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Jun 23, 2012

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In true ThingsThatWeDo.com fashion, we are doing yet another ice cream review because quite frankly ice cream isn’t an easy thing to perfect. Ice cream also isn’t cheap so if families are going to spend the money to buy the ice cream (it’s a want item, not a need item, after all), then the ice cream had better be worth the money.

Allow me to introduce you to exhibit A: the Klondike Krunch ice cream bar. It looks a lot like the original Klondike ice cream bar but with crispy rice pieces added to the chocolaty coating that Klondike ice cream bars are known for. Now, last year, I did review the original Klondike ice cream bar. So, how would this new version compare to its original Klondike predecessor? Let’s find out!


Taste Test: Klondike Krunch Ice Cream Bar vs. the original Klondike bar – shocker!

When you look at the box, the Klondike Krunch ice cream bar looks very similar to the original Klondike ice cream bar with the exception that the coating has the extra rice crispy pieces. The box claims that it has a thick chocolaty coating just like the original Klondike ice cream bar does so you would think that they should taste similar except for a possible added crunch from the rice crispy pieces.

Well now, here is where your eyes and the box deceive you and ME. You see, I decided to do the taste test for the Klondike Krunch ice cream bar while my kid had the original Klondike ice cream bar. It became blatantly obvious that the two were not made the same way.

Take a good look at the photos I took and I hope you can see the noticeable difference in size between the two Klondike ice cream bars.  In this photo, the Klondike Krunch ice cream bar is on the right and the original Klondike ice cream bar is on the left.

The image on the right shows the Klondike Krunch ice cream bar. Notice how you can see the vanilla ice cream peeking out from the chocolate coating.

The image on the left here shows the original Klondike ice cream bar  which appears bigger and thicker than my Klondike Krunch ice cream bar. Take a closer look and it’s obvious that the Klondike original ice cream bar also has a thicker chocolate coating than the Klondike Krunch ice cream bar that I was about to bite into. This seems odd to me since both boxes identify that both types have a thick chocolate coating. So, what’s up with the difference? NOT COOL.

The biggest difference comes in the taste. It’s not just that there are extra crispy rice pieces in the Klondike Krunch ice cream bar. In fact, the Klondike Krunch ice cream bar tastes a lot sweeter than the original Klondike bar to the point where, in my opinion, it isn’t even really palatable. The sweetness of the Klondike Krunch ice cream bar really doesn’t work for me. The chocolaty coating tastes like a semi-sweet chocolate while the original Klondike bar seems to be made with a darker chocolate. If you look carefully, you can see a subtle colour difference in the chocolate outer layers of the two ice cream bars.

What makes it worse is that the Klondike Krunch ice cream bar has a thinner layer of chocolate so that it honestly doesn’t even hold up to the ice cream that is on the inside. It ends up being just one pile of mush that you bite into because there isn’t a significant enough of a texture difference between the outer chocolate coating and the vanilla ice cream middle.

The Klondike Krunch ice cream bar was an utter and total disappoint.


Verdict:

I was so disappointed that I actually called customer service to let them know that I found the Klondike Krunch ice cream bars flawed and disappointing. They were incredibly professional and positive and valued my feedback which I appreciated. However, unless Klondike makes some serious changes to their Klondike Krunch ice cream bar there is no way I’d recommend them to anyone. The excessive sweetness makes these Klondike Krunch ice cream bars difficult to eat. You know there are calories in ice cream so if you’re going to eat it, you should enjoy it fully. If you’re looking for a cold treat this summer, stay clear of the Klondike Krunch ice cream bar and try something else. I wouldn’t even go near them if they were free. Sad but true.

If you want to read my product review for the original Klondike ice cream bar, click on the link below:  Eating a Klondike bar: as good as my childhood

 
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