Trader Joe's Organic Vanilla Fudge Chip Ice Cream
vanilla ice cream with fudgy chunks of chocolate
So this the newest member of the Trader Joe's freezer and their first foray into Organic ice cream (as far as I know anyway). The weird thing was that this was next to some containers of Humboldt ice cream which was supposed to be a Walmart exclusive. Doing a little investigating, I discovered that Trader Joe's ice cream is made at a plant that is owned by the same California company that produces Humboldt ice cream. Mystery solved I guess (should have grabbed a picture of the freezer while I was there).
Anyway, business lesson aside, I bought this quart for $5.99 and a container of those little chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. I think I've had them before but I had forgotten how easy it is to have two or three servings of them. This realization delayed my ice cream break by a few hours.
I'm not hit with a strong vanilla flavor, it's actually quite mellow... like way too mellow. I hate to say it, but it's one of those vanillas where you kind of wonder if you are tasting vanilla or just the cardboard packaging. I know that's harsh but I'm a serving in and that's all I can think about. I didn't spend six bucks for something that taste like a hoodsie cup.
Sure, it could be the chocolate messing with me, but I don't think so. The chips do use coconut oil but you can't taste coconut if you were concerned. If you want to be nosey, you could let the ice cream melt and then chew on the 6-8 chips that come with every spoonful.... ewwww, too much chewing. I got a big ol' blast of the cocoa liquor they use in the chips. That is so not my thing. I won't be doing that again.
So the ice cream is fairly soft and light like I suspected (organic products arent cheap so you just have to expect a lighter texture going in at this price point). It's an easy scooper as I like to say. I'm happy enough to eat it, but it's not going to knock your socks off in anyway. It's more about feeling good (organic) than tasting good (super premium). Ha, that sounds mean doesn't it?
On Second Scoop: I guess you could argue that mainstream chocolate chip ice creams aren't exactly known for blowing you out of the water with their flavorful vanilla base, but I wasn't thinking mainstream when I bought this, I was thinking about the big Organic tag and what that often implies. With the much of the marketing world cycling back toward all natural and organic and non-GMO and such, I guess we need to prepare for more mainstream organic ice creams. In other words, organic and super premium will not be synonymous anymore. I'm all for all natural ice creams though I am somewhat bothered by the airy ones that rely on gums too heavily (the same way it bothers me with regular ice cream). Anyway, it's a fine product and I will happily finish it. It's not mind blowing, but it's easy enough to put two servings of it in your belly. Try it if you want and just go from there.
Verdict? not bad, not mind blowing
Buy Again? probably not but you never know