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One of my best friends came to visit about a month ago, and on a trip into San Francisco we were set on hitting up the Ben&Jerry’s store along the waterfront. Until we came across this signage:
THE SCOOP: Thin Mint by Mitchell’s Ice Cream. A fresh, natural-tasting peppermint ice cream with dark chocolate shavings.
PROS: EVERYTHING. Light, fresh peppermint flavor that isn’t dyed green and doesn’t taste fake. With the most amazing texture. And high quality chocolate chips, that are the perfect texture to melt in your mouth!! Oh my. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Loved every last second of this cone.
CONS: I can’t purchase it just anywhere. The closest grocery store that carries it in the freezer section is Draeger’s in San Mateo! And if I ever move away from the Bay I’m straight outta luck.
OVERALL RATING: 5/5
And now my palate has been tainted, because I’ve finally tasted something that qualifies for five whole stars. My apologies for any further ice cream reviews – I promise I’ll try not to let my judgment be altered but I figured it’s only fair to let you know that it might be 😉
Since this was such a special find, I have a couple bonus categories/photos to share with you!
THE FELLOW TASTE TESTERS: This was the first time my darling daughter actually enjoyed ice cream! Before she’s just made nasty faces because it’s cold. Or maybe because it just wasn’t as delicious as this stuff. My BFF Maye was also here and taste-tested too!! But for some reason the only photographic evidence I have of our trip into the city together is the fact that you can see her shoes in the photo I took of the ice cream cone.
THE SHOP: Norman’s Ice Cream and Freezes. It’s adorable! Hidden in a little corner of a courtyard (in the Cannery), with that fantastic signage. I’m pretty sure the owner, Norman, is the one who served us, and he is a gem. “It’s a lovely day, huh? But not as lovely as you ladies or my beautiful wife!” Totally tipped him. You *can* purchase Mitchell’s ice cream at other locations, but I love this little place so much.
All in all, I’d say this day was one of the best days ever. It was enough to get both the “Best Day Ever” and “Everything Is Awesome” songs (a la Spongebob and The Lego Movie) both running through my head, because I am so mature and grown up when it comes to my mental my-life-is-awesome soundtrack.
disclosure, again: ain’t nobody paying me to write this bidness.
OKAY, OKAY, I KNOW.
I have been seriously slacking in my ice cream critiques. Not in person – I definitely have been glutting myself on creamy ice-y minty goodness. But the actually sharing my findings here on this good ‘ol blog?? Well. The crickets speak for themselves.
So, onwards and upwards! I have some exciting reviews coming your way – including a little giveaway [my first one, ahh!] and an actual 5/5 star amazing I-could-eat-this-every-day find that I came across yesterday!!! I am stoked.
But first up, this intriguing find from my grocer’s freezer. Technically, it IS a gelato and NOT an ice cream. What’s the difference??? I have no idea except that I think it has something to do with the temperature it is frozen to (gelato is frozen colder..?) and that temperature has an effect on the overall texture. But I have yet to actually do any real research on the matter and I’m basing that conjecture solely on the types of ice cream makers I used to memorize spiels about while working kitchen retail. BUT that is neither here nor there – I give you gelato!
TALENTI GELATO | MEDITERRANEAN MINT
THE DISH: A light green, mint flavored ice cream (uh, gelato) with flat, non-uniform rectangular chunks of semisweet chocolate.
THE PROS: Very smooth! The texture is wonderful. The
ice cream gelato portion is very high quality. An interesting mint flavor too – not like anything I’ve ever had before. It really grew on me, though! Reminds me more of the flavor of peppermint tea than the traditional “mint” flavor in your run of the mill MCCIC. Also, check out those ingredients! I love seeing something so simple.
THE CONS: While the gelato base is unconventional but lovable and of an exceedingly high quality, the chocolate is disappointingly sub-par. With a dessert such as this, I expect quality in every ingredient. It cost me somewhere in the neighborhood of $5.00 for one pint, which is not the most expensive frozen dessert I’ve ever purchased, but it’s certainly more than a pint of Ben&Jerry’s and every B&J’s flavor I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying has had better chocolate than this. You’d think they’d be able to source a better ingredient, it would make their product truly sing!
