REVIEW: Van Leeuwen Tapatio Mexican Hot Chocolate Ice Cream

Van Leeuwen Tapatio Mexican Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Pint

After toiling away on reviews of Van Leeuwen’s seasonal offerings (this past Summer’s releases and the very recent Fall releases), I finally got my hands on one of the “weird” ones. And while I haven’t even actually tried one of the previous novelty concoctions, I’ve read and watched enough reviews that I get the gist: the pizza, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and Grey Poupon ice creams all taste exactly like what they’re supposed to taste like, it’s honestly not as off-putting as the reviewer thought it would be, and they’re glad they tried it but probably wouldn’t do it again.

So, then, what about Van Leeuwen’s Mexican Hot Chocolate featuring Tapatio Hot Sauce? Would it follow this extremely established and scientifically vetted pattern?

Not really. I’ll explain.

First, I didn’t think it sounded very off-putting at all, really, maybe owing to the fact that, unlike pizza or cheesy pasta, hot chocolate (even spicy hot chocolate) is already pretty dessert-y.

Van Leeuwen Tapatio Mexican Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Top

Second, I’ve never actually had Mexican hot chocolate, so I cannot tell you whether the taste of the ice cream mimics the beverage in question. What I can tell you is that, 1) there was a lake of fudge, 2) there was a mountain of marshmallows, and 3) the ice cream was standard chocolate, until, you know, the heat.

Van Leeuwen Tapatio Mexican Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Marshmallows

And let’s talk about the heat. I wouldn’t call it a distinctly Tapatio taste, at least not at first. Things get warm with the first bite, sure, starting in the back of the throat where your swallow bones are located. Then it spreads forward like an army of angry villagers carrying torches up to the tip of your tongue. While I never found myself needing to drink milk and/or blow my nose, I could feel it up through my sinuses after only a minute or two. And it stayed. After a while, though, the vinegary flavor of the Tapatio began to register. That wasn’t my favorite part, honestly, but I will say that it made for a good place to stop my consumption.

Up to that point, it was all quite enjoyable. The marshmallows and fudge were very reminiscent of Van Leeuwen’s Campfire S’mores, which I absolutely loved. (I’m not sure anyone in the freezer aisle does those two inclusions better than Van Leeuwen, honestly.) The ice cream, too, was nice; I’ve not previously had their chocolate base, and they do it well.

This brings me to the third point of the review pattern: Jun K. Reviewer thought it was fine and interesting and all, but they wouldn’t eat it again. And, okay. Maybe I’m in agreement here. While this is a perfectly fine ice cream, I’m not sure if the mood will ever strike me to buy it again. I guess maybe I’m just not a “spicy chocolate” person. But maybe you are! And I feel like if you are, there’s a good chance you’ll really like what they’ve done here.

Purchased Price: $4.98
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2/3 cup) 280 calories, 14 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 60 milligrams of cholesterol, 130 milligrams of sodium, 36 grams of carbohydrates,0 grams of fiber, 30 grams of sugar (18 grams added sugar), 4 grams of protein.

13 thoughts to “REVIEW: Van Leeuwen Tapatio Mexican Hot Chocolate Ice Cream”

  1. I still haven’t tried any of their flavors but I’m impressed with the amount of fudge in this and the other fudge one in the Fall lineup. Maybe it’s time to give them a shot.

    1. The way the fudge in all of their offerings stays very freshly fudgy is really impressive. It’s like no other fudge I’ve had in any other ice cream.

  2. The idea that one can just dump hot sauce on chocolate and get Mexican (actually Aztec (actually actually Mayan), but don’t get me started) hot chocolate is just boggling to me. And if you’re going to be crazy enough to do that, to use Tapatio?

      excellent idea, seemingly good consecution, but why, WHY vinegar based hot sauce??
      AND NO CINNAMON ? hurts my heart a bit

      1. It’s bc the tapatio warmth tastes cinnamon like when blended with the chocolate and marshmallows. The cinnamon isn’t necessary in this TBH since it mimics it.

      2. It definitely has cinnamon. At first, you taste cinnamon and Mexican hot chocolate. Then, the chocolate ice cream, finished with very slight heat. It’s good!

    2. Most or half Mexican Hot Chocolate recipes use chili or arbol powder so tapatio – a low tier heat – makes sense ?

  3. I tried the Grey Poupon and just tryed the Tapato Mexican hot chocolate and have to say they were both delicious but the Mexican hot chocolate was my favorite! Omg! It was absolutely amazing!!

  4. That ice cream looks so delicious, but why is that nice fudge wasted on hot sauce? The other weird flavors didn’t bother me because I never cared about them, but I want a good spicy chocolate ice cream so badly.

  5. I loved the real rich chocolate flavor, Usually, I can taste a lard-like substance in Chocolate like candy bars. The fudge was delicious and the tons of marshmallows. I didn’t like the spice that sticks to your throat, but it didn’t stay long. I didn’t taste any vinegar as one reviewer stated. I putting this ice cream as number two, on my ice cream list.
    Number one is purple yam ice cream (Asian Markets). The color is a vibrant purple, but don’t let that throw you off, the taste is awesome. Number three, Southern Banana Pudding, tastes just like Banana Bread pudding, you just can’t improve it…it’s perfection.

    Thank you for the treat of this Litmited Edition Ice Cream.

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