taste too it.

Now the Skippy Salted Caramel Peanut Butter tasted like burnt chemicals, & was a huge letdown.

Yesterday at Weis I bought Yuengling's Pumpkin Spice Roll ice cream, but haven't tried it yet.