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[Eds: Woot! 365Foods is very happy to welcome new guest bloggers to the fold: Ian and Kristen (some of you may remember Ian from a previous lesson in pastry making). There is a lot of ice cream on the list in June, and we knew we'd need some experts. Team IK (as we like to call them!) eat ice cream every single night, and the last time I peaked in their freezer there was at least 5 different tubs in there. We're in good hands! Here's their thoughts on Rocky Road... which they titled "Rocky Road comes to its sacred mecca!"]
The Rocky Road challenge was not a hard one for Ian and and I. Due to the fact that we are both ice cream addicts and crave/want/desire/lust for and eat it every evening after dinner, all we really had to due was change are usual brands. The idea of making it from scratch did cross my mind until I realized that this task was next to impossible if you do not own an ice cream maker. I must say it would have been nice to add my own personal ingredient ratios. So we did the next best thing and purchased the creme de la creme of ice cream Haagen dazs Extraas Rocky Road.
So the ice cream…..Rocky Road is a combination of chocolate ice cream with marshmallow swirls and toasted almonds. Haagen Dazs is the only brand we could find that still makes the stuff, the flavour combination is an old one that I must admit has been bowled over by many, many more exciting combinations. I know this because I have sampled quite a few of these lovely flavours.
The ice cream was velvety, creamy and rich, much like all of this brands ice cream flavours. There was ample amount of sticky marshmallow swirls and almonds through the chocolate ice cream and to look at my little ice cream bowl I was quite excited to dive in! As we made our way through our bowls both Ian and I agreed that the flavour combination was less than exciting. Maybe 60 years ago this was quite the bold move away from just plain old chocolate or vanilla but to keep up with the peanut butter chocolate bliss, triple chocolate, very berry, mango swirl, peach cobbler and,raspberry chocolate delight you have to offer the taste buds something to talk about!
The final vote was that Haagen Dazs Rocky Road is a good quality ice cream but the flavour combination lacks a little interest. Ian and I are ice cream fanatics and maybe harder to please than the lay person who only eats ice cream with cake or apple pie. Not that we wouldn’t do this too….of course we would.
Hope this answers all your questions, my lactose intolerant friend,
~Kristen & Ian