REVIEW: Lucky Charms Frozen Dairy Dessert

Lucky Charms Frozen Dairy Dessert

What is Lucky Charms Frozen Dairy Dessert?

It’s vanilla frozen dairy dessert, a cereal swirl, and Lucky Charms marshmallows from the folks at Dreyer’s. It made its debut with a Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream. Yes, the CTC one is ice cream, although light ice cream, and this is frozen dairy dessert. Sometimes life isn’t fair.

How is it?

It tastes better than it looks.

Lucky Charms Frozen Dairy Dessert Top

I mean that the vanilla base looks like dirty snow to me, and since most of what I see is that base, it’s slightly unappealing. The bright colors from the Lucky Charms marshmallows are definitely a visual contrast to the frozen dairy dessert base. However, most of them in my container had melted into shapeless color globs, making the view from above look like a canvas drop cloth under a first grader’s painting or the Care Bears not taking care of Care-a-lot.

As for the cereal swirl, I don’t know if it exists because it’s not noticeable visually or texturally. Is the dirty snow base actually a fusion of the vanilla base AND cereal swirl?

This frozen dairy dessert does a great job of incorporating all the flavors in a bowl of Lucky Charms. ALL. THE. FLAVORS. The marshmallows, the milk, AND the sweetened oat cereal are all there with every frozen spoonful. And because Lucky Charms is one of my all-time favorite cereals, this 1.5 quart-sized treat tastes delightful. But, after eating one-fifth of the tub, its flavor also makes me think of ice cream in a crunchy sugar cone.

Anything else you need to know?

Lucky Charms Frozen Dairy Dessert Marbits

Because it’s frozen dairy dessert, it’s super easy to scoop out. Also, I’m disappointed the marbits lack that freeze-dried mouthfeel. Instead, they’re just soft melted sugar globs.

Conclusion:

This treat captures Lucky Charms wonderfully, and I recommend it if you’re a fan of the cereal. I could be cliche and write Lucky Charms Frozen Dairy Dessert is, um, you know. But I won’t. But it is, um, you know.

Purchased Price: $2.80
Size: 1.5 quart tub
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2/3 cup) 160 calories, 5 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 70 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Dairy Queen Nestle Drumstick Blizzard

Dairy Queen Nestle Drumstick Blizzard

What is the Nestle Drumstick Blizzard?

It’s the ultimate timesaver! Have you ever wanted to enjoy a Nestle Drumstick and a Dairy Queen Blizzard but simply could not find the time for both in your busy schedule? Your problem is solved with the Nestle Drumstick Blizzard. Crowned as the Blizzard of the Month for July, it contains chocolate-covered Drumstick pieces, peanuts, and, of course, vanilla soft serve.

How is it?

Dairy Queen Nestle Drumstick Blizzard Top

We all know that the best part of a Drumstick is the butt piece. Sure, that doesn’t sound very appetizing, but you know what I’m talking about — that last bite at the bottom of the cone filled with solid chocolate. For me, that’s really the only reason to eat one because the ice cream part is not great, and it’s not even ice cream but rather “vanilla frozen dairy dessert.”

Dairy Queen Nestle Drumstick Blizzard Nugget 1

The “Drumstick pieces” are chocolate-coated sugar cone, just like the butt chunk! I did manage to rescue a couple of them intact from my Blizzard for your viewing pleasure.

Dairy Queen Nestle Drumstick Blizzard Nugget 2

Technically they are Drumstick pieces, but DQ isn’t smashing up full cones here. Instead, it is using small square pieces. I’m sorry to say that the rescue of the two pictured above was short-lived, and I’m not sorry to say they were quite delicious on their own.

Dairy Queen Nestle Drumstick Blizzard Spoon

The peanuts didn’t add much to the taste, and their texture is similar enough to the cone pieces that they kind of get lost in the mix. They don’t detract from the overall taste, but don’t expect a strong peanut flavor.

Anything else you need to know?

Apparently, the Drumstick Blizzard was available at Dairy Queens in Canada for a time in 2015, but if you want to know why it took five years to make it to the United States, I have no answer for you.

Also, the Drumstick was invented in 1928 by one of the Parker Brothers — not the Parker Brothers responsible for Monopoly and a bunch of other board games, though. The two sets of Parkers were both around about the same time (Monopoly came out in 1935), so I wonder if they knew of each other and had some sort of rivalry. It seems, however, I’m the only one to wonder that because the internet has nothing to offer on the topic.

