Forget the glass and grab the ice cream scoop for a new way to enjoy an adults-only frozen treat. SnöBar is a line of alcohol-infused ice cream and ice pops that launched in 2012 and they are a fun and tasty indulgence. The current product line (as of May 2013) includes four ice creams and two ice pops that replicate the flavor of some of our favorite cocktails.
The SnöBar Ice Cream Flavors
Brandy seems to be the theme for SnöBar's ice cream products.
Each of the four flavors includes the dark spirit and they are each delicious, appealing to different tastes.
The two Brandy Alexander (cocktail recipe) variations quickly became my favorites of the line. Both use a rich chocolate ice cream that is infused with brandy and creme de cacao, but one goes even deeper into satiating the chocolate craving by adding chocolate chips. This is an ice cream that will rival any of your current favorites and is a great topping for brownies and other chocolate desserts.
The remaining two ice creams include a touch of chocolate via creme de cacao as well. The Pink Squirrel Ice Cream (cocktail recipe) revives a drink that was once far more popular than it is today. The overly creamy pink cocktail is better in the form of ice cream than it ever was in a glass and the almond flavoring is nicely balanced with the brandy and chocolate. Likewise, SnöBar's Grasshopper Ice Cream (cocktail recipe) takes a creamy mint-chocolate cocktail and transforms it into an ice cream that is already a favorite ice cream for many.
The only thing this one is missing is the chocolate chips.
- Brandy Alexander Ice Cream - Brandy and creme de cacao in chocolate ice cream. 10.4% alc/volume
- Brandy Alexander with Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - Brandy and creme de cacao in chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips. 9.8% alc/volume
- Grasshopper Ice Cream - Brandy, creme de menthe, and creme de cacao ice cream. 8.2% alc/volume
- Pink Squirrel Ice Cream - Brandy, amaretto, creme de cacao, and almond extract ice cream. 8.2% alc/volume
The SnöBar Ice Pop Flavors
As much as I enjoy SnöBar's ice creams, the ice pops are just okay. The concept is good, though I've seen a number of similar products come and go over the years. I think my biggest issue is that the two flavors currently available are very predictable. Not that there is anything wrong with either the Cosmopolitan (cocktail recipe) or Margarita (cocktail recipe); they are two drinks that are a perfect fit for the frozen flavored ice on a stick product, it is just that I would like to see another option and more creative flavors. From what I've been told and read, there may be more flavors in the works and I hope that this is true because SnöBar has pulled off the alcohol ice pop better than other companies have in the past.
I also have to say that I am not the biggest fan of ice pops in the first place. Yes, when I was a kid I couldn't get enough of them, but that was then. As an adult, the ice on a stick thing doesn't really appeal to me and that may be because they almost always lead to a sticky mess. Sitting down with a bowl of ice cream, enjoying every bite, including the creamy melt, is far more appealing to me.
That said, if you like ice pops, you will probably enjoy these.
- Cosmopolitan Ice Pop - Vodka, triple sec, and natural cranberry with a hint of lime. 14.6% alc/volume
- Margarita Ice Pop - Tequila, triple sec, and natural lime with a dash of salt. 10.9% alc/volume
The Pros and The Cons
- Fun Flavors - The ice cream flavors are especially enjoyable and brandy is a natural flavor companion with ice cream. The ice pop flavors are refreshing and natural.
- Alcohol Content - The amount of alcohol in these frozen treats is light and this is very nice because a bowl of ice cream will not get you drunk and can be paired with a cocktail for dessert without a significant difference.
- Safety and Misidentification - Any desert product that is infused with alcohol brings up this concern, especially in homes with kids. The alcohol content is lower than a bottle of liquor, but it is still significant enough to impact children. If you bring SnöBar home be sure to take precautions to prevent your kids from accidentally eating these. If you have curious teenagers, good luck.
- Availability - As of writing this review, SnöBar is available in limited markets and it is a difficult product to ship, so online ordering is not available. As of May 2013, you can find SnöBar at a number of bars and liquor stores in Florida, Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas with distribution expansion planned, especially in the West.
- Cost - These are premium products and the cost reflects that fact, though they are similarly priced to traditional cocktails. At retailers, you will find 1.75 liters of SnöBar Ice Cream for around $27 and SnöBar Ice Pops for around $5 a piece. As with all cocktails, you will pay more for them at a bar.
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