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Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Shop (Aberdeen)
Member Name: SweetTooth93
Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Shop (Aberdeen)
Advantages: Delicious, wide variety of flavours, friendly staff
Disadvantages: Unhealthy, quite expensive, not many stores near me
Baskin Robbins is a worldwide ice cream parlour chain, which specialise in unusal and delicious flavours of ice cream. Baskin Robbins was founded in 1945 by Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins. 2,800 of the 5,800 stores are located the UK with the rest dotted about the rest of the world.
When Baskin Robbins opened it boasted "21 flavours", however over the years, many more flavours have now been created boasting there grand total up quite a bit.
I had read alot of reviews about Baskin Robbins in the past and I have been extremely annoyed as we don't have a store near us. However one night, just past, we took a trip up to one of my mum's friends house around a 45 minute drive away, and on our way we passed a medium sized Baskin Robbins car. It was my brother who actually spotted it out of the window and wailed at my mum until she turned back to visit the store. My grandma and grandad were following in the car behind as they were coming too and so when we turned around, they knew immediatly why.
The store was on the corner of the street and looked fairly small but stepping inside it did seem slightly bigger. The floor of the shop was similar to that of an american diner/cafe, a white and black diamond linoleum floor, and bright pink walls. On the counter, there were two ladies serving, who looked quite thrilled to be working in such a fantastic place. They were extremely helpful with the customers, providing leaflets and explaining how choosing your ice cream worked.
The glass counter showed the ice creams through, most of the ice creams were on display however some of the less popular ones were "kept through the back">. The lady we were appointed to informed us that they didn't have all the flavours that was stated on the huge board on the wall or in the leaflet, but they'd do as best as they could to compensate. The ice creams and other products were explained really well by the woman and we had no trouble at all on deciding which options to go for.
Baskin Robbins, as you know is famous for its delicious and unusal flavours of ice cream. Baskin Robbins sells and provides a huge variety of different flavours, and there is sure to be something for everybody. As there are so many different flavours, BR have made it easier to decide what you would like, by splitting the flavours into different sections.
The "classic" flavours are as the name suggests, classic. Flavours that everybody will have heard of at least once in there life time. Before trying one of the classic flavours I was a bit worried they'd be a bit boring, and plain however I was completely wrong and all of the flavours we tried were absolutely gorgeous and everybody enjoyed them!
Vanilla- as you can imagine, the vanilla ice cream is plain vanilla. Nobody in our party actually had vanilla, however there was a lady infront of us in the queue who got a single vanilla cone for her little boy. It looked delicious, pure white with teeny little black specks in it. It looked very firm too, as though it wouldn't melt until it was placed in the sun. It did look scrumptious and i'm sure it tasted lovely too. The vanilla ice cream has been around since the very beginning of BR, created in 1945. The ice cream is made from real vanilla which makes it all the more tasty!
Chocolate- brother #2, had one scoop of chocolate in his tub. He sang its praises and exclaimed it was the best chocolate ice cream he has ever tasted in his life (now brother #2 is the number 1 chocolate ice cream fan so this must be good). The ice cream was a deep, deep brown colour, not very appealing in colour, however the scent was gorgeous, a rich smell, resembling hot chocolate. Personally i'm not a fan of chocolate ice cream, but i'm sure if you are, this would be perfect. This ice cream too has been around since the very beginning, first created in 1945.
Chocolate chip- I was seriously considering choosing the chocolate chip ice cream for part of my assortment however the other flavours were too tempting and I decided on others instead. I did see the chocolate chip ice cream in its box on display to customers however and it looked tempting. The ice cream was a creamy, off white colour. The chocolate chips were very generously spread out, with probably about 70% ice cream, 30% chips. This doesn't sound to many but there were hundreds. Again this ice cream has been around since 1945.
Very Berry Strawberry- my grandma decided on the very berry ice cream in her sundae. It looked quite artificial however, a very bright pink/red colour. Inside the bright ice cream, there were small lumps of what I think was strawberry. My grandma proudly told everyone that the ice cream was extremely strawberry tasting, and had a pleasent sourness to it too. This ice cream was created alot later in 1984. Worth the wait though!
