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Sundae Shoppe Vanilla and Caramel Crunch Milk Chocolate Fusion Ice Cream Bars (Aldi)

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The food equivalent of me: a hard exterior shell gives way to a soft, delicious interior. It’s kind of weird that there’s a popular ice cream bar that seemed to take the world by storm out of nowhere a few years back, and that it shares the same brand name as a popular brand of condoms, but maybe that’s just me. At any rate, Aldi has carried the name brand before, and now offer up their own take on the mass-produced gourmet treat in the form of these vanilla/caramel/chocolate bars, which can be had for $2.99 per 3-count box. First impressions: why the hell are there only three bars per package? I thought the first rule of any product was to have an equal number of items in a box, so that couples could share; I guess the new rule is to have an odd number, which would force people to buy 2 in order to get a shareable, even number. We’re on to you, Psychological Marketing Guy. Another first impression: why aren’t these released under the Specially Selected label? The packaging looks premi

Belmont Extreme! Maximum Fudge Moose Tracks Ice Cream (Aldi)

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Why'd they take out the peanut butter cups? My wife and I like to end every night with some kind of sweet treat, and while they can change up from time to time, our default option is ending the day with a bowl of delicious ice cream (okay, I’ll confess, I just eat it straight from the carton). I was perusing the usual suspects when another option caught my eye. Belmont Extreme! Maximum Fudge Moose Tracks ice cream. I know they always carry regular Moose Tracks, but have never seen the "Extreme!" fudge version, which is so "extreme" that it has to have an exclamation point...have they always carried this, and I just haven’t noticed it before? Or is it some sort of seasonal flavor? (Edit: according to their website, this is, in fact, a seasonal flavor.) At any rate, while Moose Tracks wouldn’t qualify as my favorite type of ice cream, I did want something different from the norm, and decided to give this one a go. One thing I should mention right off the bat: thr

FatBoy Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches (Aldi)

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The best ice cream sandwich I've ever had. These don’t really fit the typical criteria for a “budget” item, as this is a nationally available product from a company that’s been around since the 1920s, and they’re rather expensive for what they are. But sometimes, we just need to splurge. That, and I’d never heard of the brand name before, and neither had my wife, so I consider this fair game; maybe not from a “budget” viewpoint, but certainly from a curiosity angle. I’m not really into ice cream sandwiches but I have to say the name “FatBoy”, while clearly politically correct in this day and age, does kind of trigger thoughts of someone who would know ice cream. And the appearance seconds that: These are good-sized squares, rather than the rectangles typically associated with ice cream sandwiches. However, whereas most regular ice cream sandwiches have about an inch or so of vanilla coupled between the two soft chocolate wafers, FatBoy bucks that trend by packing in at least double

Sundae Shoppe Strawberries and Cream Rose Cones (Aldi)

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These are even better looking than they taste...and they taste great. As I’ve mentioned before, I like chocolate, I like ice cream, and I like fruit, but I don’t typically like when all three of those combine. I’m of the belief that many things belong in ice cream, but fruit is not one of those things; my wife, on the other hand, completely disagrees. And this, my friends, is one of the reasons I know we were meant to be together.  And yet, when I saw these ice cream roses in Aldi, as part of their pre-Mother’s Day Special Buy selection, I knew I had to get them. Well, of course part of it was to surprise my wife with them, but I also told her to save one for me...they looked so unique and cool I just had to try one for myself!  One quick observation before we move on to the main point of this matter: I'm a little shocked that Aldi didn't release these under a more premium label, and with slightly more premium packaging, to boot. The packaging is kind of cute as-is, but it does

GUEST POST! Unbranded Sprinkle Unicorn Birthday Cake Ice Cream Pints (Dollar Tree)

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Want to hear our initial thoughts and impressions of this ice cream live, as it happened? Then have a listen to this episode of our radio show! It ain't bad, and it's a blowout price for a pint of ice cream. Once again, I’m not the foremost expert of the family when it comes to flavors of things named after mythical creatures, so I’m going to have my wife fill in the blanks on this one. Again, we already reviewed these on our radio show, so this review just functions as a text recap for those who would rather read than listen. Her words follow, starting...NOW! It’s got good texture, nice and soft, the way an ice cream should be. It also tastes pretty good for what it is, although I also think the limitations of being a dollar store product hinder it from being anything more than that. It’s just a blue ice cream flavored like cake with sprinkles and little pockets of icing. I would have liked it more if it had actual pieces of cake in there, but that is probably impossible at

