With the blazing summer heat comes the need for icy cold treats. Things like slushies, snow cones, Italian ices and the undisputed king of the season, ice cream. While mama is proud to be the resident expert on all things sweet, I have had my share of decadent desserts and am confident in my ability to hang.
Thanks to a sweet promotion from Klondike, this finely honed skill set will now be put to the test. They asked me to pick up four varieties, share my experience and then give away coupons for free boxes to five lucky readers.
Off to the store we went to make the selections. I quickly realized that narrowing it down to just four varieties would prove quite difficult. You see, when I was a lad and wanted a Klondike Bar, I went and got an original vanilla Klondike Bar. Well, I begged and begged for my mom to get me an original vanilla Klondike Bar. I usually got it too.
The main point being that Klondike Bars used to only come in one flavor. The other point being that I was a spoiled brat.
Nowadays, Klondike makes twelve amazing varieties of their chocolate covered ice cream bars (available in six packs) including Cookie Dough Swirl, Heath Bar, Reese Peanut Butter, Mint Chocolate Chip, Krunch Bar, Caramel Pretzel, Oreo, Dark Chocolate, Rocky Road, Double Chocolate, Neapolitan, and Original.
And that’s not all. They also offer Klondike Kandy Bars (available in four packs), featuring a chocolate candy bar filled with ice cream. This perfect combination is available in Mint Fudge Cookie, Caramel & Peanuts, Fudge Krunch, and Cookies & Cream.
And it doesn’t end there…
Klondike also has ice cream sandwiches (Mrs. Fields, Classic Vanilla and Oreo Cookies & Cream), the Original Choco Taco, 100 calorie bars (Original, English Toffee and French Vanilla), and no sugar added bars (Original and Krunch Bar).
After a lengthy selection process in the freezer aisle of our local supermarket, mama and I finally agreed on the four flavors. We got two Klondike Bars (Cookie Dough Swirl and Mint Chocolate Chip), the Caramel Peanut flavor of the Klondike Kandy Bars and a box of the Oreo Cookies & Cream Klondike Sandwiches.
Let the tastings begin!
Klondike Bar – Cookie Dough Swirl
I was initially concerned about the quality and flavor of the ice cream, but half way into the first bite, all my worries melted away. The cookie dough flavor runs throughout the bar and melds perfectly with the milk chocolate coating. I was actually shocked to find out that Klondike uses a reduced fat ice cream that has 40% less fat than regular ice cream. I think that means that I can eat 40% more Klondike Bars while amassing 0% more guilt.
Klondike Kandy Bar – Caramel Peanut
While this was my least favorite of the four, it was still a very strong contender. It features the standard vanilla ice cream topped with caramel and enveloped in a peanut’y, milk chocolate’y coating. The candy bar shape is actually less messy to eat than a standard Klondike Bar so it leaves less evidence if you try to sneak one in. Add to that the reduced fat ice cream and you’ve got one of those win-win situations that people get so excited about.
Klondike Bar – Mint Chocolate Chip
I prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate so this was the clear winner for me. The mint ice cream is fantastic and the double dark chocolate punch of both the chips and the coating really bring this bar together nicely. Mama, who is a mint chocolate chip ice cream aficionado, agreed that Klondike executed this bar perfectly. I now fear that the remaining five bars have mama’s name etched into them.
Klondike Sandwich – Oreo Cookies & Cream
I grew up loving the Oreo ice cream sandwich and was ecstatic to see that Klondike took it over. Basically, what I’m saying is, I had absolutely no choice but to get this because the nostalgia factor will always win. I am proud to report that Klondike delivered an ice cream sandwich that instantly took me back to my youth and lived up to my memory of it.
Based on the quality of the four varieties that we tried, I am confident that you really can’t go wrong with any of the Klondike Bar varieties that you choose. In fact, odds are pretty high that you’ll spend way too much time staring through the freezer door at your supermarket weighing the options and trying to decide which one to get.
Originating in Switzerland, the Isaly family began dipping ice cream squares into milk chocolate around 1900. By the 1940’s, the family was based in Youngstown, Ohio and was supplying over 300 of their dairy stores in the region with Klondike Bars. Distribution began expanding in the 80’s and by the 90’s, they were available all over the United States.
Want to Win a Free Pack of Klondike Bars?
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