When I was younger, I thought the best part about summer was not having to go to school. That was, until I turned 16, and
some one an insatiably thirst for straight cash money required me to get a job. Then I thought going on vacation was the best part of summer. Until the economy crashed and aforementioned insatiable teenage thirst for money turned into a need to support myself, which, aside from making me work said jobs, also required me to give up western vacation time.
Which brings us to the summer of 2012. Hot, sticky, and oftentimes seeing a suddenly grown up Adam sitting in an office with a collared shirt, these days summer differentiates itself from the monotony and drudgery of ‘regular life’ in virtually no discernible way. Oh wait, I take that back. It’s worse than regular life. At least regular life contains the fall, which brings me my weekend retreat of college football games and new episodes of Modern Family to look forward to.
Given this sad state of affairs this summer, about the only thing I have to look forward to is a perfectly ripe peach.
Yes, a peach. Better than Chocolate Mini Wheats Little Bites or even my first Animal Style Double Double, a summer peach is a gift from God. Ethereal, you may say, and I’m quite sure Alton Brown will back me up on this one, thank you very much.
Come to think of it, the only thing that could make a perfectly ripe peach any better is deliciously smooth, cool, and certainly rich ice cream.
Such was my train of thought when I picked up the latest ‘seasonal’ flavor of Turkey Hill: Peaches and Cream. One need only spend a few minutes to know this blog has something of a ‘thing’ for ice cream and finds the affordable yet creative flavors of Turkey Hill to offer the middle class and everyman solution to Ben and Jerry’s, and knowing such, you probably saw this review coming.
Taking a scoop of the ice cream, I find it smooth yet firm, with two to three medium-sized peach slices embedded into the dairy. The taste is peachy, but not peachy keen. In other words, it’s not as the peach frozen yogurt I’m used to, and there’s something about the peach slices which strikes me as more from a can than frozen. The ice cream is of typical texture with only a slight hint of gumminess, yet there’s a certain richness — the essential cream flavor, if you will, — which is lacking. To put this in perspective, think about the difference in flavor between whipped cream and whipped light cream. In this case, the flavor of the peaches, the flavor of the milk, it’s all there. But there’s that quality of rich yet sweet flavor that is missing, replaced with a neutral if not mind blowing mild milk flavor. I’m left with the impression that it’s a good ice cream, albeit a garden variety one. Interestingly enough, I find myself craving slightly more acidic frozen peaches with a brighter note and sweeter base. In other words, I want low-fat frozen peach yogurt.
You can’t go wrong with peaches and ice cream, and with 13 grams of sugar and only 130 calories a serving, I’m sure Peaches and Cream will satisfy those looking to cleanse their palate with restraint. Yet when given the choice between that perfectly ripe peach with a touch of firmness and acidity and Turkey Hill’s Peaches and Cream Ice Cream, I think I’ll take the former, with a little help from my buddy, RediWhip.
Turkey Hill Peaches and Cream
- Price: $2.50 (On sale at Weis)
- Ranking: 6/10
- Chances I’d Buy Again: 40%