Pralines and cream- pralines and cream was the first ice cream to be plopped into my bowl. I was really excited about trying this one and so when the golden brown and white ice cream was dropped into my bowl I was growing even more excited. The pralines throughout the ice cream were huge. They were really crunchy which provided an excellent contrast to the creamy smooth ice cream. The ice cream was delicious, very caramel like, and the pecans had a scrumptious caramel to them also. They seemed to be coated in a thin toffee like substance. I thoroughly enjoyed this ice cream and I'll definitley be trying again when I return. This ice cream has been around since 1970, and i'm very glad it was created- those clever people!
Mint Chocolate chip- brother #1 had a scoop of chocolate chip mint flavour within his ice cream extravaganza. I do like mint chocolate chip, but its not my favourite however when I saw I did actually consider it. The ice cream was a cool mint green colour, with again the occasional splodge of white vanilla inside. Mixed through the ice creams, were chunks of dark chocolate. The dark chocolate was the only part to put me off the ice cream as I am not too keen on it. The Mint choc chip ice cream was first created in 1985.
Oreo cookies and cream- my grandad decided on this as part of his combo. The ice cream has been around since only 2004, so a fairly recent ice cream. The ice cream is only 1 flavour, plain vanilla, again with little white specks in, however around 5 cookies worth of oreo crumbs are mixed into to create a wonderful taste sensation. A delicious looking ice cream and one I wish to try in the very near futre.
The classic collection is very popular, and provide some deliciously mouth watering flavours. Next time I go back to Baskin Robbins, I will definitley be sampling some more of their delicious, mouth watering flavours.
Around the world, the permanent flavours do vary. However I will list and describe the ones that are available in the store I went too.
Rocky Road- The rocky road flavour was definitley on my short list of flavours to try however it missed out by a short way. Im not 100% sure what the ice cream contained, however it was a deep brown chocolate colour which looked as though it mixed both milk chocolate and dark chocolate in it. The chunks of chocolate throughout were clearly visible and i'm also pretty sure there were some chocolte biscuit bits inside too. The ice cream looked scrumptious and would be perfect for any chocolate lover out there.
Cookies and Cream- My grandad decided on cookies and cream as part of his ice cream treat. The ice cream was a light golden colour, it looked really heavy and creamy too. The peices of cookie were visible throughout, a golden biscuit colour. I was told that they usually use chocolate biscuit peices but now at the moment there trying out with a different kind of biscuit. The ice cream looked nice but not one i'd try in a hurry.
English toffee- My mum is a huge fan of anything toffee flavour, from coffee to regular toffee so when she saw this flavour on the large sign she jumped at the chance and ordered straight away. When it was in her tub, I noticed how deep the golden colour was. It looked really rich, but very delicious indeed. Apparantly, the ice cream tasted very similar to Thorntons original toffee, and i'm sure that can only be a good thing!
Banana Caramel- as soon as I saw the banana caramel flavour on the large sign, I knew straight away this would a flavour I wished to try. It was served in my tub, a lightish yellow ice cream with thick, visible caramel swirls throughout. The ice cream was delicious, very sweet which suited me perfectly. I was left with quite a sickly after feeling in my throat, very sharp actually, however the ice cream had been worth it and i'd recommend this ice cream to anyone who loves, banana or caramel.
Gold Medal Ribbon- My grandma decided on this as another of her flavours. This ice cream was created espescially for the olympic games, hence the name. The ice cream is a mixture of two, vanilla and chocolate. Once the ice creams start melting together they merge into a delicious looking sloppy brown, doesn't sound nice but it looked lovely. Mixed throughout the two ice creams, were various swirls of caramel ice cream. My grandma tells me that there were only 3 swirls throughout the whole scoop she was given, but the swirls were very thick which made up for the lack of them.
