First things first, I WANT MY CARBS BACK!!!
The Atkins Endulge Vanilla Fudge Swirl has to be the worst "ice cream" I have ever tasted and I only have myself to blame. After last week's review, Kris and I decided that we should get up the courage to taste one of the new low-carb ice creams that are becoming popular thanks to all the low-carb diets. With that in mind, it was my turn to choose the flavor and I figured there would be nothing better than getting a low-carb ice cream straight from the source of the craze. I never knew how wrong I could be.
Since it will only take a moment, let me talk about the good parts of this "ice cream." The finer points of this "ice cream" start with the packaging and end there as well. It's a pretty picture of vanilla fudge swirl ice cream that looks sinful for being an Atkins diet product. The company obviously spent a lot of time on making the packaging for the Atkins Endulge Vanilla Fudge Swirl and they get a 3 for that. Unfortunately, that time may have been better spent working on finding a taste for this "ice cream."
Why all the quotes around ice cream? This stuff is NOT ice cream. Calling Atkins Endulge Vanilla Fudge Swirl an ice cream is ridiculous. The very first comment I wrote down after the very first bite that I took was, "frozen whipped cream." Unfortunately, that's giving a bad name to whipped cream because a good container of Cool Whip has infinitely more flavor than this product. Even cardboard has more flavor than this product! (Not that I make a habit of eating cardboard, mind you.) The second comment I wrote sums up the Taste score: "no taste." None. Nada. Zilch. Not even a hint. Well, I take that back, there was definitely a hint of taste, but it was only the horrible aftertaste that lasted in my mouth for over an hour after I was finished tasting. How a product can have no taste, yet have such an awful aftertaste is beyond me. Somehow, the people at Atkins have found a way to make this possible.
You might guess that an "ice cream" that is more like "frozen whipped cream" is not going to have any consistency that resembles real ice cream. You would be correct in that assumption. This product had the consistency of air, and weighed about the same as well. Upon picking the flavor I wanted at the supermarket, I felt like somebody was playing a trick on me when I lifted up the container. It was so light that I had to pick up a container of Ben & Jerry's to compare it to. Sure enough, the Ben & Jerry's outweighed the Atkins by about 3 to 1. And the product should have been called "Vanilla Fudge" because there was barely any "Swirl" to be found.
Overall, this ice cream is horrible. I honestly had a conversation with Kris about modifying our scoring system to include a value of "0" just because the Atkins Endulge Vanilla Fudge Swirl was so bad. Alas, we have kept our scoring system as is. But just like signing your name on the SAT is good for a quick 400 points, it's important to remember that all ice creams rated here start off with 4 points just for being selected.
Finally, after we finished tasting this product, Kris and I noticed that it was not melting. We're not exactly in Florida, but it's pretty warm around here. Having been sitting out for about 15 minutes, one would expect a normal ice cream to start showing some signs of melting. Not so with Atkins Endulge Vanilla Fudge Swirl. As I'm typing this, the product has been sitting on my desk for over 6-1/2 hours and it still shows no signs of melting. At this point, the product has started to collapse upon itself and is shrinking in size, but you would get more visible melting from a normal ice cream that has been sitting out for about 10 minutes. The picture above was taken at the 2-1/2 hour mark and looks as if I just took it out of the freezer. There's some scary stuff going on there.