REVIEW: Van Leeuwen Spring 2023 Flavors at Walmart That Aren’t Hidden Valley Ranch


Listed below are opinions of Van Leeuwen’s Spring 2023 Flavors at Walmart That Aren’t Hidden Valley Ranch in a non-alphabetical order.

Limoncello Cake

Lemon ice cream and brown sugar cake.

After opening this pint and sniffing, the very first thing that popped into my thoughts was a lemon creme sandwich cookie. Each spoonful showcased the lemon ice cream base closely. However perhaps an excessive amount of. The brown sugar cake items are visually noticeable within the container however not a lot when it comes to style when eaten with the citrus-flavored base. I had to enter full Zen mindfulness consuming mode to detect their brown sugar taste.

Within the description on the aspect of the container, there’s no point out of the third element on this — common cake items. The darker chunks within the picture above are the brown sugar cake items, and the lighter ones that mix in with the pastel yellow ice cream are the opposite cake items. I’m unsure if they’ve a lemon taste as a result of each try to style them on their very own includes scooping up a bit of little bit of the lemon ice cream, however I do know that they’re dry, and I type of want they weren’t there. So between the 2 forms of cake, there’s nothing that cuts by way of the lemon, making this style like a one-note Lemonpalooza.

Ranking: 6 out of 10
Vitamin Info: (2/3 cup) 270 energy, 16 grams of fats, 9 grams of saturated fats, 0 grams of trans fats, 90 milligrams of ldl cholesterol, 140 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 24 grams of sugar (together with 19 grams of added sugar), and 4 grams of protein.

Candy Maple Cornbread

Maple ice cream and honey cornbread items.

Cornbread has a singular texture and taste. Sadly, I don’t discover both on this ice cream. However I do detect the maple. It’s arduous to overlook it. It smells like each “maple” or “pancake” product I’ve ever had, and the maple style overwhelms each chew. A lot in order that no matter taste the cake items have, it’s not noticeable.

If I gave somebody a scoop of this and informed them it was a maple syrup ice cream with pancake items, I’m fairly positive they’d be satisfied after one spoonful. As a result of, once more, the cake items right here don’t have that distinctive cornbread texture. As a substitute, they’ve the feel of standard cake that’s a bit dry from sitting within the freezer, which may simply be confused with pancakes which have been sitting within the freezer.

Now with all of that mentioned, there may be nothing incorrect with this candy maple cornbread ice cream tasting and feeling like maple syrup and pancake ice cream. I’d eat this once more if supplied.

Ranking: 6 out of 10
Vitamin Info: (2/3 cup) 280 energy, 18 grams of fats, 10 grams of saturated fats, 0.5 grams of trans fats, 100 milligrams of ldl cholesterol, 200 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 22 grams of sugar (together with 16 grams of added sugar), and 5 grams of protein.

Carrot Cake

Cheesecake ice cream and carrot cake items.

Sure, this Carrot Cake taste has carrots listed within the elements within the type of a powder. Do I style carrots? I believe I do. However what I completely know is that that is the perfect tasting taste of the Spring 2023 Walmart lineup, and I had a tough time placing it down. It’s hide-in-the-back-of-the-freezer-on-the-lowest-shelves-so-no-one-else-sees-it-great.

The cheesecake ice cream base has a bit of tang, however not as a lot as an precise cheesecake, and it may very well be mistaken for Van Leeuwen’s candy cream ice cream that’s in different flavors I’ve lined on this overview. However that tang will get amped up a bit when eaten with the cake items for some purpose.

These carrot cake chunks are what elevate this pint. With different cake varieties on this lineup, I’ve talked about that the items had been dry and crumbly and didn’t add a lot taste, however that’s not the case right here. Their texture is what I want the items within the different pints had been like. They’re dense, a bit of moist, and a bit of chewy. It was as in the event that they had been made to outlive being in ice cream. Their taste was equally spectacular, with a light cinnamon taste and brown sugar notes, and even pecans within the combine. However not solely do they style nice, there have been a whole lot of them.

Ranking: 9 out of 10
Vitamin Info: (2/3 cup) 280 energy, 18 grams of fats, 11 grams of saturated fats, 0 grams of trans fats, 100 milligrams of ldl cholesterol, 170 milligrams of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 23 grams of sugar (together with 18 grams of added sugar), and 5 grams of protein.

Strawberry Shortcake

Vanilla ice cream, jam from Oregon-grown strawberries, and shortcake items.