Rum and Raisin- Rum and raisin is one of the only ice creams I didn't see, or hadn't been recommended by anyone in the past so I personally can't comment on what it looks like or what the taste is like, however as it is produced by Baskin and Robbins, i'm sure it delicious.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough- Brother #2, along with his other chocolate flavours, choose the chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. I have to say this ice cream did look absolutely scurmptious alot nicer than the regular cookie dough. There are two different flavours of ice cream inside, vanilla and a gorgeous looking cookie dough. Mixed throughout the ice creams, are huge chunks of milk chocolate, and a couple of "balls" of cookie dough. Brother was slightley doubtful about trying this as he hasn't had cookie dough before but apparantly it was delicious and he even asked for more. The ice cream did smell delicious too.
Pistasio Almond- The pistascio almond ice cream was an extremely unusal colour. When I heard about the ice cream I had no idea it was going to be bright green. Nobody in our family ordered this icecream however, in the corner of the shop an eldery lady was sat with a cone of this particular one. It looked okay however not one i'd go for ever.
The permenant flavours are around at all times of the year, and are normally, always in stock. I'd definitley recommend trying as they are delicious, very creamy and of very high quality. Something for everyone in this catogry too, which is always a plus! There are many more other types of Permanent Flavours, depending on where in the world you are. Some of the other flavours available through the world are; Pink bubblegum, cotton candy, and new york cheesecake. All sound extremely delicious.
The seasonal flavours are only available at particular times of the year. At the moment B&R have quite a varied amount of seasonal flavours.
Banana and Strawberry- Brother #1 also choose this one as part of his combination. The ice cream was a lovely pale yellow, and medium colour of pink in colour. The ice cream was smooth with no peices in however as the two flavours mixed gorgously I was informed that it was perfect without the peices inside. Looked like a gorgeous ice cream, and although not, seemed healthier.
Strawberry Cheesecake- I decided eventually on the strawberry cheesecake as my second scoop. I love cheesecake ice cream, however i'm not keen on cheesecake on its own so this was a real risk I was going to have to take. The ice cream was a pale pink colour with the occasional pale cream colour splodge around. Mixed through the delicious and creamy ice cream, were some sweet and sticky strawberry sauce swirls. The swirls resembled the taste of jam, however this was a nice contrast to the creamy ice cream. Aswell as the delicious ice cream, and sweet strawberry sauce, there was a large amount of small cheesecake peices throughout. At first the cheesecake peices were very tough however as the ice cream melted they turned a little softer and became alot easier to eat. Definitley a recommended ice cream.
Mascarpone Berry Blush- When I first read this flavour on the huge board I was slightley intrueged however as i'm not a fan of Mascarpone cheese I scored this off my list of possible flavours. The ice cream was clearly on show to customers, a deep purple ice cream with some pink splodges and small small pink peices of fruit (i think) scattered throughout. The ice cream could have passed for looking like a sorbet, but it did look a lot creamier.
Old Fashioned Butter Pecan- I was really tempted to try this flavour but the "butter" part hinted to me that it was really high in calories and probably sky high in fat. Not that this should have mattered though as all the ice creams in the shop were extremely calorific. The ice cream again was on show to customers. A pale golden colour ice cream, with some sugar coated pecans through out. I didn't see any hint of butter throughout the ice cream but when being made, extra butter was probably used. A tempting name, but not one i'll be trying.
Lemon Meringue- my grandmas final flavour in her tub was lemon meringue. It looked absolutely gorgeous and I was beginning to wish I'd opted for this one. The ice cream was a pale yellow colour, with vanilla ice cream inside too. A lemon swirl through the ice cream, and lots of little peices of white crumbly meringue. The meringue peices looked really scrumptious, and the smell of lemon coming from my grandmas tub was extreme and incredibly mouth watering- definitley one i'd like to try in the futre.
Nutty Coconut- I didn't see this ice cream personally however, I assume that it is a coconut ice cream. Not one i'd try I don't think.
Caramel Chocolate Crunch- My grandad had this as part of his ice cream treat. The ice cream was a deep brown chocolate colour, much similar to the regular chocolate ice cream in the classics section. Mixed through the ice creams were visibly thick swirls of delicious looking caramel. There didn't seem to be too many swirls but of what there was they seemed to be very thick. Also, as well as the ice cream and sauce, were peices of chocolate biscuit. I am told the ice cream was delicious and his favourite flavour he chose!!
