Trader Joe’s Maple Ginger Cookie Swirl Ice Cream Review

Trader Joe's Maple Ginger Cookie Swirl Ice Cream

When you think of seasonal fall foods, ice cream isn’t the first thing to come to mind. But that’s not stopping the experts at Trader Joe’s from releasing an autumn-themed frozen treat: the Trader Joe’s Maple Ginger Cookie Swirl Ice Cream.

We love autumn foods and we love ice cream, so this maple-infused ice cream seemed right up our alley. However, we do have some reservations about recommending this particular treat.

The ice cream itself is absolutely wonderful. It has a rich, sweet, maple-syrup flavor that blends really well with the creaminess of the ice cream. There are swirls of maple-syrup and cane sugar throughout, which are also great.

Trader Joe's Maple Ginger Cookie Swirl Ice Cream

Our problem concerns the chunks that have been mixed in. There are actually two types of chunks in this ice cream — the first, which we have no problem with, is pieces of ginger cookies. These end up being a great complement to the ice cream. It’s the second type that we’re not so fond of: crystallized ginger. While that sounds really good in concept, it ends up creating choking-hazard bits of toughness that seem almost like eating pieces of a tree branch. It’s really unpleasant.

Of course, the crystallized ginger bits are few and far between, and we found more of them in the top half of this mix than the bottom half. It’s also possible that we just got a bad batch. However, it was enough to ruin the enjoyment of an otherwise exceptional treat.

The Trader Joe’s Maple Ginger Cookie Swirl Ice Cream is a wonderful dessert that’s marred by a single flaw. If the crystallized ginger were removed from this mix — or even broken into smaller bits — this would have been a home run from the food experts at Trader Joe’s. As is, we still think you should give this a try if your craving a mapley frozen treat, but be wary of those ginger chunks. If you can eat around them, you’ve actually got yourself a fantastic batch of ice cream.

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Trader Joe's Maple Ginger Cookie Swirl Ice Cream