REVIEW: Cold Stone Creamery JELL-O Pudding Ice Cream (Butterscotch & Chocolate)

Without knowing it Cold Stone Creamery, with their JELL-O Pudding Ice Cream, created a new idiom to express boredom to go along with watching paint dry and watching grass grow. Now whenever you have to watch something boring, like C-SPAN, you can say it’s like watching Cold Stone Creamery’s JELL-O Pudding Ice Cream melt, because it takes a while for this decadent dessert to do so.

According to Cold Stone Creamery, their new Jello Pudding Ice Cream doesn’t melt, instead it turns into pudding. I tested their claim by sticking in a bowl a spoonful of the butterscotch pudding ice cream and a spoonful of the chocolate pudding ice cream. Then I set up a video camera and let nature take its course.

I shot the pudding ice cream action for an hour, but through the magic of speeding up video, editing and strategically placed video transitions, you can watch all the sexy pudding ice cream-on-pudding ice cream action in under two minutes.  Although I should warn you that sexy pudding ice cream-on-pudding ice cream action is 100 times less sexier than it sounds.

As you can see from the video, the pudding ice cream doesn’t melt into a liquid, instead it does what Cold Stone Creamery said it would do, which is turn into pudding.  And watching that happen is like watching paint dry on growing grass.

For the experiment, I used the chocolate and butterscotch flavors of the Cold Stone Creamery JELL-O Pudding Ice Cream, but in some locations they also offer vanilla and banana flavors. Like my armpit hairs, I kept my pudding ice cream au naturel and didn’t add anything to be mixed in. The texture of the pudding ice cream is definitely not like any other ice cream I’ve had. It’s soft and pliable, like a Russian gymnast, and it doesn’t get hard, making it easy to scoop. When I put it in my mouth, it starts off with a texture similar to ice cream, but after a few seconds in my warm mouth it changes into a feel that’s more like pudding, albeit kind of a really gooey, slightly chewy pudding.

I think the chocolate flavor tastes very similar to a McDonald’s Hot Fudge Sundae, a belief that Cold Stone may not agree with since they are a premium ice cream maker and not a cheap ass burger maker. But I really like the Hot Fudge Sundaes from the House of Ronald, so I really like the flavor of the chocolate pudding ice cream. As for the butterscotch flavor, it also is also very good. It has a nice gold color and a delightful butterscotch flavor that tastes like I’m sucking on a hard butterscotch candy.

Overall, I enjoyed both flavors of the Cold Stone Creamery Jello Pudding Ice Cream. They’re rich and creamy and they have really great flavor. The texture of the pudding ice cream may throw off some people and the extremely high saturated fat content might scare a few, but it’s definitely something that’s interesting to try.

Although it’s definitely not interesting to watch as it melts.

(Nutritional Facts – 1 Love It – Butterscotch – 550 calories, 28 grams of fat, 18 grams of saturated fat, 1 grams of trans fat, 105 milligrams of cholesterol, 450 milligrams of sodium, 73 grams of carbohydrates, 64 grams of sugar, 8 grams of protein, 25% vitamin A and 15% calcium. Chocolate – 550 calories, 28 grams of fat, 18 grams of saturated fat, 1 grams of trans fat, 105 milligrams of cholesterol, 360 milligrams of sodium, 73 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 62 grams of sugar, 8 grams of protein, 25% vitamin A, 15% calcium and 4% iron.)

Item: Cold Stone Creamery JELL-O Pudding Ice Cream (Butterscotch & Chocolate)
Price: $4.59 each
Size: Love It (about 8 ounces)
Purchased at: Cold Stone Creamery
Rating: 7 out of 10 (chocolate)
Rating: 7 out of 10 (butterscotch)
Pros: Both flavors are really good. Chocolate flavor tastes like a McDonald’s Hot Fudge Sundae. Butterscotch flavor tastes like I’m sucking on a hard butterscotch candy. Texture is interesting. It doesn’t melt, it just turns into pudding. My armpit hair will keep my armpits warm.
Cons: After a few seconds in my mouth it has a gooey, slightly chewy pudding texture that might turn people off. Extremely high in saturated fat content. Watching grass grow. Watching paint dry. Watching paint dry on growing grass. Watching the Cold Stone Creamery Jello Pudding Ice Cream melt. Pudding ice cream-on-pudding ice cream action is 100 times less sexier than it sounds.

