I realized the other day that not only had I written over 100 reviews of Trader Joe's products without any ice cream among them, but I had never even purchased any TJ's ice cream. I thought it was high time that changed.
But it couldn't be just any old ice cream. I mean, I'm a simple guy, and plain old chocolate is still my first choice of ice cream. But it's no fun writing about a TJ's product when it's the sort of commodity that you can get anywhere, just with a different label on it. I didn't know what kinds of ice cream TJ's might have, because I had never looked over the selection, but I knew that they must have some unusual types--ones that were unlike anything I had ever had anywhere else.
I was right. I started looking over the choices, and quickly spotted this: Pomegranate-blueberry sherbet. That was it. I didn't need to look through the rest. I didn't even know such an item existed, yet I knew instantly that it was going to be a winner. That was what needed to come home with me.
Of course, I'm a big fan of both pomegranate and blueberry going in, so it could hardly fail. I suppose I'm of the opinion that it's probably impossible to make a bad pomegranate-blueberry sherbet. But one could surely make one that was merely mediocre. TJ's has not done that.
This stuff is scrumptious. It gets the balance of the two flavors just right. It's just the right hardness--not maddeningly difficult to scoop out of the tub, yet not mushy-soft and melting too fast. It's smooth and creamy, with lovely bits of fruit mixed in. It might be the best sherbet I've ever had. And, surprisingly, it's not very expensive; I paid $2.49 for this pint.
It's so good that it went from me never having heard of it straight onto my Top Ten list.
Will I buy it again?
I haven't even finished this carton yet, and I already want another one. So I guess that means "yes."
I have been cutting back on desserts, as a certain porkification has been settling in lately. However I did taste of a spoonful of this out of Bob's bowl and BOY-HOWDY is it delicious. Yum yum yum.
This is why I don't purchase this kind of stuff for myself. Because if it were in my freezer it would all be gone by now. And by "by now" I mean about 10 minutes after bringing it home from the store. I would put it in the freezer just long enough to feign some dignity.