Great Value Cookies and Cream Ice Cream (Walmart)

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Unexpectedly fantastic. I’m not going to launch into another long-winded intro about why I was shopping at Walmart, and why I rarely shop there, despite their reputation as providers of budget-minded products, much like the ones I review for a living (“Living”? Ha! I wish). I already did that in a previous post, so let’s just jump right into it for once, shall we? I really didn’t know what to expect when I grabbed a carton of Walmart’s cookies and cream ice cream, which is released under their “Great Value” brand name; this is because I don't recall ever having Walmart ice cream of any kind before. I have to admit I was expecting something "cheapy"...maybe harder ice cream with only occasional cookie pieces throughout. To say that I didn't have high hopes would be...well, accurate. I mean, who has high hopes for anything from Walmart? Usually when you go there you just want something cheap and passable.  I have to say that it’s good at making first impressions: this

Unbranded Chocolate Fudge Swirl Ice Cream (Dollar Tree)

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Want to hear our first impressions about Dollar Tree ice creams live ? Click here to listen to this episode of our radio show! It grew on me a bit since we taste-tested it live, but still far from flawless. Just a quick rundown in case you’re joining us late: Dollar Tree sells ice cream now! Yes, real ice cream…not that “frozen dairy dessert” crap that they used to carry that’s mostly vegetable oil. And best of all, they’re available in full pints, giving you a good bit of the stuff, for a very attractive, reasonable price. My wife and I reviewed these live on the air in our radio show, but we’re providing these written recaps for those that might not enjoy listening to two people talking into a microphone. This one both grew on me, then lost me a bit, which I guess cancels each other out? During the recording of the radio episode, my first impressions were that the chocolate was too bitter, and not an ice cream I would typically get. Well, after downing the rest of the pint (in succe

GUEST POST! Unbranded Orange Sherbet Pints (Dollar Tree)

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Want to hear our reactions and first impressions live? Then click here to listen to our live audio broadcast, in which we review four of Dollar Tree's ice cream/sherbet pints.  It's legit. I don’t really care about sherbet too much at all, so I figured my wife would be the better person to talk to about these pints, available from Dollar Tree. We already reviewed these on our radio show, and have just been incredibly lackadaisical about putting the print version down...oops. This one’s relatively quick because who has time to write reviews? Her words follow starting now: I don’t know how to go about reviewing these, because it’s a sherbet and it’s orange...I don’t know how (or why) my husband does this. It looks and tastes like orange sherbet should. What does that mean? That it’s a perfect product? I guess. Either way, I would definitely get it again. Well there you have it: succinct and to the point, as always. One point I would like to add to this - well, two actually: 1.)

Unbranded Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Pints (Dollar Tree)

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We also reviewed Dollar Tree pints live on our radio show. Click here if you would rather listen . It might be made with the finest ingredients...unfortunately "cookie" doesn't seem to be one of them. Our local Dollar Tree always seems to have empty shelves every single time I go. Anyone else have this problem? I mean, I go at different times and on different days, so it’s not like I just happen to go right after busy nights or weekends, and yet the end result is always the same. Typically, they have rows upon rows of boxes lined up in virtually every aisle, either from restockers who have left, or have yet to come in; it’s rather annoying, if I’m being honest. Moral of the story? Yesterday the shelves were empty, but without boxes everywhere, which I guess was better from a shopping perspective, but annoyed me in a completely different way: So now they’re just not going to stock the shelves? Do they know they’re out of everything? When’s the next truck coming? Haha, I gu

Dollar Tree Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (Dollar Tree)

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F ar better than you'd expect, though not without its flaws. Dollar Tree has, at least as far as I can remember, carried various cartons of “frozen dairy desserts” in their freezers, which are basically cheap versions of actual ice cream. Basically, what makes an item a “frozen dairy dessert” versus an actual ice cream comes down to hitting certain government-mandated criteria, such as consisting of at least 10% dairy milkfat. Any product that doesn't hit the criteria—even though it may look a lot like ice cream—must carry the ominous “frozen dairy dessert” designation, a sign that it falls short of the FDA's notoriously high standards (can you taste the sarcasm?). I'm not a snob when it comes to many things, but I guess ice cream is one of them, because I won't (willingly or knowingly) buy anything that can't refer to itself as "ice cream". Imagine my surprise when I saw Dollar Tree was starting to carry some actual ice cream in their freezers!

