Monday, March 8, 2010

M&M Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches Review

As we all know, there are 3 products in the M&M family. In a curious twist, it's just a few days shy of a year since I first tried M&M Ice Cream Cones. They weren't bad, but they didn't leave me begging for more.

Now there are actually a few treats hiding in the freezer downstairs and one of them happens to be a tasty looking box of M&M Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. Unfortunately, I got a little sidetracked and then Ken from Frozen Food Journal posted his review first. I try not post these things so close together, but hey, we're here, so let's dig in! With any luck, it won't be bad as he says!

Here is the original packaging showing the 3.1 fl oz sized sandwiches (circa 2010)

Here is the newer style packaging & wrapper for the current 4 fl oz sandwiches (circa 2012)

There we go, fresh from the package. To give you an idea about size, those are mini M&Ms, not full size M&Ms. We've got a good size wallop of bright white ice cream filling. Unlike the ice cream cones, it doesn't look like we'll be finding any M&Ms buried in the ice cream (which is a shame really).

Ok, I dig in, and it's not bad, not bad at all. The cookies are very soft but thankfully they aren't sticking to my fingers. I'm definitely compressing the cookie as I hold it, but it's staying in one piece. So that's not a problem, but I do have another problem as now my fingers are changing colors from the M&M shells. Hey, I thought they're suppose to melt in your mouth, not in your hand??  You know what, I'm wondering if Ken got a bum batch of sandwiches. If I look closely at his sandwiches, and even the M&Ms,  they look extremely dry with that bizarre white dried out look. It's the luck of the freezer draw, sometimes you win, sometimes you get really old junk.

The overall taste is really pleasant. The soft, almost-cakey sugar cookies go pretty well with our "mild" ice cream filling. Almost all the flavor here is coming from the cookies. Now you get some crunch from the M&Ms, but it's not really an overpowering M&M flavor to the whole thing. I think I'd actually prefer just a bit more chocolate here.

Overall, I'm satisfied, but not overwhelmed. I like them, I really do, I just wish they have a stronger M&M taste. I'm full, yet I'm still dreaming of how a few tweaks could improve this sandwich..... MMMMM, random thought: Make them chocolate cookies with dark chocolate M&Ms, and then add in a nice rich filling ice cream in the center, maybe a nice milk chocolate flavor... Great, now I'm hungry again.

On Second Scoop: I know these aren't perfect, but they still satisfy that cakey ice cream cookie need that I get now and then. You won't regret buying a box, you just won't buy a box every week.


Ken said...

Now that you mention it the M&M's sandwiches were in my freezer for a little while. But they weren't in there as long as the Toll House Chipwich and that thing was perfect.

Regardless I think it's safe to say this product isn't great by any means.

Dubba Scoops said...

decent, but not great. I've got a blue bunny one to try too, and its got the chips on the edges, so I'm hoping that will be good!

Anonymous said...

I just tried the Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream sandwich and it was absolutely phenomenal! I highly recommend you reviewing it as I'd love to hear your opinions.

Dubba Scoops said...

Oh I've eaten many a tollhouse sandwich in my day, always tasty, been awhile though (thought I had reviewed one for the blog though). I'll throw it on the winter to-do list!

Anonymous said...

These have changed. I really enjoyed the ones in the blue box. The new ones come in a similar box, but it is yellow. The cookies are hard and the ice cream is not as soft. The overall flavor is pretty poor, compared to the ones in the blue box. I won't be buying these anymore. I used to buy a couple boxes a month.

Dubba Scoops said...

Thank you for the info. It wouldnt surprise me if the quality went down as sometimes a cosmetic change can also bring along a formula change. It's always disappointing when one of your regular treats gets messed up. Blue Bunny changed their funwiches from the original version but they chose to make them better :)

ice cream lover said...

I used to love these ice cream sandwiches. I ate 5 of them one time. Couldn't help myself. Then I went cold turkey off of them. Didn't eat them for a long time. When I fell off the wagon and bought a box, was at first furious because they changed. They are horrible. Can't even force them down me. Then I thought....OK, if changing the formula for the cookie into something inedible, maybe that's not such a bad idea. It stops me from Jones'n for them so now I don't have the craving for them and maybe I can lose weight!!!! I'll never buy them again. They are HORRIBLE.

Unknown said...

Blue box uses reduced fat ice cream and yellow box doesn't. They actually do taste different. I prefer the flavor of the yellow box better but to each their own