What is it?
Blue Bell’s Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream continues the company’s tradition of generally straightforward and boring names, but it does have a couple of twists. First, it’s a mix of ice cream (strawberry) and sherbet (lemonade), and then it adds in lemon-flavored flakes.
How is it?
It’s quite tasty but also a classic example that more is not always better. And yes, I’m talking about you, lemon-flavored flakes. But let me get back to them.
The strawberry ice cream is creamy with a more subdued flavor than what you might get from other brands. It’s clearly strawberry, but it just doesn’t jump up and down and scream strawberry. The lemonade flavor is, well, basically lemon (is there really any difference between lemonade and lemon flavoring?). Together, they are a perfectly refreshing summer treat.
The surprising part for me was that the ice cream and sherbet were almost indistinguishable from each other, except for the different flavors, of course. Even eating the sherbet by itself, I had difficulty convincing myself it was sherbet, as it seemed almost as creamy as the strawberry. So if you are looking for two contrasting textures, you will likely be disappointed. But as for their flavor, they were great together.
Now let’s get back to the lemon flakes. On the plus side, they kind of look like shark teeth, so the 5-year-old in me thought that was cool. But other than that, all they did was add a weird and tasteless crunch, like when you eat ice cream of an unknown age from the back of the freezer and it has those big ice chunks in it. If you enjoy those ice chunks, you might like these flakes. But this would have been better off without them, even if they were only a minor annoyance.
Anything else you need to know?
As I wrote this review, I really gave spell check a workout as I could not stop typing “sherbert.” I know that’s not how you spell it, but my fingers kept adding that second r. It turns out that my fingers are smarter than my brain. This might blow your mind a little too, but “sherbert” is actually correct, sort of. According to Merriam-Webster, sherbert “isn’t wrong” and is “now a fully established (though far lesser-used) variant.” So I say we all make a pact to only use sherbert until it becomes the more common variant, or at least until spell check accepts it.
Even though the lemon flakes knocked my rating down a little for this one, it’s still a classic and delicious flavor combination. I’m looking forward to making a float with this by adding lemon-lime or strawberry soda like the Blue Bell website suggests.
Purchased Price: $6.98
Size: 1/2 Gallon
Purchased at: H-E-B
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2/3 cup) 200 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 60 milligrams of sodium, 32 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 27 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.