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Coolhaus Dirty Mint Chip

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Hi, my name is Madeline and I'm a mint snob. I just really love mint, and you can piss right off if you make a crummy mint product. Mint tea? It better be stuffed with fresh mint leaves not some speckles of dried mint leaf in a tea bag. Mojito? There better be mint all up in there, not just one lonely sprig as a garnish. Mint ice cream? It BETTER not be flavored with mint extract. I BETTER see pieces of real mint leaves.

Coolhaus Dirty Mint Chip is my holy grail of mint ice cream. I first tried this ice cream as part of the Mintimalism ice cream sandwich and knew I had to get my hands on a pint of the stuff. Thanks to Fresh Thyme Farmer's Market I found a pint!!!!! This flavor is fresh mint leaf ice cream, brown sugar, dark chocolate chips.


This is the best mint ice cream ever.  The sweet cream base is light, delicate, and milky which lets the mint shine through. And, oh my goodness, THE MINT. Coolhaus certainly did not skimp on mint leaves. You can see the bits of mint mixed…

Coolhaus Chocolate Molten Cake

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I'm not dead! I've been pretty uninspired to blog the past few weeks, and additionally I've been making my way through a gigantic container of homemade blackberry ginger trifle ice cream so I didn't have the fear of getting behind in reviews to motivate me. BUT, I'm back now with a review of Coolhaus Chocolate Molten Cake, dark chocolate ice cream with chewy cake pieces and fudge frosting swirl.



Even if you don't consciously realize it,  if you are a native English speaker, you probably put your adjectives in a certain order, and I just cannot wrap my poor brain around the choice to say 'chocolate molten cake' instead of 'molten chocolate cake.' I get that Coolhaus is trying to describe a molten cake that happens to be chocolate, but it just sounds so wrong!!!


Despite the odd name, Chocolate Molten Cake thankfully doesn't suffer from Coolhaus' usual problem of too-small mix-ins.  The dark chocolate base is good enough to serve its funct…

Coolhaus Milkshake & Fries

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Prepare your body and soul for SO MANY MOAR Coolhaus reviews! Today I have Milkshake & Fries, salted Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream with shoestring french fries and milk chocolate malt balls.

Confession. I have never been a fan of dipping french fries in milkshake. I don't dislike it, I just don't get it. Intellectually, I get why people like the hot/cold sweet/salty combination, but to me it just tastes like a fry .... and some milkshake. The total is not more than the sum of its parts. Despite, this I think french fries in ice cream could work really well.

I recently reviewed Coolhaus' salted Tahitian vanilla bean base in my review of Campfire S'mores. It's nearly perfect. It's a strong but not overpowering vanilla flavor and the salt helps to emphasize the sweetness of the base.



In that review, I also brought up Coolhaus' propensity towards smaller mix-ins meant to blend with the base, as opposed to Ben and Jerry's-style chunktastic mix-ins. Th…

Coolhaus Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sammie

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FUN.

That's my one word review of Coolhaus Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sammie, rainbow sprinkle cake cookie and cupcake frosting ice cream.



Coolhaus started as an ice cream sandwich company and later expanded to produce pints. Their pint flavors are hit or miss for me, but I've never had an ice cream sandwich I didn't thoroughly enjoy. The Birthday Cake Sammie may not be for everyone - it's very sweet - but I loved it.


The cookies are a basic sugar cookie, but with a perfect texture and plenty of sprinkles baked in. The cookies are thick, soft, and chewy, but don't get soggy. This means you don't have a mess on your hands (literally!) if the ice cream starts to melt. The sprinkles really took this to the next level. These were no weak-ass sprinkles! These were huge, sugary sprinkles, and the cookies were chock full of 'em! Honestly, I would eat these cookies alone.


If you didn't get your sugar fix from the cookies, the cupcake frosting ice cream will do it…

Coolhaus Campfire S'Mores

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S'mores is the flavor of summer! At the beginning of May I raced (and won! - it was a very small race) a 10K in White Bear Lake, a northern suburb/exurb of Minneapolis. As I was on my way home, I spotted Fresh Thyme Farmer's Market. A new location just opened up very close to the University of Minnesota, and I'd been meaning to go, especially after I heard from David at David's Ice Cream Reviews that they carry Coolhaus!

He was not kidding! They had so many flavors! I limited myself to a few pints and a few ice cream sandwiches, but made sure to pick up the summery-sounding Campfire S'mores - Salted Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream, graham cracker cookie butter marshmallow swirl, dark chocolate squares.



Since I haven't reviewed much Coolhaus in the past, I want to get something out right up front: I didn't like this flavor that much, but that doesn't reflect my opinions on Coolhaus as a brand. Their ice cream sandwiches are great and they have some abso…

Haagen-Dazs Non-Dariy TRIO Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies and Cream

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Haagen-Dazs Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies and Cream is the last of the new dairy-free TRIO flavors I tried as well as the last new TRIO flavor of 2018. It has a chocolate and coconut base with dark chocolate layers and chocolate cookie pieces.

The coconut flavor is definitely prominent at first. It's a warmer, tropical coconut flavor bordering on, but not crossing over into sunscreen territory. Eventually you start to taste the chocolate base, and once it hits, it dials down the intensity of the coconut. After a few bites, the two feel pretty well balanced with the coconut perhaps a bit stronger. Interestingly, the chocolate base was visually dominant.


With other TRIO flavors, I felt the large quantity of the crunchy layer overwhelmed the other elements, but here, having so much dark chocolate crunch helped achieve a good chocolate-coconut balance.

I didn't feel there were enough chocolate cookies. I always enjoy the buttery, floury taste and texture of a good cookie mix-in,…

Haagen-Dazs Decadent Collection Midnight Cookies and Cream

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Are you experiencing deja vu? That's because Haagen-Dazs Midnight Cookies and Cream is a limited edition flavor that comes back over and over and over again. Really, at this point, Haagen-Dazs just needs to make this part of their permanent line-up.

I  went back and checked the last time I reviewed this flavor, and Haagen-Dazs has changed the description, but I don't believe they changed the actual flavor. This time they say

Dedicated to the serious chocolate lover, our Midnight Cookies and Cream combines chocolate fudge swirls, decadent dark chocolate cookie pieces, and creamy dark chocolate ice cream.



Three chocolate elements means Midnight Cookies and Cream meets my criteria for an ice cream to eat while your are sobbing over a tragic life event. Eating the entire pint in one go is required.

Haagen-Dazs has a pretty decent chocolate base, and the dark chocolate base takes that to the next level. It's darker than a typical milk chocolate base, but not so dark that it tas…