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All Encompassing Review of the 60 Sherman Ice Cream Flavors at Oink’s

One Girl, 60 flavors. Let’s go.

If you’ve ever been to New Buffalo, Michigan, you’ve seen the pink ice cream shop covered in pig memorabilia. If not, you’re missing out. I’m making it my mission this summer to consume and review every ice cream flavor packed into that shop. Why you may ask?

My 23 years of life have been dedicated and loyal to the wonder and marvel that Yellow Cake Batter and Chocolate Peanut Butter provide my taste buds. I did do a stint with Chocolate Cake Batter, but unfortunately that flavor doesn’t reside in the ice cream coolers anymore.

One day I thought, what if I am unknowingly doing myself an injustice by never venturing out of my favorite flavor comfort zone? What if there is a third or fourth flavor that I enjoy JUST AS MUCH as Yellow Cake Batter and Chocolate Peanut Butter? What a dishonor that would be to the ice cream Gods. So here I am, on a mission to find that answer.

Here are the rules. I can only get one flavor at a time. No double scoops that could potentially melt together and invalidate my review. I cannot repeat a flavor until I try them all. This is incredibly hard as I always want to resort to my go-to’s. I must take a picture. I will rate based off of visual appeal, ratio of ice cream to add-ins, texture, likelihood to order again, and overall review. Let’s spoon, people.

Last Ice Cream Eaten: 10/14/18

First of the season: Yellow Cake Batter

Cake Batter Ice Cream Base with Chunks and Swirls of Chocolate Cake

Visual Appearance: 7/10
The bright yellow is a bit offsetting, but also intriguing.
Ratio: 10/10
I might be biased on this one (definitely), but the ratio of ice cream to chocolate cake is on POINT.
Texture: 8/10
I’ll admit that there are times that the chunk-age can have a dryness to it. AT TIMES. Not all the time. Otherwise I would give it a perfect 10.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 100% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 9.5/10

Try this ice cream people!!!!!

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Chocolate Ice Cream with Swirls of Peanut Butter Goodness

Visual Appearance: 9/10
I would give this a 10/10, but I could also respect people’s opinion of thinking the peanut butter looks unwelcoming.
Ratio: 10/10
Chocolate Peanut Butter is a hard flavor to perfect. In my experience of eating, the peanut butter has a tendency to be overpowering. Sherman’s hit this nail on the head. There never is a moment that I think “too much PB”
Texture: 10/10
Peanut Butter melts in your mouth. That is all.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 100% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 10/10

Thus far, hands down best flavor.

Cotton Candy Confetti

Cotton Candy Ice Cream with Confetti Candy Bites

Visual Appearance: 10/10
Rainbow. It is rainbow. Who doesn’t love rainbows.
Ratio: 4/10
Hard hitting with the 4, but it deserves it. There are way too many candy bites. It gets stuck in your teeth. It takes away from the experience.
Texture: 9/10
There’s not much that could be done to mess up the texture of this one.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 49% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 7/10

This is my sister’s favorite, so it could be yours, too.

Chocomania

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream with Chunks of Chocolate

Visual Appearance: 9/10
Honestly looks like brownie batter to me and that just makes me want to lick the whole bowl- I mean eat the entire carton.
Ratio: 5/10
I didn’t get it. Sometimes there were chunks of chocolate, sometimes there weren’t. When there were, the chunks were large and displeasing.
Texture: 9/10
This is more so just chocolate ice cream with surprises of chocolate chunks. Smooth.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 10% likelihood would get again
Ratio: 5/10

This ice cream flavor has been hyped up to me for years. It didn’t meet any of my expectations, and if we are being honest, I had my dad finish it for me. Sad day for ice cream.

Cherry Amaretto

Amaretto Ice Cream Base with Chocolate Swirls and Maraschino Cherries

Visual Appearance: 9/10
I think this screams “try me!”
Ratio: 10/10
Disturbingly pleased with the ratio. Perfect amount of chocolate to cherries.
Texture: 10/10
This was so fun to eat! It had chunkage, it had swirls. It excited the taste buds.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 95% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 9/10

People, I do not like Amaretto, but I LOVED this ice cream. It’s something I would have never gotten, and that’s what this is all about right? At least get a taste test the next time you stop in.

