Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Blue Bell Butterscotch Nut

Bypassing the usual Blue Bell flogging for a moment, the thing about its newest flavor Butterscotch Nut is this: Isn't butterscotch really the same as caramel? Were you blindfolded, could you tell the diff betw the two? And isn’t it odd that at the same time Blue Bell releases this, it also issues a seasonal flavor, caramel sundae crunch which, aside from the add-ins, sounds identical ("caramel ice cream+caramel swirl w/ choc-coated sugar cone pieces) to butterscotch nut ("butterscotch ice cream+butterscotch sauce swirl w/ crunchy roasted almonds")? Anyway, re: Butterscotch Nut, the ice cream's nuttin-special but the almonds are ++ toasty/crunchy

11 Comments:

At September 20, 2005 2:50 PM, Anonymous charlotte ruse said...

tg: fun links with this item. i think there is a difference between butterscoth and caramel. butterscotch is sweeter and in candy and such has a buttery flavor. caramel has more burnt sugar flavor and when good is only subtly sweet. blindfolded, you might not be able to tell the difference between bad examples -- and i don't put a lot of faith in blue bell's being good -- but you could tell if they were made correctly.

 
At September 20, 2005 2:58 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

this month's martha stewart living magazine has an interesting discussion re msg and the chinese restaurant syndrome. gist is that msg usually don't affect people, but if you do have a reaction, you could lessen it by eating more rice with the entree -- something lots of westerners don't do. since msg ACCENTS (note the brand name) natural flavors, it made me want to go to restaurants that proclaim they DO use msg, or that offer the diner the option.

 
At September 20, 2005 3:54 PM, Anonymous peanut gallery said...

The Blue Bell web site has another ice cream, caramel almond crunch. Seems like more of the same. Myself, I prefer peanuts.

 
At September 20, 2005 5:02 PM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

BLUEBELL ICE CREAM IS GOOD ONLY WHEN SERVED WITH SQUIRREL SYRUP AND POMERANIAN NUTS. AND A BANANA.

 
At September 20, 2005 7:11 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

T.G., did you try this? (the butterscotch nut)

 
At September 20, 2005 8:38 PM, Blogger Scott--DFW said...

I think most people could tell butterscotch from caramel blindfolded. Whether Blue Bell's artificial flavors could be distinguished, I don't know. Probably, since a lot of artificial flavors mask their artificiality with intensity. The Blue Bell flavors might taste more different than the actual articles.

Still wish I could have been at Grant Achatz's new restaurant, Alinea, when it opened earlier this year. One of the 25 courses on the opening menu was "Bacon, Butterscotch, Apple, Thyme." The dish looks more unusual than it sounds. (See the picture at the bottom of the page: http://tinyurl.com/eyvn3 .)

Scott

 
At September 21, 2005 3:33 AM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

scott: maybe i entered it wrong but address you gave didn't work for me. however, i found fotos of all the dishes served at www.flickr.com/photos/ericrolph

 
At September 21, 2005 8:14 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Not a big fan of caramel (unless it's coating apples) or butterscotch, but I could tell the difference.

 
At September 21, 2005 9:57 AM, Blogger TG said...

M.B. i did try the ice cream. charlotte ruse was correct, it tastes very buttery. i haven't had caramel sundae crunch but i have had caramel almond crunch (is blue bell in a rut or what?) whose almonds are candied, not toasted, but which otherwise seems pretty similar (as peanut gallery suggested).
like the captain, i'm no fan of caramel. but it seems like that's all anybody wants to make right now. and blue bell's caramel flavors are at least better than their 100s of tepid vanillas and chocolates

 
At September 21, 2005 4:34 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

You know who has really good ice cream? Starbucks! I got some from the HEB in Waxahache once. It was really rich and creamy. Some type of Vanilla with caramel in it. Kroger doesn't sell it.

 
At September 21, 2005 4:36 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

and speaking of Martha, Ms.ery, isn't she looking well? That prison diet must have agreed with her.

 

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