Cafe Roma Chocolate Lava Cake (Dollar Tree)

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Haven't seen this at any Dollar Tree in over a year, so had to steal this screen grab. (Img Credit:  Markis Pea Welb y) Any time I go to Dollar Tree, I usually end up walking back and forth down their freezer section, looking for something that I wouldn't be absolutely terrified to eat. I consider myself to be very open-minded with many food stuffs, but some of those things just look too grotesque even for me. I mean, meat products, or seafood for a dollar? I'm not so sure about that—if it doesn't get you sick, it will more than likely taste like junk and be an unnecessary waste of money. I don't care if it is only a dollar, sometimes those add up. I literally was on my fourth or fifth freezer pass (this on a return trip to the freezer: the first time I took one or two passes before deciding to move on), and was just about to head up and pay without anything, when this little guy caught my eye. He was a little difficult to see, because he was placed near the c

Dolce Tuscano Chocolate-Dipped Banana Slices (Dollar Tree)

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Better than one would think. Bananas are one of my favorite things in the world, which pretty much means they’re far and away my favorite fruit (and I love me some fruit!). However, aside from chocolate-covered strawberries, I don’t want cocoa anywhere near my fruits. I know fruit and chocolate is a hugely popular combination now, but I find it to be a repulsive combination of two things that don't belong together.  Complaining further, I can’t stand dark chocolate. Of course, that’s the kind that’s supposed to be the best for you, but I normally dislike anything that has strong notes of bitterness in its flavor profile; it is for this same reason that I despise coffee, and can’t stand beer. If you ever see me drinking either of those things, please take me to a hospital because something is seriously wrong. So then how did I end up with a box of Dolce Tuscano Chocolate-Dipped Banana Slices after exiting a Dollar Tree store? Let’s just say, when people tell you not t

Belmont Brookie Dough (Brownie + Cookie) Super Premium Ice Cream Pint (Aldi)

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Overpriced for what it is. UPDATE (May, 2021): Due to a slight change of heart and a possible change of opinion, this product will be re-reviewed in the coming weeks. As you can see from my review of Make Fudge Not War, another flavor in Belmont's "Super Premium Ice Cream" line, Aldi has started selling pints of ice cream for around the same price that they sell their half-gallons. It's really kind of a pointless idea when you think about it, but I guess the ones in pints are supposed to be more “premium”, as they make sure to tell you on the packaging. As you can also see from that review, I was not very impressed with the first one I tried, but that didn't stop me from grabbing “Brookie Dough”, despite the appearance of the phrase “YoLo Cookie Dough!” displayed on the front. Christ Jesus that's a whole new level of dumb. Anyway, this seemed to be more my style, because I prefer vanilla ice cream to chocolate, and the last one we tried was just chocola

Belmont Make Fudge Not War Super Premium Ice Cream Pint (Aldi)

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Very expensive in price, very average in flavor. UPDATE (May, 2021): Due to a slight change of heart and a possible change of opinion, this item will be re-reviewed in the coming weeks.  Aldi seems to be trying to go slightly upscale in a lot of areas, balancing their “premium” offerings with the inexpensive “discounted” products that made them famous in the first place. For example, their cheese selection has been greatly expanded, and it's not uncommon to find aged cheddars, brie's, goat cheese, and other offerings as Special Buys throughout the year. It's all a part of their plan to cater to everyone's tastes (or, perhaps more importantly, their income levels). But the area that I've noticed the most change is in their ice cream section. They've always had half-gallons of basic flavors, and party-sized tubs of vanilla for parties, but within the last few months have added premium chocolate ice cream (which was $3.99 per half-gallon, but has dropped

Specially Selected Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Bars (Aldi)

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Pretty tasty stuff. I’ve actually never had the ice cream bars that these are knocking off (a hint if you’re truly lost: they share the same name as a brand of condom), and the only person I know that tried them thought they were overpriced for what they were, and said they would never buy them again.  Even at Aldi, where they were available for $2.49, I thought they were a little steep, so even though the very sight of them made my mouth water, I postponed buying them. Well, after Aldi pulled the trigger and marked these down a mere fifty cents, from the regular price of $2.49, down to $1.99, I caved in.  Not that the fifty-cent reduction really made much of a difference in terms of value, but it gave me the nudge I needed to “get off the fence”, so to speak. It wasn’t until we took the box home that I noticed our $2 investment only contained three ice cream bars.  Who in the hell offers products that can’t be evenly split these days?  Especially when said product is an ice

Belmont Cookies & Cream Ice Cream (Aldi)

