REVIEW: Salt & Straw’s Wildflower Honey with Ricotta Walnut Lace Cookies

Every May Salt & Straw dedicates the month to the magic of spring’s awakening. April showers bring May flowers and what better way to honor their beauty than by eating them? While I’m not a huge fan of floral ice cream’s I am a major mark for that sweet sweet nectar created with flowers via super buzzy bee love. Honey creates the foundation for some of the tastiest bases I’ve ever had, and while I’ll pass on Jasmine Chocolate Chip, and I can never turn my back on a pint of Pooh’s favorite. Wildflower Honey with Ricotta Walnut Lace Cookies combines honey ricotta ice cream with a hint of lemon and homemade whole oat and walnut lace cookies frosted with buttery ricotta icing.

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REVIEW: Ben & Jerry’s Limited Batch Gimme S’more!

Summer time is s’mores time and Ben & Jerry’s are reminding us of that nice and early with their latest Limited Batch. You may be saying to yourself “wait, doesn’t B&J already have a s’mores flavor?”, and yes, you’re right they definitely do. It’s an okay pint with a chocolate base that doesn’t have enough oomph to earn itself a slot in my top tier flavors. S’mores ice cream’s are notoriously kind of tricky to pull off, and the best mainstream iteration actually comes from 711’s Go Yum brand, which utilizes a graham base and multiple swirls for something really damn good. In any case, if there’s a company that can pull out the stops and right their initial wrongs with a remix on one of summer’s most beloved flavors it’s definitely Ben & Jerry’s. Gimme S’more! combines a toasted marshmallow ice cream with chocolate cookie swirls, graham cracker swirls, and fudge flakes.

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REVIEW: Sinister Labs’ SINFIT Protein Cookies (Chocolate Chip, Birthday Cake, Peanut Butter)

Sinister Labs dubs themselves the “first hardcore food company”, fusing psychobilly art with high protein products packed with great taste. They burst onto the scene in 2017 with an impressive line of SINFIT Protein Crunch bars and this year have rolled out a new line of the hottest fitness foodie trend – protein cookies. On the surface these cookies present the most impressive calorie and macro split I’ve ever seen – 310 calories, 12g fat, 35g carbohydrates, and 20g of protein with just 7g of sugar and 400mg of sodium. While still higher than your average protein bar, if these cookies taste anything close to delicious they could easily be the strongest in the game – but really, how do they taste?

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REVIEW: Tillamook’s Special Batch Frosted Carrot Cake

Spring hath sprung, which, aside from the sunshine and flowers and strawberry all-in-my-everything, mostly means boy oh boy do I miss my cinnamon. In the seasonal snack universe April and May means the scent of cinnamon in the air is only a mere two or three months away, but any way that I can get my fix in the meantime is a spicy blessing for me. While it wasn’t originally released this year, I finally found a very tantalizing special batch ice cream from Tillamook to tease my spicy intrigue. Frosted Carrot Cake combines a carrot cake ice cream with layers of cream cheese frosting and walnuts.

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REVIEW: Talenti’s Special Batch Almond Butter & Honey

The similarities between two of my favorite foods in the world – ice cream and nut butters – is quite remarkable. Creamy, fatty, diverse, mix-able, and incredibly addictive, it’s no surprise that their paths often cross to create some of my favorite scoops. While peanut butter and Nutella are pretty standard fare for blending into ice cream, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a company using almond butter – until now. While I don’t think almond butter tastes nearly as perfect and sweet as my coveted PB, I’m intrigued to see what can happen when the two make a sweet ice cream baby. Talenti’s Special Batch Almond Butter & Honey Gelato combines an almond butter gelato with a swirl of wildflower honey. Simple enough.

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REVIEW: Pina Colada Oreo Thins (#MyOreoCreation)

Sometimes it feels like months with no new Oreo flavors, and at other times it seems like we get smacked over the head so abruptly that all I’m eating for a couple days is cookies. The end of April was definitely one of the latter moments, as all three #MyOreoCreation winners appeared magically over night. As a way of mixing up how I dug into my new stash, I opted to do a little taste test video of the new Pina Colada Thins instead of a straight-to-blog-review, and here’s that video:

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REVIEW: Haagen-Dazs Crispy Layer Trios (Coconut Caramel Chocolate, Lemon Raspberry White Chocolate)

As much as I appreciate Haagen-Dazs’ dedication to lush, full fat ice cream bases, I wasn’t too hot on last year’s Trios line. While the concept was cool – layers of chocolate immersed within two flavors of ice cream, I found the execution a bit blasé and much less interesting than just a standard base, mix-in, and swirl combo. None of the flavors I tried really did much for me, and I always thought that they missed a little bit of the magic that a good ribbon or boulder of a chunk of something chewy and fun can bring to the table. Apparently the folks at HD agreed with me, as this year they decided to up the ante on the layered concept with Crispy Trio Layers, which combines ice cream with the aforementioned chocolate layers but add in a new gooey component for another level of textural excitement.

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