Saturday, July 30, 2022

Hudsonville Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream

[New for 2021] Well, check another ice cream company off of the to-try list*. I finally made it back to Hannaford and while the selection is still small, they are offering a few more Hudsonville flavors now. I almost went with brownie batter cookie dough, but instead I went with....

Hudsonville Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream
malt ice cream with malted milk balls
and a ribbon of milk chocolate

I love that seal!

This gives me vanilla fudge vibes.

And now those vibes are even stronger!

I dig in and immediately crunch in to a malted milk ball. I'm not sure how I feel about this actually. Now for context, I was a big fan of Whoppers as a kid but they've gotten very cheap tasting over the last few decades.

I continue to quickly scoop through my serving. Now Hudsonville is a mainstream ice cream (based in Michigan), so it's not unexpected that it's not super dense and also a bit.... I don't want to say gummy, but you can tell there are stabilizers in the mix to support the lower density. If you want that said in technical terms, this is a third less dense than Ben & Jerry's (87g vs 130g).

It's funny how some spots have melted extremely quick. The good part is those spoonfuls make me really want to turn this one in to a milkshake in the very near future.

So, this will sound dumb, but I was expecting more malt flavor and less maltball flavor.  No, expecting is the wrong word. Hoping is the right word. I wanted a throwback to three twins chocolate malt flavor. Instead, it reminds me much more of the Whoopers Breyers Blasts! from several years ago.

This isnt a bad ice cream, I'm just not in love with it by any means. Do I wish the swirl wasn't here? Kind of. It's not that it's super strong, but I would like to try it without the swirl. The MMBs are tasty enough, but maybe a little too tasty? They are throwing me out of the moment. This is meant to be a fun flavor, and it is, I just think today I was looking for something a bit more classic.

On Second Scoop: So... Many.... Malted Milk Balls! You know how sometimes you get less mix-ins on your second and third scoopings? Yeah, not here. If anything, I feel like the quantity doubled on this serving. I feel like I got at least one (if not two) per scooping. This ice cream delivers what it promises, so I can't really complain!

*Foot note: technically I had Hudsonville ice cream when I tried the little debbie ice creams, but I mean my opening statement  in the sense of trying their official branded products.

Verdict?  busy!
Buy Again?  try other flavors first

allergen note: manufactured on shared equipment


Rabbit Girl said...

oh, 3 twins memories, now I always was confused by that name, cause are three twins not triplets? or, if there were 3 actual twins, are we talking 6 people, or 3 twins whose respective twins are not in on the deal?

Danielle said...

I'm a big fan of Hudsonville, my fav are their Pb cup and Traverse Cherry fudge. Reminds me of the old school Edys Choc Cherry. I tried the Brownie Batter and Strawberry Cheesecake flavors and was disappointed so I'm glad you didn't go that route.

Dubba Scoops said...

all three of the founders were twins :)

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Chike said...

I also like Hudsonville Ice Creams...They are one of the better non-premium ice cream brands out there. You should try Tillamook's version of this flavor:

I like booth equally, but for different reasons...the Tillamook version is smoother and richer with chunks of soft chocolate as opposed to the crunchy malt balls. I actually like how busy the Hudsonville version is.

Mark said...

This reminds me of Schweddy Balls!!

Robin said...

Hudsonville Triple Peanut Butter Cup is super fun - a nice peanut butter base with a salty peanut butter swirl and mini peanut butter cups. All the elements are fairly good and the swirl and mix-ins are plentiful. You are right that there is something odd about the texture - a bit gummy and it melts in odd little pockets. Still a nice scoop!