Saturday, September 17, 2016

Perry's Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream

[New for Fall 2016] You know what I love about Perry's? Their willingness to try something new. They have a range of classic flavors but they get today's media cycle. They realize that you need a mix of beloved regulars and new stuff. Not all of the new flavors will work, but who cares, it's how you learn and grow [don't worry, their excellent pumpkin ice cream is back again as well].

Perry's Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream
espresso ice cream with pumpkin spice and cream cheese swirls

Since I'm not a very big fan of coffee flavored ice creams, I made sure that Perry's actually wanted to send me free samples of this one. They said it has a nice balance and thought I should still give it a try, so here goes!

Whoa, little black flecks everywhere. For a second I wonder if they are coffee bean bits, but I assume it's one of the spices. I get my nose nice and close and there is a faint aroma of coffee.

It's a real soft scooper like most of the samples we've tried this year. It appears to have a caramel swirl but then I reread the description. It's a pumpkin spice swirl and a cream cheese swirl, not just pumpkin spice. Wait, that means that those bits really could be coffee bean flecks in the base espresso ice cream? HA!

Enough talking, I take a bite and it's actually not bad! I could smell it as it approached my face but there is a light espresso foaminess once it's actually on your taste buds. The light texture of the base is actually a really good delivery method for a flavor like this. I deem it funky.

Let's see if we can get some swirl bites. Neat. It adds a nice complexity but it's specifically adding that complexity rather than trying to dominate the scoop. I don't suddenly taste all pumpkin (or sugar), it just tastes like a more well rounded flavor. I just got some cream cheese swirl and it didn't try to dominate either.

What a clever flavor. Since I don't drink coffee or lattes, I can't compare it to those, but as an ice cream, it's one of the most pleasant and subdued coffee flavors I've tried. It's still a coffee ice cream, but it's more akin to like a half and half mix of a vanilla and jamocha shake. It's in a nice middle of the road place for us non-coffee types. Good complexity, fairly sweet, and the aftertaste is the only place where the coffee flavor really dominates. My biggest question now is whether or not I'll get more pumpkin swirl on my second scooping, I'm pretty confident (hopeful) I will.

On Second Scoop: I really do like this flavor. Yes that's weird for me to say about a coffee flavor. I like the flavor diversity here. Each bite is a bit of a surprise. I actually got two bites that were very pumpkin-y and then overall I'm still pretty easily about to make it through a bowl. Remember, coming from me that is not a slight, it's actually a compliment. I'll have no problem at all getting through my sample quarts. Nice job Perry's.

Hey, are you still reading? Excellent! This was a test to see who stuck with me. Perry's is trying something new at the moment and would like to send one lucky reader a sample of this new Pumpkin Spice Latte ice cream. To enter, simply leave a comment with your email address and what you love most about fall. The changing of the leaves, pumpkin pie, Halloween, pumpkin spice lattes? Whatever it is, let us know and maybe you'll win! One winner will be chosen at random Monday night. >>> I let the contest run through Monday night and I will pick the winner today (Tuesday) >> Anton is our winner, congratulations!

Verdict?  well rounded
Buy Again?  sure

Allergy note: cross contamination warning on label

36 comments:

Whitney said...

Hello, I love apple picking the most.

Thank You!

Lisa said...

warm days, cool nights, apple pie and halloween for my kids!

Michael Cutrone said...

Wish we had more access to Perry's in NYC, the reviews are always interesting.

My favourite part of Autumn is walking through the same park every week and seeing the transition in the foliage, how the leaves fall with each subsequent gust of wind, how the heat and humidity begins to subside and couples sit warmly together. The best season.

Shae L said...

I am a little upset I wasn't chosen for your Baskin Robbins Coupons but I figured you had alot of requests. I just Love Ice cream and eat it every day and would review a new daily if I could...anyway...I would love to try this flavor. What is best about fall....All the seasonal Ice cream I wait all year to buy of course.

Erin said...

Can I post two? I love candy corn and football! 😀

Dubba Scoops said...

