Sometimes, when your football teams get crushed, the only way to try to pick yourself back up is to take a stroll to the freezer and devour a pint of ice cream. Any flavor works, but chocolate, chalk full of all those mood-boosting chemicals and whatnot, works best. And thanks to some free samples from New Orleans Ice Cream Company, I had just the remedy sitting in my freezer for Utah State’s Special Teams woes. I give you, Mississippi Debris…
Our rich Chocolate Ice Cream is chock full of Fudge Brownie pieces, Chocolate Flakes, Truffles, Malt Balls, Chocolate Almonds, Cherry Liquor Cups and Marshmallow. A Fudge Swirl completes this
Obviously, there’s a lot going on with this ice cream — too much, to tell you the truth. And just like excessive backfield motion can confuse your own offense, the excessive elements of chocolate gluttony in this flavor detract from what otherwise sounds like the most desirable ice cream any chocoholic could ask for. But let’s start with the positives. The fudge swirl is certainly very good. It’s smooth, dark, and rich, with a flavor and texture that exceeds the fudge ribbons most large-scale ice cream manufacturers can produce. There are also nice elements of crunch in there, including the chocolate rich chip pieces. The melt-in-your mouth, sumptuous chocolate ganache flavor is like an extra present from Santa for those who’ve long suffered with sub-par ”chocolate flavored chips” some ice cream makers load up on, and will no doubt appease those truly trained in the “dark arts.”
That being said, I think an ice cream “every man” — and not, you know, the food blogger “type” — will be a little let down by this flavor. The marshmallow bits are extraneous and too prominent. I would have prefered a melted marshmallow swirl or none at all, but the chewed flakes only take up space and detract from the chocolate assault. The ice cream base, while good, doesn’t wow me. It seems to melt too easily, and doesn’t hold the ultra-premium quality I’d typically associate with small batch products. A single, random scoopfull is unlikely to turn up a definitive tastes of buttery almonds or chocolate malted crunch, and despite the claiming Cherry Liquor Cups, I failed to detect much in the way of fruit notes.
It’s a good ice cream, but is it something I’d pay to have shipped? No way. With so much going on it just doesn’t deliver a truely satiating flavor and texture, and unless you’re the kind who eats, sleeps, and dreams chocolate ice cream, it’s probably overkill for a treat. Knowing my own tastes, I think I’d be just as content with a pint from Turkey Hill, or, better yet, a reliable kicking game in the Fourth Quarter.