Friday, April 6, 2018

Perry's Butterscotch Sundae Ice Cream

[New for 2018] So Perry's Ice Cream is turning 100 this year. That makes them five years younger than Wells (Blue Bunny) but ten years old than Edy's / Dreyer's. In other words, they've been around a long time. To celebrate this epic occasion, they are releasing four retro flavors that they are calling "100th Year Classics". They were nice enough to send over a sample of each but I really wasn't sure which flavor to try first, but then it hit me....

Perry's Butterscotch Sundae Ice Cream
butterscotch ice cream with salty butterscotch swirls and roasted peanuts

I'm torn when it comes to butterscotch ice cream. While I do love butterscotch flavor in general, it's just never really clicked in ice cream for me. Think of Scotchy Scotch Scotch or Islay's Maricopa (or Breyer's). The flavor is just super bold and kind of hard to manage. I'm hoping that Perry's breaking out an old recipe means they will break out a flavor that's more akin to the butterscotch I learned to love as a kid. (the fact it's butterscotch SUNDAE should make it that much more fun as well)

I take a tiny taste and it's bold. Uh oh. You can smell the butterscotch aroma just emanating from my cup of ice cream. Let's dig in...

You know what's funny? The second you hit a peanut (which will be early on), it instantly changes the flavor profile to one leaning much more towards peanuts than butterscotch. It actually reminds me of a certain flavor but I cant visualize which one.

How do I feel about this flavor? I don't know really. I do like how the peanuts add an alternative flavor profile to a straight butterscotch flavor... I guess I just wonder if butterscotch isn't meant to be an ice cream. After all, this is retired. I'm not saying it's bad, I'm just saying that I still don't click with butterscotch in my ice cream.

On Second Scoop: I feel bad when companies send me flavors like this because more often than not I wind up using the term "weird" in the first scooping. I'm not trying to be mean, but there is a reason that this flavor is both retro and discontinued. It is what it is. That said, I definitely think I appreciated it more today than I did yesterday and I foresee it continuing to grow on me. The first bite is still akin to some kind of salty homage to cream soda, but once the plentiful peanuts kick in, the flavor profile is something more familiar (yet pretty unique). Like I always say, sometimes you have to step back and try it again on another day (I do say that right?)

Verdict?  focus on the peanuts
Buy Again?  not for me

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