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Has this ice cream fully recovered from the recession? Yes! I have a massive love-hate relationship with Aldi’s cookies and cream ice cream.  When I first started buying it, which was around 2007, each carton was smothered in delicious cookies, and it had a creaminess that was second-to-none.  Then, the recession hit.  All of a sudden the cartons became 90% vanilla ice cream, with just a few sprinkles of cookie throughout, and I refused to buy them.  Every few months, or so, we would open a carton to see if anything had changed--after doing this a few times, to similar disappointment, I even stopped doing THAT.  I made a mental note never to buy it again, and it was all but forgotten. On our latest shopping trip, my wife had a sudden craving for cookies and cream ice cream.  This, in and of itself, was pretty out-of-the-blue:  I’m a huge cookies and cream fan, while it’s generally something she can take or leave.  She remembered the desolate, barren cartons that led to us refu

Friendly's Celebration Roll (Aldi)

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No celebration is complete without it! This might be pushing the limits of what my blog is all about.  After all, Friendly’s is a national brand.  But you know what? They just shut down the last of our Friendly’s stores in Ohio last year, and some of the memories with my mom consist of going to the Friendly’s down the street when I was a little one back in the early nineties. (And, more recently, going to our last remaining local one with my wife before that one shut down.)  If nothing else, I’ll justify it as being an ode to my childhood; a trip down memory lane, and the fact Aldi carried it as a special buy only strengthens my argument.  Although, in all honesty, it’s my blog, so I really don’t have to justify it at all.  Ha! This particular Friendly’s dessert consists of a square-shaped “loaf” of ice cream.  It consists of three layers:  A chocolate ice cream layer on the bottom, a second layer of vanilla in the middle, and then a top layer made to taste like frosting, complete

Candy Christmas: Belmont Candy Cane Pie

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NOTE: It would appear this product has shamefully been discontinued. This one might be worth starting a petition on Change.org over...one of the best items Aldi has ever carried. Words like "heavenly" don't even come close to accurately describing this. I can’t hold it in, so I‘m just going to come out and say it:  This pie is perfect.  It’s hands-down the best frozen pie I’ve purchased anywhere.  When I first stumbled on it at Aldi a little over five years ago now, I immediately fell in love with it; its ridiculously soft and creamy mint center, its light and fluffy whipped cream, those perfect chocolate candies on the top, that ridiculously necessary fudge layer toward the bottom, the chocolate cookie crust…all come together to form a slice of heaven.  Jesus couldn’t make a better pie…it’s that freaking good. Available at Aldi and only around Christmastime, I made the vow right then and there that this would become my holiday tradition.  Sure enough, it has rem

It's Pumpkininny! Belmont Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

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Every bit as delicious as it looks. I love pumpkin, and I love cheesecake, so when I saw this in the ad for my local Aldi store, I just knew I had to give it a shot. Right out of the box, the cheesecake looks like a pretty standard cheesecake, aside from a brownish marbling throughout the top (the "swirl" in the title).  I was pretty surprised to discover that the cheesecake is pre-cut into eight generous slices, which is always nice, just to ensure that everyone gets equal slices.  It’s also helpful because you don’t end up with sloppy cuts, or chunks of cheesecake all over the place from a poor cut.  You literally just use a spatula (or your fingers), and it easily pulls right up out of the pan.  The cheesecake is rather, for lack of a better term, “sturdy”, so it holds together really well.  You don’t have to worry about it falling apart, which is a little thing that is magnified by the fact I’m pretty clumsy, and even I managed to plate it and eat it without maki

It's Pumpkininny! Belmont Pumpkin Supreme Pie (Aldi)

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It's a "supreme" waste of money, but that's about it... On paper (or, more specifically, on its cardboard box), Belmont’s Pumpkin Supreme Pie sounds like a surefire success:  “Traditional pumpkin pie topped with a spiced pumpkin cream cheese layer, garnished with pecan pieces, caramel drizzle, and whipped topping.”  How the hell can this backfire?  Not only do you get a traditional pumpkin pie, but a layer of what is essentially cheesecake?  Pecans?  Wow, this has to be spectacular, right?  Especially after the brilliance that was their Pumpkin Cheesecake? Well, first things first: There is nothing really outstanding about this pie.  While the picture on the box seems to insinuate that there is quite a bit of caramel drizzle and pecan pieces, I found the amount of both in the actual product to be quite lackluster.  Even the bites that did have some of each, it didn’t really seem to make it any richer, or any more extraordinary.  And the pecan pieces are so soft