On March 9th I wrote a blog post on Finding the "Real Deal."
You can find the post Here .
The gist of the post was thus: we all want to find good, honest, reliable, real things. Which is not always super easy. But in a world full of fake, deceiving things we should at least be able to trust that our ice cream is real, right? Priorities, people!
It all started when we accidentally left a Meadow Gold Ice Cream bar out overnight and it DIDN'T melt. So then we did it on purpose and found that after a week it still hadn't melted. Go to the post mentioned above to see that experiment.
In the meantime we have been on a search to find the "Real Deal" of ice cream. One that would at least melt. As you would think ice cream should. This time around we did our experiment on a much grander scale, using multiple brands of ice cream sandwiches. Which ice cream sandwich was able to step up to the plate and win the title of "The Real Deal: Ice Cream Sandwich?"
Step #1: Assemble the Contestants! (March 12, 2015)
Skinny Cow (also a Nestle product)
Note: -We already had the box of Meadow Gold (that we used for the last experiment)
-Fat Boy and Blue Bunny were in our freezer longer than Nestle, Skinny Cow and Klondike because we got those a day apart.
That being said, let the games (and hopefully melting) begin!
Step #2: Check the Sandwiches after half an hour of melting. (Temperature at 70 degrees Fahrenheit)
Blue Bunny had started bulging.
Klondike hadn't done anything.
Skinny Cow was actually melting! Yay!
Nestle was dripping too! Woohoo!
Meadow Gold was actually showing hope by glistening.
Fat Boy looked just as it did when we started.
Step #3: Check the sandwiches after an hour
Blue Bunny had bulged a little bit more.
Klondike forgot it was in a competition
Fat Boy's shell cracked and the ice cream started to glisten.
Skinny Cow had almost covered the plate!
Nestle was still melting as well!
I wondered, is Meadow Gold starting to melt?!!!
Step #4: Check the sandwiches after 3 hours.
I'd say Blu Bunny had definitely Drooped.
Klondike hadn't moved a muscle. Notice the indent in the front that hadn't even filled out.
Fat Boy's cookie had slipped a little, and got this water thing on the plate. I think this water is from ice crystals melting, not the ice cream. Maybe?
I think I'd call Skinny Cow completely melted. Cheers!
Nestle is on it's way!
Meadow Gold is not melting after all, but it's ice crystals have melted it appears.
You can see here that Skinny Cow so far gets first place in melting, with Nestle in a good second. Blue Bunny comes in third with the rest of the sandwiches trailing behind.
Step #5: Lets skip ahead to after the sandwiches had been sitting out for one week!
Blue Bunny. Had started strong, but after a week it still looked like this. Like it had started to puff out and then melt but thought better of it in the end. It also had ice crystals that melted.
We cut into it and found that the cream had the consistency of a soft marshmallow. Which makes me feel better about it not melting. Marshmallows aren't bad, right?
The bottom cookie was soft and gooey. When we opened it up an awful spoiled milk smell wafted up from the sandwich. Which is also hopeful. Milk SHOULD spoil. Huzzah!
I'm not sure Klondike knew it was competing. It did have some ice crystals melt...
But when we opened it up, we found the cream was the consistency of a soft and sticky marshmallow. Really sticky! It makes me feel better about it not melting. Plus, when we opened up the Klondike it smelled a lot like the Blue Bunny did, if not worse. Whew! Yay, though! Milk should spoil!!!!!!!!!! The bottom cookie was soft as well.
Fat Boy did not melt. I would say it deflated. Look how flat it got!!! It also had melted ice crystals.
Inside we found an airy foam that would still flatten under my finger. It's like Fat Boys are mostly air or something. The bottom cookie was soft. There was a stink, but it was covered up with a strong vanilla smell. Also, I have to give points to it being cookies and cream. The others are all vanilla. So, that might help cover up the smell a bit too.
Skinny Cow was the only sandwich with a soft top cookie. You can see in the picture that the cookie had soaked up the melted cream. Extra points to Skinny Cow!!!
We found the thick, melted cream had completely dried. The bottom cookie was soft, but there was no stink. Is that because the cream was spread out and not contained in a chunk like the ones that stank?
The outside cream that had melted and spilled was like the Skinny Cow cream, thick and completely dried. The cream in the side of the sandwich was like a soft foam. It also had some melted ice crystals.
When we opened it up, the creme in the middle was still a little spongy. But there was no stink. I would have thought that since the cream was bunched up in the middle there would have been stink. The bottom cookie was soft.
Here is a picture to give you an idea of the consistency:
Looked about the same as when we started.
Inside I found extremely soft foam that comes apart easier than the Fat Boy foam. Bottom cookie was soft. It was a little different than our last experiment with Meadow Gold. Last time it was on a real plate and we waited 8 days, not 7, to cut into it. The indent in the picture is from my finger. I felt like Meadow Gold did a lot better this time around.
Personally, I think Skinny Cow wins first prize, and the title of "Real Deal: Ice Cream Sandwich."
Not only did it melt, but the top cookie even soaked up the cream.
YAY SKINNY COW!!!!!!!!!
After that it depends on what you are looking for.
Are you looking for ice cream that melts...
... then Nestle is definitely your choice!
Are you looking for ice cream that didn't completely melt, but spoiled like real milk?
... then Blue Bunny is what you are looking for!
Are you looking for a sandwich that creepily keeps its shape AND spoils like real milk...
...then Klondike is your friend!
Are you looking for a sandwich that has great preservative powers and won't stink?
...then Meadow Gold is what you're looking for!
Are you looking for a sandwich that can't be that bad for you since it has to be 80% air?
...then Fat Boy is your choice!
But personally, I'll be choosing Skinny Cow!!!