Pineapple Upside Down Cake- Although this flavour wasn't actually available at the particular store I went too, I found it quite odd it was still up on the board of flavours. I assume this ice cream contains pineapple and perhaps peices of sponge cake. Personally, I don't feel these flavours go together, however I was told if you like pineapple cake, this would be perfect for you.
There were a couple of other flavours which weren't available in the particular BR I was in, including Coconut, Polar Bear Dip, and an intrueging flavour called "Jamoca". I would definitley recommend trying the Seasonal Flavours, and catch them while you can as, as each season comes and goes, so does the ice cream flavours.
The regional flavours aren't available in all Baskin Robbin stores. Infact, in the particular store I visited, they only had one of the many flavours that are available world wide. The regional ice cream flavours, are as the name suggests flavours from all around the world including;
Fudge Brownie- one of the few regional flavours available in the store I visited, was called "Fudge Brownie". I was extremely tempted to try this one however it did look really sickly and heavy. The ice cream was a deep, dark shade of brown, resembling dark chocolate but I am told it is milk chocolate. The ice cream is a delicious chocolate fudge flavour which sounds just delicious. Throughout the ice cream, there are generous helpings of brownie, and what looked like some sort of nut. It did look really quite delicious and its definitley on my "too try" list!
Rum Raisin- if the shop had sold this flavour, my grandma would definitley had chosen this flavour. The description was on the huge board, which meant it was somewhat misleading as when ordered we were told it was only available in the US. The ice cream _would_ have been rum flavoured, and juicy raisins would be scattered throughout. Hopefully for my grandmas sake they will release this in the UK soon!
Mississippi Mud- I'm a huge fan of the mississippi mud pie Muller corners so if this flavour would have been available where we were, i'm sure I would have chosen it. The ice cream is a mix of two flavours- chocolate fudge and milk chocolate, and mixed throughout, would be fudge brownie and swirls of rich fudge sauce. A very tempting desert, but if you don't like chocolate, naturally, I wouldn't recommend.
Now, as my store didn't have any of the other flavours, I would list them all and describe however they do include; Chocolate almond, banana nut, lemon custard and Tiramisu. I really do wish Baskin Robbins in the UK held some of these flavours as they all sound delicious, and there are some really mouth watering ones in there.
Of course, not everybody will feel happy and confident enough about trying a huge selection of creamy, calorific ice creams. Baskin Robbins understands this and so they provide a great selection of "healthier" sorbets for you too try. I was seriously considering trying a special sorbet however the ice creams, at the time appealed more and so I gave them a miss.
Lemon Sorbet- I did consider trying the lemon sorbet, but with me, its either hit or miss when it comes to lemon flavoured things. The sorbet however was tryed by my mum. It was a surprisngly bright yellow colour. It did look alot healthier, alot less healthier, and it did seem to melt a bit more. I was told by my mum the sorbet was very sour, but mixed with the creaminess of the other ice creams it was perfect.
Natural Frozen Yoghurt sorbet- although it says "sorbet", I assume that this is just frozen yoghurt. Alot healthier than the original creamy ice creams. I didn't see anybody with this one, but I can imagine it is fairly btter in taste. Didn't tempt me too much but as it is BR's, it is probably delicious.
Mango Sorbet- I was seriously considering the mango sorbet as I love mango however I was really disappointed when the lady told me they had ran out the day before as it was so popular, and delivery wasn't till the next day. My friend however is a huge fan of the mango sorbet from BR and she informed me it tastes really fruity and for some reason has a slightley banana taste too it.
Mad About chocolate- My mum decided she wanted some chocolate ice cream, but instead of going for the creamy high fat ice cream versions she decided to opt for a special chocolate sorbet. The chocolate sorbet was surprisngly similar to the chocolate ice cream, only slightley lighter in brown colour. It did look quite delicious and so when my mum was delighted with it I wasn't surprised. She described the sorbet as an ice cold milk chocolate mousse- very creamy with a subtle sweetness to it too. I think this was the sorbet/ice cream that surprised us all most and i'd be quite interested to sample.
