DISCLAIMER: This ice cream was given to 2dips.com by Sheer Bliss Ice Cream.
I've never seen ice cream come in a tin before! Sheer Bliss pints of ice cream come in a keepsake tin that is reusable, which I think is a great idea for this niche ice cream. The idea is very cute, but I couldn't help but wonder if it will make the ice cream taste differently being that there is metal touching the ice cream and not a paper carton. You know how beer tastes differently depending on what kind of container it comes from; glass or aluminum? I also wondered if the packaging pushes the price up noticeably. In the end the design on the packaging could have been boring and ugly and it would not have mattered, the fact that it was in the tin was just plain cool. One bad note; because this is such an unusual packaging gimmick, consumers might pass it by in the freezer section because they might not realize its ice cream.
Sheer Bliss seems to specialize in the pomegranate flavor. We received seven pints of the Sheer Bliss line, most of which had the POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice as the main flavor. Flavors included Freedom (Vanilla with Pomegranate and Blueberry Swirl), Pomegranate with Dark Chocolate Chips and Vanilla with Pomegranate Swirls; but we opted to try straight up California Pomegranate. And did we pick a good one! The ice cream is listed All Natural, which is always a plus in my eyes.
If anyone should have a vested interest in making ice cream, its residents of a warm state like Florida. Sheer Bliss comes out of Hallandale Beach, Florida and I am sure the natives are grateful. Hopefully anyone eating this ice cream is active and eats in small doses. This ice cream is the fattiest I have had yet at 66% DV for Saturated Fat hence the justified label of "Ultra Super Premium" ice cream.
After unwrapping the seal on the tin and opening the lid, we saw that the ice cream was super smooth looking and flat. The color was what I like to call "pomegranate and cream." You could almost mistake this for a sorbet color (color only – not sorbet texture). The color was consistent throughout and a faint pomegranate smell could be wafted from the can to your nose as the smell is not potent.
The consistency analysis goes as follows-very hard to scoop and super creamy. I liked the consistency very much, especially the way the ice cream looks in the bowl. Because the size of the container is a pint, a very small scooper should be used...which might help stay true to the very small amount of ice cream you should consume from this container! The California Pomegranate flavor had no pomegranate bits or pieces of fruit. Straight up fruit juice went into this ice cream, not the fruit itself.
The taste was delicious! Tangy, tart and sweet all in one spoonful! This is my kind of flavor! As I was swirling it in my mouth, I realized that it reminded me of a Jell-O mold that I had tasted around the holidays with some sort of berry Jell-O and cream cheese in the ingredients. It's a creamy fruit flavor that is not very familiar, but very yummy. California Pomegranate had a great aftertaste and sort of gave me a refreshed feeling. As for the concern about the ice cream tasting funny because it has touched tin...a non-factor. The ice cream was delicious from edge to middle.
(Note: This ice cream has just started to distribute so it might not be in your state. To request Sheer Bliss in your grocery store, go to: http://www.sheerblissicecream.com/
and select Buy Store Locator. If the ice cream is not in your state, you can download a .pdf to fill out for your grocer.)