8.16.2011

Ice Cream, you Scream for Tuesday Treats

I'm changing things up a bit this week for Tuesday Treats. I did something but will finish it tonight so you can all be tempted tomorrow ;-) By the way Sean and his team made it safely to their training camp this week and I had a great night with my friend Laura laughing all two hours long at the Bachelor Pad. Were those veins popping out of Melissa's head and neck when she was getting pissed at Blake? And Vienna looked like she was going to faint when Chris announced the switch-up! Plus I loved Chris's honesty telling Vienna there are two open doors for her to leave, bam! Oh I love this show it just makes me laugh and allows me some time of mindless entertainment.

Wow is my post title super cheesy. Sorry all. You have to know in my household ice cream is a big deal. We have at least three different flavors in our freezer and it isn't just chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. Although I am a big chocolate person, I do not like chocolate ice cream, call me weird if you want :-) Every night around 9pm, when I am usually upstairs on the computer or watching TV, I hear my Sean tiptoe downstairs to get a bowl of ice cream, without fail that is a nightly routine for him in our household. 
So when I was asked by Moms Central Consulting if I wanted to participate in their Starbucks ice cream review, I couldn't respond quick enough! 

Here was the deal, I received two coupons for two free pints of Starbucks ice cream. Have any of you tried it before? I have known about Starbucks ice cream for several years, and their java chip is always excellent. Before this review that was the only flavor I had ever tried. Check out all their wonderful flavors here
 on their website http://www.starbucksicecream.com/.
The two flavors I selected to review of course along with my trusty taste tester, my wonderful husband Sean, was caramel macchiato, a coffee ice cream and vanilla bean frappuccino, a coffee-free ice cream. We wanted to try one of each variety. 
First we tried the caramel macchiato.

I have to say this really does taste like the drink if you order the drink hot. I used to order this drink all the time so I was pretty familiar with the flavor. I loved the coffee flavor of this ice cream although it can be a little too strong at times if you get a spoonful of just the coffee ice cream. When you open up the ice cream you can tell because of the two colors which side is more coffee and which side is the milk portion of the drink. The ice cream was really smooth and creamy. The caramel was a perfect accompaniment to the ice cream and very silky too, I'm sure they used the caramel in the ice cream that Starbucks puts on their drinks. My husband said during some spoonful he wishes there was more caramel overall in the ice cream however.

On to the vanilla bean frappuccino,

which my husband loved more than the caramel macchiato but I didn't like this flavor as much. The ice cream does have a strong vanilla presence and I loved the vanilla bean specks in the ice cream, to me that is a sign that it is true vanilla. My husband said the ice cream tastes like the drink but I have never ordered it so I will take his word! We both agreed that there was a nice long vanilla aftertaste. The ice cream is very creamy and dense, meaning lots of cream and not a lot of air when it is made, which we both enjoyed.


Overall we enjoyed both ice creams, my personal preference was the caramel macchiato while my husband's was the vanilla bean frappuccino. I think after this review, I will definitely recommend Starbuck's ice cream flavors other than the standard java chip although there is nothing wrong with sticking to what you love, but remember variety is the spice of life so pick a new flavor of ice cream next time you go to the store!


Disclosure: I was contacted by Moms Central Consulting (http://www.momcentral.com/mcc) and “I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Starbucks and received coupons and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

33 comments:

Julie said...

I'm a big fan of coffee ice cream with caramel in general so I'll have to give the caramel macchiato a try! Oddly enough, I don't like coffee as a drink but as an ice cream it is one of my favorite flavors...Kind of the opposite of your chocolate/chocolate ice cream preference!

Elizabeth said...

I love coffee ice cream but have never tried Starbucks' flavors! I think I'm going to have to give it a try though! xoxo

birdie to be said...

OMG! I am so in love with Starbucks ice cream! My fav is Java Chip!

