Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review: Good Humor Chocolate Eclair Ice Cream Bars

I've harped on it many times here, but sales make me do funny things.  They cause me to buy products I'd never consider buying just because the price looks attractive to me.  Ultimately, isn't that what the store is hoping I'll do though?  They are looking at the opportunity cost of getting someone to buy a product for the first time and then the lifetime value of the person if they like the product and will thus buy again.  I look at that kind of stuff in my job all the time, so it absolutely makes sense and it's both funny and depressing that I fell victim to that trick when I picked up this box of six Good Humor Chocolate Eclair Ice Cream Bars at Meijer for $1.99.  It's not my first Good Humor review, but it is once that I approach with a sense of humor (boy, I'm a great writer in my ability to tie that in) based on what I've already described.  Putting my self-congratulations aside, each ice cream bar in this box comes in at 3.0 ounces and has 210 calories of light ice cream fun.

Now, I could describe to you what a chocolate eclair is, but I'm far too lazy to do that as we all know.  Instead, I'll steal this definition straight from the bastion of accuracy known as Wikipedia:  "An éclair is an oblong pastry made with choux dough filled with a cream and topped with icing. The dough, which is the same as that used for profiterole, is typically piped into an oblong shape with a pastry bag and baked until it is crisp and hollow inside. Once cool, the pastry then is filled with a vanilla-, coffee- or chocolate-flavoured custard (crème pâtissière), or with whipped cream, or chiboust cream; and then iced with fondant icing."  So yeah, that's a lot of reading.  Now, just imagine variations of that frozen and on a stick and that's what you've got above.  Just to make it easy, here's Good Humor's description:  "Cake-coated artificially flavored vanilla light ice cream* and a chocolate-flavored fudge center."  So that's what we've got and to get back to my self-congratulating, I'd like to congratulate myself on writing (plagiarizing...err...citing) the laziest paragraph ever.

As I took my first bite, the thing that immediately stood out to me was how soft the cake pieces were on the outside of this bar.  I was expecting something hard and crunchy since it was a frozen bar, but I got soft and chewy, which is just like the cake pieces they were emulating.  That was unexpected and quite fun.  They also tasted like cake, so that was a big win to start.  After tasting the cake, I immediately tasted the vanilla ice cream (pretty basic) and then the fudge center that provided a bit of soft gooeyness (it had solidified a bit).  Oddly enough, the texture of that mix together was kind of like the outside of a typical ice cream sandwich.  To kind of paraphrase a Forrest Gump line, chocolate and vanilla go together like peas and carrots and the fudge and vanilla went together perfectly in this bar.  It was cooling, sweet and tasty with the added benefit of the soft and chewy (and also crumbling) cake pieces on the outside.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I've got to admit that I was not expecting much going into this but I ultimately ended up with a pleasant and satisfying experience that results in a BUY IT rating.  All components of this worked well together and if I had one complaint, it was that this bar did have an end.  I was hoping it was never ending because it was that darn good.  I can say one thing, if my humor was not good prior to eating this, the eating experience afforded to me through this bar definitely left me in good humor at the end.  Based on that last product name tie-in, I'm once again going to congratulate myself for my excellent writing.  LOL.


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