Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Friendly's Nor'easter Pothole Ice Cream

[New for early 2018] When I first spotted this flavor a month ago, I didn't really have the urge to review it because it just seemed like a spiced up chocolate cookies & cream flavor. Yes, technically I adore cookies & cream, but I just didn't trust Friendly's to really make this one anything but catchy to the eye. Well, fast forward a month and there was nothing to buy at Hannaford, so I came home with a container of...

Friendly's Nor'easter Pothole Ice Cream
chocolate ice cream swirled with black tar fudge
with crushed chocolate cream cookie gravel & asphalt chocolate chips

Quick Northeastern living side note: I've clocked about a half million miles on Northeastern roads but it wasn't until a few weeks ago that a car of mine actually took damage from a pothole. I was cut off, swerved to the left, and quickly found myself inside a pothole that I had spent the last several days avoiding. I bent the inside of my rim and created a small leak. Fun times!

Back to the ice cream which makes a decent visual first impression... mix-in wise if not necessarily filling wise. I scrape the lid and the base chocolate has a nice familiar chocolate milkshake flavoring to it.

You can see the swirl now and unfortunately it's probably the worst component of this ice cream. It's got a bit of weirdness to it which brings down the overall rating of this one. Also, they used those foolish tiny chocolate chips which drive me nuts. Those things are so pointless. Ugggg. Cookies are ok but not very frequent.

So basically this ice cream is about as good (or more specifically meh) as I first expected. Friendly's just doesn't have the magic they once did so long ago. It's not terrible and we will work through it, but this one could have been a lot more fun with a better swirl, bigger chips, and more cookies.

On Second Scoop: Hey all. I've been nibbling on this one for the past week and it's not terrible terrible, I just think it is more decorative than effective. It's got the marketing pizazz but not the mix-ins it needs to be a truly fun ice cream. It is nice that the overall chocolate flavoring is a little bit more complex than your average container of ice cream, but that's not enough to make me buy this one again. Oh well. On to the next limited offering.

Verdict?  meh
Buy Again?  nah


  1. I found this flavor fun, not perfect but a nice change of pace. I seem to have better luck with friendly's than you, less gummy to me.

  2. well, it's not so much luck as it is tolerance. Some of us could care less about texture, some of us are super sensitive to it. Like you said, at least it attempts to be different (I actually just made a milkshake out of it not twenty minutes ago)

  3. Dubba, since you are from Mass, how do you feel about Brigham's chocolate chip? I ask here because you mentioned your dislike of the little chips...I love them in Brigham's (along with the vanilla base) so was curious if you always dislike them? I generally prefer larger chips (more chocolate!) But I find them fun in the Brigham's...maybe because there are so many and even if a bite has fewer, the vanilla is delicious. I don't recall friendlys using little chips in other flavors (except maybe the cookie dough bits?) And my recollection is that the regular chips are pretty sparse in their chocolate chip and mint chocolate chip.

  4. I haven't had Brigham's Chocolate Chip since the 90s, but if it has the tiny chips, yeah, I'm not interested.

    at the very least, Friendlys had the chips in that double chocolate chip cookie dough flavor
    and they really annoyed me there

  5. “I scrape the lid and the base chocolate has a nice familiar chocolate milkshake flavoring to it.”

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who gets their first taste off the lid!! Haha


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