Coolhaus Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sammie


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

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

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

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…

Talenti Almond Butter & Honey Special Batch

Life is basically just screaming into the void, so I'm going to go ahead and scream this review of Talenti Almond Butter & Honey Special Batch gelato into the void of it's old news and this point and maybe not even available anymore.

Talenti says: We blend almond butter with fresh milk and cream to create a creamy almond butter gelato before topping it off with a dash of salt and a swirl of wildflower honey.

It's very hard to categorize what makes a Talenti success. They're generally terrible at mix-ins, but their chocolate flakes are divine. This makes you think their mix-in free flavors would generally be better than the non-mix in flavors, but they have some terrible mix-in free flavors. Their nut flavors are generally pretty good, but some, like Pistachio, are just meh. Whatever the recipe for Talenti success, Almond Butter & Honey achieves it.

The almond butter base had a light, delicate sweetness with almost a floral hint to it. This was complemented by …

Sanders Lemon Twis-Tea

Hooray for the Upper Midwest! Sanders Fine Chocolatiers is a Michigan-based company. Their ice cream is available in scoop shops - located mostly near Detroit with one shop on Mackinac Island - and several retail locations. On a recent trip to Tim and Tom's Speedy Market I picked up a container of Lemon Twis-Tea, refreshing lemon and green tea flavored ice cream with candy lemon bits.

I laughed a little when I saw the word 'refreshing' in the description. I don't usually think of ice cream as refreshing. It always makes me too thirsty. If I want something refreshing I go for a fruity sorbet. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised. This ice cream was surprisingly refreshing. I would go so far as to call it the perfect summer ice cream.

The base was lightly flavored, but this actually worked to the ice cream's advantage. Many lemon ice creams either go for a sweet or strong lemon flavor to mimic a lemon bar, but Sanders went with a mole delicate lemon flavor tha…

Vice Cream Breakfast in Bed

Vice Cream has finally hit the Upper Midwest! You've probably seen it on all of those ~coastal~ ice cream blogs and instagram accounts, but I don't care, I'm still going to make you read about it again!

When I first saw this at my local Cub there were two flavors available and I decided to pick up Breakfast in Bed, maple ice cream, sticky bun dough, pecan praline, maple syrup and cinnamon cream cheese ripple. Does it sound like there was a lot going on? There was a lot going on.

I loved the base. The combination of the dairy and maple syrup reminded me of Waffle Crips cereal. The maple flavor was very sweet, but there was another underlying flavor adding some fullness and richness to tone down the sweet maple. After reading the ingredients, I believe this additional flavor to be vanilla. The ingredients list vanilla ice cream, and then further down list maple flavoring. I've never thought to combine vanilla and maple before, but I'm a fan.

The sticky bun dough was…