Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New to Me! (and the Mrs.)
Friendly's Lava Cake Sundaes

So the Mrs. and I got out for the shortest date ever today. After waiting several hours to discover she wouldn't be selected to be on a jury, I left for a late "lunch" and met my wife at a local Friendlys. Unfortunately we didn't really have time to wait for them to cook food, so we went straight for some quick desserts. I wasn't really sure what I wanted until I spied some awesome looking desserts on the menu: Lava Cake Sundaes? Oh yeah, we gotta try some of those!!

Now at the beginning of 2010 Friendly's released 5 lava cake sundaes plus the seasonal peppermint stick lava cake which is "A warm chocolate cake filled with hot fudge, surrounded by three scoops of Peppermint Stick ice cream, covered with more hot fudge, whipped topping, red peppermint candy pieces and a cherry". Basically that the gist of all of them: a warm, filled with something cake, 3 scoops of ice cream, whip cream, (sauce(s)), and a cherry on top. Ok, let's get to what we picked.

Both of us instantly went for the Hunka Chunka PB Fudge Lava Cake Sundae which is suppose to be "Peanut butter-filled warm chocolate cake, framed by 3 scoops of Hunka Chunka PB Fudge® ice cream, topped with peanut butter, dark Belgian chocolate curls and a Reese’s® Peanut Butter cup". You may notice it doesn't look -exactly- like that for my wife's came out with chocolate chips instead of curls & no pb cup. Now that being said, she still made the right choice. This looked awesome, it smelled awesome, she loved it and I was jealous the whole time.

Rather than listening to my belly that really wanted the PB lava cake, and being unsure of whether or not I wanted the Nuts over Caramel lava cake, I decided to be the faithful blogger and go with the Forbidden Chocolate lava cake which is "Hot fudge-filled warm chocolate cake, framed by 3 scoops of Forbidden Chocolate® ice cream, Swiss chocolate topping & Swiss Miss® cocoa powder". The cocoa powder is that light brown stuff to the right of the cake and basically tastes like soupy chocolate mousse.

My big problem with this sundae is that I was overpowered by the smell of peanut butter from my wife's sundae. It was so immensely distracting that I simply felt silly for not ordering two of the same thing. Actually, we probably just could have split one since these are a good size treat (neither of us finished). Overall I liked the multiple chocolate combo, but I think the chips wound up detracting from the sundae. I'd much rather see some chocolate graham adding some crunch to the whole mix.

If I get super picky, I'd really like to see the cake be hot, or at least hotter than it was. I mean, it's called LAVA cake. Yes, I know that the "lava" is just the warm-ish filling inside the cake, but if you say "hot fudge" to me, that stuff better be hot, like melt my ice cream hot. I know, I'm being picky, just be careful how literally you take the term lava.

Hunka Chunka PB Fudge lava cake was awesome  (last to go)
Forbidden Chocolate was respectable  (gone)
Nuts over Caramel was almost tried  (gone)
Mocha Java is almost identical to F.C., but with Vienna mocha chunk ice cream  (gone)
Mint Chocolate Chip was skipped  (gone)

Sonic tried something similar in the summer of '09


zombieman said...

those two pics look ridiculously scrumptious. i'm not ashamed to say that i started licking my computer screen when i saw those.

your reviewing of such appealing treats that are not available to us west coasters is not amusing.

that said, i expect reviews of the three remaining desserts in the lineup. or at least pictures.

and kudos to you for being a gentleman and letting to wife get the pb lava cake, i don't think i would've had it in me to be so kind. that's why you're the dubba, and i'm not. lucky gal.

Anonymous said...

I had the pb version and i split it with a friend after the grilled cheese meal. I dont know why we decided to split i think its because his meal came with a happy ending sundae and to upgrade it was 1.99 so we figured why not? Anyways I am the type that never gets overly full but let me tell you this after about 15 minutes felt like a brick was in my stomach...a very very very tasty brick at that. I think next time im getting it as my meal :)