Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Target's Market Pantry Ice Cream

Breaktime at work is usually my excuse to eat the heavier, fancier ice creams while night time is for more moderate ice creams. That said, I've actually been snacking on Market Pantry ice creams at work recently. Last week was cookie dough and this week is caramel waffle cone. Wait, did I mention that you can pick them up in pint sizes now?

Target's $2 Market Pantry Ice Cream Pints
- I found 7 of their 14 available flavors -

In the spirit of full disclosure, I did stick with buying the $3 1.5 quart containers rather than the $2 pints (I love me a deal!), but I could see picking these up in a pinch, especially if you just want to try a flavor. Don't ask me why moose tracks is listed for $1.19, but I'll probably get it when I go back.

I'd probably rather test their cherry chocolate cake flavor in a pint rather than having to eat the entire container. Same probably goes for birthday cake. I'd love to see their crazier flavors make it to pints at some point, but we'll just have to see how this goes first. [Monster cookie will be available as a pint as well]. It can't go any worse than their last couple of pint attempts.

So last week was all about the cookie dough ice cream. I don't have any pictures unfortunately, but I can tell you that it was a strangely light shade of yellow. That said, there is so much cookie dough is this fairly light (but not gummy) base that it makes for a fine snack, especially at the $3 per container price point. The base doesn't need to be amazing when there is a cookie dough chunk in every bite. Why every company doesn't realize this, I do not know.

Market Pantry Caramel Waffle Cone Ice Cream
vanilla flavored ice cream with caramel swirls & fudge covered waffle cone pieces

With that container gone and the urge for ice cream hitting me this past Monday, I decided to pick up a 1.5 quart container of Caramel Waffle Cone. I was leaning towards Monster Cookie but wound up getting this instead. Is it amazing?

Maybe not, but look at all the giant chunks of chocolate covered waffle cone. They are good, not amazing, but you know what? You get one in every bite again. How does Target pull this off at three dollars? The base is very basic, but it's not gritty or gummy. The swirl is decent if unremarkable. With no serious strikes against it, throw in neverending waffle cone bits, and boom, another fine purchase at the $3 price point. Not perfect, but it's more than sufficient.

So yeah, Target puts out a cheap ice cream that I would easily choose over Breyers, Edy's, Hood, etc. Are you a fan? And if not, maybe it's time to try them again?

Verdict?  hard to argue with this price to performance ratio
Buy Again?  yup


Anonymous said...

The birthday cake is really good! You wouldn't regret getting the whole quart :)

Anonymous said...

I disagree on the Birthday Cake flavor. To me, it was flavorlesss. It tasted like water and very airy.

SnackForagers ATL said...

2nd in favor of the B-Day cake it's not overly sweet and solid for the price and realistic expectations.....................

Seduciary said...

I tried the strawberry Unicorn, or whatever it's called. It's cheap ice cream that TASTES like cheap ice cream. I'm sticking to Dryers, or at least Lucern, as far as cheap store brands are concerned. Like they say, you get what you pay for. For what it's worth, the Market Pantry ice cream sandwiches were decent quality.

Dubba Scoops said...

You are welcome to my share of Dreyers (Edys). I'd rather have this.

Seduciary said...

I think it was just that particular flavor. I tried the Fudge chocolate brownie yesterday, and it was comparable to name brands like Dryers. I'm heading to Target tomorrow and try something else chocolate-based.

Dubba Scoops said...

Sounds like a plan :)

I'm not saying they are all winners, but good bang for the buck (stop&shop/giant brand has a similar flavor to dollar ratio)

happy hunting!

Jules McKinley said...

In my humble opinion the Market Place Mint Chocolate Chip is the best mint chocolate chip ice cream ever. I am going to try the Carmel Waffle Cone next. Thanks for the heads up.

Dubba Scoops said...

Cool, let me know how it goes :)

s0m3f00l said...

One of the few "budget" actual "ice creams" left. Everything is going towards "frozen dairy dessert" outside the high end.

That said, I bought it because the ingredients list is pretty simple and its still considered ice cream.