REVIEW: Dreyer’s Limited Edition Toll House Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Dreyer's Limited Edition Toll House Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Light ice cream. Some people shiver and cringe at the very notion. Some people praise it and buy it all the time. Me? I’m somewhere in the middle.

Light ice cream takes up that middle space in between Halo Top and super premium pints or trips to the scoop shop. I appreciate it for what it is, go in with real expectations, and enjoy.

I don’t follow too closely to what Dreyer’s Slow Churned line is up to, but when they announced a Peanut Butter Cookie Dough flavor that would clock in at 120 calories and only four grams of fat per serving I was intrigued and had to put my PB-expertise to the test. The limited edition Nestle Toll House-branded flavor combines sweet cream light ice cream with peanut butter cookie dough pieces and a peanut butter swirl.

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The sweet cream ice cream base is generally unremarkable. It’s soft and creamy with a blanketed nondescript sweetness that acts much more as a texture than a flavor. No buttery notes, vanilla, or rich cream flavor can be found, but for a light ice cream it definitely holds its end of the bargain being a smooth and melty backdrop to the container’s mix-ins.

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Fortunately for the ice cream, it doesn’t need to work too hard because there is more peanut butter swirl than I expected and the nut butter fiend in me is definitely satisfied. Although the ribbons themselves are thin, there is a solid amount of peanut butter laced throughout every bite, occasionally even coming across a massive hardened chunk of PB that explodes with salty smoothness.

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The peanut butter itself is sweet and creamy, much like JIF or Skippy, and combines really well with the sweet cream to create a fluffy peanut-y experience that is much better than what I anticipated from a Slow Churned product.

The biggest issue with this flavor, unsurprisingly, is the cookie dough itself. While the taste of the dough is actually pretty good, with a unique deep fatty roasted peanut flavor and solid dough grittiness, there isn’t nearly enough of it and the pieces are quite small. Throughout the course of eating around a half of the container and digging around to try and find more, I came across less than 15 pieces of dough, which hardly lives up to its prominent placement in the flavor’s title.

Due to the low calorie count of the Slow Churned line I kind of expected this since the description and macros just seemed too good to be true. If they had to sacrifice somewhere the dough makes the most sense because if they had pulled back on the peanut butter swirl itself the flavor wouldn’t have come together at all.

(Nutrition Facts – 1/2 cup (63g) – 120 calories, 35 calories from fat, 4 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 55 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $4.99
Size: 1.5 qts.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Surprising amount of peanut butter swirl for a light ice cream. Fluffy creamy base. tasty nutty robust dough pieces. Solid nutritional tradeoff.
Cons: Not enough cookie dough pieces. Very basic nondescript sweet flavor in the ice cream base.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES (FROZEN NOVELTY EDITION) – 2/27/2017

Here are some interesting new and limited edition products found on store shelves by us and your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Great Value Cookie Dipped with Chocolate Cone

Great Value Cookie Dipped with Chocolate Cone

Great Value Cookie and Crisp Dipped Cones

Great Value Cookie and Crisp Dipped Cones

Great Value Classic and Peanut Butter Dipped Cones

Great Value Classic and Peanut Butter Dipped Cones

Nestle? More like NeSellLess Drumsticks at Walmart. (Spotted by Rachel C and Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Skinny Cow Greek Frozen Yogurts Bars (Chocolate Fudgetastic Swirl and Salt-Kissed Caramel)

Skinny Cow Greek Frozen Yogurts Bars (Chocolate Fudgetastic Swirl and Salt-Kissed Caramel)

YES! No anthropomorphic cow on the packaging that haunts me whenever I close my eyes! (Spotted by Brent H at Kroger.)

