REVIEW: Carl’s Jr. Hostess Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwich

Carl’s Jr. Hostess Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwich

Implementing the mechanics of a sandwich to hold ice cream in your grubby hands and shoving it into your body at the rate of an intravenous drip is something like harnessing sugary fusion.

This makes the ice cream sandwich something of a king in the category of “desserts inspired by other foods.” Personally, it ranks above the Choco Taco, the Pizookie, Twizzlers (dessert spaghetti), and the churro (dessert hot dog). Carl’s Jr. has trotted out the Hostess Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwich for a try and it proves to be a pleasant if not slightly sticky experience.

What’s interesting is that straight up ice cream is sort of a rarity in fast food. There are shakes and soft serve and Frostys and Blizzards (oh my), but as far as a straight up scoop, I’m hard pressed to think of that many options. Carl’s Jr. had that Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich I never tried. Baskin-Robbins and Carvel are only for freaks on first dates that need a place to walk to and families with unbearable children. This ice cream sandwich itches that scratch of a dense, slightly-chewy scoop of frozen goodness.

The Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwich is smaller than you might think. Two Hostess Ding Dongs—actual size Ding Dongs, which are tiny—flank a relatively thick scoop of vanilla ice cream. The entire affair could probably squeeze inside a tennis ball. Then Serena Williams could serve them right into my mouth at 100 mph! Mmm, vanilla, chocolate and… sprinkles? Nope, those are broken teeth.

Ding Dongs, for those previously unacquainted, are chocolate cake pucks enveloped in a thin layer of chocolate. They do a gracious job of housing the ice cream, though the chocolate is a bit sticky. Maybe that’s something that’s insurmountable. We could have had unsticky chocolate by now but haters protested pink slime and the stuff that goes in yoga mats. Those were my favorite foods. Wednesday night is pot roast night and Thursday night was yoga mat and pink slime night. The hardened chocolate on the Ding Dong also offers a slight textural diversity to the sandwich, which is delightfully squishy on the whole.

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The ice cream is fairly regular. It’s inoffensive and tastes a little bit like a typical supermarket variety. The vanilla flavor is minor and dissipates quickly—this is not Carl’s Jr. staging an ice cream revolution. The dense ice cream pairs well with the (also pretty dense) chocolate cake, yet both together are so sweet that, about halfway through, there is a bit of sugar fatigue. However, I believe this happens with most ice cream things anyway, and speaks to the benefit of the smaller size of the product. There also isn’t much interplay between the flavors—the Ding Dongs are just there to get the ice cream in yo’ mouf.

The construction is a bit awkward, as the Ding Dongs are smaller than the scoop of ice cream. It took a bit of maneuvering to finish the sandwich without getting ice cream everywhere, especially when applying a small amount of pressure while eating it causes the ice cream to spill out a bit. It’s not a too bad of an inconvenience, though, and it’s worth it, like taking a girl taller than you to prom.

The Ding Dong ice cream sandwich is a nice changeup from the soupy shakes and air-filled soft serve cones on the fast food market. It’s not that different from any other ice cream sandwich that you might find in the frozen food aisle, but even a mediocre king is still a king.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 sandwich – 290 calories, 140 calories from fat, 15 grams of fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 25 grams of cholesterol, 190 milligrams of sodium, 35 grams of carbohydrates, 1 grams of fiber, 25 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.)

Item: Carl’s Jr. Hostess Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwich
Purchased Price: $1.89
Size: N/A
Purchased at: Carl’s Jr.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Actual ice cream fix. Pleasant all-around experience.
Cons: Ice cream is fairly regular. Ding Dongs seems supplementary, not integral to product. Still sticky.

NEWS: Get Your Beta-Carotene On With Carl’s Jr. Sweet Potato Fries

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Me likey this trend of fast food joints offering sweet potato on their menu because I love the vitamin A it contains, which gives me killer night vision, which allows me to scoff at those who need flashlights.