Conclusion:

This Blizzard tastes exactly how you’d expect if you chopped off a bunch of Drumstick end pieces and blended them with peanuts and DQ soft serve. In other words, it’s awesome.

Purchased Price: $4.09
Size: Medium
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (Medium) 1,030 calories, 53 grams of fat, 37 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 60 milligrams of cholesterol, 350 milligrams of sodium, 116 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of dietary fiber, 93 grams of sugar, and 22 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Magnum Double Almond Brown Butter and Double Pistachio Honey Tubs

Magnum Double Almond Brown Butter and Double Pistachio Honey Tubs

What are Magnum Double Almond Brown Butter and Double Pistachio Honey Tubs?

The Double Almond Brown Butter Ice Cream features almond ice cream, brown butter sauce, and milk chocolate in a milk chocolate shell. Double Pistachio Honey has pistachio ice cream with honey and milk chocolate in a milk chocolate shell.

How are they?

Magnum Double Pistachio Honey Tub

I’ve never had milk chocolate covered pistachios, but this Double Pistachio Honey ice cream makes me want to buy some. I was expecting the color of the creamy base to have a green hue, but it looks like vanilla. However, the pistachio flavor was spot on. Well, it better since the nut is an ingredient. But what takes this to another level is the honey, honey. The gooey add-in makes every spoonful with it taste divine, and now I want milk chocolate covered pistachios dipped in honey. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a whole lot of it in my tub.

As for the Almond Brown Butter, I should start by saying that it has almond-flavored ice cream, not almond milk frozen dessert. Also, and this is going to sound odd, the almond base, at times, somewhat reminds me of the pistachio one. Yes, they’re both nuts, and I may be nuts for thinking they’re a little similar, but there were times when I had to double-check whether I was eating this one or the pistachio one. A green-colored base would’ve been nice here, Magnum.

Magnum Double Almond Brown Butter Tub

You might be wondering what brown butter sauce is. With the use of the word “butter,” I initially thought it would be like what we put on popcorn, baked potatoes, waffles, and fingers with rings that won’t come off. But if we’re going by what’s in the ingredients list, it seems to be a combination of brown sugar and almond butter, although its flavor leans more towards the brown sugar. Like the honey in the pistachio tub, it elevates everything. Thankfully, there was a decent amount of it in my container.

Anything else you need to know?

The more I eat these Magnum tubs, the more I’ve realized that the thick Belgian chocolate layer I face every time I break the foil lid’s seal is a pain in my snacking butt. It was great at first because it was new, unique, and the chocolate is one of the better tasting ones included in an ice cream, but now it’s become work to spoon stab my way to get to the ice cream. Besides, there’s more than enough chocolate throughout the tub, and there’s a thick layer at the bottom.

I might be in the minority about this, but if you feel the same way, let me know in the comments.

Conclusion:

I’ve had every single one of these Magnum tubs that have come out so far, and I have yet to be disappointed with any of them, and that continues to be the case with these. Between these two new varieties, I’m giving a slight edge to Pistachio Honey as my favorite between them, but either one will satisfy your sweet cravings.

DISCLOSURE: I received a free samples of the products. Doing so did not influence my review in any way. Although, it seems like it. But I assure you it did not.

Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 14.8 fl. oz. tubs
Purchased at: Received from Magnum/Unilever
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Almond Brown Butter), 8 out of 10 (Pistachio Honey)
Nutrition Facts: (2/3 cup) Almond Brown Butter – 380 calories, 24 grams of fat, 13 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 90 milligrams of sodium, 37 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 30 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein. Pistachio Honey – 360 calories, 22 grams of fat, 13 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 55 milligrams of sodium, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 32 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Ben & Jerry’s Limited Batch Boots on the Moooo’n Ice Cream

Ben  Jerry s Limited Batch Boots on the Moooo n Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s new Boots on the Moooo’n Ice Cream is another collaboration with Netflix, but this time it’s inspired by the streaming service’s new series, Space Force.

Why is it called Boots on the Moooo’n?

Well, let’s just say if you’re playing a drinking game while watching Space Force’s first episode and you have to take a shot every time the words “boots on the moon” are said, you will probably not remember how the episode ended.