Blue Raspberry Sorbet- My brother was drawn to this one, mainly to do with the bright almost fluroscent blue colour of the sorbet. It reminded me very much of the slush puppies I used to love when I was little, only it was in a firmer scoop. Brother really enjoyed the ice cream, and afterwards it was clear to see that he'd enjoyed it - his tongue had gone a shocking shade of blue. He didn't comment much on the flavour , only that is tasted the exact same as a blue slushpuppy, and quite sour.
The sorbets would be the perfect choice if like alot of people these days, you'd like a treat but feel slightly to guilty or don't want to blow your diet by having one of the regular ice creams. I think in the futre i'll definitley give the sorbets a try!! Among the other sorbets (not available in the store we visited) are ; orange/stawberry/lime/rainbow sherbet, tropical ice, berries and bananas, butter almond crunch and pineapple coconut.
You can either buy ice cream on its own, or if your daring and wish for an extra special treat, you can decide to devour a sundae. I was a bit scared when my family suggested a sundae, as the calorie content in them, I imagined would be sky high. Not wanting to displease my family however I agreed and so we began creating our sundaes.
'''CREATE YOUR OWN'''
It is possible to create your own sundae. By this I mean you can personalise it to make it your own. Adding your own choice of sauces, and toppings. BR have a wide variety of things to choose, the only probelm is deciding which you want.
The first thing on your sundae you need too choose, is which sauce you would like. Available are a wide variety including, whipped cream, runny cream (why you would want it on ice cream, I have no idea), hot fudge sauce, butterscotch sauce, peanut butter sauce, strawberry sauce and chocolate syrup sauce. There are many more flavours however we didn't try any of them.
My brother #1 had the strawberry sauce. It was very sticky and apparantly very sweet. He never actually finished the sauce and a huge puddle was left in the bottom of his tub. It looked really gooey and I can imagine if it got on your fingers it would be incredibly irritating and probably really difficult to get off.
I decided eventually on the hot fudge sauce, and when I say hot fudge sauce I mean HOT. The sauce was a deep dark brown colour with a incredibly thin light brown trickle throughout which I presume was the fudge part of the sauce. It really was boiling and I had to wait till I had finished my ice cream to polish off the sauce. By the time I had actually gotten to the sauce it had turned slightly firmer due to the fact the ice cream had frozen it slightly. However, it was still luke warm, and absolutely scrumptious. I have to say though that the sauce did make me feel quite dehydrated a large drink of water was required afterwards.
My grandma and my mum both choose the whipped cream on top of their sundae. I don't personally see why you would want more cream on top of the ice cream however its what suited them. The whipped cream was a bright white colour and looked very firm, whipped to a point at the top. The portion size of cream was huge and it covered all of the ice cream in a snowy white blanket. The cream was apparantly really quite light and left lots of room for the ice cream to be consumed.
Grandad choose eventually the butterscotch sauce.I was tempted to try it on my desert but the other one won. The sauce was a deep rich light brown colour, similar to a melted weather original. The sauce did look really quite sickly and so when Grandad informed me it left him feeling very thirsty I wasnt surprised at all. This is the sauce I'm most looking forward too next time I visit.
Brother #2 decided, that along with his various chocolate ice creams, he'd choose a nice chocolate sauce to accompony. He did feel quite sick on the way home however this is probably because he's only very small and his tummy couldn't handle it. The chocolate syrup sauce looked incredibly sticky. The sauce had a slight shine to it which made it look all the more tastey. The sauce apparantly tasted like melted chocolate spread, which I can assume is only a good thing.
Once you have decided on the sauce you'd like, its now time to choose your toppings. Among the toppings are; brownie peices, nuts, strawberrys, banana peices, real fudge peices, peanut butter cups, marshmallows, oreo cookies, and many more delicious toppings. We were told we were permitted to one topping each as part of the price, or if we would like an extra topping or two it would cost slightly extra. We decided on one topping each as we were already dreading the amount of calories and fat we'd be pushing into our bodies (well I was anyway!!). After much deliberation I eventually decided on the real fudge peices.