Wendy’s had their Baked Sweet Potato, Burger King has their Sweet Potato Fries, and now Carl’s Jr. has made available their own Sweet Potato Fries.

Although, to be honest, this whole sweet potato thing should’ve happened a long time ago.

According to Foodbeast, Carl’s Jr.’s Sweet Potato Fries are available for a limited time and won’t be available at sibling chain Hardee’s. They’re available in small, medium, and large and prices start at $1.99.

A small serving of Carl’s Jr. Sweet Potato Fries has 440 calories, 24 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 480 milligrams of sodium, 54 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 16 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Commercial below:

Source: Foodbeast

NEWS: Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s Add The Word ‘Amazing’ To Their Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger

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The Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s Amazing Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger isn’t new. Well, the addition of the word “Amazing” and the promotional tie-in with the upcoming release of The Amazing Spider-Man is new, but everything else, not so much.

Here’s a 2010 review from An Immovable Feast. Here’s another review from Junk Food Betty. And, here’s a review from A Hamburger Today. In case you’re scared to jump down the rabbit hole of Carl’s Jr. Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger reviews, they weren’t favorable.

The 2012 version consists of a charbroiled beef patty, bacon, American cheese, Swiss cheese, mayo, grilled bread, and the word “Amazing.” In order to earn the word “Amazing,” I hope every cow and pig used to make the Amazing Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger was bitten by a radioactive spider. That would be awesome! Oh wait…That would be amazing! Prices for the burger start at $3.29 and may vary by location.

On July 4th, the day after the movie is released, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s will be holding a “Spider-Man Eats Free” promotion at their restaurants. Any guest who comes to one of their restaurants dressed as Spider-Man will receive a free Amazing Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger.

That’s amazing, but it would be even more so if one could also get a free drink and fries for singing the theme song from the original Spider-Man cartoon.

NEWS: Carl’s Jr. Testing an Ice Cream Burger…I mean, Brrrger

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According to Foodbeast, the happy starry folks over at Carl’s Jr. are testing an Ice Cream Brrrger at certain locations in Orange County. The OC Register’s Fast Food Maven listed a couple of location that carry the ice cream treat.

The meat of the sandwich, which is priced at $1.99, is made up of chocolate ice cream; the condiments are represented with red, yellow, and green icing; and the Brrrger’s bun are sugar cookies. The OC Register’s Fast Food Maven also has a quick review and pictures.

The 4-ounce ice cream burger has 340 calories, 16 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 200 milligrams of sodium, 43 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 27 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

NEWS: Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. Adds Steakhouse Burgers With Blue Cheese, Onion Strings, Swiss Cheese, Mayo…and I Just Gained A Pound From Typing That

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Today, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s announced their newest meat, cheese, and bread creation, the Steakhouse Burgers.

The new Steakhouse Burgers are available in a Six Dollar version or 1/3 lb. or 1/4 lb. sizes and feature a charbroiled, 100% Black Angus beef patty with A.1. steak sauce, crumbled blue cheese, crispy onion strings, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise all on a seeded bun.

Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. burgers are known for being, um…calorific fatirific sodiumrific substantial and these burgers are no different.

A Six Dollar Steakhouse Thickburger 1,170 calories, 83 grams of fat, 28 grams of saturated fat, 2,240 milligrams of sodium, 68 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 19 grams of sugar, and 41 grams of protein.

A 1/3 lb. Steakhouse Thickburger 1,010 calories, 66 grams of fat, 20 grams of saturated fat, 2,260 milligrams of sodium, 68 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 19 grams of sugar, and 38 grams of protein.

A 1/4 lb. Steakhouse Thickburger 740 calories, 52 grams of fat, 15 grams of saturated fat, 1,580 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, and 28 grams of protein.

The Steakhouse Thickburger is available now at Hardee’s and will be available at Carl’s Jr. tomorrow (Wednesday, September 21st).