Disappointment, disəˈpointmənt), noun, the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations.
I find that I really enjoy eating ice cream. It is a great experience. The texture, the surprises, the coolness (even in winter) really soothes the soul. I am not sure why they say Chicken Soup soothes the soul, cause I am pretty sure that ice cream is the only true thing that does.
I went grocery shopping yesterday. I am the one who does 90% of the food shopping in our house. It isn’t that my wife cannot do it, she just hates it, and I kinda like it, so fuck it, grocery shopping is my job. One of the perks of doing the shopping is being able to buy what’s not on the list. You know, the shit you don’t need, but want? Like when it says Cheerios for the kids, but you also grab a box of Lucky Charms. That is what I am talking about. Or like when you see something on sale (Diet Snapple) that has no business being in your cart, but you grab it anyways, that is what I am talking about. Like when you see Yuengling Ice Cream in the frozen section and do a double take. THAT IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT!
We moved to Pennsylvania in 2008. Like Shiner Bock is to Austin, TX, Yuengling Lager is to Pennsylvania. Yuengling is the oldest brewery in the U.S. I believe. I had no idea they owned a brand of homemade ice cream as well. There were three flavors in the store, Black & Tan, Peanut Butter Cup and Teaberry. I bought the first two and decided that Teaberry had to wait. I assumed Teaberry was similar to the old style gum I buy. For those who read this that are unsure of the flavor, think baseball card gum. I just wasn’t feeling that flavor yesterday.
So last night after “Steak Sunday” was complete (we try and do steak on Sunday nights when we can, kinda like a tradition now), and my wife and I finished paying our never ending fucking bills, I went to relax with a mug full of Black & Tan.
According to the packaging Black & Tan is a swirl of Rich Belgian Chocolate Ice Cream and Salty Caramel Ice Cream combined. I like Belgian Chocolate. I like Salty Caramel. I like ice cream. This should have been a winner. This should have been the “Oh Yeah, the neighbors are handing out extra-large Snickers Bars for Halloween” type moment. I should have been thrilled, but unfortunately I came up disappointed. I was like the kid who heard about the neighbor who was giving out the big Snickers only to get there and the light to the house was off cause they ran out. Damn shame.
Now, in full disclosure, I have no idea how the other flavors in their arsenal will fare, and I will be happy to eat them all and offer an opinion, but this flavor to me fell short, hence my disappointment. Here is why:
• It should taste like the carton says: There is risk when combining flavors. Sometimes they work and other times they don’t. Nutella and Bananas, yeah that works! These two should have worked, but for some reason the combo left me with a coffee taste. Maybe it was too much caramel? I am not sure, but I HATE COFFEE ICE CREAM. I am not sure you will ever see me review it cause I hate it so fucking much. Maybe the Belgian Chocolate was the culprit. Technically to call something Belgian it needs to have 35% pure cocoa. Maybe the nibs used had too much of a coffee influence. I am not sure, I was just disappointed in the combo taste.
• The density also seemed off: I tend to prefer a thicker ice cream that holds together. This seemed to melt a little too quickly and seemed very airy. I didn’t get a lot of bang for my bite. I will say that the texture was very smooth. Overall though, I would have hoped for it to be a bit “meatier” if that is a word. Again, just disappointed.
Let’s put this in perspective folks, I got to eat ice cream last night. It isn’t like I was at a 4 star Michelin restaurant, spent $1000, and left disappointed cause the food sucked. I mean it was good, but I was just disappointed. That can happen right? I was so excited that there was Yuengling Ice Cream, that maybe I am to blame. Maybe I hyped it up too much in my mind. Maybe I made this brand too big for my taste buds by thinking it was the extra-large snickers bar from the neighbors. It really doesn’t matter how big I made this brand in my mind, because at the end of the day I tasted hints of coffee and that was what really through me off. And to the people at Yuengling who might read this, fear not, as I still have the Peanut Butter Cup to devour and I noticed a Root Beer Float flavor….HELLO!!!!
Happy Halloween All
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