November 14, 2012

Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie?

Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie? That was the question on the table for Nina Barone’s friends and family at a recent gathering.

It is about time you meet Nina!  Nina is a part of our Inside Scoopers program, trusted with testing new and exciting Perry’s flavors. Nina is quite the expert foodie in the Greater Buffalo (home to Perry’s Ice Cream). Visit Nina’s blog on any given day and you are guaranteed to be inspired to cook, or, at the very least, you will grow hungry. Additionally to a very serious hobby of food blogging and cooking, “on the side” Nina writes about food at Buffalo Spree Magazine.

Back to the essential question: Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie?  We are turning it over to Nina.

Perry’s Inside Scoopers Program: Apple Pie & Pumpkin Pie Ice Creams

by Nina Barone

Now that autumn is here in full force, countless wonderful desserts come to mind to match this season. Sweets featuring apples and pumpkins, as well as pies, are an important part of my fall and holiday dessert making and eating. While ice cream may not be among the first desserts I think of when it comes to this time of year, Perry’s has a couple decidedly autumnal varieties to expand the list to include tasty frozen treats. I’m fortunate to be a member of Perry’s Inside Scoopers program, and I have been trying new products by a special invitation from Perry’s.

Perry’s recently released apple pie as its newest ice cream flavor, which features apple ice cream with pecan swirls and cinnamon pie crust pieces. The makers certainly achieved all the classic elements of apple pie, especially its spices. The crunchy crust even tastes like real pie crust. There is also pumpkin pie, which is a combination of pumpkin ice cream, swirls of whipped cream ice cream and pie crust pieces. The spices aren’t as dominant as the apple pie flavor, but they’re quite flavorful nonetheless. Both are in stores from October through December.

When I recently brought these flavors to a family party, everyone agreed that the ice creams tasted much more authentic and reminiscent of pies than they could have imagined. Naturally, I wondered which was everyone’s pick for best fall flavor. The room was somewhat split on their favorite, but I believe apple pie won by a person or two.

Note: If you have a family member or friend with an allergy to tree nuts, both contain nuts. The apple pie ice cream has pecans in it and the pumpkin pie ice cream has coconut in it.

Give them a try and let me know what you think. They’re a great conversation piece for fall parties too.

Once you’ve sampled these, there is a flavor with a wintry feeling to keep an eye out for. The next logical holiday themed flavor following these two is peppermint stick. If you’re a fan of mint ice cream, that seems like a must!

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