Monday, August 20, 2012

Review: New Orleans Ice Cream Company Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream

So I move onto another New Orleans Ice Cream Company review from the free shipment of pints that I received and that leads me to this review of the New Orleans Ice Cream Company Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream.  Red Velvet Cake has seemingly become the new thing in ice cream flavors as I've seen Ben & Jerry's, Blue Bunny and I'm sure others release this flavor in the past year or so to great renown.  Not sure how long New Orleans Ice Cream Company has had their Red Velvet Cake flavor out, but it seemingly fits the trend of this ice cream explosion.  For nutritional purposes, this one is four half-cup servings and each serving is 250 calories.

According to the container, Red Velvet Cake is the belle of Southern desserts.  Well, okay.  What this belle includes is a base of creole cream cheese ice cream mixed with red velvet cake (chocolate cake with red food coloring).  In case that wasn't enough decadence on its own, it also includes a chocolate swirl just to make it even sweeter and/or unhealthier.  That said and as you can see in the picture above, they definitely don't short you on any of those toppings as the chunks of red velvet cake spread throughout the pint were quite large.  The chocolate swirl, while somewhat thin, was also liberally spread throughout too, so on the visual scale, this one is a winner.

On the taste scale, I'm not sure how to classify this one other to say that it was extremely sweet.  The creole cream cheese ice cream definitely tasted strongly of sweet cream cheese and it was almost as if I was eating a block of cream cheese straight from the packaging.  The red velvet cake, also had a sweet taste, but it was oddly kind of flaky.  Usually in these pints that have "cake" add-ins, the cake is chewy and resembles a texture something like cookie dough.  In this case (maybe this was only my pint), the cake pieces were almost flaky, dry and slightly grainy.  Since that's not what I usually expect from cake piece mix-ins, I've got to admit that I was slightly disappointed by that.  Also, the cake pieces did not really have a strong chocolate taste in my observations either, which was another disappointment.  As for the chocolate swirl, all it did was bring more sweetness to the pint and it took it to the point where this was a teeth rattler that you can't eat too much of in one sitting unless you have the most sweet-resistant teeth in the history of mankind.  I'm not saying that it was bad, but boy, oh boy was it sweet.

Buy It or Fly By It?  This is a tough one for me because while I appreciate sweet things in life (like myself, ha, ha), things that are this sweet usually turn me off.  Still, despite its sweetness, this was a good flavor and all the promised flavors delivered in spades, albeit extremely sweet spades.  Because the flavors delivered, I'll give this a BUY IT rating.  One thing that I will recommend though is that you eat this in extremely small portions unless you've got a high tolerance for tooth pain, because the sweetness in this is going to have you feeling that relatively quickly.

*Ice Cream Informant also did a review of this as well if you want to check out his thoughts.

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