By Jason Wagner
I’ve eaten this once before, but that was probably over a year ago, so I had another one earlier today and here are my thoughts on the matter at hand.
Taste – 10/10: For what it’s worth, as a freeze dried dessert that requires no cooking what-so-ever, it accomplishes its objective perfectly. The taste is intensely cream, while the wafer tastes exactly as it should. Given that the two primary components of the ice cream sandwich are what they are, there isn’t really much more to explain, and the bottom line is that these Mountain House Freeze Dried Ice Cream Sandwiches are amazing. As a final note on this, as I write this, I’ve got an intense craving for another one. What better endorsement could an item get?
Texture – 8.5/10: I love the texture of the ice cream. In fact, it has indeed been formulated so that its texture is nearly perfect, and would be completely perfect if not for its tendency to crumble a bit in the package. The wafer, on the other hand, is slightly crunchy for my taste and also crumbles.
Convenience – 10/10: You need nothing but your hands to enjoy this. Seriously, not even a knife to open the package.
Nutrition – 2.0/10: Nutritionally speaking, these are rather pathetic. The caloric count is 170, the protein is only 3 grams, vitamins are at a minimum – the best I can say about this is that it can add a few calories to a meal, but in no way is this nutritionally acceptable on its own.
Bulk/Weight – 9.0/10: This product is packed in the regular Mountain House pouches, not a vacuum sealed can. The regular packaging is very space efficient and also extremely light.
Man Portability – 8.5/10: Like I said, these aren’t vacuum packed, but they still do make excellent choices for throwing into your on-the-go storage bag, bug out bag or whatever you’re using.
Filling Factor – 3.0/10: This is meant as a side, or end to a meal, not as a meal in of itself. If you eat this and nothing else, the best you can hope for is that it’ll take the edge off. That is, unless you’ve got a very light appetite.
Other – 2.0/10: While the Mountain House freeze dried ice cream sandwich product is largely intact, there is the matter of it crumbling a bit. Like I said, it isn’t a huge deal, but it doesn’t earn it any points, either.
Final Review – 8.0/10: A freeze dried ice cream sandwich that tastes like the real thing, except it’s not cold and in some ways tastes even better. As you remember, I wasn’t completely satisfied in all review areas, but when it comes to taste and convenience, it doesn’t get much better than this, as far as survival food goes, of course!