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REVIEW: Van Leeuwen Hidden Valley Ranch Ice Cream


After shaving two skinny layers off the highest of Van Leeuwen’s Hidden Valley Ranch Ice Cream, I closed my eyes and thought it tasted acquainted.

I’m certain lots of you’re considering, “Properly, DUH! It tastes like Hidden Valley Ranch!” Yeah, I do know. I’m acquainted with the flavour as a result of I purchase the 40-ounce bottle two-pack at Costco annually to assist persuade my physique to eat extra salad. However after shaving off a couple of thicker layers that would legally be thought-about “spoonfuls,” I noticed this bizarre ice cream taste tastes like one other odd dessert creation in a pint — Van Leeuwen’s Pizza Ice Cream.

Nevertheless, after evaluating ingredient lists, they don’t share any savory ones, so I’m unsure why they remind me of one another. To get the savory ranch style, the ice cream was made utilizing buttermilk powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and different pure flavors. These elements make this scent prefer it’s not going to be a enjoyable time.

It additionally doesn’t initially style like a enjoyable time as a result of the buttermilk, salt, onion and garlic powders, and herb flavors strike the style buds onerous. However after subsequent makes an attempt at consuming it, the sweetness within the base begins to come back out and the savory elements fade a bit, making the ice cream a bit extra edible. Very similar to the pizza taste, as soon as I bought previous the preliminary savoriness, it turned out to be, um, I can’t consider a phrase meaning just below okay. It’s not as dangerous as I assumed it could be, and possibly consuming Van Leeuwen’s earlier uncommon creations has made my style buds prepared for regardless of the model presents.

As a result of I all the time have Hidden Valley Ranch in my kitchen, I may evaluate the 2, and the notable distinction between them, aside from sweetness ranges, is that the dressing has a stronger eggy and buttermilk taste that may’ve been terrible within the ice cream. Additionally, as a result of I all the time appear to have McDonald’s in my home, I may learn how that is as a McNuggets dipping sauce. It’s, um, not one thing I’d do once more as a result of the savory elements get considerably negated by the ice cream’s sweetness. Additionally, as a result of I continually attempt to persuade my physique to eat salad, I occur to have some lettuce and uncooked spinach in my home. So I topped them with ice cream, and realized it’s not an excellent salad dressing due to the style and the way it slides off the greens.

I think about 99 % of you’ll discover Van Leeuwen’s Hidden Valley Ranch Ice Cream completely disgusting, and I utterly perceive, however I consider it otherwise. I wouldn’t name it scrumptious and even good. I don’t even assume I may eat a bowl of it. But it surely’s okay in small doses; a artistic novelty that makes me smile and grimace on the identical time; I haven’t thrown it out after consuming 1/sixth of the pint to this point; and I like that Van Leeuwen had the Nads Leeuwens to promote this. These are the nicest issues I can say about it. However you probably have an adventurous palate, it’s price a attempt.

DISCLOSURE: I obtained a free product pattern from Van Leeuwen. Doing so didn’t affect my assessment.

Bought Value: FREE
Dimension: 14 fl oz
Bought at: Obtained from Van Leeuwen, however it’s out there at Walmart
Ranking: 4 out of 10
Vitamin Information: (2/3 cup) 260 energy, 18 grams of fats, 11 grams of saturated fats, 0.5 grams of trans fats, 105 milligrams of ldl cholesterol, 125 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar (together with 15 grams of added sugar), and 5 grams of protein.




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