Cookies and Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream Base with Cream Filled Chocolate Cookies

Visual Appearance: 8/10
Your iconic cookies & cream ice cream
Ratio: 1/10
I was constantly looking for more cookies….
Texture: 2/10
Boring. Like eating plain vanilla…
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 0% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 2/10

I would only get this if you have a toddler who only eats Cookie and Cream ice cream. It tastes like vanilla. You’re better off making your own version at home.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Cookie Flavored Based Ice Cream With Chunks of Cookie Dough

Visual Appearance: 10/10
Everything about this screams iconic ice cream flavor
Ratio: 9/10
Cookie dough to ice cream ratio was darn near perfect, but always room for slightly more dough
Texture: 9/10
See above
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 100% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 9/10

I do not like vanilla based ice cream flavors, because I think vanilla is a boring flavor, but imagine my pleasant surprise to find out this ice cream base IS FLAVORED. It was amazing. I haven’t been able to stop dreaming about it. Once this experiment is over, it will definitely be in my rotation of flavors.

Brownie Delight

Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Syrup Swirls and Brownie Bites

Visual Appearance: 7/10
Looks promising
Ratio: 5/10
Get get one dry, sad brownie in every five bites
Texture: 4/10
You want to be excited for the brownie, but then you’re disappointed.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 0% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 5/10

Everything about this ice cream tastes like you could have made a better ice cream sundae yourself. The syrup tastes like Hershey’s syrup and the brownies are in every way NOT delightful. If you’re into homemade sundaes, go for it. If you’re like me who wants to be eating something I can’t make at home, skip this flavor.

Banana Nut

Not Pictured 🙁

Banana Flavored Ice Cream with Walnuts

Visual Appearance: 5/10
Pretty Boring TBH
Ratio: 8/10
It’s easy to be overzealous with nuts in ice cream, this wasn’t the case.
Texture: 4/10
It’s not that it’s bad in any regard, just kind of uneventful.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 65% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 6/10

My boyfriend picked this out for me after work, and it wasn’t until I was halfway done that I realized I didn’t snap a picture. At first bite, I was nervous it would taste like Laffy Taffy Banana – not my cup of tea. Sherman’s does a pretty good job nailing the Banana Bread taste. If you’re really in the mood, it will do the trick. If you’re going here for the first time, I recommend one of my higher rated ice cream flavors instead.

Oreo Cheesecake

Cheesecake Ice Cream with Oreo Chunks

Visual Appearance: 8/10
Basic yet iconic, know exactly what you’re getting into.
Ratio: 7/10
Exceptionally better ratio than cookies and cream, but always could use more cookies.
Texture: 7/10
No graininess and the cookies are legit chunks
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 90% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating:7.5/10

If you’re looking to get Cookies and Cream, get Oreo Cheesecake instead. It doesn’t taste anything like cheesecake, which I didn’t mind, but everything like Cookies and Cream. They honestly should get rid of the Cookies and Cream flavor and just have this option. This is something I would have easily looked over before, but definitely fulfills your Oreo needs. God Bless.

Lemon Custard

Custard Ice Cream with Lemon Flavoring

Visual Appearance: 8/10
Not going to lie, it looks good
Ratio: 0/10
This is aggressive, but there is no ratio between lemon & custard. It tastes like pure custard and that maybe you thought about lemons while eating it.
Texture: 7/10
Texture of the ice cream itself is good. It’s thicker.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 0% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating:1/10

My boyfriend picked this flavor out for me based off a RECOMMENDATION from the worker. Not that it matters because I have to eventually try every flavor… but I can’t believe this is someone’s favorite. There is no lemon flavor. Don’t get this if you specifically want lemon, you’ll just be disappointed.

