“ Type: Sorbets & Ice Cream „
I can only try to pronounce the word "Stracciatella", but what I do know is that this flavour of Carte D'Or is an absolute revelation! It particularly struck my eye because it seems to be the premium ice cream brand that always seems to be on offer in the supermarkets near me! You can get a 500g tub for less than £2 which, for something so delicious, is a bargain! The ice cream itself appears in a few mounds of white, while there are chunks of chocolate strewn all over the place as though a chocolate grenade had just gone off. Also, some of the chocolate appears to have melted or pooled at the bottom, allowing you to mix it with the white ice cream into a gorgeous paste if you like (although my girlfriend frequently tells me that this is disgusting and wrong!). This ice cream is both gorgeously smooth at times, and at others wonderfully crunchy, so it suits both tastes and will satisfy those who like their ice cream both ways. It is easy to pick out the crunchy chocolate if you just want soft ice cream, and similarly it is a synch to mix the crunchy chocolate into the ice cream. Of course, on the other hand, it isn't the most healthy thing ever, and is going to destroy your no doubt svelte waistline unless you exercise some self-control. It is incredibly addictive and it isn't hard to plough through a good portion of the box in a sitting if you aren't careful. I guess what helps is that the chocolate sauce helps make it a bit more sickly than most ice cream, so it's almost a clever anti-binge mechanism that means you can't plough through the ENTIRE tub in one go unless you have some incredible will-power. This is one of my favourite flavours because it's unique as well as being delicious.
Carte D'or seem to have a weakness for extravagent names that don't really give you much insight into the product. It's ice cream (not pasta as the name might suggest) in fact, it's ice cream of the chocolaty variety and very nice it is too. Prices for carte D'or seem to fluctuate wildly in the Sainsburys I frequent, but I think you could expect to spend something around the three pounds mark for a pot that will give you four modest servings. So, what do you get? White vanilla ice cream with chocolate ripples in it and somewhat ahrder chocolate fragments sprinkled over the top for added texture. The first thing to note is that this ice cream freezes really hard - I had to wrestle with it to persuade it out of the pot. When I did, I found that the chocolate ripples started to melt and by the time I got to it (freezer in the cellar, slight delay) I had vanilla ice cream swimmign in a sticky chocolate sauce, whichw as nice. I enjoyed the little chocolate lumps - nice contrast. The ice cream is light, sweet without being sickly and a nice contrast to the richer chocolate. It is rather moorish and I can see how a person might end up eating the whole pot in one fell swoop. Now, back to the packaging, because this is the fist time I've had trouble with Carte D'or. It was fine in the shop, but when I took it back to the freezer, I found that the lid was breaking up. Normally Carte D'or pots are nicely solid and can be reused for storage, but this one was breaking up in my hands. Inevitably my ice cream will be even more rock like when it next emerges, which is something of a shame. There's some sort of flaw in this lid. It's the first time I've seen anything like it, but if it turns out to be some sort of congenital weakness its going to put me off this ice cream for good. Generally Carte D'or are very good, making high quality ice creams at bearable prices, offering products that are sweet without being too much. If you care about the fat content, go away. I don't want to talk to you. This obviously isn't going to be any sort of health food, its an icecream, duh. I'm planning on digging out some Mrs Beeton recepies and seeing if I can make my own ice cream this summer. None of them will have unpronouncable names, but I think if I was going to try and replicate a more fiddley one, this might just be it. I'll probably be lazy and just do strawberry instead though.
