REVIEW: Blue Bell Salted Caramel Brownie Ice Cream

Blue Bell Salted Caramel Brownie Ice Cream Pint

What is it?

Continuing the Blue Bell tradition of generally using the most straightforward name possible, the new Salted Caramel Brownie flavor contains exactly what you would expect: chocolate brownie pieces with a salted caramel swirl in vanilla ice cream.

How is it?

It’s good.

Blue Bell Salted Caramel Brownie Ice Cream Brownie

OK, I guess I’m contractually obligated to provide a longer answer, so let me expound a bit. The brownies are the best part of this, although they seemed to be somewhat sparsely mixed into my pint. When I did get a brownie piece in a bite, it was perfectly chewy and chocolatey. The problem was most bites didn’t have any brownies.

The caramel swirl was also pleasant. It had only a subtle saltiness and a nice creaminess that reminded me of a Werther’s Original caramel, even though I can’t remember the last time I’ve actually had one of those.

The vanilla ice cream was kind of just there to hold the brownies and caramel. This might have been a bit better if the ice cream base was either chocolate or caramel, but Blue Bell didn’t consult with me for some reason.

Anything else you need to know?

Blue Bell Salted Caramel Brownie Ice Cream Swirl

The “swirl” part was a bit different than I expected. Especially with caramel, it seems like a swirl usually consists of significant pockets of the gooey stuff that looks like rivers flowing through the ice cream. But for this flavor, you don’t get those big pools of caramel in different spots. Instead, it’s more evenly dispersed, so you get some in virtually every bite, even if it’s a little hard to see the caramel. As much as I like finding those nice mother lodes of swirl, I also enjoyed this version where it’s almost blended in.

Conclusion:

Blue Bell Salted Caramel Brownie Ice Cream Top

This flavor falls into the broad category of PGBF, or Pretty Good But Forgettable. The brownies are good, the caramel swirl is good, and the vanilla ice cream is good, but this one doesn’t really differentiate itself from any other caramel brownie options that are out there.

Purchased Price: $3.29
Size: One Pint
Purchased at: H-E-B
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2/3 cup) 240 calories, 12 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 150 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 25 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

3 thoughts to “REVIEW: Blue Bell Salted Caramel Brownie Ice Cream”

  1. Very much agree with the review, though I either (a) got more brownie pieces or (b) got the same amount but felt that it met my expectations, as the orange color of the container led me to believe this would be more of a caramel flavor than a brownie one. Not being a huge caramel connoisseur, I was expecting the caramel to taste a little saltier than it did, though maybe a “normal” caramel swirl would have been even less salty (the nutrition facts does list a higher sodium number than my usual Blue Bell flavors, so there is more sodium somewhere in here).

    Chocolate bases tend to overload my tongue so that I don’t notice the mix-ins, and I think both the caramel and the brownie pieces would have been drowned had their been a chocolate/fudge base, as they were good/solid but not enough to stand out much with a non-vanilla base (or more of a half vanilla-half caramel, as it seemed closer to 50-50 than mostly vanilla with a few swirls of caramel). If you were hoping for something like the Fudge Brownie Decadence (which had a chocolate base) from a few years ago, you’ll probably be disappointed.

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