Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Target Caramel Moose Tracks Brownie Ice Cream

Sometimes I worry that you might think that I hate all budget and mainstream ice cream nowadays due to all the food science, additives, and air overrun that can ruin the respectably of a modern ice cream. Thing is, I don't hate all of them, I really don't, I just get mad when they don't remember the secret. What is that secret? Well, you make up for a lighter texture by adding way more flavor. Case in point is this very fun container of....

Target Caramel Moose Tracks Brownie Ice Cream
caramel flavored ice cream with chewy brownie bits,
Denali caramel and famous moose tracks fudge

Does it look like a winner yet?

How about now? This picture still isn't worthy of showing how much flavor is in this container. The moose tracks fudge is just so flavorful and plentiful and it plays surprisingly well with the caramel base. It's cool how the caramel ice cream enhances the complexity of the swirl. Sure, technically you probably won't taste the actual Denali caramel by itself, but who cares. Flavor town ahoy! WOOT WOOT!

And the brownies? They are a factor, a very very small factor. Seriously. You will only hit them on occasion, but it's ok. What happens is that this stuff quickly melts in to a flavorful puddle of caramel base and moose track swirl bits and it's delicious. It's something akin to caramel cookies & cream, but better than that because the swirl is more rich and dense. It's pretty awesome. I've had this three times and I've inhaled it every time. You just get blasted with flavor and start thinking "more MORE MOAR!!!!".

Ok, enough ranting, time for recapping. Light texture. Occasional brownie bits. Tons of flavorful swirl. Excellent combo. Easily worth the $3.09 purchase price. Give this one a try.

Verdict?  very flavorful
Buy Again?  yup

Allergy Note: possibility of peanut oil in the fudge swirl

15 comments:

Rabbit Girl said...

No matter the brand, the same Moose Tracks logo is used, doe someone own the rights to moose tracks? Does a separate company have a patented way of swirling in chocolate?

Dubba Scoops said...

There is a separate company! They are called Denali Flavors Inc and "Moose Tracks" is one of their trade marked names. https://moosetracks.com/

Anne Sutton said...

In general, I really like the Target Market Pantry flavors. I think they are a solid bet for the price. I have even found the vanilla and chocolate as low as 1.89 in Virginia. That is even lower than the Great Value ice cream at Wal-Mart. The one thing I like about both Market Pantry and Great Value ice cream is that I know they are ice cream. I am so done with the Breyer's Frozen Dairy Dessert. Now there is a texture that I just don't like. I still remember the good ol' days when Breyer had reliable, top notch ice cream. I think that crown goes to Edy's Natural these days in terms of mainstream brands.

Dubba Scoops said...

Edy's Natural?

Em said...

Great review, as always! I hope your health has been better lately. I still miss your podcast and think about it all the time, but I love your blog <3

Dubba Scoops said...

Still perfecting my eating regiment but overall I'm doing pretty good :)

Yeah, I kind of miss it too. I'll be on Nerd Lunch again next week but I know that's not exactly the same as the Nosh Show.

Rabbit Girl said...

What happened to the Nosh show? I remember there was a shift in seats a while back but then I just atopped seeing posting instead of hearing that it was ending.

And BTW, I'm floored that some many ice cream companies choose to pay to get the moose tracks logo instead of just saying "with chocolate swirls."

Dubba Scoops said...

Here is the post that covered the ending the Nosh Show:
http://www.onsecondscoop.com/2017/10/cinnamon-toast-crunch-bites-and-end-of.html

Cost mainly. Moose Tracks is a fairly specific thing, and it's easier to mass produce it somewhere and sell it off than it is for individual companies to make something similar.

Anne Sutton said...

Good catch! I meant Turkey Hill Natural....not Edy's. My error

Dubba Scoops said...

always have me a little cup of turkey hill all natural as my final snack of the day :)

Anonymous said...

What are your thoughts on manufacturers deciding to change the calories listed to servings of 2/3 cup rather than 1/2 cup? Do you think it is an attempt to make their products appear more premium?

Amanda said...

Hi All. Rabbit Girl, I live not 10 minutes away from the Denali manufacturing facility in Wisconsin. I always thought of getting a job there and walking out with ice cream add-ins every night. They are "a leading supplier of chocolate coatings, fudge sauces, powders, fruit variegates, stabilizers, extruded products, flakes and other ingredients for the dairy, ice cream, bakery and food service industries." They offer "a selection of extruded doughs and bits, flakes and barks that range from non-GMO toasted coconut flakes to streusel bits to cola-flavored flakes, and everything in-between." If you want to see what they are working on (like a supersized cookie dough "puck"), you can read more here: https://www.denaliingredients.com/2018/07/12/denali-ingredients-expands-cookie-dough-offerings-to-meet-growing-consumer-demand/

Dubba Scoops said...

@Anon: It has to do with the FDA trying to make the nutrition panel more practical. You can read more here: https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm385663.htm

@Amanda: thanks for the extra info!

Anne Sutton said...

This doesn't have to do with a product you listed in this post, but it's a new product to me....Yasso pints. I picked up the chocolate and PB one. Mine had freezer burn on top. It's a froyo, not an ice cream. Once it tempered some, it was better. Definitely peanut butter is the overwhelming flavor here. My kids thought it was too hard, but they didn't wait for it to soften a bit. I got mine on clearance for 2.78 which is why I picked it up. I also picked up Museum of Ice cream chocolate with chocolate flakes. We are trying that tonight. Then I picked up Market Pantry unicorn ice cream. It's got a lot of crazy stuff inside. We got it because it said unicorn, and I have a six-year-old girl.

Rabbit Girl said...

Thanks for the info Amanda and, Dubba, I'm sure you'll find another fun podcasting outlet when you get inspired.