In a world full of chaos and uncertainty, finding something reliable can bring comfort. And what’s more comforting than the fact that a can of Arizona iced tea still costs only 99 cents? But Arizona is not just limited to its iconic tea. Van Leeuwen, the creators of unique ice cream flavors like Hidden Valley Ranch and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, have collaborated with Arizona to bring you the limited edition Arizona Green Tea Ice Cream. This ice cream features a green tea-flavored base with honeycomb mix-ins.
Dressed in inviting packaging that perfectly captures Arizona’s aesthetic, the ice cream itself has a rustic appearance. The pale gray, brown, and mint green colors, along with the golden honeycomb bits, give it an earthy charm. It may not look like your typical ice cream, but don’t let that deter you.
This ice cream is a delight for green tea lovers. The flavor of green tea is strong but never overpowering. There is a slight bitterness in the aftertaste, but it is well-balanced by the creamy base. Speaking of creamy, Van Leeuwen is renowned for its French-style ice cream, which achieves a rich consistency thanks to the extra egg yolks used in the process. The flavor and smoothness of this ice cream remind me of a quality matcha latte.
However, it’s the honeycomb mix-ins that truly elevate this ice cream. Scattered throughout the base in small pieces, the crispy and crunchy honeycomb, coated in sticky syrup, adds a delicious texture and flavor. Although the syrup tastes like honey, it is actually tapioca syrup according to the product’s ingredients. When combined with the green tea base, the honeycomb pieces create a burst of sweetness that resembles the taste of Arizona iced tea. My only complaint is that I wish there were more honeycomb pieces per serving.
Van Leeuwen Arizona Green Tea Ice Cream pays homage to the flavors of Arizona iced tea and does so quite successfully. While some fans might want a stronger honey presence throughout the base, anyone who loves green tea will definitely enjoy a scoop of this ice cream. It may not match the 99-cent bargain of an Arizona iced tea, but for a limited edition treat, paying a little more for a pint is well worth it.
Purchased Price: $4.98
Size: 14 oz
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (per 2/3 cup): 270 calories, 16 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 95 milligrams of cholesterol, 130 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 27 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.
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