QUICK REVIEW: Baskin-Robbins Dunkin’ Donuts French Vanilla Coffee Ice Cream

Baskin Robbins Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla Coffee Ice Cream

What is it?

A marriage between my two greatest loves in life: coffee and ice cream.

In other words, this is another one of Dunkin’ Brands’s attempts at co-branding, and it combines Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Flavored Ice Cream with French Vanilla Ice Cream.

How is it?

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Just as good as you would expect a frozen dessert with Baskin-Robbins’s pedigree to be! The creamy sweetness of the vanilla worked well alongside the subtle bitterness and slightly icy nature of the coffee portion. Both of them were well combined in my not-quite-a-pint, so I got a nice combination of both flavors in each spoonful.

When I ate the two together, the overall effect reminded me of a frozen vanilla latte. Considering that I’m always trying to figure out a way to get more caffeine and ice cream into my day, this flavor certainly kills two birds with one stone.

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As far as density is concerned, I wouldn’t consider this to be a hefty snack. Despite how small the container is, this ice cream isn’t nearly as rich and heavy as Haagen-Dazs or Ben & Jerry’s is, so I’d compare it to be more similar to Edy’s/Dreyer’s Grand or Blue Bunny in the texture department.

Is there anything else I need to know?

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Since this flavor is inspired by French vanilla coffee, it’s not surprising that heating a cup over the stove produces an AMAZING result. Melting it down into a hot drink makes probably the most indulgent coffee that you’re likely to ever drink at home, and it’s absolutely an acceptable replacement for a real vanilla latte if you’re ever too lazy to drive to an actual Dunkin’ Donuts.

Conclusion:

Baskin-Robbins Dunkin’ Donuts French Vanilla Coffee Ice Cream’s versatility as both a dessert and as an emergency caffeine fix make it a definite must-have if you love coffee and ice cream as much as I do. Just don’t expect something super indulgent if you decide to go the frozen route.

Purchased Price: $2.99
Size: 14 fl. oz.
Purchased at: Food Lion
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1/2 cup) 190 calories, 90 calories from fat, 10 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 75 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 18 grams of total sugars, 3 grams of protein.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Gatorade G Zero

Gatorade Zero Glacier Cherry

Gatorade Zero Glacier Cherry

Gatorade Zero Orange

Gatorade Zero Orange

G Zero is the first no-sugar thirst quencher in Gatorade’s 53-year history. There’s also a lemon-lime flavor. (Spotted by Josh G at Walgreens.)

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REVIEW: Wendy’s Berry Burst Chicken Salad

Wendy s Berry Burst Chicken Salad

As a marketing writer for a semi-large organization, and as a perpetual bullshitter, I tend to appreciate the subtle ability of words to transform the same old thing into something completely different.

Let’s put our cards on the table: a straight description doesn’t work anymore. Nobody wants what is. Everyone wants what is ideal.

Case in point, what was the Wendy’s Berry Almond Chicken Salad seven years ago became the Summer Berry Chicken Salad two years ago and now has morphed into the Berry Burst Chicken Salad.

Granted, there are some slight variations, but who actually remembers a slight switcheroo in a cheese or a berry or a dressing?

For what it’s worth, what is basically the same salad from 2011 and 2016 is still delicious. Although, perhaps to stay consistent with the times, we should say it’s still delicious AF. Regardless, the salad has that rare ability to make you stop and say, “Wait, that came from Wendy’s?

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If you still haven’t had Wendy’s revamped grilled chicken, which debuted two years ago, get with the times, man. It’s juicy, succulent, and it has flavor like something grilled on one of those short-season Food Network summer grilling shows. I can’t believe I just said that about white meat. Anyways, the chicken is more than passable and a few notches above any pre-packed salad you’d find in the grocery store.

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I was really impressed with the berries, particularly the strawberries, which had a slightly macerated taste and texture that was sweet without being cloying or overripe. The blueberries were by and large plump and ripe, their modest sweetness pairing nicely against the salty feta cheese. Both the cheese and the smoky, crunchy almonds, give the salad a hearty feel — perhaps even a burst.