According to its container, the flavor is “a universe of milk chocolate ice cream with fudge cows & toffee meteor clusters orbiting a sugar cookie dough core.”

Here’s the thing about the universe; it’s vast and dwarfs anything in it, making everything else inconsequential. And that is also an appropriate way to describe the presence of the milk chocolate ice cream in this pint.

Ben  Jerry s Limited Batch Boots on the Moooo n Ice Cream Pint

While the sugar cookie dough core has a nice gritty texture and a pleasant, sweet flavor on its own, it gets lost in my mouth when combined with the chocolate ice cream. I guess one could say, if they were reaching for a space reference, that the chocolate base is like a black hole that absorbs the flavor of the cookie dough core.

Yes, your spoon will be in the same orbit as a fudge cow or toffee meteor once in a while, but the fudge just amps up the choco flavor. As for the toffee meteors, while they do add a nuttiness and wonderful crunch that contrast the creamy chocolate base, they’re like major meteors showers in that they only show up every so often.

If I’m comparing Boots on the Moooo’n to the other Netflix and Ben & Jerry’s collaborations, this is the least impressive of them.

With that said, I have to say I like this pint as much as I like watching Space Force. They’re both interesting enough that I’ll finish them because it’s hard to go too wrong with either Ben & Jerry’s chocolate ice cream or Steve Carell.

Also, I need something to watch because I’ve already gone through all the new episodes of Queer Eye and The Big Flower Fight.

But the show and ice cream aren’t must-binges.

DISCLOSURE: I received a free sample of the product from Ben & Jerry’s. Doing so did not influence my review in any way.

Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 1 pint
Purchased at: Received from Ben & Jerry’s
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2/3 cup) 420 calories, 26 grams of fat, 14 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 65 milligrams of cholesterol, 115 milligrams of sodium, 41 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 34 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Talenti Gelato Layers Banana Caramel Crunch and Lemon Berry Pie

Talenti Gelato Layers Banana Caramel Crunch

Talenti Gelato Layers are one of the most eye-catching products in the ice cream aisle. In their clear, pint-sized plastic containers, we can see the components stacked on top each other as if we’re looking at a cross section of a dessert planet.

Two of the newest varieties are Banana Caramel Crunch and Lemon Berry Pie.

Banana Caramel Crunch’s layers include banana pudding gelato, pie crust pieces, dulce de leche, more banana pudding gelato, and more pie crust pieces. Lemon Berry Pie features lemon gelato, graham pieces, blueberry sauce, a second lemon gelato layer, and pie crust pieces.

There’s definitely banana flavor in the Banana Caramel Crunch, but as for caramel and crunch, it’s a bit lacking. The creamy base is excellent, and I’d be happy if Talenti offered it its own pint. It has a mild flavor and is not as sweet as a ripe banana.

Talenti Gelato Layers Banana Caramel Crunch Back

When the gelato, dulce de leche, and pie crust are in one spoonful, it tastes like…bananas. To be more specific, the caramel seems to add something to the gelato’s flavor to make the two taste like something that reminds me of a banana that’s still a little green. As for the “crunch” part, the pie crust pieces are as soft and silent as the rest of the dessert. So feel free to eat this next to your sleeping loved one.

Talenti Gelato Layers Lemon Berry Pie

As I was eating the Lemon Berry Pie one, I kept thinking it tastes like a dessert other than pie — lemon cheesecake. Although, isn’t a cheesecake technically more a pie than a cake? Ugh. No time to sit and ponder about that because this review won’t write itself.

Talenti Gelato Layers Lemon Berry Pie Back

Anyhoo, it seems as if the tanginess from the blueberry sauce and the lemon gelato create a tang that’s similar to cheesecake. The graham cookies and pie crust don’t enhance the pint’s flavor, and they also don’t provide contrasting textures with the other ingredients.

Talenti Gelato Layers Lemon Berry Pie Sauce

Look, I ate both easily without any regard for weight gain or guilt because they’re tasty. But I felt the gelato’s flavor dominated both pints, and I wish the dulce de leche and blueberry sauce stood out more. I guess it also doesn’t help that there are two base layers in each pint and a thin amount of sauce. Also, I would’ve liked something that provided a crunch. But if you love banana or lemon, which aren’t too common in the ice cream aisle, it’s worth a purchase.

