Thanksgiving Battle of the PC Peanut Butter Ice Creams!

Oct 13, 2013 by

          I couldn’t care less about Thanksgiving. Not liking turkey, unenthused by squash, and my taste buds of the opinion that pumpkin pie is a hit or miss situation, Thanksgiving is my least favourite holiday in terms of food. (Oh, and mashed potatoes? Really? I love potatoes, but mashed is not my top choice of ways to eat them. Of course Thanksgiving would claim mashed potatoes as its honorary potato dish to sit alongside the other subpar foods of the harvest.) Even so, each year, I gratefully welcome its arrival. To me, Thanksgiving means one thing: the beginning of the junk-day season. For that, friends, I am thankful.

          I’ve briefly explained my approach to healthy eating before. To recap, I am allowed to eat one junk item per week, with restaurant and food truck hops being my loopholes. However, on holidays, vacations, my birthday, and my best friend’s birthday, I can eat as much of whatever I want, beginning at midnight. With no holidays and neither birthdays falling between Easter and Thanksgiving, summer is the longest stretch of the year without junk days, unless I happen to go on vacation (Punta Cana, baby!). Once Thanksgiving rolls around, though, regular junks days are back! Between mid-October and early January falls the biggest holidays of the year and the two birthdays that give me guilt-free passes to all of the junk food I can eat. (This year’s junk season will also include one week in Cabo, where I booked a trip to this past Monday that departs this upcoming Friday. I love my work perks!)

          You may remember that, the other day, I discovered the existence of PC Cream First Peanut Butter Ice Cream. Needless to say, with Thanksgiving only three days away (my family always celebrates it on the Sunday), I was beyond excited! I could think of no better way to launch the junk-day season than to not only trying PC Cream First Peanut Butter Ice Cream, but to put it to the test against the other PC peanut butter ice cream options, PC Peanut Butter & Chocolate Ice Cream and PC Loads of Chocolatey Peanut Butter Treats Ice Cream. Since I can’t normally eat three different ice creams in one go (that would be three junks; meanwhile, three food truck items eaten at one food truck event would count as only one junk – don’t question my logic), I knew Thanksgiving would be the opportune time to pit these products against each other. The battle would begin Saturday at midnight. I anxiously awaited its arrival.

 

PC Peanut Butter & Chocolate Ice Cream

 

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          This has been my favourite store-bought ice cream since I discovered it by fate during the summer of 2011. Having heard great things about Marble Slab, one week that summer, I had planned to have Marble Slab ice cream as my junk. When I got there, I discovered that the prices were out of this world. To satisfy my craving, I knew I could probably find a tub of peanut butter ice cream at the grocery store for half the price of Marble Slab’s tiny cup. Enter PC Peanut Butter & Chocolate Ice Cream. I was mesmerized from the first spoonful. It was repeatedly my weekly junk item for months, and I am not one to normally indulge in the same thing for weeks in a row. I’ve gone out of my way for this ice cream. I’ve been to multiple grocery stores to find it when it’s out of stock everywhere at Christmas time. (I knew I shouldn’t have told people about it. I’m convinced that I made it popular.) I’ve called many No Frills and Loblaw stores in search of it to put the last two available tubs on hold at the umpteenth location I dialed (worried that if I didn’t get both, I was risking never seeing the flavour again for the remainder of the 2011 holiday season), and I’ve driven to Etobicoke through the snow to get them. Clearly, I adore this dessert. The peanut butter ice cream is wonderfully creamy and magically buttery. The peanut butter ripple gives it an incredible saltiness to balance the sweetness provided by tiny chocolate slivers scattered throughout, which provide the perfect hint of cocoa while still allowing the peanut butter to shine. This ice cream is heaven in my mouth.

 

PC Loads of Chocolatey Peanut Butter Treats Ice Cream

 
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          This is essentially swirled chocolate and vanilla ice creams with chocolate peanut butter cups hidden inside. In general, I’m not a fan of chocolate ice cream. It tastes nothing like any chocolate I’ve ever had, and that faux chocolate flavour always masks whatever else it’s combined with. Therefore, unfortunately, the chocolate half of this ice cream overpowers the vanilla and prevents peanut butter from taking centre stage, making this my least favourite of the three. To be honest, sometimes I couldn’t taste peanut butter at all, even when biting through three chocolate peanut butter cups at once. The chocolate ice cream, like all chocolate ice creams, dominated. This could easily have been called PC Loads of Chocolatey Crap. I would not buy this again. This review is nothing against PC (I love, love, love PC products!); I just don’t like chocolate ice cream enough to enjoy this.

 

PC Cream First Peanut Butter Ice Cream

 
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          This is the new one! It’s the one I’ve been waiting to try since Thursday. There was a time when I thought it wouldn’t happen. At No Frills, this ice cream was nowhere to be found. My thoughts went to the worst case scenario: Oh no, this ice cream isn’t available in Canada yet! (Yeah, I get pretty dramatic when it comes to food. Note: PC products are made in Canada. Obviously, I was becoming irrational.) I frantically searched for a label, which I found. Phew! It was just out of stock. Next stop: Superstore. Found it! Peanut butter gods, thank you, thank you, thank you! This was so worth the detour. This simple peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter swirl is very good. (Warning: The peanuts on the package are for show. Bits of peanuts are not embedded within this ice cream. It’s delish anyway!) It’s similar to the ice cream within PC The Decadent Chocolate Chunk Cookie Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches, another must try product for peanut butter addicts. Compared to PC Peanut Butter & Chocolate Ice Cream, the peanut butter ripple is more evident but less salty. Of the three ice creams, the smooth PC Cream First Peanut Butter Ice Cream is the most rich in peanut butter flavour.

 
The Verdict

Aftermath at the peanut butter ice cream lab. I swear I was the only taste-tester. Evidently, determining the best flavour was a lot more labour intensive than I had expected.


Aftermath at the peanut butter ice cream lab. I swear I was the only taste-tester. Evidently, determining the best flavour was a lot more labour intensive than I had expected.

          PC Loads of Chocolatey Peanut Butter Treats Ice Cream was out immediately upon tasting it, leaving PC Peanut Butter & Chocolate Ice Cream and PC Cream First Peanut Butter Ice Cream, both delicious (fellow peanut butter lovers, go buy them!), competing for the sought-after title of Maria’s Favourite Ice Cream. This was a really hard choice. I ate a lot of the two finalists, going back and forth between them in contemplation. I felt pretty sick afterward. I missed healthy eating within less than an hour following midnight. Being unaccustomed to large doses of sugar, my body does not respond to it well. I could feel it coursing through me, causing me to wake up multiple times throughout the night to my body buzzing like I had just washed down too much tequila with too many amaretto sours. It must have been peanut butter ice cream overdose. I’m familiar with the symptoms. I could have lied awake all night and thought about which ice cream deserved to reign, but I’m one to take action. I got up during the night to re-test and re-test. In near darkness, I had one cup of each flavour in front of me at various points throughout the early hours of the morning, putting a lot of thought into my analysis. This was serious business. After nearly throwing myself into a sugar coma in the name of scientific research, I finally came to a decision: PC Peanut Butter & Chocolate Ice Cream, with a saltier punch that characterizes peanut butter and the addition of real chocolate (as opposed to chocolate ice cream) in small, non-overpowering amounts, won out over PC Cream First Peanut Butter Ice Cream. I mean, the only thing better than peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter swirl is peanut butter ice cream with a salty peanut butter swirl and chocolate combo. PC Peanut Butter & Chocolate Ice Cream, congrats, love!

 
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