Taste test Chocolate Ice Cream
Who doesn't love chocolate ice cream? It's delicious with the beautiful Irish raspberries that are in season right now, but also on its own. We tested premium chocolate ice cream, some made in Ireland and some from big international brands. The standard was universally high, and really we'd be happy to eat any of these on the sofa in front of an episode or three of 'The Good Wife'.
Burke's Farm Belgian Chocolate Ice cream, The Butler's Pantry, 480 ml, €7.25, 9/10
Made with Jersey cream from the Burke's family farm in Corbalton, Tara, Co. Meath, this is rich, creamy, and just chocolatey enough. Our testers loved it, and the fact that it's made by a small Irish producer is another good reason to buy it.
Haagen Dazs Belgian Chocolate, widely available, 500ml, €6.35, 8/10
From the best known name in the ice cream world comes this very chocolatey ice cream. It has tiny flakes of chocolate running though it, so the texture is almost granular, with the chocolate literally melting in the mouth. Some of our testers liked this very much indeed.
Murphy's Silky Smooth Chocolate Ice cream, 500ml, €7.49, 8/10
Very creamy, and with a pleasantly short list of ingredients, this is made by hand in Dingle and has a lovely consistency, but wasn't chocolatey enough for some.
Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie, 500ml, €6.59, 7/10
This is the one to pick if you like your ice cream very chocolatey. The chunks of brownie divided our testers down the middle.
Marks & Spencer Sao Tome Chocolate Ice Cream, 500ml, €6.20, 7/10
With a very smooth, almost mousse-like consistency, this has a dark chocolate flavour that's quite grown up.