Nov 182020

A quart of Honey & Mackie's root beer ice creamNot far from my house is a lovely craft ice cream shop called Honey & Mackie’s. They do small batch, hand mixed flavors that are truly top notch. Many a summer afternoon or evening, we’ve strolled there to get a waffle cone full of their decadent treats. They also have fries. Loaded fries that are kind of like a poutine, but not exactly but will definitely fill you up and are as high quality as their ice cream. So yeah, it’s one of those gems you find sometimes. They rotate through various flavors and this past week they made root beer ice cream, so I had to get some. Their method was to use root beer candy sticks, crush them up, and mix them in. I wasn’t sure how that would work, but I immediately went and bought a quart to give it a try.

It’s very rich and sweet with a distinct, minty root beer flavor. There’s lots of creamy vanilla, obviously, but it still tastes more root beer than float. The ice cream itself is very sticky and gooey and high quality. Despite being so rich and well flavored, it isn’t overpowering nor overly sweet.

Oh yum. This does not disappoint. It’s exactly the sort of quality you would expect from Honey & Mackie’s, if you’ve been there before and were expecting. This is hands down the best root beer ice cream I’ve ever had. I hope they bring it back as I would love to get this with maybe a scoop of cinnamon in a waffle cone. Anyways, if you’re in the Twin Cities area, you should definitely head over there. You won’t regret it.

The root beer (and some other) ice cream. It’s kind of pink. Strange color.

All of the different Honey & Mackie’s Flavors

May 082019

Kemps Pop Jr.'s
A while ago I was back in Cub Foods, getting some manner of groceries and I figured, hey, maybe there’s some new root beer frozen treat in the cooler. I don’t know why there would be. I doubt the stores change their stockings that frequently. Yet, there they were, more Kemps’ variety packs with a root beer in it. I don’t know why these are Pops Jr.’s. They look pretty regular sized to me. The same size as the float bars. Maybe a true pop are one of those double stick things and the juniors are single sticks? Would that mean the float bars were also juniors, even though they weren’t called that? I’m probably over thinking this.

It has a mild and generic root beer flavor that’s a little too weak yet still refreshing. There’s a minty hint to it as well which is nice, but you can only really notice that if you bite it, and if you have cold sensitivity on your teeth that could be a problem.

The flavor seems to be the same as their Float Bars recipe, which makes sense, but it’s stronger here as you don’t have the vanilla ice cream overpowering it. So in that respect I’ll say these are closer to the sort of root beer pop you’d want, but I still think it still falls short, and I don’t recommend it if looking for a root beer treat.

Apr 242019

Jonny Pops Root Beer Float and Cream
As I mentioned previously, while perusing the frozen aisle in Cub Foods, I found the Kemps Float Bars I also found these Jonny Pops. Jonny Pops is one of those companies committed to simple, wholesome ingredients and what not, and there are very few listed here, one of which is organic root beer flavor. And real cream. Not ice cream, but cream. It’s interesting that this is called Root Beer Float and Cream. Like, root beer float is already creamy, that’s the float part. Adding extra cream seems … excessive? They are also rather expensive, which is to be expected from one of those premium brands, but also only have 3 in a box, which is just, really? I mean usually you’d expect at least a four-pack, which makes these extra expensive.

Boy is this creamy. I mean, it is just a vanilla cream flavor. Is there any root beer in there? I strain my taste buds to the limit. Yes, there’s a slightest hint of root beer, hidden deep beneath the rich cream. But, it’s hard to distinguish and I can’t tell much about it.

Yeah, too much cream. That said, these are delicious, but not root beer delicious. More like cream delicious. If you didn’t tell anyone they were root beer float and cream, they wouldn’t know. So I’m gonna say, pass on these. They’re pricey and fail to deliver on one of the advertised flavors, despite being yummy. Maybe try their other flavors.