Dove ice cream treats competed only in one review category (bars) during our blind tasting and registered a stellar performance. Although the DoveBar Vanilla Ice Cream with Milk Chocolate ($1.43/unit) was not an official entry due to a price that is nearly 50 percent above the budget maximum, it helped to set the standard for the cheaper entries. The judges rendered it an equal to the Klondike Original, earning both bars a first-place finish for the category. The hard milk-chocolate coating was the key to the judges' taste buds. This is how they described it: "thick, almost dark-chocolaty flavor," "crunchy, rich chocolate," and "smooth, creamy, exceptional chocolate -- the best chocolate in the bunch." The one taster who wasn't as crazy about it said the chocolate was so strong it overpowered the ice cream.
Online DoveBar reviews wax even more enthusiastically about the two primary elements. One writer at a blog dedicated to ice cream reviews writes of taking one bite and swooning, and describes the Dove treat as a chocolate bar encasing ice cream. She asserted that the chocolate melts on your tongue and the ice cream -- dense, creamy, and full of vanilla flavor -- is the perfect foil for the chocolate.
The DoveBar with Vanilla Ice Cream and Milk Chocolate made its debut on Chicago's Southside in 1939. The company was acquired by M&M/Mars in 1986 and today produces a variety of sweet goodies, including chocolate bars and chocolate candy, and several flavors of ice cream bars and pints.
With 250 calories and 16 grams of fat, Dove ice cream bars are anything but average. And its $1.43 price point is anything but cheap. Still, if chocolate is your thing, the DoveBar is the ice cream treat for you.