Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Alden's Double Dutch Chocolate Ice Cream

[New for 2019] Did you know that I have a three year old Alden's post that I never posted? It's true. I bought a big container of their Cookies & Cream ice cream and it was badly freezerburned (at least I think it was, but maybe it sucks in general). I think I tried them one other time too with similar results. I figured I just wasn't meant to grab anything fresh from them. Then, about a month (or so) ago, their new 2019 pints popped up at Stop & Shop and I brought one home.

Alden's Double Dutch Chocolate Ice Cream
"always double down on chocolate and ice cream"

Oh no, that's not good. Not good at all.

You can still see a patch of crystals, but at least now you can see that this is indeed two different chocolates mixed together. Will you be able to tell the difference?

...or will you even care? Probably not because you will be too busy thinking about the icy texture. I made it through about a third of the pint because the it's still got respectable flavoring, but oh the ice.... so... much... ice. When everything you buy from a company is icy, you have to start thinking "are they doing something wrong?"

So fine people of internet land, have you ever had good luck with Alden's? There are several other pint options in the form of caramel macchiato, vanilla creme, road trip, crushin on cookies & mint, dough yeah, sasquatch tracks, and midnight cherry chip (or maybe you've had their bigger containers). They are fairly standard offerings but that's fine if they are well done. Let us know what you think (I mean, what else do you have to do right now?)

On Second Scoop: For being fairly un-enjoyable as an ice cream, it made for a pretty darn good shake. Yes, the ice factor is still a factor to some degree, but the way the cocoa comes across makes for an hearty old school flavoring to the shake. It almost makes me wish that I had another pint to make two more shakes.

Verdict?  why can I never get a good product from them?
Buy Again?  maybe?

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