Yes, I'm cutting this "Flavor of the Month" a bit close for making it into April, but I'm doing it!
A couple of weeks ago I finally posted a review about some samples we got in the mail from Stone Ridge Creamery. Shortly after, there was a comment from "Lucky" asking why we had not yet reviewed Stone Ridge's Amy's Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream...why not? Because I didn't even know it existed. Well, Friday I stopped at Shaw's to pick some up and all I have to say is "Thank you, Lucky!" Oh, and "It's a good thing I am pregnant and due in August because these elastic waisted pants are serving more than my baby belly!"
NOTE: As I attempted to finish writing this post today, however, cooincidentally I recieved an emailed press release about this ice cream (as well as the two others that were introduced along with it) and the super cool story about how the ice cream flavors came to be -- a companywide contest! See below for a quote from the SUPERVALU press release:
If you think you can’t lick a prize like this one, ask three SUPERVALU® (NYSE: SVU) associates who were named the winners of the company’s employee “Stone Ridge Creamery® Name Your Dream Flavor Sweepstakes.” In addition to receiving free ice cream for a year and a $500 gift card, the winning associates will have their dream flavors added to the Stone Ridge Creamery lineup and their caricatures featured on the carton.Thanks Amy Youngblood, "senior business support specialist at SUPERVALU’s innovation center in Minneapolis," for your "Red Velvet Cake" suggestion! Here's her story with how she came up with the flavor:
Red Velvet Cake has long been a favorite family dessert for any celebration — from birthdays to weddings,” Youngblood said. “I also thought this flavor would be a great choice because Red Velvet Cake itself is a classic, nostalgic flavor that would be a natural addition to the retro feel of the Stone Ridge Creamery lineup. However, it still feels modern and innovative since it’s a flavor not commonly found in ice cream.Amy, I love your retro with a contemporary feel!
Flavorwise, I found this ice cream to be very rich and creamy and the carton was polished off long before this post was finished. I loved the swirls of vanilla ice cream in the chocolate, but more than Red Velvet Cake, this ice cream actually reminded me of Hoodsie Cups I loved so much as a kid. Who am I kidding? I still love them! Haha! Anyway, this ice cream takes me back to elementary school when on a hot day we'd be surprised with the personal cups of creamy goodness and our own little wooden paddle spoon!
Back to the product at hand, though. I find this dessert to be the adult version of Hoodsie Cups -- comforting and wonderfully tasty. The packaging is fun as well, with Retro Amy holding a huge red velvet cake. My one complaint is that I didn't LOVE how the cream cheese swirls didn't swirl so well into the ice cream -- it seemed to be more of an afterthought you were left over with rather than being so well integrated with the ice cream. It acted like a mix-in rather than a swirl that melted with the ice cream on your tongue. But that certainly wouldn't be enough to keep me from buying it again!
Stone Ridge's other winner's were:
- Tom Lindberg, retail technology specialist for SUPERVALU’s supply chain services northern region in Minneapolis, for his “Twisted Pretzel” flavor
- Joe Agrusa, direct store delivery receiver at the Albertsons store in Chula Vista, Calif., for his “Italian Kiss” flavor
Congrats Joe and Tom! Can't wait to try, especially if they are as tasty as Amy's dream ice cream!