Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Review: Turkey Hill Snyder's Chocolate Pretzel Light Ice Cream

After my first wonderful experience with Turkey Hill ice cream with the Limited Edition Whoopie Pie flavor, I was really fired up for my second experience leading to this review of the Snyder's Chocolate Pretzel flavor of Turkey Hill ice cream.  To top it all off, it's light ice cream, which of course means that it is healthy.  Yeah right.  Anyway, this one includes fudge covered pretzels and they source their pretzels from the famous pretzel purveyor, Snyder's of Hanover.  I picked this one up on sale at Kroger for $3.33 for a 48 ounce container.  Each serving in the container included 130 calories (about twelve in the container).

As you can see with this one, the light ice cream base is vanilla flavored.  It is then mixed with several extremely gooey fudge swirls that are intermixed with a pretty solid amount of fudge covered Snyder's of Hanover pretzels.  The pretzels are decent sized too, so you aren't going to get robbed when you do encounter one.  The ice cream itself, being light ice cream, is not particularly creamy, but it did maintain some sort of soft texture and didn't get rock hard like a lot of light ice creams are prone to do.

In my first spoonful, my impression of the ice cream was that it was pretty basic vanilla.  It didn't have an overwhelmingly strong vanilla flavor, but it wasn't entirely bland either.  The best way for me to describe it is that while it did have some flavor, it leaned more toward bland vanilla than it did strong vanilla.  As for the fudge swirl, well it was gooey, sweet and decadent.  Frankly, I've had a lot of ice creams with swirls in them that end up getting rock hard, but this one maintained its gooey texture through and I very much appreciated that.  The chocolate fudge covered pretzels were also about what you'd expect.  They were crunchy, sweet and well covered with a fair amount of fudge, but there was nothing particularly outstanding about them.  I did appreciate the crunch as it did add a different texture to the ice cream, but there was nothing particularly memorable about them.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Tough one.  This ice cream was decent enough, but when I decide whether I want to buy something again, my first thought is whether the flavor was memorable enough for me to want to fork over my hard earned (depending on who you ask) cash a second time.  In the case of this Snyder's Chocolate Pretzel light ice cream, I would say that I would FLY BY IT given a second chance at buying it.  It just wasn't memorable or unique enough for me to take a second stab at it.  That said, don't be shy about trying it once to see if your opinion differs from mine.

FYI, once again, my main man Dubba from On Second Scoop and I share pretty much the same opinion on an ice cream flavor as he found this Snyder's Chocolate Pretzel flavor not bad, but also not great.  This is getting creepy on how much alike we think when it comes to frozen treats.


  1. great minds think alike? It's sad that there are so few pretzel flavors out there. There's this one, chubby hubby, and tom's twisted pretzel from stone ridge creamery. I can't think of any others.

    1. I know I've never had Tom's (once again, we don't have that flavor here. DOH!), but Chubby Hubby has always been one I've been curious about but have stayed away because nutritionally, it's just about the worst ice cream ever (but it looks so good!). I've got a backlog of B&J reviews written here already, so it'll be a while before I get to that one. I eventually will though!


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