Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Thai ice cream - Sounds good, right?
As I've said before, when I'm issued a glove-across-the-face challenge, I like to meet it head on. So when I heard that JP Licks had 4 new Thai-inspired flavors in their October rotation, I heard the trumpet blare and saw the flag wave - off to JP Licks!
The flavors are Sweet & Sour sorbet, Pad Thai ice cream, Thai Iced Tea ice cream, and Coconut Curry ice cream.
I think the scoopers thought I was crazy when I ordered 4 kiddie cups - one of each flavor. In fact, when they were ringing me up, they told me they wouldn't charge me for the Pad Thai if I actually liked it.
Sweet & Sour sorbet - The first bite was the worst. After a few more, it began to grow on me, much to the horror of my friends. One friend, after taking a taste, declared that she was "mad at it" and that it "packs a punch - in the gut." Basically, if you're a huge fan of soy sauce, this might be up your alley. It was just way too salty. The only redeeming quality were the flecks of chili pepper, which added a more pleasing depth of flavor every few bites.
Pad Thai - Yes, this is just like the real thing. The ice cream is filled with short noodles, slices of green onion, chunks of peanut, and specks of cilantro. Is that a hint of garlic as well? This ended up being my favorite of the bunch because of how well it pulled off the unique combination of ingredients. I would never order this as a dessert, but for a savory snack, it was pretty tasty. After a while, though, the hint of lime got a little strange - I definitely couldn't eat more than a kiddie-size.
Thai Iced Tea - This tasted just like the real thing also. The most innocuous of the flavors, it's thick and creamy, with just a hint of spice. I wasn't crazy about this one, as it was a tad too thick to be thoroughly enjoyable.
Coconut Curry - Surprisingly tasty, but not my thing. The part I didn't like was that there was way too much coconut, and thus, too much chewing involved. The curry was very even and smooth, not spicy or overpowering at all. With less actual coconut and more coconut flavor, I think this one could be really good.
Has anyone else tried these? I'm dying to hear the opinion of others...