Friday, May 22, 2020

Coolhaus Take the Cannoli Ice Cream

[New for 2019] I'm still hitting the grocery store just once a week, but I'm trying to switch things up by not hitting the same grocery store every time. I'm not finding a ton of new stuff, but I was able to pick up one of the newer coolhaus flavors.

Coolhaus Take the Cannoli Ice Cream
Italian mascarpone ice cream with chocolate covered cannoli shells

Silver foil seal removed, I see that I don't need to aim for cannoli shell bits.

Looks good right? All those cannoli bits look pretty tasty (and crispy)... shame the base is so weird. For a second, I thought maybe I tasted anise, but after a few more bites, it was more of a citrus-y flavor annoying me on every bite. I'm not sure if it was orange or lemon or whatever else, but it was unexpected, and more importantly, unwelcome.

I'm no expert, but I've had a fair number of cannoli in my time on planet Earth and I can't say that I ever remember them tasting this strong of citrus. I do feel like there is a certain Italian cookie that this reminds me of, but I forget which one in particular. Maybe this is some regional thing and depends on who made the cannoli.

So yeah, if you try this, please be aware of this weirdness. I admit that I thought I might be imagining things a bit until I got some feedback on instagram with similar opinions. It's just so unexpected. Nothing else really matters besides that base flavoring, which is a shame, because so far the shell bits seem like they would have been fun.

On Second Scoop: So I set myself up in two ways for this second scoop. One, focus on the chocolate bits. Two, expect the orange(ish) flavor. Did it help? Kind of? The canolli bits I sliced in half are less crisp now, but this one is definitely less shocking on the second go around. I don't love it, and I don't expect to buy it ever again, but I should be able to finish it.

Verdict?  weird
Buy Again?  nope

allergy note: made in a facility that also processes nuts


Rabbit Girl said...

is the name supposed to be punning some idiom? i don't get it, call me harebrained.

Dubba Scoops said...

Godfather movie reference :)

Eric said...

This is one I definitely would've tried if I came across it on my travels, so this is highly disappointing. That said, I've tried a few of the Coolhaus flavors and I don't remember any of them really blowing me away

Dubba Scoops said...

Their sandwiches are where it's at if you can find a fresh one. That said, I tend to got hung up on the texture of their pints, but I still like to have them on the blog now and again.

James said...

While I haven't had many, my absolute favorite Coolhaus flavor has to be Bananas Foster.

tintar said...

that's too bad since it sounds good on paper (and in your photos!)

the cookie you're thinking of might be pizzelles? esp. since it can be used to make cannoli. when I was growing up, we'd make them for christmas, always with anise extract. but I hear there is some reprobate alternate-reality who makes them with citrus. so I would not be half-surprised if they might have tried to get a bit of both flavors in there?

Anonymous said...

Agree about the citrus flavor - unexpected.

Anonymous said...

Tried this today, and at first I thought it was a weird (mint?) taste to it. Then I noticed that the ingredients right after the cannoli included orange extract for some odd reason. Now I know orange and chocolate are a pairing, not one I agree with, but they are a thing. But nowhere on the pint does it advertise an orange flavor. Just kinda grossed me out, definitely won't buy twice.