New Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Flavors: Sweet Potato, Tapatio Hot Chocolate, and More

Van Leeuwen is always down to try something new. The upscale ice cream brand has dabbled in the savory with its pizza and mac n’ cheese flavored ice creams and then, of course, there was the Grey Poupon ice cream. Now, there’s a series of new Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Flavors available at Walmart. Are they freezer staples? I sat down first thing in the morning to a breakfast of six pints of the new Van Leeuwen ice cream flavors to find out. (Spoiler: For under $5 a pint, they’re all worth buying.) 


Van Leeuwen Sweet Potato Casserole

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Sweet Potato Marshmallow Casserole

I understand that sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows is a staple on many families’ holiday tables. I can’t say I get it, but I do get this Van Leeuwen ice cream flavor. It has a stretchy swirl of marshmallow in the sweet potato base. It’s very sweet, with a slight hint of sweet potato earthiness. The texture is incredible—wonderfully creamy. It’s ice cream you can chew if it’s cold enough. Give me this over a casserole any day. I’ll eat it right alongside the turkey.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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van leeuwen mexican hot chocolate

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

Hot damn this is good. It starts with rich cocoa flavors, then the cinnamon spice creeps up. Finally, it finishes with a sultry heat from the hot sauce—just enough burn to complement the sweetness. I’m not sure anyone except for the most experienced hot sauce connoisseurs would be able to tell it was Tapatio, but it’s great. I love it. I want more of it. I wish I was eating it right now. Out of the new Van Leeuwen Ice Cream flavors, this is the one I’ll be coming back to.

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Rating:

10/10

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Van Leeuwen Strawberry

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Strawberry

This is a great, classic strawberry ice cream. It reminds me of ice cream from my childhood, perfectly striking that nostalgia chord. It has that signature strawberry sweetness, but most importantly it has that all important tang that makes it taste like real strawberry versus fake strawberry. It finishes creamy and rich. The only setback for some is the lack of strawberry chunks. This is a smooth pint, baby.

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Rating:

8/10

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Van Leeuwen Honeycomb

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Honeycomb

“Oh, mama,” I said out loud to myself as I took my first bite of this absolutely incredible new Van Leeuwen ice cream flavor. It sent tingles down my spine. It seduced me. It met my parents. It’s so rich and indulgent and creamy and honeyed with bits of honeycomb evenly scattered throughout. If you are at all curious, you need to pick up this pint immediately. No notes.

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Rating:

10/10

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van leeuwen hazelnut cookie

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Hazelnut Fudge Cookie

The first thing you notice upon opening Van Leeuwen’s Hazelnut Fudge Cookie is the stretch of gooey fudge. It looks like it’s fresh from an ice cream parlor. The chocolate tastes like it’s a really high quality and it has a touch of saltiness that really elevates the already intense flavor. My only critique is that it’s light on the hazelnut, and I’m a hazelnut fiend.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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van leeuwen pumpkin cinnamon roll

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll

Open this pint very carefully; it’s topped with tons of gooey caramel. It’s a mess. But that’s what you want with anything approximating a cinnamon roll. Out of all the new Van Leeuwen ice cream flavors, this one is the most visually impressive and the experience of eating it is just as good. It’s not everyday ice cream; it’s dinner party ice cream. The caramel is salty and sweet, the ice cream itself is like frozen fall.

Credit: Sarah Demonteverde / Van Leeuwen

Rating:

9/10

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About the Author

Justine Sterling

Justine Sterling is the editor-in-chief of Sporked. She has been writing about food and beverages for well over a decade and is an avid at-home cook and snacker. Don’t worry, she’s not a food snob. Sure, she loves a fresh-shucked oyster. But she also will leap at whatever new product Reese’s releases and loves a Tostitos Hint of Lime, even if there is no actual lime in the ingredients.

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