Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ice Cream Flavored Dippin’ Candy - Banana Split

Ice Cream Flavored Dippin' Candy - Banana SplitDippin’ Dots is a frozen treat, made from flash frozen spheres of real ice cream.

I heard that Flix Candy was coming out with a candy version of the dessert and I was excited. I hoped it would be like Astronaut Ice Cream, simply little spheres of freeze dried ice cream. What they created with their Ice Cream Flavored Dippin’ Candy is eminently more complicated than that and equally disappointing. I found the candy while on vacation last week and ponied up the two bucks for the little 1.6 ounce packet of the Banana Split flavored version of the smooth creamy bites.

Ice Cream Flavored Dippin' Candy - Banana Split

The Dippin’ Candy features little spheres of four different flavors: strawberry, vanilla, chocolate and banana to simulate the flavors of a real banana split. The sphere vary in size but are about a quarter of an inch in diameter. The package smells sweet and a little like bananas and cocoa when opened.

Ice Cream Flavored Dippin' Candy - Banana Split

The spheres are solid and firm with the basic structure of them created with a sort of flavored white confection. The base of the candy is made from sugar and tropical oils with some milk.

Vanilla is sweet, pure greasy, grainy sweet. It has more milk in it than the others, but it does nothing to moderate the sweetness or improve the creamy qualities.

Strawberry doesn’t really taste like strawberry ice cream, it doesn’t really taste like much at all.

Chocolate was especially greasy. It wasn’t as sweet, but it was waxy and never actually dissolved very well or melted.

Banana has a mild and milky banana flavor, it’s definitely the most notable of the set.

Ice Cream Flavored Dippin' Candy - Banana Split

The ingredients list is huge. However, they list the ingredients for each color/flavor separately (though they don’t really define which is which, except the chocolate one is pretty easy to figure out).

Color Coating: sugar, vegetable oil [palm kernel and hydrogenated palm, partially hydrogenated cottonseed and soybean oil], whey powder, nonfat dry milk, sorbitan monostearate, polysorbate 60, yellow #5, red #40, soy lecithin, vanillin, natural and artificial flavors.

White Candy: sugar, nonfat milk powder, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, monoglycerides, titanium dioxide, artificial flavor.

Confectionery Coating: sugar, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil [palm kernel, coconut, palm], cocoa powder, whey powder, soy lecithin, vanillin.

Chocolatey Candy: Sugar, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil [palm kernel, coconut, palm] cocoa processed with alkali, dextrose, cocoa powder, whey powder, soy lecithin, vanillin.

It’s an interesting idea, and I applaud the packaging and the flavors chosen for launch (there’s also a Cookies ‘n Cream version which I’ll review separately). However, the execution is just sub par; it’s the kind of candy I expect from R.M. Palmer around Easter. I can’t believe that they couldn’t come up with a better tasting candy sphere (and with better ingredients). The only thing that I can think that they’d be good for at this moment is decorations, in a situation where they might not actually be eaten.

Note: Ferrara Pan also has a spherical ice cream treat called Dry Scream (more here) based on Itti Bitz frozen treats. I’m still trying to track that down.

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Name: Ice Cream Flavored Dippin’ Candy - Banana Split
Brand: Flix Candy
Place Purchased: Candy Counter (Cayucos, CA)
Price: $2.00
Size: 1.6 ounces
Calories per ounce: 144
Categories: Candy, Flix, Mockolate, 2-Appalling, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:21 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewFlixMockolate2-AppallingUnited States

  1. Wow, it’s been awhile since you’ve featured such a low rating candy. I was never crazy about dip and dots to begin with, but they are at least edible.

    Comment by Rodzilla on 9/16/11 at 3:47 am #
  2. Speaking of appalling, have you tried Bertie Bott’s EveryFlavour Beans?  They’re sold at Harry Potter World at Universal Studios in Florida, and my kids and I tried a box on a recent trip there.  Being huge fans of the book series, we were excited to try these jelly beans that, as described in the books, come in gross flavors such as booger, vomit, earwax, etc.  I am happy to report, they did not disappoint!  They were truly awful!  My favorite was earthworm.  While I’ve never actually eaten a worm, I think they nailed it!

    Comment by SallyO on 9/16/11 at 5:19 am #
  3. Yuck, the ingredient list makes them sound like little balls of wax. How disappointing.

    Comment by Rene S on 9/16/11 at 1:44 pm #
  4. I do not agree with all of you, I just recently tried this candy and have been an avid Dippin Dots fan for years and just love this new non-frozen treat!!!

    Comment by Dippin Lover on 5/02/12 at 9:41 am #
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