Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Archer Farms Peanut Butter Caramel Ice Cream

[2016 only] I've been keeping an eye on the archer farms flavors this year because I was having trouble deciding if Target was still supporting them or not. Whether a few were on clearance or the selection was low, I just wasn't getting a warm fuzzy feeling about it. Well, it's August, and I just spied two new flavors. I was about to grab the new mint & fudge flavor when I spied...

Archer Farms Peanut Butter Caramel Ice Cream
vanilla ice cream with a caramel peanut butter swirl, 
peanut butter cups and chocolatey dipped waffle cone pieces.

I have low expectations going in to this one but that is a pretty mighty description.

Isn't that an interesting start?

Skipping right ahead, I need to start my review by saying that whoever thought to mix mini peanut butter cups and chocolate covered waffle cone bits is a genius.

Maybe I got an overloaded pint, but this flavor is absolutely delightful with all the mix-ins coming together. I love a crunch factor and then the way the flavors come together is great. The caramel adds this bit of extra sweet note to tie that peanut butter and cone flavors together and it's wonderful. I had to stop myself from eating the whole pint.

Yes, this is still a fairly budget ice cream. It's not heavy or dense, but the base is decent. The first few bites were more about flavor than texture, but then the mix-ins kicked in to high gear and it was nonstop munching from there. What a neat flavor. I'm just shocked that no one in the freezer aisle thought of this sooner.

On Second Scoop: 9:42 AM and the second half of this pint is gone. Oh how I hope that every pint of this flavor is as jam packed as mine was. I'm still loving that cup cone combo with a caramel kick. It's absolutely delightful. I will point out that you don't want too much of the swirl on your spoon as it is a little funky. It doesn't really taste like pb or caramel, but some odd hybrid where you don't notice the weirdness unless you get a ton of it. Ignoring that and the budget texture, I still enjoyed every bite. I would definitely try this flavor if you get a chance. My only question now is which mainstream or premium player should try this combo next?

Verdict?  NOM NOM NOM
Buy Again?  YES!


Danielle said...

I'm actually surprised TH hasn't already. I could've sworn they had a similar flavor at some point.

Anonymous said...

This has almost all of the components of a Take 5 candy bar with the chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, sweet, salty, and crunchy factors. This looks and sounds amazing.

Caitlin J said...

Danielle, Turkey Hill actually does have something like this. Their new Gelato Swirls has a Caramel Peanut Butter; I haven't tried it yet, but I would love it if On Second Scoop would review it!

Speaking of new ice creams, I just discovered a company in a local natural market store I frequent: Nadamoo. Not necessarily new, but definitely newer and probably on the rise. It's coconut milk based and honestly one of the best texture coconut milk ice creams I've ever had. Way softer than So Delicious, and the coconut milk is more subtle. I tried the Mmmm...Maple Pecan pint and the maple smell was impossible to ignore and it had plenty of delicious pecan mix ins! You guys should keep an eye out and review some of their other flavors! The only downside: it was ON SALE for $6 a pint, usually the store sells it for $8!!! Nuts!

Dubba Scoops said...

@Caitlin: that gelato swirl flavor is missing the cone component though and that's what sets this one apart. wegmans is the only place around me carrying the new swirl flavors for whatever reason. As for nadamoo, yeah, I've seen it at Roche Bros and such, but I have no urge to try coconut based products, though we have covered a few http://www.onsecondscoop.com/search/label/coconut+non-dairy