Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Review: Dean's Country Churn Low Fat Denali Moose Tracks Ice Cream

Dean's is a national dairy brand that markets countless different products regionally and nationally through the country and one of the products that Dean's markets in my area is Dean's Country Churn Ice Cream.  Even though I was getting ice cream, which is definitely not healthy, I made the decision to get the Light Ice Cream at Meijer on sale for $3.00 for the 1.5 quart size.  The light ice cream is half the fat and 25% less calories (130 calories per half cup serving), so it is somewhat "healthy" compared to the full power version out there.  The there were several varieties, but I chose the Denali Moose Tracks (invented by a guy from Indianapolis!) flavor which consists of vanilla ice cream, chocolate peanut butter cups and a fudge swirl.  This is Denali's flavor recipe (licensed to be produced by Dean's) and since it bills itself as "Smooth & Silky", I was ready to put it to the test.

When I bought this, I was exceptionally excited by the possibilities of what this ice cream might entail.  I've had Denali Moose Tracks before (it's a flavor blend that they license out to countless ice cream manufacturers), so I knew it was good.  As you can see above though, Dean's version was exceptionally disappointing.  The mix was 85% vanilla with a sporadic peanut butter cup here and there.  Not only that, the fudge was all concentrated in the middle and not spread throughout the entire container as I would have expected.  Visually, this one was a major letdown.

The taste certainly didn't help the cause either.  Since it was light ice cream and lacked the fat of normal ice cream, I fully expected the blend to be more icy/flat that normal ice cream and that certainly was the case with this one.  It wasn't unappetizing, but it certainly wasn't appetizing either.  Since there were so few peanut butter cups and the fudge swirl was concentrated in the middle, I was mostly eating vanilla ice cream the majority of the time.  That said, the vanilla ice cream tasted fine and when I was able to find the fudge and/or peanut butter cups, they did add a nice flavor and slight crunch from the frozen peanut butter cups and that provided for a nice spoonful.  Unfortunately those spoonfuls were so few, that I was horribly disappointed in this.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Definitely FLY BY IT.  This container of ice cream was so disappointing on so many levels, but I guess I learned my lesson.  If I'm going to buy ice cream, go for the real thing and not the "healthier" alternative.  You'll end up regretting it in the end because in order to get it to be "healthy" the manufacturers cut too many corners and don't give you the experience that you are hoping for.  Unlike what the label says, there is nothing smooth and silky about this ice cream.


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