NEWS: Blue Bunny Partners With Duff Goldman To Make Ice Cream That’s As Smooth As His Head

Charm City Cakes

Thanks to Duff Goldman’s Charm City Cakes, I found out it’s possible for someone to create a cake that replicates the scene in The Empire Strikes Back where a Rebel Alliance Snowspeeder takes down an Imperial AT-AT Walker with its harpoon and tow cable. However, I don’t know if it’s possible to convince my future wife that this cake would make an awesome wedding cake if I was on my hands and knees pretending to be the AT-AT and she’s the Snowspeeder wrapping her ball and chain around my hands and legs.

Anyhoo, ever since Ace of Cakes stopped producing new episodes, I’ve needed a Duff Goldman fix. Thankfully, Blue Bunny is going to give it to me in the form of new ice cream flavors inspired by Duff’s cake baking skills. Although, just his cake baking skills and not the skills to form an AT-AT from cake and fondant.

Duff Goldman’s line of Blue Bunny Premium Ice Cream comes in four cakey varieties:

Chocolate Lovers Triple Chocolate Cake – Chocolate ice cream with fudge chocolate cake pieces with ribbons of thich, chocolate frosting. (190 calories, 10 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, and 19 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup serving.)

I Do! I Do! Wedding Cake – Sweet buttercream frosting-flavored ice cream and white cake pieces with ribbons of raspberry sauce. (150 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates, and 16 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup serving.)

Red Carpet Velvet Cake – Red velvet cake-flavored ice cream with cream cheese frosting-flavored ice cream and red velvet cake pieces. (150 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates, and 15 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup serving.)

Strawberries are Forever Shortcake – Strawberry ice cream and real strawberries mixed with pound cake pieces and swirls of whip cream frosting. (160 calories, 6 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 24 grams of carbohydrates, and 17 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup serving.)

All flavors are available in 1.75 quart containers at grocery stores nationwide and have a suggested retail price of $4.99 each.

REVIEW: Blue Bunny Raspberry Vanilla Aspen Frozen Yogurt Granola Bars

It’s pretty pathetic that someone born and raised in New England has never gone skiing. It’s even more pathetic that this person spent a week at a mountain resort town in Switzerland and not once strapped on the skis and tried the bunny slope. The same person would probably not even consider skiing in the celebrity-laden, snooty, yet sporty town of Aspen, Colorado.

However, I…I mean, this person would not be added to a long list of poseurs that includes the dude in the “Pretty Fly for a White Guy” music video and Kevin Federline (wait, aren’t they the same person?) by walking around the lodge pimped out in the latest North Face gear bragging about the “black diamond” run (that’s what they call it, right?). No, instead I would be in the corner, sitting next to a fireplace like the Masterpiece Theatre guy, except I would be nursing an Irish Coffee and maybe enjoying the new Blue Bunny Raspberry Vanilla Aspen Frozen Yogurt Granola Bar. Although, this frozen confection would be melted before I even open the wrapper due to the blazing, yet romantic fire burning beside me. In fact, it was pretty much melting upon opening in the comfort of an air-conditioned room. Not a good sign.

The Blue Bunny Raspberry Vanilla Aspen Frozen Yogurt Granola Bar is enrobed with a vanilla yogurt shell that’s covers the entire bar like a nice LL Bean cable-knit sweater or a ski jacket with pockets inside of pockets. The yogurt shell is similar to the stuff on some trail mix raisins. On top, there’s a small dusting of granola.

I wanted to enjoy the first bite, but like I said, it was melting already, so the first bite was quick and ended in a slurp. The raspberry fro-yo is very tasty (avid readers know I’m a whore for raspberry flavored things) and it combines well with the vanilla yogurt shell and the layer of raspberry preserve that’s stuck in there. The crunch of the granola is pretty darn good, but I don’t think there’s enough of it to formally call this frozen yogurt novelty a granola bar. Blue Bunny boasts that these treats are loaded with probiotic cultures, which is just a chemistry way of saying that these bars can aid in bowel movements and keep you regular without the need of Metamucil or the new Volcano Menu at Taco Bell.

Usually size doesn’t matter (when it comes to frozen treats), but I was quite impressed by the size of these things (I am a small girl though). They’re roughly the size of a Milky Way, but of course they disappear quicker, because for some reason when instantly exposed to non-freezer like conditions they morph into the Wicked Witch of the West or Joan Rivers at the beach (wait, aren’t they the same person?).

Even with the fast melting, the Blue Bunny Raspberry Vanilla Aspen bars are pretty good, but I wouldn’t necessarily call these a healthy alternative to other frozen treats, because one bar packs 150 calories (80 of which are from fat) and 35% of your daily saturated fat content! But, really traditional granola bars are similar in nutrition, but a lot of us forget that because it’s ingrained in us they are healthy. If you are a granola bar lover (like myself) you might be disappointed in the lack of granola, but like those yogurt cups with the granola on top, you can add your own to the Aspen bar by dipping it in more. Similar to what people do with Funny Bones by injecting more peanut butter, or that creepy lion woman injecting more collagen in her lips.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 Bar – 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 50 milligrams of sodium, 75 milligrams of potassium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein, 10% calcium, 4% riboflavin, 4% phosphorus and 2% vitamin B12.)

Item: Blue Bunny Raspberry Vanilla Aspen Frozen Yogurt Granola Bars
Price: $2.50
Size: 8-pack
Purchased at: Wal-Mart
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Different than most frozen novelties. Coating is not white chocolate. Sweater weather. Probiotic cultures helps you stay regular. Bar size.
Cons: Never experiencing the slopes. Not enough granola. Not being able to find your keys. Because your anorak has more pockets than necessary. People who get uber amounts of plastic surgery. High in saturated fat.