Magnum Double Chocolate Ice Cream Bars - Double Chocolate...And That's Just The Shell!
Apr 10, 2011 (Updated Apr 18, 2011)
Review by John Smith
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Rich chocolates, great flavor, satisfying.
Cons:Expensive, high in saturated fat.
The Bottom Line: Magnum Double Chocolate Ice Cream Bars are a rich chocolatey treat that are a sheer indulgence. While they are a bit expensive, they are satisfying.
Rich creamy chocolate ice cream coated in a heavy layer of silky Belgium milk chocolate coating, with a ribbon of chocolate sauce in between. What's not to like? If you are a fan of chocolate and ice cream, then this is your match made in heaven. Plenty of high quality chocolate ingredients combine for a cool ice cream treat.
Recommend this product?
Magnum Double Chocolate Ice Cream Bars are a European product. They arrived in the United States last month with little fanfare. These rich ice cream bars are available at many retail outlets to include Target and Wal-Mart. I purchase mine at Wal-Mart, where a single runs $1.78. They are much cheaper if purchased in a three-pack for $3.28 (a savings of two dollars). Additionally, the Wal-Mart website currently has a promotion that offers a one dollar off coupon per box.
Magnum Ice Cream is produced by the British and Dutch company Unilever. There are more than a dozen ice cream bar flavors available in Europe, six of which have been introduced in the United States. The flavors currently available in the US include: Double Caramel, Double Chocolate, Classic (vanilla ice cream with chocolate coating), White (vanilla ice cream with white chocolate coating), Almond (vanilla ice cream with chocolate and almond coating) and Dark (vanilla ice cream with a dark chocolate coating). In the United States, they are produced by Unilever in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Magnum Ice Cream believes in their products. They back that belief up with a money back guarantee. The back of the box of Magnum Double Chocolate Ice Cream Bars three-pack reads "if you are not satisfied with the quality of this product or have any questions or comments, please send your name, address, and reason for dissatisfaction along with this entire back panel to UNILEVER CONSUMER RELATIONS, ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ 07632. A prompt adjustment of equal value will be made."
Each ice cream bar weighs in at a sweet-tooth satisfying 3.38 fluid ounces (or 100 mL). Aside from the rich quality of the ingredients in aMagnum Double Chocolate Ice Cream Bar, the ice cream also has an amazing ice cream to coating ratio. That may seem like a small detail, but it makes a difference. The thick coating is almost like a candy bar. It dissolves nicely, providing a bit of texture for chewing before it melts completely. The rich chocolates are a nice combination.
The box ingredients and web site ingredients are slightly different. The box seems to be more accurate, so I will list those ingredients, just in case. They are: Ice Cream: nonfat milk, cream, sugar, Belgian milk chocolate [sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, milk fat, PGPR (emulsifier), soy lecithin (emulsifier), natural flavor], cocoa (processed with alkali), lolcust bean gum, mon and diglycerides, carrageenan. Belgian Milk Chocolate Coating: Sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, milk fat, PGPR (emulsifier), soy lecithin (emulsifier), natural flavor. Chocolatey Sauce: Water, sugar, cocoa (processed with alkali), corn syrup, skim milk powder, coconut oil, modified corn starch, carrageenan (wheat). Chocolatey Coating: Coconut oil, sugar, cocoa, skim milk powder, ammonium phoshatides (emulsifier).
Each bar is equal to one serving. One bar contains 330 calories, 190 of which come from fat. That gives this ice cream a high fat content (which ice cream generally is). The 21 grams of fat are equal to 32% of the daily recommended value. The 15 grams of saturated fat are 75% DVR, so these are meant to be eaten in moderation. Each bar also contains 20 mg cholesterol (7% drv), 40 mg sodium (2% drv) and 30 grams of carbs (10 % drv). The 2 grams of dietary fiber are 8% of the drv. The ice cream also contains a small amount of Vitamin A, Calcium and Iron.
Magnum Double Chocolate Ice Cream Bars are a guilty pleasure. They are not cheap, but they are good. They are not healthy, but they are good. The rich chocolate combination does not require a lot to satisfy your sweet tooth. The modestly sized ice cream bars back a lot of enjoyment into a 100 mL bar. These treats are the kind of ice cream that you reserve when you want to pamper yourself. Get your kids the cheap stuff, they won't know the difference. Save these for your own indulgence. Four stars.
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