Dinner Meets Dessert with Van Leeuwen’s New Savory Ice Cream

I love a dessert that has savory qualities. A cheese board with hot honey and fruit. Lemon olive oil cake. A doughnut with bacon on it. So naturally, when I heard Van Leeuwen was releasing a line of savory ice creams, I was first in line to try them.

The two new flavors taking the ice cream world by storm are Pizza and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. While I wanted to love or hate these ice creams, I, sadly, just ended up feeling a little bored.

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Van Leeuwen Pizza Ice Cream

If you’re promising me pizza, I want pizza. I want tomato and basil and cheese—maybe even a little pepperoni or onion! Unfortunately, this pint lacks any pizza punch whatsoever. That being said, it is a tasty ice cream. The tomato is sparse but has a nice sweet and jammy quality. The chunks integrated into the base are good, even though they taste more like sugar cookie dough than pizza dough. In my opinion, this is a very mild strawberry cheesecake ice cream and not a pizza ice cream. I’m not sure why you would buy this; it certainly isn’t bad. It’s just not pizza.

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Rating:

5/10

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Van Leeuwen Mac ‘N Cheese Ice Cream

The Kraft Macaroni & Cheese ice cream has such a smooth and luscious texture. I would describe the flavor, however, as vanilla ice cream featuring a light cheese powder finish. I wanted a cheesier flavor throughout and, maybe this is too wild for some, but I want noodles! This has no “mac” and I definitely found myself missing it. Plus, if you’re pushing a savory ice cream, make it savory!

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Rating:

6/10

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Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • The Mac and Cheese ice cream confuses my mouth. To me it sorta tastes like if you added the cheese powder to vanilla ice cream but you forgot to add the vanilla.

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  • I haven’t tried those flavors but I tried the hot honey and came away somewhat disappointed too. The French ice cream is good but it only had the slightest essence of hot honey

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