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Blue Bell Mint Cookies ‘n Cream Review (On The Ice Cream Informant)

Once again, Chad (aka The Ice Cream Informant) has featured a review of mine, this time of the new Mint Cookies ‘n Cream ice cream from Blue Bell.  The link to the review can be found here.

Here’s the original review, along with the images.

There are two things I can’t seem to tear myself from. Most recently, it’s been Blue Bell ice cream, despite my last two ventures being completely skippable. The other is mint-chocolate treats which, given my childhood obsession with mint chocolate chip ice cream, shouldn’t be too surprising. Maybe it’s more than mere coincidence then, that Blue Bell would come out with a Mint Cookies ‘n Cream flavor to adorn their gold rim.

Blue Bell already have a traditional Mint Chocolate Chip flavor, but now we’re tossing cookies ‘n cream into the mix. For some strange reason, the pint is even more scant on details than Rum Raisin was, which is to say it has no details at all. Only when I seek out Blue Bell’s web site do I find that it’s a “smooth mint ice cream combined with mint creme-filled chocolate cookies and semi-sweet chocolate chips.” Fine by me, because without such guidance I might’ve suspected the cookies to be completely mint flavored, which would be interesting in theory if boring in execution.
But we have an ice cream to devour here, and even with a trench on the edge, I’m ready for that mint scent to grace my tongue. I dig in and am greeted by a brief, initial stiffness that quickly gives way to a medium-light body. The mint flavor is decidedly tame, offset by plenty of chocolate chips and more than a few Oreo imitators. These range from little crumbs to smudges and even entire chunks. It’s nice to see that Blue Bell didn’t skimp out on the mix-ins here, because even though “mint” is the first word for this flavor, it’s the chocolate that steals the show. I think it’s a good decision, since the ice cream has just enough flavor to balance the experience and hold everything together.
Blue Bell had me worried for a bit. After two lackluster offerings, I really wanted to find something that would restore my faith. I figured something similar to my favorite flavor as a kid would be the perfect chance for me to truly praise them again. I’m happy to say this is the case, with two classic selections coming together for a little something new and old at the same time. And yes, I’m already missing that lovely, green pint.
Question of the Day: What was your favorite ice cream as a kid?
 
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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Blog, Food, Ice Cream, Review

 

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Blue Bell Rum Raisin Review, Featured on The Ice Cream Informant

Thanks to a personal favorite and fellow reviewer accepting reader submissions, my review for the Florida-exclusive Blue Bell Rum Raisin ice cream has been featured on The Ice Cream Informant’s website. Said review can be found here.

In addition, an earlier submission of mine appeared on The Ice Cream Informant’s site as well.  This came in the form of another Blue Bell flavor: Red Velvet Cake.  You can check out the review for that here.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2013 in Blog, Food, Ice Cream, Review

 

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Shoutout Blog

In lieu of Weekly Stumblings, I’m providing a shoutout for a few blogs and reviewers I follow and recommend.  You may follow a few of these already, others might be new to you.  Either way, this will give you an idea of what keeps me coming back and checking the internet.

The Impulsive Buy: This is probably the most popular of my shoutouts, and with good reason.  This food and drink site has gone as far as releasing many of their reviews in an e-book.  In addition to a plethora of reviews thanks to their wonderfully talented staff, they let followers play their part in the Spotted on Shelves section, which lets us know what items to keep an eye out for on shelves.  Also, if you have your own blog or website, they might give you recognition in their Week in Reviews section, where their reviews and others across the internet are given some attention.  The Impulsive Buy is really an all-encompassing site that the fatty in you should have no trouble falling in love with.

http://www.theimpulsivebuy.com/

Candy Blog: The aptly titled Candy Blog is also very comprehensive, offering what you’d expect from a blog of said name.  They haven’t been posting nearly as much recently, but their archives seem nearly endless, with almost every regular candy item having already received a review or some form of recognition.

http://www.candyblog.net/

On Second Scoop: In many ways, On Second Scoop could be argued as the quintessential ice cream blog, despite missing a few essential flavors or selections.  Nevertheless, the blog has held a good run and continues to update at least twice per week.  Be sure to check these guys out.

http://www.onsecondscoop.com/

The Ice Cream Informant: Of all the shoutouts here, I’d say The Ice Cream Informant is the most overlooked.  This one-person blog updates every other day to almost every day, providing plenty of reviews for eye-catching ice creams while being arguably the most up-to-date ice cream blogger I’ve found.  It’s a shame comments are so scarce for this blog, because it deserves more attention and discussion.  Definitely check this blog out, especially if you’re an ice cream fan (which means ALL OF YOU!).

http://www.theicecreaminformant.com/

Freezerburns: Greg of Freezerburns has been supplying reviews for frozen foods for well over 500 episodes and has gradually grown to have a bit of a presence on YouTube.  Referred to as the “frozen food master,” he’s given his own take on the convenient but generally subpar selections in the freezer aisles.  Additionally, he took part in the Food Stamp Challenge recently, where he survived off $20 of food for five days.  If you haven’t already and want to know where your $2-$5 should go for frozen foods, definitely have a look through his videos.

http://www.freezerburns.com/wordpress/

http://www.youtube.com/user/Freezerburnsdotcom

Mark Kermode: Now we’re moving into film reviewer territory with Mark Kermode, who I just recently came across thanks to YouTube reviewer recommendations.  Mark is the exact definition of a wholesome, professional critic who knows his vocabulary as well as his movies.  His thoughts on movies are less reviews and more impressions and almost thematic observations, which gives him a nice edge compared to his peers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/markkermode/

