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Taster's Choice: Ice cream cakes

Serving size 1 of 15 slices 1 of 15 slices 1 of 8 slices 1 of 15 slices
Calories 190 190 180 210
Fat/Fiber 10g / 0g 10g / 0g 8g / 0g 12g / 0g
Sugar/Sodium 16g / 65mg 16g / 65mg 21g / 55mg 17g/ 75mg
Carbs/Protein 22g / 3g 22g / 3g 23g / 2g 21g/ 3g


As nights grow longer and we move dinner from the dining room to the patio, it's a good time to bring out the ice cream desserts. A few more months and it'll be too hot for eating ice cream or anything else outdoors. But April's weather might cooperate for celebrations with ice cream cake. Taster's Choice panelists didn't need a special occasion to sample any of the four ice cream cakes we found at local grocery stores.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/Score

(out of 100)
Hannaford: 78Friendly's: 71Publix: 71Carvel: 51
Judges'

comments
Fresh-tasting cake and sweet, creamy icing were the qualities that made Sweetbay's ice cream cake the top pick for our judges. They raved about the "yummy" layers of chocolate and vanilla ice cream and the "almost fluffy" texture of the marshmallow frosting. "I especially like the good, thick vein of cookie crumbs between the layer," said one judge, who described the neon-blue colors on the decorated cake as "retina-thrashing."The ice cream on this restaurant chain's cake was lighter, similar to ice milk. Judges enjoyed that smooth texture as well as the Oreo-cookie-like filling. "It's got a creamy, stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth

topping," said one panelist. "That's a good thing."
Servings and slices from this store's cakes were generous. Judges loved the fancy appearance, describing it as the "most handsome" of the frozen cakes. The cake itself was compared to pound cake. A couple of panelists said it was a bit dry, but that was the attraction for others. "It has pretty beige and brown layers with a trim chocolate edge," said one. "I would probably add a little drizzled chocolate or some fresh raspberries to jazz up the bland cake."The ice cream was the star of this cake. Judges liked the bold flavor, saying they detected a pleasing hint of almond. The cookie filling between the layers wasn't a favorite among panelists. One compared the crumbs to "chocolate gravel." They said the cake part of the dessert seemed like a bit of an afterthought.
Would

they buy?
Four of the five judges said yesFour of the five judges said yes.Four of the five judges said yes.Two of the five judges said yes.
Shopping information$13.99 for a 60-ounce cake from Sweetbay.$17.99 for a 60-ounce cake from Sweetbay.$23.50 for a 51-ounce cake.$17.99 for a 60-ounce cake from Target.


Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Jim Yockey, aesthetician at Anu You Institute in St. Petersburg; Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; Cindy Seletos, an Apple education account executive; and Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island. All foods were tasted blind.

Send suggestions for product testing to: Taste section, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or e-mail them to jkeeler@sptimes.com. Please put TEST SUGGESTION in the subject line. To read past Taster's Choice columns, go to food.tampabay.com.

Taster's Choice: Ice cream cakes 03/29/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 5:30am]
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