OK, so, it’s an indulgence. But my god, how long can a person live without chocolate? I think I’ve only met one person who disliked chocolate so far. He was French. Coincidence? I think not!
Mock anti-Gallic attitudes aside, I do quite enjoy chocolate. My very favorite chocolate ice cream is Ben & Jerry’s New York Superfudge Chunk. Yes, that is the Statue of Liberty on the package. And, yes, it contains almonds covered with chocolate. But, at $3.99 per pint, I cannot justify this indulgence due to the frequency at which I must obtain chocolate ice cream! So, I tried the store brand of a local fancy-pants store – it was OK. A bit on the sweet side, with a slightly thin chocolate flavor. Not bad for $3.99 per half gallon.
And then, I visited Whole Foods. Yes, they are corporate evil, but, who isn’t?I asked one of the employees to show me the lower-sugar chocolate ice creams. Of the ones he’d shown me, the Whole Foods brand was the cheapest. I hesitated. Um, is this any good? Do you know? I asked him. He then personally vouched for it. He loved it. For $3.99 per half gallon, I was willing to take the risk. Lo and behold…this was real ice cream. With real chocolate flavor. Chocolate should be a little bit earthy – this ice cream was. And, I could truly taste the buttery aspect of the cream.
Mind you, this is not a true “bargain” ice cream in the sense that you are getting five gallons for a dollar – but it is less costly than your average ice cream brands (Dreyer’s, Haagen Daz, Ben & Jerry’s, etc.) without total flavor loss. Plus, I have no intentions of buying an ice cream maker to prepare my own – it’s not exactly a nutritional priority of mine to eat more of it than I already do! So, buy it before Whole Foods changes its mind and takes it out of the freezer section…again!