Chris Stuckmann: Like other video bloggers on YouTube, Chris has done well to come into his comfort zone, offering a fairly steady stream of movie reviews that always start with a brilliant opening.  Like other film reviewers I’m mentioning here, he usually gets to see early screenings which, combined with the fact he feels less like a critic and more like an everyday person, makes him an ideal go-to reviewer.

http://www.youtube.com/user/ChrisStuckmann

Jeremy Jahns: Jeremy is in a similar boat to Chris with how his reviews have come into their own.  On occasional he’ll provide a videogame review or reporting from a convention, but he’s most often recognized as a film reviewer.  In many ways he’s more composed and maybe professional than Chris but both are terrific sources to tide you over (or make waiting around more grueling) for hotly anticipated movies.

http://www.youtube.com/user/JeremyJahns

Schmoes Know: And finally we have Schmoes Know, who provide probably the most movie reviews of anyone I’ve suggested here.  I’m not as big a fan of them as the above three, but they’re still very entertaining and, similar to Siskel and Ebert (and Roeper), the fact we always have both of them reviewing the same movie means they can play off each other very well.  They’re humorous and an enjoyable duo, so I give them a full recommendation.

http://www.youtube.com/user/schmoesknow

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Blog, Review

 

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Weekly Stumblings (9/24)

Mondays suck, but I’m here to make them suck just a bit less.  Besides, we’ve officially entered the first days of Fall, so that’s something to look forward to.  Assuming pumpkin and candy corn flavors and themes are to your liking of course.  But we’ll get to those some other time.  For now, you can dwell on the latest crop of my weekly stumblings.  Enjoy!

A Line: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/8gpkfZ/www.barcinski-jeanjean.com/entries/line3d/index.html

Slot Sofa: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/A3Bhys/www.behance.net/gallery/Slot-Sofa/3572015

Depth of Field Test: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2hkzAx/mrdoob.com/lab/actionscript/pv3d/dof/05/

Pop Culture Ice Creams (if Ben & Jerry’s want to completely dominate the ice cream market, they’d better incorporate these flavors, both permanently and nation-wide.  Or they could do them regardless just to be awesome): http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1yqT32/jonnyetc.prosite.com/18214/220082/home/pop-culture-ice-creams

A Game of Love: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2l2BOl/home.scarlet.be/~bbonte/portal/love.html

47 (More) Brilliant Advertisements: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2npMLZ/www.rsvlts.com/2012/08/04/brilliant-advertisements-photos/

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized

 

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The Taste of Chocolate

This past weekend brought a doubly delicious treat for me.  For starters, I finished the last of my classes at the University of Central Florida (I’ll be graduating Thursday morning).  The second and sweeter treat, however, was the arrival of the Festival of Chocolate.  Since I’ve been living right off campus, it made attending this decadent event a bit easier.  And when you’re a college student who has to pay for an event that demands $17 just for entry, anything easier is all sweeter.

My expectations were wondrously met as I wandered about, eyes darting back and forth at numerous booths, each simply begging for the last share of my student loan.  Of course, this being the end of the semester and seeing so many overly rich treats, the concern of temptation quickly becomes irrelevant.  And when I say “overly rich,” I don’t exaggerate…someone actually had a heart attack.  Granted, I didn’t actually witness this, but the sweet and rich factor can’t be underestimated.  Until I treated myself to a golf ball-shaped cake drop, I was convinced sweet was synonymous with non-filling.

All of the booths and displays throughout the festival were, to put it simply, overwhelming.  For all of the sweets to crave, I actually found myself initially drawn to trivia posters and boards placed throughout the Arena.  A few weren’t too surprising, such as how people who eat chocolate typically live a year longer than those who might not.  But then there was some more curious trivia, such as how a single chocolate chip can apparently give one person enough energy to walk 150 feet.  Or how about this?  Even though chocolate is the most liked flavor in the United States, we’re far from the greatest chocolate consumers…that honor goes to Switzerland.

There was certainly a fair share of the usual suspects for a festival dedicated to chocolate treats, ranging from large cookies, to immaculately designed cupcakes of all sizes, ice cream, multi-flavored fudge, covered apples, doused marshmallows and many more of what you’d expect to find.

This isn’t to say there weren’t some surprises and twists to find lying about.  Some chocolate sculptures were on display, including an unnamed Chocolate Lab, a life-size jazz man made of fudge, several dresses made out of candy wrappers and even a game of hands-free doughnut-eating (hung above the contestants).  Watching people struggle to chomp and talk while eating their doughnut only made me chuckle, thinking that this must be how dogs feel when we tease them with Beggin’ Strips.

Something else that drew much attention was a wedding cake decorating contest in which four people had two hours to make their best creation.  Two of the contestants were trying their hand at a wedding cake for the first time, while the other two had several under their belts.  It shouldn’t be tough to guess who did better than the others.  Regardless, I have to give credit to anyone who can make a decent-looking cake in such a short span of time, especially since one of the contestants didn’t wind up faring so well (but the judges at least liked the way it tasted).

Not long after the winner was crowned for the cake competition, I wound up making my take-home purchases of the day and went on my way.  The damage came to $18 for four pieces of the aforementioned fudge and five assorted cupcakes (and a brownie bite on the house).  It’s a miracle I haven’t brought myself to finish them all at this point, two days later.

But why should I have all the fun?  Have a look below at some of the photos I took and see a bit of what I saw at the Festival of Chocolate.  If it ever comes near you in the future, then be sure you check it out, especially if you haven’t before!

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Blog, Food

 

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