Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Humboldt Organic Chocolate Ice Cream

[New for 2016] For those of you brave enough to venture in to Walmart, you may have spotted a new company in the freezer aisle in the last few months. It's Humboldt Creamery Ice Cream based out of California. They've teamed up with Walmart to offer a lineup of super premium organic ice cream products (press release here). Packaged in 40 oz containers for under six bucks, there are five flavors to start with. Vanilla, Strawberry, Coffee, Mint Chip and...

Humboldt Chocolate Ice Cream

"deep, rich chocolate blended the old-fashioned way into creamy perfection".

Do you remember how main stream companies use to try to make dark chocolate ice cream? It wasn't a true dark chocolate, but it wasn't milk chocolate either anymore. Well, this ice cream reminds me of those days. In particular I am thinking of the Breyers version (or this one or their newer one) in particular, but Friendly's also did one and Turkey Hill has one though that one has chocolate bits in it. This isn't some super dense, high end ice cream, this is meant to be more main stream and budget friendly (relatively speaking, remember this is organic).

Photographing plain chocolate ice cream never goes well...

The other thing that really struck me as I worked my way through the bowl was how much I wish I had some fresh pretzel cones handy. This is a fine ice cream, but there's just not a ton of pop to it and a salty, crunchy pretzel cone would bring this one to life. Unfortunately I don't think my local Wegman's carries pretzel cones anymore so I might just have to mix in some pretzels of my own next time.

On Second Scoop: This is a fine product to compete with the other main stream competitors. My only real comment (or surprise) is their reliance on stabilizers. Yes they are organic, but they are still stabilizers. I get it, this isn't some high end product and they need to maintain a price point, but that doesn't mean I have to love the texture. I'm still going to fall back to Turkey Hill when I want simple, all natural flavors. I will try the other flavors as the summer goes along, but will you try it? Or have you? Let us know in the comments!

Verdict?  darker than expected
Buy Again?  maybe (will definitely try the other flavors)


11 comments:

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

I'd love for you to review Warlmart's new Ice cream sandwiches. The Key Lime looks good but I'm afraid to buy a dud :)

stride4unit E said...

That is a really dark color for chocolate ice cream! I have never heard of this company before, so it also amazes me how many ice cream companies are trying to be the best at making a product that should be a simple recipe of cream, sugar, and milk.

Dubba Scoops said...

@aol: it's on the to-do list, but I'm not a fan of their nut cross-contamination. I wish the walmart by work would stock them.

@stride: they are new to the ice cream game and a walmart exclusive. Definitely a dark offering, wish they had gone simpler on the recipe though.

Anonymous said...

Have you tried the new Breyers chocolate truffle ice cream? (Yes ice cream!) Darker than their regular chocolate. Looks similar to this one, curious how you think it compares. Has pieces in it though

D... said...

If you want organic without any fillers or additives that generally leaves Straus. Which is my current go to and favorite. Only ingredients are organic cream, milk, eggs, and sugar. Along with the flavor of course
Three Twins is a secondary option and they actually use Straus organic milk too, but Three Twins is slightly lower grade ice cream. Less fat, not at super premium levels.

Dubba Scoops said...

@Anon: yup, tried it last year http://www.onsecondscoop.com/2015/03/breyers-chocolate-truffle-ice-cream.html it's got a similar idea to this one

@D: no access to Straus around here, though I have heard of them. I am a fan of three twins and they are making more in roads on the east coast which is cool.

Anonymous said...

Finally. I have been wondering about this brand for months now.

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Would you be willing to review any of the Hudsonville ice cream flavors, if you're able to find it locally? Much appreciated.

Dubba Scoops said...

@Anon2: price tag had you hesitant to try it yourself? :)

@Liz: I'd be happy too but they are out of Michigan and don't have distribution in Mass

Anonymous said...

The mint xhocolate chip was blah!

Anonymous said...


Went to Trader joes to get their house brand chocolate which is the best I have ever had and found this brand next to what I came to buy so I tried it instead. This is at least as good as most of the generic brands but no where near the Trader Joes brand. Much less expensive however.