Yasso S'mores Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars

Yasso S’mores Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars

Yasso Toffee Caramel Chocolate Chip Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars

Yasso Toffee Caramel Chocolate Chip Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars

Yasso Black Raspberry Chip Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars

Yasso Black Raspberry Chip Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars

Yasso Vanilla Frozen Greek Yogurt Sandwiches

Yasso Vanilla Frozen Greek Yogurt Sandwiches

Frozen Greek yogurt bars. Frozen Greek yogurt bars. Frozen Greek yogurt bars. Frozen Greek yogurt bars. Oops. Sorry. Scratch that last frozen Greek yogurt bars and replace it with frozen Greek yogurt sandwiches. (Spotted by Rachel C at Giant and Elizabeth L at Target.)

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REVIEW: Chobani Flip Carrot Cake Creation Greek Yogurt

Chobani Flip Carrot Cake Creation Greek Yogurt

Carrot yogurt makes me think of what an elderly Bugs Bunny would eat at a nursing home while saying, “Eh… What’s up, doc?” to actual doctors.

The Chobani Flip Carrot Cake Creation has low-fat sweet carrot yogurt. Some of you might find the idea of vegetable yogurt off-putting. But I’m here to tell you it’s not bad and it doesn’t matter.

It doesn’t matter because of what you “flip” into the yogurt, which is a mixture of cinnamon glazed cake pieces, walnuts, and white chocolate chunks.

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The yogurt on its own is surprisingly pleasant. Your taste buds will know it’s carrot flavored, but then their follow-up thought will be something about how sweet the yogurt is. Think of it as candied carrot flavored. There are carrot bits floating in the yogurt, but once the mix-ins are added, you won’t even know they’re there.

The cinnamon glazed cake pieces, which let’s be honest aren’t really cake pieces because they’re crunchy, do a great job at making the carrot yogurt taste more like cinnamon yogurt.

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The walnuts were, um, there? I’ll be honest I forgot this had walnuts as I ate it. My photos show walnuts, but I guess their not-very-strong flavor got lost among the other mix-ins.

As for the white chocolate chunks, they add a creamy flavor that combined with the tang from the yogurt could be argued as “cream cheese frosting flavor.” They also add a different texture than the crunchy mix-ins.

But the yogurt as a whole doesn’t make me instantly think of carrot cake. It’s missing the other spices in the dessert. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say it’s like a cinnamon donut with cream cheese frosting. I mean, that still sounds great and Bugs Bunny would approve, but not quite carrot cake.

(Nutrition Facts – 200 calories 70 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 180 milligrams of potassium, 75 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $1.29
Size: 5.3 oz.
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Taste like a cinnamon donut with cream cheese frosting. Carrot yogurt is surprisingly pleasant. A number of textures. Tang of yogurt and white chocolate could be considered cream cheese frosting.
Cons: Doesn’t quite taste like carrot cake. The idea of vegetable yogurt might be weird to some. Walnuts were there, but not there.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Naturally Friendly’s Premium Ice Cream

Naturally Friendly's Vanilla Caramel and Vanilla Blackberry Swirl Premium Ice Creams

Naturally Friendly’s Vanilla Caramel and Vanilla Blackberry Swirl Premium Ice Creams

Naturally Friendly's Chocolate Fudge and Chocolate Premium Ice Creams

Naturally Friendly’s Chocolate Fudge and Chocolate Premium Ice Creams

Naturally Friendly's Vanilla Peanut Butter Fudge and Vanilla Premium Ice Creams

Naturally Friendly’s Vanilla Peanut Butter Fudge and Vanilla Premium Ice Creams

Naturally Friendly's Chocolate Peanut Butter and Mint Chocolate Chip Premium Ice Creams

Naturally Friendly’s Chocolate Peanut Butter and Mint Chocolate Chip Premium Ice Creams

I’m naturally friendly too. But I’m not GMO-free because I can move things with my mind. (Spotted by Rachel C at Giant.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new product on the shelf, snap a picture of it, and send us an email (theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. Or reply to us (@theimpulsivebuy) on Twitter with the photo, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.

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