REVIEW: Hostess Sno Balls Ice Cream
And now for the Hostess ice cream that you care about the least.
The only time I hear someone mention Hostess Sno Balls these days, it’s in the sentence: “I don’t really like Hostess Sno Balls.”
It was a different story when I was a kid. One of my fattest pastimes was following the holidays via the Sno Ball. They came in different colors: “Lucky Puffs” were green for St. Patrick’s Day, “Hoppers” were lavender for Easter, and “Glo Balls” were orange for Halloween. The white Sno Balls meant it was winter and the pink Sno Balls just meant it was Monday and I was hungry.
I did enjoy the taste of Hostess Sno Balls back then; they’re cream-filled chocolate cupcakes covered in marshmallow frosting and coconut flakes after all. I was pretty easy to please during my obese youth, but I don’t believe Sno Balls have withstood the test of time. The common complaint is that they’re too dry, and I cannot argue that point.
One way to alleviate dryness is to bury in ice cream, which also happens to be my favorite color:
Hostess Sno Balls Ice Cream is marshmallow ice cream with chocolate cake pieces and a whipped coconut swirl.
The marshmallow ice cream is not only the most unique amongst the three Hostess ice creams, it’s a very unique flavor across all brands. Nestle Dreyer’s did a good job of capturing the flavor of their marshmallow coating on a Sno Ball; this isn’t simply vanilla ice cream. It’s sweeter and it tastes like candy. The texture of the ice cream is the same as the other two Hostess ice creams, but it works to its advantage. It’s like melty, stretchy marshmallow fluff.
I must discuss the coconut swirl next, 1) because it’s great and 2) because its flavor bleeds into every single bite. You may not see much of it, but each bite carries a strong coconut flavor. Nestle Dreyer’s used both coconut cream and actual coconut flakes in their swirl, and its slightly fruity flavor combines wonderfully with the sweet marshmallow ice cream. It’s a marked improvement over the frosting swirl in the other two Hostess ice creams.
The chocolate cake pieces in Hostess Sno Balls Ice Cream are the same as in Hostess Cupcakes Ice Cream. They’re fudgy and they taste like brownies. The chocolate provides a great contrast against the sugary sweet flavor of the ice cream and the swirl. While their frequency is kind of low, the ratio is pretty accurate to the snack cake where the coconut & marshmallow are the star players.
Nestle Dreyer’s deserve some accolades for this ice cream. It’s a spot-on interpretation of the Hostess Sno Ball. The ice cream version overcomes the dryness inherent to the snack cake with ease. This convincingly earns my vote for the most impressive of the three new Hostess ice creams. And while Nestle Dreyer’s ice cream isn’t premiere quality, they worked with what they had and couldn’t have executed this much better.
My balls are glowing something fierce right now.
The Cupcake Calendar Rating: 9 out of 10
How Much I Should See A Doctor About My Glo Balls Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Overall Rating: 8 out of 10
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