The Good: Surprisingly decent chocolate flavor in it, Reasonably priced, Good ingredients
The Bad: Not the strongest mint flavor.
The Basics: A surprise for anyone who likes a good blend of mint and chocolate flavors, Dean’s Country Fresh Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway Ice Cream is a surprisingly true chocolate flavor with hints of mint in every bite!
One of the wonderful things about global warming (see, there is something!) is that most businesses have not adapted to it very quickly. As a result, even as temperatures continue to remain very high entering this autumn, my local grocery store is putting an extensive amount of its ice cream on clearance! So, I am able to get ice cream incredibly inexpensively and review ice creams while those reviews are still surprisingly relevant! I was actually surprised that I had not reviewed Dean’s Country Fresh Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway ice cream before now. Dean's Country Fresh Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway ice cream has become a staple around my home long before it started getting clearanced locally as I am a big fan of mint chocolate flavor.
The Dean’s Country Fresh’s Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway Ice Cream is a rare mint ice cream that I discovered I enjoyed because it is the opposite of other mint and chocolate ice creams. Most mint ice creams - like the standard "mint chocolate chip" - feature a strong mint flavor and a minimal, very waxy, chocolate flavor that blends with it more as a texture than a taste. Dean's Country Fresh Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway ice cream is much more chocolate with a mint flavor in it and the chocolate is true, with some mint, as opposed to very mint with faux-chocolate flavoring.
Dean’s Country Fresh ice cream comes in a typical half gallon (only 1.5 quarts in reality!) container. The Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway Ice Cream is a mostly smooth ice cream: the basic ice cream has a strong fudge swirl mixed through it. The chocolate freezes harder than the ice cream, so when it is scooped out, the ice cream often fractures along the thick chocolate swirl as opposed to coming out in easy scoops. The Dean's Country Fresh Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway is a light green ice cream with noticeable brown chocolate chunks and layers throughout it.
At (locally) $4.99 a half gallon, the Dean’s Country Fresh ice cream is an inexpensive ice cream that comes in a variety of unique flavors, which is atypical for the price point.
Ease Of Preparation
The Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway Ice Cream is an ice cream. As an ice cream, preparation is ridiculously simple: one need only open the top of the container, scoop out a half cup and consume! There is no trick to preparing or eating the Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway Ice Cream.
The Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway ice cream smells light and minty. The aroma that comes off the ice cream is much more like peppermint than spearmint (which its green coloring might imply). The minty scent is strong and very inviting for anyone who loves mint.
In the mouth, the Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway ice cream is dominated by a milk chocolate flavor that is pleasant and very real. The chocolate flavor comes from the fudgy swirl within the peppermint ice cream, but it is prevalent enough that it dominates the palate. The mint flavor comes in as a secondary flavor, almost an aftertaste after the thick chocolate flavor has faded from the tongue. The mint flavor asserts itself as a cool, fresh mint taste that is then recut by the chocolate swirled into the Dean's Country Fresh Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway ice cream. In other words, the mint flavor never becomes minty enough to overcome the chocolate flavor in the ice cream.
Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway ice cream has a decent sweet, slightly dry (like cocoa) aftertaste to it. The aftertaste lasts for about five minutes in the mouth after the last spoonful of the ice cream is consumed.
The Dean’s Country Fresh Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway Ice Cream is a fairly light ice cream with additives in virtually every bite; I have not had a single spoonful that did not have some chocolate in it! The half gallon represents twelve half-cup servings. In the half-cup serving, there are 170 calories, 90 of which are from fat. The ten grams of fat represent 15% of the RDA of fat, with 24% of one’s RDA of saturated fat coming in the 5 grams of saturated fat in this ice cream. One serving has 25 mg of cholesterol (that’s 9% of the RDA!) and 60 mg of Sodium (3% RDA). The only other real nutrient is two grams of protein, though there is also 6% of the RDA of Calcium and 4% RDA of Vitamin A in the Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway Ice Cream.
Dean’s Country Fresh Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway has decent ingredients, too. Made primarily of Milkfat and nonfat milk, chocolate fudge, and sugar the Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway is a delicious ice cream. There is nothing unpronounceable in the ingredients list. The Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway Dean’s Country Fresh ice cream is marked as not containing any artificial growth hormone. There is an allergy warnings on the package for milk, peanut, and soy ingredients.
Dean’s Country Fresh ice cream is both a frozen and a dairy product, so it is pretty obvious that it must be kept frozen in order to remain viable. Kept frozen it remains fresh for months; there is no reason I could find to clearance it.
The Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway ice cream is fairly light frozen dairy dessert. However, when the ice cream melts and gets onto fabrics, it will require one to wash it right out, especially because of the high chocolate content it contains. On nonporous surfaces, the ice cream wipes off exceptionally easily.
The Dean’s Country Fresh Fannie Mae Mint Meltaway ice cream is not the most impressive mint ice cream, but it is one of the very best blends of chocolate and mint flavoring in an ice cream I have yet found.
For other ice creams, be sure to visit my reviews of:
Ben & Jerry’s Pistachio Pistachio ice cream
Breyers Strawberry Truffle Gelato Indulgences
Edy's Butterfinger Ice Cream
For other food reviews, please visit my Food Review Index Page for an organized listing!
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