The fudge peices were fairly large. Most were square in shape however the odd one was a wonkey shape. I was presented with a large, generous amount of fudge peices. So much so that I actually doubted wheather i'd be able to finish the ice cream sundae -I did, after a long time-. They were delicious, a mix between the vanilla fudge you get in pick and mixes, and buttery crumbly tablet you can make at home. I'd definitley recommend the fudge peices, however they are fairly sickly.
Both brothers, and grandad decided on the smashed up oreo cookie peices. These seemed to be a fairly popular choice as the two people in front of us in the queue also ordered these. They were all given a genrous amount of cookies aswell. They did look delicious I have to admit, and the boys all enjoyed them very much so.
My Grandma decided she'd like to try the marshmallows, and so when the lady serving took the huge scoop and scooped a huge spoonful into the tub my grandma was delighted, if not slightly worried. All the marshmallows were a bright while colour, and a small cylinder in shape. I swapped my grandma a fudge peice for a marshmallow, and so I was able to sample. I don't usually like marshmallows, however these particular ones were really quite nice. They were fairly chewy, but quite firm aswell due to the temperature of the ice cream. They did taste quite vanilla-esk but wheather this was to do with the marshmallow itself or the ice cream surrounding it I do not know. They were delicious though, and I am tempted to try various other marshmallows too.
My mum, decided after alot of ''ooohing and aahing'', that she'd like her sundae to be topped with smashed peanut butter cups. "smashed" wasn't really the word for these little peices as they were only cracked in half. Two peanut butter cups were cracked over the ice cream so my mum was presented with four large peices of peanut butter cup. They looked delicious, the golden brown liquid seeping through and melting on to the ice cream. The chocolate on the cups looked really thick too, and the smell of peanut butter was incredibly mouthwatering. I definitley think i'll be trying these the next time i'm there.
If you find it too difficult to choose what you want, you can always opt for one of Baskin Robbins special Classic Sundaes. These sundaes are already created and made, and so it saves you the pain of deciding on which ice creams and toppings you would like.
Banana Split- the banana split is basically as it sounds. You can choose your two own flavours of ice cream for this treat however the rest is done for you. Along with your two favourite ice cream flavours, you are served up a banana (split!), with whipped cream, cherries and almonds. This dessert doesn't appeal to me all that much but i'm sure it is of BR top quality.
Banana Royale Sundae- BR definitly likes its bananas! The banana royal sundae sounds to me alot nicer than the regular banana split. The Royale Sundae is fairly similar to the split however served in a tub instead. Your two/three ice cream flavours of your choice are topped off with a chopped banana, whipped cream, almonds and hot fudge sauce. The hot fudge sauce is the most appealing part and I hope to try this treat one day soon.
Brownie Sundae- brother #2 was very tempted by this but in the end decided to create his own. There was a brownie sundae on display in the shop, probably trying to lure people into buying. I have to admit it did look delicious though. The bottom of the tub was filled full with 3 chocolate brownie chunks. On top of the brownie chunks you are allowed your own choice of 1/2 scoops of ice cream. Ontop of the ice cream, a huge river of hot fudge sauce was poured, it did seem like a rather large amount of sauce and i'm sure that was just to trick you into buying. Ontop of the hot fudge sauce, there are chopped almonds, and even more brownie peices- very delicious looking. The brownie sundae was then topped off with a squirt of whipped cream and two single cherrys- probably only for decoration.
Choosing your own toppings may prove to difficult for you, and if this is the case, the "premium sundaes" it the place to look too.These sundaes are ready made for you and provide a wide variety of delicious flavours.
Reeses Peanut butter cup sundae- this sundae was the most tempting of them all, I have to admit. I was seriously considering having this one. You are given three huge scoops of peanut butter ice cream, which is then loaded with peanut butter sauce, peanut butter cups, hot fudge sauce and then a squirting of whipped cream. This would definitley be my first choice of ready made sundae but I can imagine it would be very sickly.
Chocolate chip cookie dough sundae- this sundae is basically just what it sounds like. You are given three scoops of cookie dough ice cream ,which is then topped with peanut butter sauce, cookie dough peices, with marshmallows, and whipped cream. Sounds delicious however probably really really unhealthy..