Dear Whitney, Lisa, Michael, Shae, and Erin, please send me your email addresses for your entry!

@Shae: I would love to send everyone coupons but I wound up with 86 entries! So even by going 6x2 on the coupons, I still had 80 people I couldn't send coupons to.

Isaac said...

I love tracking down seasonal treats
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Lootie said...

Hey!! I love fall because of the brisk cool weather. ;)
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LizNoVeggieGirl said...


What I love most about fall is the beautiful foliage - it's truly the most picturesque time of year.
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BrookeK said...

I like pumpkin pie and tailgating for football!
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Jessica said...

I love playoff baseball!
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Caitlin said...

My favorite part about fall is of course, all the seasonal goodies! I am the biggest sucker for absolutely anything pumpkin flavored (just finished a pumpkin twinkie actually), but I also enjoy the salted caramel mochas and gingerbread goodies, too! I hate how cold it is since it makes me regret eating an entire pint of ice cream (regret, not prevent), but the flavors make it worth it! Would love to win this ice cream!
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Dubba Scoops said...

I thought I was the only one who loved Fall weather!

Lindsay Bolle said...

My favorite part of fall is when it's just cold enough to need a hoodie, but not a big coat, and walking around the neighborhood looking at the trees changing color and hearing the leaves crunch under your feet while randomly getting that burning leaves smell once in a while. Pure bliss. I look forward to it all year. That and my pumpkin pecan concrete mixers from Culver's :D

Nicole said...

What I love about fall are all the pumpkin flavored things.
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Stride said...

I am with you in that I dislike coffee ice creams but now that you liked it, you've captured my attention and my interest! What I love the most about fall is haunted houses!
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Paul said...

Add in Graham swirl and this will be perfect for Thanksgiving
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Aaron said...

The best part of autumn is getting to wear real clothes again. Shorts and t-shirts just aren't my style.
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bryn said...

I love the colors of fall...and the fall flavors
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Dominic said...

I love football season and pumpkin anything!
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Danielle said...

I love the brisk fall breeze, changing leaves, as well as the chance to be with family around all the festive holidays :) I would like to win the ice cream sample because I can't get Perry's near me, and this flavor looks incredible!
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Jim said...

The thing I love the most about fall is the changing of the trees and football of course! Plus, pumpkin flavored everything? Yes please.
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Steph said...

Originally from the West Coast. Here in Boston for dental school. Finally getting a taste of the four seasons! I love autumn for its foliage. Makes me more aware of time passing and reminds me to appreciate and savor the sweet things in life, including limited edition fall treats. Huge fan of coffee and pumpkin ice cream and would love to jumpstart the day with this flavor!
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Ryker said...

The best thing about Fall hands down is the start of a new NHL season.
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Suna Balik said...

I love that school is back in session. I can sit back and relax with the kids at school while I can enjoy sampling some new fall icecream flavors.

Dubba Scoops said...

@Suna: I need an email address please!

Ben said...

The best part about autumn is getting the fall/winter clothing out (including Sabres gear!) and putting the heated blanket back on the bed as the outside temperature cools...it doesn't get much cozier than that!
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Amy said...

I love all the pumpkin stuff!
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Bucky said...

I love fall because it finally falls below 90 degrees in the south and I get to steal my kids' Halloween candy.
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Marianne said...

Fall is the best! Less humidity, storm/hurricane season is almost over, and its the kickoff of a couple of months worth of family and friends and parties! Plus, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal!

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@Marianne: forgot email address

Anton said...

Cool morning weather is easily he best thing about the fall.
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Rachel said...

Fall leaves, crisp apples, squash, pumpkin everything, and seasonal ice cream.
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Caps said...

I like fall because HOCKEY. Betcha thought I was gonna say football, huh?
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Chloe said...

I love fall weather, and apple and pumpkin picking!
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Margaret Hulgrave said...

I love about fall all the warm smells from the fall candle and the baking I do this time of year. Pumpkin!