This weekend was our First Annual Labor Day Weekend Ice Cream Social. The missus, two friends, and I all gathered to catch up try many of the ice cream flavors that our local Kroger has to offer. Being the lovers of food and flavor that we are, we went right to the premium line, known as Private Selection. Along with them, our guests brought us two pints of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, a favorite among Ohio denizens.
Kroger Private Selection California Lemon Grove: We tried to go through the flavors from lightest to heaviest. The lemon sorbet was tart and refreshing. A good flavor, but it was more lemon zest than lemon flavor. It would make a good palate cleanser.
Kroger Private Selection Northern Black Cherry: If you want an ice cream that tastes just like a cherry Starburst, then this is is it. It’s a bit cloying, but if you want just a little sweetness at the end of the day, then this is your best bet.
Kroger Private Selection Maine Blueberry Cheesecake: Lovely and creamy, there is a lot of blueberries in this one. It has a cheesecake flavor on the finish, but not a lot of cheesecake bits. Also, when I eat cheesecake, you I look forward to the rich graham cracker crust. There was none of that here. Despite the under-cakiness, this one was the second best one of the night.
Kroger Private Selection Black Raspberry Dark Chocolate Chunk: Way too much raspberry here. The chocolate ice cream is, as always, very creamy. This is a good mid-level flavor, more than good enough to satiate a craving for ice cream.
Kroger Private Selection Chocolate Hazelnut Mascarpone: I think the makers don’t have much basis for mascarpone, because this one taste more like vanilla than sweet cheese. It’s a solid flavor, with just enough chocolate and hazelnut bits to make it worthwhile.
Kroger Private Selection Black Forest Amaretto Torte: This flavor has a rich and interesting cakiness, but not a lot of amaretto. Fairly ho-hum.
Jeni’s Bourbon Buttered Pecan: Call the police, somebody stole my flavor. We went into this with the expectations one would normally have after hearing it praised up and down by friends, but in the end, there nothing to it but pecans and bland cream. We all agreed that something must have happened to the batch to leave us this wanting.
Jeni’s Brambleberry Crisp: This one was the hit of the night. A mixture of blackberries and raspberries joined with oat streusel in a honey vanilla bean ice cream. Exquisite and fruity, this one had more of a cookie taste than a cookie dough taste. This one is a dangerous one, because I would, without hesitation, eat the whole pint in one sitting.