[Review] Edy’s/Dreyer’s Rolo Ice Cream

Every so often, you hear a saying that sticks with you forever.

“Treat others the way you want to be treated.”–Ancient proverb
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”–Wayne Gretzky
“She got a big booty, so I call her big booty.”–2 Chainz

 

I recently encountered another phrase I’ll never forget, mostly because it will haunt my dreams for the rest of my life. While writing this review, I decided to look up the history of Rolos, just for fun. My trip down the Rolo rabbit hole led me to this commercial, apparently from the 90s:


See those words in the red box at the end? According to my sources (Google Translate), that’s Dutch for “Remember well what you do with your last Rolo.” That’s serial killer speak right there. That guy was lucky that he only got bitch slapped by an elephant. I’m now convinced that if I ever have a package of Rolos and don’t share my last one with a little baby or hungry man on a street corner, I can expect Jason Voorhees to ring my doorbell and repeatedly say, “Remember well what you do with your last Rolo” while chasing me around my house with a machete.

Luckily, the Dutch didn’t say anything about remembering what I do with my last spoonful of a fattening frozen dessert, so I think I’m good. Introducing Edy’s/Dreyer’s Rolo ice cream!
 
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This flavor is part of a new line of Nestle candy-flavored ice creams, along with 100 Grand, Baby Ruth, Buncha Crunch, Crunch Mint, and Kit Kat. Their website describes the Rolo variety as follows: “Creamy vanilla ice cream with a caramel swirl and mini Rolo® chocolate candy pieces will help you GET YOUR SMOOTH ON™.” Hmm…a little forceful, but not nearly as terrifying as that Dutch commercial. LET’S GET OUR SMOOTH ON!
 
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Well…a little underwhelming right off the bat. There’s a caramel streak along with a couple of Rolos peeking through. Let’s hope things get better once we really dig in.

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Now that’s more like it! At a glance, this ice cream could use a bit more swirl and a more even distribution of Rolos. There’s an awesome caramel aroma coming from the swirl, which adds some nice depth to the strong scent of the vanilla base.

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The vanilla base flavor is nice, and very rich. Of course, it’s hard to find a vanilla base particularly exciting, but there’s a great sweetness here that is more “buttery” than “vanilla bean.” Notably for Edy’s/Dreyer’s, this product is 100% real ice cream, rather than being a “frozen dairy dessert” that they have been criticized for in the past. The pure ice cream is thick and provides a good overall texture.

The caramel swirl is a great addition and actually steals the show. It pairs wonderfully with the vanilla base. I even found myself taking a few bites of the swirl on its own. It’s really flavorful, as though homemade caramels were melted down and mixed in to each container.

The mini Rolos are the advertised star here, but I really didn’t get enough of them to enjoy them. I’m glad Edy’s/Dreyer’s opted to have fewer rather than too many, since a boatload of Rolos might have been caramel overkill and made this ice cream way too sweet. On the other hand, I think more Rolos, or at least a more even distribution of them, would have added more chocolate to the equation and given this ice cream a bit more complexity.

Item: Edy’s/Dreyer’s Rolo Ice Cream
Price and Place of Purchase: $4.09 at Target
Size: 1.5 quart container
Nutrition Facts (serving size-1/2 cup): 150 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 45 milligrams of sodium, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.
In a Nutshell: The vanilla base is sweet and buttery, and the caramel swirl steals the show. The Rolos are a solid component, but I could have used more of them. 2 Chainz is the great philosopher of our time. The Dutch have given me nightmares for eternity.
Overall Score: 8 out of 10

(Video: user oonai5000 on YouTube)

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