OVERALL RATING: 2/5
Once again, I am overly critical, especially after sampling SO many types of the same flavor combination. But the price point coupled with the disappointing chocolate left me extremely unimpressed. I would, however, be willing to sample more Talenti flavors….provided they did not have any chocolate mix-ins 😉
Stay tuned for weekly ice cream installments! Giveaways and five stars and consistency, oh my! And once again, ain’t nobody paid me to write this bidniz. I am a simple person who has a passion for mint chocolate chip ice cream, makes a point to buy all of the kinds I deem worth my time (with my own monies), and thereby ingests copious amounts of minty chocolate-y frozen treats. Sometimes I even share them with my family or friends.
This week I’ve got yet another Ben&Jerry’s flavor for you!
Ben&Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie
THE DISH: A white mint ice cream with crumbled chocolate sandwich cookie bits. Think cookies n’ cream, but with a mint ice cream base.
THE PROS: Substantial cookie chunks! I don’t know about you, but I consider it a very good omen when I’m able to root out an entire cookie still in tact from my carton of ice cream. It is the ultimate archaeological dig. And I found two in this little pint! I love that, and the fact that the cookies stay soft and give you more of an immediate chocolate flavor, unlike chips which need time to melt on the tongue. It’s a nice subtle minty flavor, almost like mint Oreos blended with vanilla ice cream (instead of the other way around). It’s quite pleasant overall.
THE CONS: I wish it was “mintier”, if you eat the entire pint in one sitting (oops) you kind of grow numb to the mint and can’t taste it by the end.
OVERALL RATING: 3/5. The subtle mint just doesn’t do it for me. Again, very good ice cream, nothing “annoying” about eating it, but simply not worth it for the price point. I’m happy someone finally made a mint cookies n cream, because it is a BRILLIANT idea, but I’m not going to buy it unless it’s on sale. Come on off-brands, let’s see some knock offs!
Stayed tuned next week for HAAGEN DAZS!!!
love — Rach
You guys, my love for mint chocolate chip ice cream knows no bounds.
There is something about the combination of minty freshness and decadent chocolatey-ness that really makes my heart sing. I’m no respecter of brands – nearly anything chocolatey and minty [green coloring not required] gets my heartstrings hummin’ along – but I definitely have my preferences.
Hence, I embarked on The Quest For The Most Delicious Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream…which shall hereby be known as TQFTMDMCCIC.
It’s pronounced “t’qwuf t’mmm-duh-mmm-kick”…it’s got a little bit of a rhythm to it and sounds like beatboxing. Sort of. Almost. You may do a little dance whilst saying it if you wish.
I know I did.
But what good is TQFTMDMCCIC if I don’t share the deliciousness in photographic form and opine on each and every iced cream I try along the way?!
FIRST UP: Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream in “mmmm Mint Chocolate Chip”
THE DISH: A creamy smooth, green mint ice cream with a nice zingy flavor. Packed with semi-sweet chocolate chunks of varying rectangular size.
PROS: I do like the mint flavor on it’s own! It’s not timid. Very refreshing. The chocolate chunks take a little longer to melt, so each bite has a smooth chocolatey finish that’s kind of nice. Also, the chunks vary greatly in size, which makes for a fun eating experience!
CONS: Personally, I don’t like ice cream that I have to “chew”, if that makes sense. And these chocolate chunks require quite a bit of jaw action. Also, the chip-to-cream ratio seems okay at first, but occasionally I end up with a mouthful of chips alone, which is also not my fave but if that’s what you’re into you’d dig it. The mint by itself is punchy, but still is overtaken by the chocolate chunks, and I don’t love the chocolate by itself enough to really love that.
OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 stars. It ain’t bad, it’s good quality, and I do enjoy it…it just ain’t worth my money unless it’s on sale (which it was at the time this was purchased). I typically enjoy the off-brand/store brand mint chip just a smidge more!
I hope you’re all excited to join me in TQFTMDMCCIC! What’s your personal favorite flavor of ice cream? Any other mint chip lovers out there with recommendations for me??
PS, mad props to my seester Sarah, who documents nearly all of the moments in my life that are worth documenting [AKA that ice cream cone at Dinneyland]. She has some sweet skillz.
PPS, in the interest of full disclosure, I ain’t sponsored by nobody and don’t have aspirations to be. This blog is just for fun, nobody is paying me to do it, and the thoughts/opinions/words are all my own. I initially purchased this ice cream to go along with my birthday cake last month (more on that later).