DISCLOSURE: I received free samples from Talenti/Unilever. Doing so did not influence my review in any way.

Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 1 pint
Purchased at: Received from Talenti (sold wherever Talenti products are sold)
Rating: 6 out of 10 (Banana Caramel Crunch), 6 out of 10 (Lemon Berry Pie)
Nutrition Facts: (2/3 cup) Banana Caramel Crunch – 280 calories, 11 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 60 milligrams of cholesterol, 75 milligrams of sodium, 41 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 32 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein. Lemon Berry Pie – 250 calories, 11 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 95 milligrams of sodium, 36 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 28 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Klondike Donuts

Klondike Donuts

Klondike Donuts would’ve been more impressive looking if they had the standard round shape of the fried treat instead of appearing like the food love child of a Dunkin’ donut and Wendy’s beef patty.

The line of frozen novelties come in three donut-inspired flavors — Boston Cream, Frosted Strawberry, and Triple Chocolate.

Klondike Donuts Boston Cream Shell

According to the Klondike website, Boston Cream is filled with sweet egg custard swirls and the flavor of a Boston Cream Donut, and it has a milk chocolatey coating with white chocolatey drizzles.

Let’s state the obvious: Boston Cream Donuts don’t have holes in them. That, plus the square shape, makes it look as if Klondike took a lot of liberties with what donuts are.

Klondike Donuts Boston Cream Shell Interior

The frozen dairy dessert with egg custard swirls does remind me of the filling of a Boston Cream Donut, but not as sweet. But the milk chocolatey coating helps convince my taste buds that it, as a whole, is similar to the filled donut.

Of the three, this was my second favorite of the bunch.

Klondike Donuts Frosted Strawberry Shell

Frosted Strawberry is inspired by a strawberry jelly filled donut. It has strawberry frozen dairy dessert, a strawberry swirl, milk chocolate coating, rainbow sprinkles… Wait, there are? (Looks at one) Oh, there are, but they’re partially hidden in the coating. There’s also a white chocolatey drizzle.

Klondike Donuts Frosted Strawberry Interior

What’s great about a jelly filled donut is how the flavor is potent when a bite is taken and the fruity filling oozes or squirts out. But this treat lacked that level of fruitiness. The chocolate almost completely hides the strawberry frozen dairy dessert from my taste buds. But all the blame shouldn’t be put on the shell alone. When I tried the pink frozen dessert by itself, it was milder than the strawberry in any Neapolitan ice cream I’ve had.

This was my least favorite of the three.

Klondike Donuts Triple Chocolate Shell

Finally, there’s Triple Chocolate, which is the best of the bunch. According to Klondike, it has a chocolate cakey fried donut flavor with a dark chocolatey coating, dark crunch pieces, and a milk chocolatey drizzle.

Klondike Donuts Triple Chocolate Interior

I assumed the frozen dessert had the “chocolate cake fried donut flavor.” But after trying it, it turns out that the creamy filling is the least chocolatey tasting part of the bar. Much like the previous two, the creamy interior has a mild taste. Instead, the fried donut comes from the dark chocolatey coating, dark crunch pieces, or both. However, to get that donut-like flavor when eating the treat whole, I had to savor each bite to pick up on the nuances in the bar that separate it from a typical dipped chocolate ice cream bar.

Like all Klondike treats, the coating isn’t too thick. So biting into them will cause fissions throughout the rest of the chocolate. So my Public Service Announcement to you is to eat them over a plate, the wrapper they come in, or a bowl of ice cream that could use some toppings.

Klondike Donuts are perfectly fine frozen dairy dessert novelties, especially the Boston Cream and Triple Chocolate varieties, since their flavors do somewhat make me think of the round treat.

DISCLOSURE: I received a free samples from Klondike/Unilever. Doing so did not influence my review in any way.

Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 6-pack
Purchased at: Received from Klondike
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Boston Cream), 5 out of 10 (Frosted Strawberry), 8 out of 10 (Triple Chocolate)
Nutrition Facts: (1 bar) Boston Cream – 230 calories, 12 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 75 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Frosted Strawberry – 230 calories, 12 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 50 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Triple Chocolate – 210 calories, 12 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 50 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 15 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.