Oreo sundae- the oreo sundae was also very tempting indeed. You are given three scoops of oreo cookies and cream ice cream. Ontop of the ice cream, you are served with crushed oreo peices, hot fudge sauce, marshmallow, and whipped cream. There was a young boy who was sitting at a table in the store with what looked like this sundae, and I couldn't help but notice how incredibly large it was. Probably would have taken a day too work my way through it.
Candy Rush Sundae- I can imagine the candy rush sundae would be popular with my little cousin Amy as she is a fan of all sticky, sweets. The candy rush sundae wasn't actually available in the store we went to however if it was i'm sure I would have been tempted by the vanilla ice cream, topped with gummy bears, m&ms, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. I am told this sundae isn't available in the UK but I could be wrong.
Heath Sundae- this sundae again wasn't available in our store, however it does sound quite nice. I have no idea what Heath actually is however the sundae is combined with heath ice cream, topped with hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, caramel, and real heath bar peices. Sounds good if I liked Heath!!
Strawberry sundae- the strawberry sundae looked delicious. Aswell as the brownie type, this was also on view for the customers to admire. The sundae looked delicious. Two scoops of vanilla ice cream, 1 smaller scoop of strawberry ice cream, topped with strawberry sauce. The sundae is also served with peices of real strawberry- sounds like a healthier sundae!
All sundaes are served in either a cone, a tub or now available in special sweet waffles. A sundae can be made with two scoops of ice cream, or for a slightley higher cost; 3 scoopfuls. You are allowed a minimum of 1 sauce and 1 topping ontop and this comes at regular sundae price however if you wish to have extra toppings you will charged a small fee.
Although Baskin Robbins are most famous for there ice creams, they also sell a variety of other sweet products, including cakes. In our particular store, cakes weren't available however I do know that around in other shops they are.
Classics- Baskin Robbins classic cakes are no normal cakes although they may sound it. Each cake has a thick layer of delicious ice cream inside. You can choose any type of cake in the section too. A good choice for a birthday cake or such like.
Roll cakes- A roll cake, is in other words, a swiss roll. There is a wide variety of different roll cakes you can choose from. These range from the regular chocolate swiss roll, to a special seasonal roll with mint chocolate chip ice cream or a fudge mini roll cake with a delicious fudge topping.
Fudge crunch cakes- although our shop didn't sell cakes, there was still a cake list and when I set my eyes upon "Fudge crunch cakes" my eyes lit up. A fudge crunch cake, is made of layers of different ice creams, a real fudge layer and a special chocolate crunchie layer. This would be perfect for any occasion where a cake is required.
Cake creator- as with ice creams, you can create your own cake. First you chose how many people you'd like it to serve, then choose from a variety of different shaped cakes, then you come to deciding which flavours of ice cream you'd like and which cake types you'd like. Then your cake will be created to absolute perfection.
Pies- aswell as selling cakes, Baskin Robbins also provides a small variety of different cakes.These range from a delicious sounding oreo cookie pie, to a mouthwatering sounding apple pie. The apple pie did sound pretty tempting and if they had had it in store I would have persuaded my mum to buy it too take home!
31 below pies- my friend was on holiday in Florida during the summer and she visited a huge Baskin Robbins store. She told me proudly she had been lucky enough to sample one of their special 31 below pies. A 31 BP, is a huge pie crust, filled full with your favourite ice creams, toppings and sauces. Available, are a Reeces Peanut Butter crust pie, Oreo Pie and a special Heath pie. My friend was lucky enough to try the Oreo pie, and she exclaimed that it was delicious and by far the best treat she's ever had. I'm pretty sure they'd be extremely calorific and probably triple your recommended daily allowance in fat content. Probably worth it though if you enjoy it and don't worry about calories all that much.
Aswell as food confectionary, Baskin Robbins do realise that sometimes, only a liquid refreshment will do. When this is the case, Baskin Robbins does a great variety of all different drinks and refreshments.
