Thursday, April 3, 2014

Review: Magnum Infinity Chocolate Ice Cream Bars

I mentioned in my previous Magnum Infinity review that these kind of sneakily appeared in my local Kroger's freezer case.  They are dark chocolate bars, so I guess that is what makes them Infinity?  Who knows.  Anyway, I picked up this box of three Magnum Infinity Chocolate Ice Cream Bars on sale for $2.99 and each bar is 3.38 fluid ounces and a semi-respectable (compared to many premium ice cream bars), but definitely not healthy, 260 calories.

As I did last time, I'll just let Magnum describe what this is based on what they've put on their website: "Dark chocolate ice cream with a chocolate swirl, dipped in dark chocolate and cocoa bean nibs."  So yep, that's what it was.  Although, I will say that the chocolate swirl was disappointing in that it was initially hard to find and what I did end up finding (picture above) was very thin and difficult to notice (it definitely did not look like the bar on the box).  Being that I was hoping for that regular chocolate as a way to counteract the bitterness of dark chocolate, it's lack of presence kind of frightened me.  The bar itself did have a smattering of cocoa nibs encased in the dark chocolate exterior shell and the whole thing smelled of the flat (and in my opinion, foul) smell of dark chocolate.  After the lack of chocolate ribbon and the overwhelming presence of dark chocolate, I wasn't expecting a whole lot going into this.

Seems that not expecting a lot going into this was the right decision, because I didn't get a lot out of this.  It was a lot of dark chocolate flavor and in fact, that's pretty much all this was.  The tiny chocolate swirl did not provide any sweetness and since it was so small, it didn't provide any texture breakup to the internal dark chocolate ice cream.  What this bar ended up being was a whole lot of dark chocolate flavor in various forms with the creamy ice cream and melting crunch of the dark chocolate shell.  The nibs brought a little bit of grainy crunch, but they also were flat-flavored, so this bar was essentially everything that I don't like about dark chocolate...flat with no sweetness, topped off with bitterness.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Too flat, too bitter and no sweetness...not a recipe for something that I like, therefore this gets a FLY BY IT rating from me.  Now, I know there are people out there that like and even love dark chocolate (I can't understand how), so this bar would probably be right up their alley.  In my case, I just can't make that leap.


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