I do know I listed vanilla ice cream as a element, however to be trustworthy, I’m unsure if the bottom is vanilla or strawberry. The pint says, “The goodness on this taste consists of cold-ground vanilla, jam from Oregon-grown strawberries, and items of shortcake.” The wording makes me assume it’s vanilla, however after I tried to style simply the bottom, it tasted like strawberries. So both the bottom is berry-flavored, or there’s a whole lot of strawberry jam jammed into each pint, so it’s almost unattainable to isolate the vanilla.

The swirl from Oregon-grown strawberries was pleasant and form of had a farmer’s market really feel as a result of I observed strawberry seeds sometimes. As for the cake items, very similar to those within the Carrot Cake selection, they’re dense, moist, and chewy with a light brown sugar taste. Additionally, I may’ve sworn I tasted from time to time one thing that jogged my memory of whipped cream when consuming spoonfuls with the shortcake items. I ponder if Van Leeuwen would go that far to create each side of a strawberry shortcake. However then once more, the corporate went that far to recreate a Hidden Valley Ranch ice cream, so perhaps it’s not my creativeness.

Total, nice taste, however not so good as Carrot Cake.

Ranking: 8 out of 10
Vitamin Info: (2/3 cup) 280 energy, 15 grams of fats, 9 grams of saturated fats, 0 grams of trans fats, 80 milligrams of ldl cholesterol, 130 milligrams of sodium, 31 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 28 grams of sugar (together with 23 grams of added sugar), and 4 grams of protein.

Blood Orange Chocolate Chip

Candy cream ice cream, blood orange swirls, and darkish chocolate chips.

This stood out to me as a result of it’s one thing I’ve by no means tasted earlier than. Effectively, really, it’s two issues I’ve tasted earlier than individually however by no means mixed. As you’ll be able to most likely guess, the bottom and darkish chocolate chip combo tastes like chocolate chip ice cream, and the fruity swirls and candy cream ice cream remind me of an orange creamsicle. However when mixed, it’s one thing acquainted, but completely different.

The blood orange swirls are the celebrities of the pint. Have you ever ever had a blood orange? They’re sweeter and fewer acidic than customary oranges, and that’s how the swirls style on this. However you need to get a thick sufficient swirl to actually get the blood orange taste. For those who don’t, the spoonful will style like plain outdated chocolate chip. That’s higher than the paper container this is available in, however it’s significantly better with the orange goo, so dig for them. The chocolate chips’ bitterness cuts by way of the candy swirl and base, and their snap provides texture to the pint. However I need to admit that generally I like that they’re there, however different instances I don’t as a result of I’m having fun with the blood orange swirl and candy cream combo a bit an excessive amount of.

Ranking: 7 out of 10
Vitamin Info: (2/3 cup) 280 energy, 17 grams of fats, 10 grams of saturated fats, 0 grams of trans fats, 85 milligrams of ldl cholesterol, 95 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 27 grams of sugar (together with 22 grams of added sugar), and 4 grams of protein.

Honey Graham Cracker

Brown sugar ice cream, graham cracker pie crust items, and swirls of honey.

Some of us may discover this taste boring as a result of it appears too easy, however it stood out to me. Its brown sugar aroma beckons me. Very similar to different flavors right here, I assumed the ice cream base could be the dominant taste on this pint, however that’s not the case. The graham cracker pie crust items have a good quantity of cinnamon. So don’t consider them as tasting like s’mores graham crackers.

Lastly, there are the honey swirls, that are the shock of the pint. Typically I see them, however generally I don’t, and a whole lot of the instances after I don’t, I nonetheless style the honey. Brown sugar + graham crackers + cinnamon + honey = an ideal taste mixture.

The pie crust items had a pleasant texture. They’re not what I’d take into account crunchy however are a bit denser and, fortunately, not as crumbly and dry because the cake items within the Limoncello Cake and Candy Maple Cornbread flavors.

Ranking: 7 out of 10
Vitamin Info: (2/3 cup) 280 energy, 16 grams of fats, 10 grams of saturated fats, 0 grams of trans fats, 85 milligrams of ldl cholesterol, 160 milligrams of sodium, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 24 grams of sugar (together with 19 grams of added sugar), and 5 grams of protein.

I wrote “pint” a number of instances on this overview, however these have 14 fl oz.

DISCLOSURE: I acquired complimentary product samples from Van Leeuwen. Doing so didn’t affect my overview.

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