Shakes- The shakes were being made in a huge blender type machine when we visited. The milkshakes looked incredibly thick, and creamy. The flavours range from the regular vanilla, chocolate and strawberry to some more interesting flavours including peanut butter, apple pie and cookies and cream shakes. They did look delicious and I assume they are alot better than your regular McDonalds shakes.
Fruit Blasts- A fruit blast, reminds me very much of the combination of a slush puppy and a smoothie. These come in all different fruity flavours, such as strawberry and citrus, peach and passion fruit , berry and pommegranate, and a delicious sounding mango flavour. These weren't available at our store but I am told they are at most others.
Cappucino blast- my grandma succumbed to the tempting sound of the cappucino blast and ordered one of these ice cold drinks. It came in a tall plastic cup, and the frozen coffee "drink" was actually higher than the rim of the cup. Among the flavours were peanut butter blast, oreo blast and and the original however my grandma decided to go for the caramel. She said it was delicious, however failed to finish it as her ice cream was filling enough.
Fruit cream- for some reason fruit cream reminds me of some sort of kiddies practical joke however fruit cream is simply fresh fruit blended with smooth vanilla ice craem, and then melted so it makes a drink. They did do this in our store but only 1 flavour. Among the other flavours are; mango and strawberry. They sound nice but not my type of thing.
'''PACKETS AND TUBS'''
Now most people are likely to go in to a BR store and buy a cone or sundae of ice cream, however if you love BR ice cream but wish it too last a little longer you can buy one of the tubs of ice cream which can be kept in your freezer.
Almost every flavour of ice cream come in a 500ml tub available to buy and put in the freezer like a regular tub of ice cream from the supermarket. These ice cream tubs however are really expensive alot more expensive than the supermarket bought. Almost every flavour is available in tubs.
I was dreading finding out about this part of the treat- the nutrition, or lack of.
Ice cream - I wasn't expecting the ice cream to be healthy by any stretch of the imagination, however I was still appauled when I found out what a serving had in it. Calorie wise, a scoop of ice cream contains anywhere from between 200-600 calories per scoop. The original vanilla ice cream contains a whopping 260 calories per single scoop. Now as I had 3 scoops of ice cream I dread to add up how much was in my treat.
The sorbets are slightly lighter, and so would be perfect if your looking for a lighter dessert. A scoop will contain roughly between 100-200 calories and for example a scoop of lemon sorbet contains 130 calories.
Fat wise, the sorbets are fairly low, containing around 0g per scoop, however ice cream wise, a scoop can contain up to 40g of fat- and thats only 1 scoop!!
Sundaes- Sundaes contain around 1500 calories, a classic oreo cookie sundae will set you back a whopping 1330 calories- over half of your daily allowance in calories. The oreo cookie sundae also provides you with over 60g of fat and a hell of a lot of sugar. All sundaes in this selection are roughly the same.
Most of the products contain milk so for those lactose intolerant or allergic to milk alone, you should definitley stay away, as hard as it is. Some products may also contain traces of egg, and soy products so again, be careful if you know these are dangerous to you.
As alot of the products contain peanuts, not only the products with nuts in them will have been in contact with nuts. BR do try to keep nuts seperate from the non-nut ice cream products however they can't be 100% positive so you should be very carefully.
'''THE HOLE THATS BURNT IN YOUR POCKET'''
To be honest I was quite pleasently surprised by the cost of the ice creams. Each sundae cost roughly £4.50. £4.50 was the price for a sundae which contained 3 scoops of ice cream, one topping and one sauce ontop too. If you "require" extra toppings this will set you back a little bit more. A tub of ice cream will cost a little more, nearing the £5 mark. A cone with a single scoop of ice cream will cost roughly £1.50, so in my opinion for an extra £3 you are as well going for the full blowout sundae. Obviously, Baskin Robbins stores world wide will vary their prices and the ones I gave were only average.
Beverages will again vary from store to store, but looking at the price list on the leaflet I was given, they cost roughly £3, with the fruit cream at £2.50. Again, not an extortionate price, but for a drink it is quite expensive.
Overall, I didn't find the prices in BR to be too expensive however I would definitley recommend saving for a special occasion, or if somebody else is paying for you!!
Baskin Robbins also have a website which can be easily found on google.