Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hot & Cold: Steve’s Thai Peanut Butter Pretzel Ice Cream

Steve’s Thai Peanut Butter Pretzel Ice Cream for me is a lot like the movie Human Centipede appearing on Netflix. It’s one of those things that you can’t help but notice with intense curiosity, but you are reluctant to commit to all that’s involved in choosing to proceed with it. It’s been on my radar for some time now and it’s like an itch that just won’t go away. I just needed to know. But here’s the thought I have had a dozen times, “What’s Thai peanut butter?” The label sure doesn’t give it away. This is a pint and if I commit to this and don’t like it, then what does it mean for the rest of my dessert that night? I draw the line at becoming "Crazy Ice Cream Lady" by buying a safety backup pint just in case.

On this past Saturday night when feeling a bit wild, it was time to saddle up and commit to the experience. The pint itself comes in a thick plastic pint and it’s certainly more enjoyable than a paper carton to hold. There’s no waxy film and people who eat most of the pint and hold it for a while will likely know what I mean in my appreciation for that fact. As the pint touts, the ice cream itself is made with grass fed dairy accounting for the super premium creamy rich texture. As a Ben & Jerry’s fanatic, all good ice cream is premium in the fat content and just the mouth feel alone increases the luxury of each spoonful so of course a plus for that.

The most surprising part of this ice cream is the accumulating heat. Forgive me for my lack of cultural knowledge here, but holy hell Thai Peanut Butter is hot. I wish I had the foresight to take a picture of the ingredients to see what accounted for that, but even now as I type I am too lazy to Google the ingredients. Not even the milk in the ice cream was enough to cool my burning palette towards the end. The peanut butter is rich and understated, calling up savory notes like those you find in a chicken satay. The pretzels are very chewy and that seems to be the case with any frozen bread product placed into ice cream. What would have enhanced the flavor here for me was the addition of salt on the pretzels. For me personally, salt brings out the flavor in everything. When you're eating out of a pint of ice cream, I think you can kiss all of your sodium concerns goodbye.

Overall, this pint was so interesting. I can’t think of the last time that I had an ice cream with such an intriguing depth of flavors. The one thing to note is that this ice cream was not sweet. I honestly was in the mood for ice cream after this ice cream, so I can’t say it would satisfy my sweet tooth (although yet to date I guess nothing really has.) I highly recommend trying this, particularly so we can talk about this. Since eating it a few days ago, I continue to mull over the complexity of flavors. Should you find this ice cream on your spoon, please do let me know your thoughts.

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