I was kind of hoping Dooyoo wouldn’t have this flavour in the category. I have just stuffed my face with this for the past few minutes and to be honest, I’m a bit ice creamed out. Hey ho, the things I do for you guys ;-) Well, you see what happened was that I nipped out to the Spar to get some milk. While I was there, I casually peered into the freezer as they had a special offer on Haagen-Dazs a few weeks ago and I’m still hoping they will get some more in. They didn’t. But instead, they had two varieties of Carte D’Or, which is probably my second favourite type of ice cream. This is cheaper than Haagen-Dazs so we usually get a tub per week, but I am getting sick of the strawberry one! The Spar had vanilla (yawn) and something called Stracciatella. I had no idea what that was (and neither does my spellchecker!) but I wondered if it was nutty and as I’m not keen on nuts, I thought I might not like it. But living with another adult, four kids and a chocoholic dog, I knew someone somewhere would eat it and it wouldn’t go to waste. (It always goes to waist though, unfortunately!) It was selling at the very reasonable price of £1.89 too! Usually, we pay around £2.35 for a 900ml or 500g tub of this from Sainsbury’s or Asda. So feeling very pleased with myself, I got home and stripped off… the plastic film and underneath I saw two beautiful mounds of soft… ice cream with little pointy bits just desperate to be licked. These were chocolate pieces, of course. (What else? Sorry, I came over all Carry On there for a minute!) The ice cream is in two swirls of white with lots of small chocolate pieces and puddles of chocolate sauce. It is a bit like Viennetta, but presumably they couldn’t call it that for fear of being sued. It’s actually nicer than Viennetta though. The white ice cream is very creamy with a slight bit of coconut in it, I th ought. The chocolate is rich, milky and generally yummy. There are loads of the little pieces which adds texture, as they are quite crunchy compared to the soft, smooth ice cream. It is very good quality ice cream and not too rich or too sickly – although I wouldn’t recommend eating it all in one go. Even I am on my second helping and only just beginning to feel sick! The chocolate sauce runs into the white ice cream as it melts, so you get a yummy combination of flavours in your mouth. The whole experience is wonderful – well, except the feeling sick bit, obviously. Carte D’Or make great ice cream. Not the best in the world, but up there somewhere. It’s also much cheaper than Haagen-Dazs or Ben and Jerry’s. Hey, at £1.89, I might even buy a tub for the kids! Highly recommended, especially if you like chocolate. Just don’t have too much at once or you might wish you had given it all to the dog. NOTE: No dogs were force-fed ice cream at any stage in the writing of this opinion.
Carte d'or seems to be the cheaper alternative to Haagen Dazs or Ben and Jerry's ice cream - it's what to get when you can't quite justify the £4 or more for a 500ml of one of those - but you can cope with a bit more ice cream for a bit less cost. Carte d'or stracciatella is one of my personal favourites, it's quite light... in fact you can quite easily convince yourself that this ice cream is very dieticious, and will in fact help you to lose weight... or maybe not... anyway it's like a vanilla base with gorgeous chocolate swirls and this really great topping thing that's full of chocolate bits and saucy stuff, really nice after a meal, as a snack, or maybe a whole tub for a main meal??! The great thing about this icecream is that you really could eat the whole tub... if you were that way inclined... which obviously I'm not:)... it's not rich or heavy at all, so you can keep on eating without those upsetting sick feelings that come after a while of working your way through some other ice creams. I think it's definitely worth the money... but I'd only share it with someone very special!!
Carte D'Or's Stracciatella ice cream is for chocoholics. It's not just ice cream, it's a whole dessert and would be a great end to any dinner party. Stracciatella is one of the three new Italian flavours launched last year by Carte D'Or in a bid to boost their sales in the UK. I am not sure what Stracciatella translates as but the ice cream is vanilla ice cream laced with cocoa sauce and topped with sauce and real chocolate pieces. It is like ice cream with chocolate sauce on top, only better! Carte D'Or are highly regarded range of premium ice creams so are a little more expensive, however, not so expensive as Ben and Jerry's. You can buy a one litre tub in Tesco's for £2.79 and at the moment they have an offer on buy two for £2.29 each. I have found that they are so popular that it can be difficult to get the one you want so keep trying. Try out the whole range - they are all great and have to be my favourite ice cream.
This ice cream is one of my personal favourites. Carte D'Or aren't cheap but you get a decent sized tub. I bought my tub in Tesco but I have also seen it in Iceland. Its indulgant with the crunchy chocolate sauce yet light enough with the vanilla ice cream. They manage a perfect balance of chocolate to vanilla. I wouldn't advise eating too much because I'm pretty certain it's fattening but its a lovely sumptuous dessert to have after a nice meal. My boyfriend turned his nose up at this since its the modern white vanilla ice cream, not the yellowy traditional vanilla. However it's absolutely delicious. More for me!