I didn’t actually like the long overdue ice cream flavor
If you haven’t tried dipping french fries in ice cream before, you’re really missing out. It’s the perfect combination of hot, crunchy and salty french fries and sweet and creamy cold ice cream.
Cult-favorite ice cream brand Van Leeuwen understands the simple joy of fries in ice cream. That’s why it created its newest flavor, Milkshake and French Fries.
The ice cream is created in collaboration with the Idaho Potato Committee to create an old-fashioned restaurant flavor. It starts with a salty ice cream base, which imparts a classic milkshake-like flavor, and is peppered with real chunks of french fries—made in-house using Idaho potatoes.
Since I love dipping Wendy’s fries in Frosty, I was really excited about this flavor doing the dip for you. Sure, the bits of potato floating in your ice cream might sound weird to some people, but I’ve eaten ice cream with turkey in it, so I’ll try anything at once.
However, I hate to say it, but the long-awaited ice cream flavor just wasn’t for me — but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised Van Leeuwen made Hidden Valley Ranch-flavored polarizing ice cream for Shout It Loud.
What does whipped and salty ice cream taste like?
The ice cream base itself is great. It’s the perfect blend of sweet, rich, and salty, and tastes like what I imagine you’d get at a 50’s malt shop. Barley malt gives it a unique flavor – regular vanilla just won’t suffice.
My problem with the ice cream came from the cut potatoes. They didn’t have that salty flavor you’d expect—in fact, they didn’t taste like anything at all. What really put the nail in the coffin, however, was texture.
The whole reason I love dipping french fries into ice cream is because you get a warm, crunchy, cool, creamy combo. The potato pieces in this ice cream are cool and soft. Imagine you open the freezer, grab a bag of frozen french fries, and take a bite—that’s what this ice cream tastes like.
Just a little combo. So if I want fries and ice cream, I’ll just save $12 on a pint of Van Leeuwen and use a few of those bucks to order fries and a cone or milkshake from my favorite fast food joint.
However, it seems like I could be on the losing end of this argument because there are only a little over 100 pints available on Van Leeuwen’s website. This means that if you want to try the flavour, you will have to order it as soon as possible.