The biggest drawbacks are the dressing and the amount of lettuce. The sweetness of the dressing tends to be a little too much with the berries. It’s like putting ketchup on my ketchup flavored potato chips -— both delicious, less so together. As for the lettuce, I feel like Elaine Benes might be cool with it, but when I’m fairly full and there’s still a forest staring back at me, sans chicken and berries, the ratio is a little off.

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I told myself I wasn’t going to look at the past reviews of Wendy’s Chicken/Almond/Berry salad combos when scoring the Berry Burst Chicken Salad. Well, lo and behold I have no self-control and saw past scores of 8 and 9. Given that nothing much has changed, but more importantly, given that this is still a great salad, a 9 seems more than appropriate.

(Nutrition Facts – Full size – 460 calories, 17 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 105 milligrams of cholesterol, 1090 milligrams of sodium, 41 grams of carbohydrates, 29 grams of sugar, 7 grams of fiber, and 41 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $6.79
Size: Full size
Rating: 9 out of 10
Pros: “Lots of fresh strawberries and blueberries” — literally ripped this line from the 2011 review, which is still applicable. Grilled chicken is a step above 2011 version. Well composed salad with super fresh ingredients. Crunchy almonds and feta cheese create good contrasts in flavors and textures.
Cons: Raspberry vinaigrette is like putting ketchup on ketchup potato chips. A little too much greenery. Lingering debate over the connotation of “chicken salad” vs. “salad with chicken.”

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 6/14/2018

Here are some interesting new and limited edition products found on store shelves by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Trader Joe s Peanut Butter Cartwheel Cookies

Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Cartwheel Cookies

Trader Joe s Unsweetened Almond Cashew  Macadamia Nut Beverage

Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Almond, Cashew & Macadamia Nut Beverage

(Spotted by Rachel C at Trader Joe’s.)

Trader Joe s Peach Crumble Pie

Trader Joe’s Peach Crumble Pie

(Spotted by Laurie at Trader Joe’s.)

Trader Joe s Mediterranean Style Orzo Pasta Salad

Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Style Orzo Pasta Salad

Trader Joe s Banh Mi Inspired Noodle Bowl

Trader Joe’s Banh Mi Inspired Noodle Bowl

Chomps Free Range Turkey Snack Sticks

Chomps Free Range Turkey Snack Sticks

(Spotted by Sylvia at Trader Joe’s.)

Great Value Confetti Baking Chips

Great Value Confetti Baking Chips

(Spotted by Dorothy at Walmart.)

Jello Play Jurassic World Escape Build + Eat Kit

Jello Play Jurassic World Escape Build + Eat Kit

Jello Play Jurassic World Rescue Build + Eat Kit

Jello Play Jurassic World Rescue Build + Eat Kit

Jello Play Jurassic World Escape and Rescue Cutters Kits

Jello Play Jurassic World Escape and Rescue Cutters Kits

(Spotted by Deborah L at Target.)

Marketside Bourbon Barrel Brownie  Tuxedo Brownie

Marketside Bourbon Barrel Brownie & Tuxedo Brownie

(Spotted by Bob K at Walmart.)

Equate Double Chocolate Protein Cookies

Equate Double Chocolate Protein Cookies

Equate Snickerdoodle Protein Cookies

Equate Snickerdoodle Protein Cookies

(Spotted by Rachel T at Walmart.)

Sunbelt Bakery Carrot Cake Chewy Granola Bars

Sunbelt Bakery Carrot Cake Chewy Granola Bars

(Spotted by @TheJoshCatlett at Walmart.)

Franz Limited Edtiion Lemon Creme Bread

Franz Limited Edtiion Lemon Creme Bread

(Spotted by Carla at Fred Meyer.)

Thomas Sesame Seed and Ancient Grain Oven Crafted Bagels

Thomas’ Sesame Seed and Ancient Grain Oven Crafted Bagels

(Spotted by Jarred at Publix.)

GoGo Squeez Blastz  Rapberry Rush Tropical Burst and Berry Madness

GoGo Squeez Blastz (Rapberry Rush, Tropical Burst, and Berry Madness)

(Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

Kind Kids Chewy Granola Bars  Chocolate Chip Honey Oat and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Kind Kids Chewy Granola Bars (Chocolate Chip, Honey Oat, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip)

(Spotted by Noreen at Tops Friendly Markets.)

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