20 thoughts on “REVIEW: Cold Stone Creamery JELL-O Pudding Ice Cream (Butterscotch & Chocolate)

  1. Marvo you are after my own heart after 2 ice cream reviews! 😀 Yum! Very cool that you timed it “melting”. Did you try to eat it after it melted?

  2. I might try it, if the Coldstone closest to me hadn’t gone out of business. I’m sure there’s another one around here somewhere.

    In unrelated news, I did try a 5 Guys burger today. It was teh awesome. I think I like the place even better than In-N-Out.

  3. Marvo – Awesome vids….I can’t wait to see what time brings us in the TIB motion realm…so far everything has been awesome.

    “I think the chocolate flavor tastes very similar to a McDonald’s Hot Fudge Sundae.” If that’s true I’d love it…those $0.99 cups o’ joy are freakin’ delightful…there may be no other frozen treat I enjoy more.

  4. Oh my god this sounds delicious. I hope there’s a Cold Stone in my area, because I really want to try those ice creams. D:

    Also, even though McDonald’s probably uses dead babies and harp seals in it, I love their ice creams so much.

  5. My husband tried the butterscotch pudding creation and said it was a little overwhelming in taste and wouldn’t get again. I think he said there was a butterfinger in there…strange

    @ Chuck- I love 5 guys!!!! We have them all over Virginia

  6. Thanks for the shout out! (added a link to you on my review too)
    I still say I really liked the flavors (I did try the butterscotch) the texture…. ugh. It’s just wrong I tell you! WRONG!

  7. So gross! I got this with the peanut butte mixed in and it was like a liquid PBJ with plastic chocolate around it. It was horrendous, had to throw it out! And I eat everything!

  8. @Chuck: DAMMIT!!!!! I am jealous of your consumption of a Five Guys burger. To get back at you I will drink this tap water from Hawaii. Glug, glug, glug. Jealous?

    @Bear Silber: I wish there was a Super Sized version of their Hot Fudge Sundae. I would pay an extra 50 cents for it.

    @Katie: I also like the McDonald’s chocolate shake for some reason. Maybe because it tastes like a sugar coma.

    @amanda: I guess a stray Butterfinger piece got in there. I decided not to get any mix-ins, because I wanted to just taste the ice cream by itself.

    @Zac Pritcher: Gak? See Bear’s comment below. You’re probably too young to know what it is.

    @Gigi: I think the texture is kind of cool, albeit a little weird at first. But I can see how it’s offputting to you.

    @felix tibs: Wait a minute…You eat worse crap than I do and you throw this out. Disappointed.

  9. Yeah, I was born in ’90 so I was just a wee lad when it was released in ’92 and ’94. Oh well, you guys may be old enough to have been able to enjoy that stuff, but I’ll (hopefully… probably not) live to see more awesome things. 🙂

  10. Great review. Much enhanced by the video w/timer.

    I love McDonald’s hot fudge sundaes; for a soft-serve sundae, the price can’t be beat. I don’t like the new-fangled packets of peanuts, though. Didn’t they just used to dump peanut crumbs over the sundae?

  11. I tried the chocolate the day before you posted your review. It was crazy, but I liked the way it tasted and I liked the texture.

  12. Mmm mini mcdonalds sundaes.. butterscotch is my fav. lol we don’t have Cold Stone, we have Marble Slab Creamery which I am thinking is the same thing. But not jello ice cream. 🙁

    I can’t watch the video at work but is it like watching Dairy Queen Ice cream ‘melt’ but it actually just foams up instead? lol

  13. For this much fat and calories I would rather have a cold beer on a hot day. Or a warm beer on a cold day for that matter.

  14. ive tried the butterscotch, but i had it with all the fixins that it said(cause i figured it would be better?)

    it was a diabetic’s nightmare in a cup haha…but it was good and weird at the same time…the texture is weird..

  15. Hmm… that stuff looks good… which is surprising, since I don’t even *like* ice cream. (Then again, I do like pudding; it’s one of the ultimate comfort foods.) I might have to give one of these a try!

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