REVIEW: Tillamook’s Sea Salt & Honeycomb Toffee

Happy National Ice Cream Month! Or more specifically, happy week-of National Ice Cream Day! As has become a mini tradition on this site, the week of the day that celebrates one of the finest culinary delights of all time will be fully dedicated to nothing but ice cream. I realize over the last year there have been many weeks where I only posted about ice cream, but that was an accident and more reflects what I was eating than what we should be celebrating. To kick off the festivities we’re digging into a new flavor from Tillamook – one of the most underrated fine dairy churners on the West Coast now in many grocery stores including Target. Sea Salt & Honeycomb Toffee combines a honey custard with crunchy pieces of crunchy honeycomb toffee and a touch of sea salt.

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Wow, the placement of the word “sea salt” at the top of the name is very fitting as this custard has far from “a touch” of sea salt – it is SALTY and it is great. This is probably the most aggressively salted base I’ve had from a mainstream grocery company and the simple inclusion of the mineral compliments the honey for a combination that is truly elegant. The sweet honey notes still get a chance to shine and when combined with the immaculately smooth and rich texture make for a true sweet and salty dream.

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The only issue with the base is that salted creams and honey creams both tend to temper rather quickly, and the heavy handed use of both makes for a scoop that begins to melt almost immediately after leaving the freezer.

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The pieces of honeycomb toffee actually taste and feel like straight up honeycomb to me, and bleed a little bit like mini ribbons of caramel into the base. Caramelized and crunchy with a sugary snap the toffee brings even more sweet and salty to the party with a textural pop that adds some welcome depth to the super smooth custard. The little ribbons even create a touch of the contrast a true caramel swirl would add and make for an even more enjoyable and sweet experience.

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This is a very simple flavor that works incredibly well from the use of high quality ingredients. Tillamook know how to churn out a killer base, and top notch quality dairy and heavy use of egg yolks makes for an elevated pint that will please anyone who likes a little (or a lot) of salt with their sweet.
Rating: 8.5/10

Found at: Target ($3.99)

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