Laura said...

mmm ice cream!! yum! and BP was so awesome last night!! i can't stand v and k- i can't wait for them to get kicked off...love what chris said to v, it was perfect!!!

Camylla Leonardi said...

I want to go home and get myself some icecream now! My husband is boring all he likes is the strawberry kind. I personally all ice creams! I have never tried starbucks ice cream though, but I deff will tonight!! Thanks :)

Stephanie said...

So happy Sean made it ok!!! :) And, now I want ice cream!

Jess said...

I am so jealous! I love Starbucks ice cream! I agree the Java Chip is definitely the best, but I have tried the Caramel Machiatto and the Mocha Ice cream is good too.

Kitty Cat said...

yes... the Bachelor Pad is my guilty pleasure... it's so bad that I HAVE to watch it!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Ice cream is a big deal around here too! Actually we are more frozen yogurt fanatics but I still love a nice bowl of ice cream :) I have never tried the Starbucks flavors though! They look yummy!

Have fun at Bible study tonight! That

Meggan of Lila Grace said...

I love ice cream too! I grew up eating it every night LOL! I have never tried the Starbucks ice cream, but I love their coffe so I'm sure it is awesome. :)

Becca {A Blonde's Logic} said...

I'm the same way with chocolate ice cream!! The only chocolate ice cream I enjoy is Ben & Jerry's Phish Food but other than that I don't like it! Good review on the ice creams! I'll have the try the caramel macchiato one!

Becca

Laura said...

I want to try the caramel macchiato, yum!

Jessica Lynn Ruud said...

I seriously am going right now to get ice-cream after this.

Mmmhmm.

Love the blog!

Ashley said...

everytime i get ice cream i stare at these in the case for about 2 minutes! SO glad for the review.....i was too chicken to splurge :)

Tereza said...

wow those ice creams are making my mouth water!
thanks for joining my blog, and your comment~

Lauren said...

I haven't tried any of the Starbucks ice creams yet but I really should, being that I'm obsessed with their coffee!

sherri lynn said...

I love Starbucks ice cream! I love the Java Chip, but my absolute favorite was the Peppermint Mocha ice cream! They said it was only available at Christmastime but I found it even in March/April.

Alisha said...

Holy moly, Starbucks has ice cream?! Where have I been? I need some of these awesome flavors in my life stat. Congrats on the review!

xoxo

Marian said...

I love me some ice cream:)

Mrs. Pancakes said...

didn't even realize that starbucks had ice cream! awesome find!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

OK what rock have I been living under? Why have I not heard about Starbucks ice cream? Maybe becuase I'm not a big ice cream person, but I'd be willing to give it a go for Starbucks!

The.Red.See said...

Sounds delicious! Think I'm going to have to try a few, I'm a big ice cream person too.

Nikki said...

What?! I want to be contacted by Mom's central! And I want ice cream ;)

Val said...

Caramel Macchiato is one of my all time favorite ice creams...I could live off of the stuff!

Kellie Collis said...

Looks delicious! Definitely going to try! Enjoy the wonderful day, Kellie xx

Krysta said...

I loe the java chip! I use it for mud pie.

Lauren said...

Mmm...I'm not much of a coffee fan, but that ice cream sure does sound yummy!

annahita said...

aaaaaah now I want ice cream AND starbucks. darnit.

Brittany said...

How awesome you got to participate in the ice cream testing! (I just blogged about ice cream too)...obsessed! :)

Jenna said...

I am so jealous! I'd love to test ice cream :) It's my absolute favorite food there is! Especially Haagen-Dazs!

Oh, and I am also a huuuge chocolate lover yet do not enjoy chocolate ice cream. Weird.

Ashley said...

The starbucks coffee icecream is SO good! I want to try the hot chocolate one that comes out around Christmas!

jessica lynn said...

ummm yum! now i'm craving ice cream! ha. i know that i would love the java chip!

Holly said...

Oh those look SUPER yummy!!! I want them all...I love ice cream!!