Aug 1 2014

Comparison of 2 healthy ice creams (part 2)

Last week I wrote that within a few days, I decided to try two “healthy” ice creams, both new on the shelf. (I define healthy as having either a nut or a fruit in the title. That’s all.)

I started to compare the 2 flavors in one post, but it turns out each has an interesting story, so this is  Part 2. In Part 1,  I already reviewed the high-end luxury ice cream from Gelson’s : Coolhaus Balsamic Fig and Mascarpone Ice cream.

artists rendition (mine) of what this might look like in a cone

artist’s rendition of what huckleberry pie ice cream might look like in a cone

The other new flavor ice cream I bought was from Ralph’s, Ralphs Private Selection Huckleberry Pie Ice Cream. Private Selection is Ralph’s house brand.

Design and Packaging

Ralph’s used to have great branding: all of their products, including dry goods, and household supplies, were almost all black, with white lettering! It might sound depressing, but it really popped on the shelf, and looked great in the kitchen, too. Black in a white kitchen — cool!

Another advantage, with that original packaging, you used to be able to grab their products with barely looking at the title. However, it’s all gone now. I think they call their brand Home, and it’s some wifty white with blue sky or something…not worth talking about.

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Jul 25 2014

Comparison of 2 healthy ice creams. (part 1)

I don’t want to shock anyone, so let me explain what I mean by “healthy” ice cream. I mean full-fat decadent creamy ice cream that has a fruit or possibly a nut  mentioned somewhere in the title. Something to take the edge off my guilt, but not so terrible that I won’t eat it.

woman sees sign that tells her to buy ice cream

copyrighted ice cream sign. Stop.

Both of these ice creams are new on the shelf, at least to my eagle eyes, and one is luxury, high-end, and the other is a normal store brand. I started to compare the 2 flavors here, but it turns out each has an interesting story, so this is just Part 1.

The first one I spotted was at Gelson’s, It was on sale, so that’s an important point. Coolhaus Balsamic Fig and Mascarpone Ice cream is pricy.

Coolhaus Balsamic Fig and Mascarpone Ice cream Review

I was most excited to try the Coolhaus pint, as the dairy name is new to me, and I’ve never tried any of their ice creams before. As I said, it’s a little expensive, and the only reason I bought it was because Gelson’s sometimes has a special of $5 off, if you buy $25 worth of food. That 20% off is very tempting, and I often use it!

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Jul 18 2014

The church lady made the best shortbread.

women jogging discuss the value of chocolate

Or at least add chocolate to his shortbread!

Krusteaz Bakery Style Shortbread Cookie Mix

I didn’t know what shortbread was until I visited the homemade baked goods section of a church fair many years ago. They looked kind of bland, but the price was right. What a delicious discovery when I got home! Yum!

krusteaz shortbread

Krusteaz is still a nice name for cookies

I made them myself once or twice, but they didn’t taste as good as the church lady’s. Isn’t that the truth, when someone else cooks, it tastes SO much better? Or is that just me?

Basically, shortbread, sometimes called Scottish Shortbread, is just butter, sugar and flour, with a little vanilla optional. They’re not complicated. (A shortbread recipe I recently found also has chopped chocolate, from the Food Network, and it looks like it’s worth trying!) Continue reading