About 14 years ago, the local movie theatre near my childhood home added something new and unusual to their regular food lineup of lukewarm hotdogs, jumbo-sized sodas and the extra-large popcorn that Iâ€™m pretty sure was enough to feed an entire farm; from the little chicks to the overweight farmer and his wife.
Dippinâ€™ Dots was the “space-aged” item that all kids (myself included) begged their parents to get before they went into the theatre to see Disneyâ€™s highly inaccurate version of Pocahontas, or some other G-rated movie that didn’t contain all of the shit I would learn to love later on in life, including using the word “shit.”
Dippinâ€™ Dots were hard to find, very expensive, and so cold they would freeze your tongue, thus not being able to taste the flavor after the first spoonful. Itâ€™s now 2009, and Dippinâ€™ Dots clones can be found everywhere, from vending machines in outlet malls to freezer cases at mini-marts. After seeing the Kemps IttiBitz in the freezer section, I figured it would be good to maybe go back to my childhood and experience something I havenâ€™t had in over a decade.
Right off the bat, Kemps IttiBitz gets one point over Dippinâ€™ Dots in the name category. IttiBitz sounds like the nickname given to the president of your local chapterâ€™s Itty Bitty Titty Committee. I applaud Kemps for honoring those who lack in the boobage department. I would say, “Stay strong my sisters!”, but I havenâ€™t been in the IBTC since middle school.
The IttiBitz were very mint chocolate chip-y, but the missing ingredient were the actual chips; I guess the little brown pellets were to make up for that, but for me it really didnâ€™t. When the bitz melted in my mouth, they revealed a very creamy, full-bodied taste of mint chocolate. Surprisingly, the ice cream has some substance to it; itâ€™s not watered down at all.
Besides having to physically bang the entire cup to separate the frozen beads that clump together, the only other downfall with Kemps IttiBitz was the same problem I had with its predecessor fourteen years ago — frozen tongue syndrome.
(Nutrition Facts – 1 cup – 160 calories, 11 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 55 milligrams of sodium, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein, 8% vitamin A and 8% calcium.)
Item: Kemps Mint Chip IttiBitz
Price: $1.49 (on sale)
Size: 1 Cup
Purchased at: Hannaford Supermarkets
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Cryogenically frozen ice cream = Freakinâ€™ awesome. Creamy texture. Inexpensive alternative to Dippinâ€™ Dots
Cons: Cryogenically frozen Walt Disney = Freakinâ€™ creepy. Serving size is a little small. Needing Lactaid. Frozen tongue syndrome. High in fat.