Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Review: Turkey Hill Coconut Cream Pie Ice Cream

Personally, I'm a fan of Turkey Hill ice creams.  I've reviewed several of them on the blog and while there have been some flavor misses, I would say that for the most part, I find most of their flavors to be excellent.  After having seen several review of this Turkey Hill Coconut Cream Pie Ice Cream on various blogs across the web, I knew I finally had to bite the bullet and do a review of my own for this blog.  This is a seasonal flavor, so I don't know much longer it'll be in the store, but it was in my local Kroger and I picked up a 1.5 quarter container of it on sale for $3.50.  Each container has roughly twelve servings measuring at about a half cup each and each serving has 160 calories.

When I first opened this up, all I saw was ghost white ice cream and I began to scratch my head and wonder what was going on as I knew there were supposed to be piece pieces in here.  After digging my spoon in and re-arranging the container, I did indeed find the coconut cream pie pieces and while they were not plentifully spread, they did have some pretty good size to them.  That's one thing that a lot of companies don't really understand...it's okay to not have a ton of mix-ins (although I'd prefer that you did) if the mix-ins that you do have are good sized.  Turkey Hill obviously did that here with this.  Before I took that spoonful into my mouth, I took a whiff of the ice cream and there was definitely a mild smell of sweet coconut.

When I put the first spoonful into my mouth (minus mix-ins just to judge the ice cream alone), I was met by a mild and sweet, yet not strong taste of coconut.  I expected the coconut flavor to be strong, but I have to admit that I liked the mild flavoring better because it didn't really smack me in the face with each spoonful.  Had it been too strong, it could have gotten tiresome and/or disgusting after a couple spoonfuls, but the mild flavor of the coconut in this ice cream clearly worked in its favor.  One thing that I didn't expect, but was very pleasantly surprised by, was that there were shards of shaved coconut in the ice cream itself, which provided a bit of fun texture to each spoonful of ice cream as opposed to just the typical cool and liquid ice cream.  As for the pie pieces, they were soft and doughy and not quite crunchy like I expected or like a real pie crust would be and in all honesty, I liked the soft and doughy texture quite a bit, as well as the fact that they also brought additional flavor from the namesake pie.  Obviously the next step would be to mix the ice cream and the add-ins together and that's clearly what I did.  What I got was something that did a pretty good job of re-creating the namesake pie in frozen form.  You could almost say I was eating a piece of the real pie with a scoop of coconut flavored ice cream on top.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I will admit that I expected to just be blown away when I first went into this, but instead what I got was a solid tasting dessert treat that didn't really blow my mind at all.  With that said, I fully admit that my expectations were too high and when I step back and take a look at my observations and try to put the expectations out of my head, what I find is a container of ice cream that I enjoyed quite a bit and give it a BUY IT rating.  It's flavorful, fun and does a reasonable impersonation of the namesake pie.  For that, Turkey Hill checks another one off in the winner column here on this blog.

Other Reviews: Junk Food Guy, The Ice Cream Informant.

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