Birthday Cake

Cake Batter Ice Cream with Sprinkles & Marshmallow Swirls

Visual Appearance: 9/10
It’s rainbow, people.
Ratio: 8/10
Remember my discrepancies with cotton candy confetti? This one is on POINT
Texture:8/10
No complaints
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 65% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating:8/10

This is a solid choice. My description is based off my vague memory of reading it off the cooler. I don’t really know where the marshmallow was, but I wasn’t missing it. I don’t know how, but Sherman’s nails the whole “Cake Batter” flavoring. I would prefer my Yellow Cake Batter over this, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad flavor.

Rocky Road

Chocolate Ice Cream with Nuts & Marshmallows

Visual Appearance: 4/10
Not visually drawing
Ratio: 7/10
There is no such thing as too many marshmallows. (I was just here for the mallows)
Texture: 6/10
Didn’t excite the tastebuds
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 55% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 5/10

Rocky Road is a staple in American ice cream that can be found at every grocery store/convenience store. That being said, you are better off utilizing your mouth at Oink’s on a more riveting flavor (unless you are a diehard Rocky Road connoisseur, get licking).

Moose Tracks

Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream with Fudge Swirls & Chocolate Coated Peanut Butter

Visual Appearance: 6/10
It’s intriguing for sure, but I was still skeptical of it’s properties.
Ratio: 8/10
Honestly amazing.
Texture: 8/10
The cone definitely added a crunch component, so could be skewed.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 75% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 8/10

I would have never picked this out if I was just walking in, but it took me by surprise! I have found that I really enjoy ice cream that has chunks in it (going to be a problem when I have only creamy ice creams left to try). If you like to chew your ice cream, this really does the trick. I’m nervous I’m going to have too many favorite flavors now.

Peanut Butter Cup

Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Visual Appearance: 4/10
I’ve walked past this flavor for two decades.
Ratio: 7.5/10
Thoroughly impressed yet I was wishing for a few more cups.
Texture: 9/10
Amazing. The cups weren’t too hard or too soft/grainy. They nailed this.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 65% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 8/10

I love my chocolate peanut butter ice cream, but I tend to overlook other peanut butter items as they are usually too overbearing. This is not. The only reason it only has a 65% repeat rate is because I would always choose Chocolate PB when feigning for my fix, but I would 100% compound them when in binge mode.

 

Mint Chocolate Chip

Mint Flavored Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips

Visual Appearance: 5/10
Green makes it enticing for sure.
Ratio: 6/10
This was rough for me as there were times I had too much chocolate chips and times I had no enough.
Texture: 7/10
P good, besides the occasional grainy chocolate chip globs in my molars.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 50% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 7/10

It’s not bad, but it’s not exciting. If I caught myself specifically in the mood for some mint chocolate chip, I know this would cater to that. However, I’m not usually ever in that mood.

 

Peppermint Patty

Chocolate Ice Cream with Swirls of Mint

Visual Appearance: 6/10
Intriguing.
Ratio: 9/10
I wasn’t looking for more of either.
Texture: 9/10
I’m not sure what to expect from this type of flavor, but I liked what I was getting.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 55% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 8/10

This tastes like a Fannie May chocolate. I had to restrain myself from blurting this out earlier. It will absolutely tickle your taste buds if you’re a Mint Meltaway Fanatic.

Black Cherry

Black Cherry Ice Cream w/ Full Cherries

Visual Appearance: 8/10
The color in this is astonishing. Picture does it an injustice.
Ratio: 5/10
I was searching for those cute lil cherry chunks.
Texture: 9/10
I was nervous the cherries would taste gross, but they’re delightfully chewy.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 75% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 7/10

I got this flavor solely because I am required to try every single one. I had no idea what to expect, but it is extremely refreshing. Highly recommend to cool you off on a bloody hot July day.

Grasshopper

  Mint Ice Cream with Chocolate Swirls & Bits of Chocolate Cookie

Visual Appearance: 9/10
The most aesthetic of the mint options by a mile.
Ratio: 7/10
I just WISH there was more COOKIE CHUNKS they are SO TASTY
Texture: 10/10
How do the cookies stay so crunchy, I do not know. But I will not complain.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 95% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 9/10

The best mint ice cream flavor that Sherman’s offers. I’m getting a quart of this for my freezer once season ends, if that’s any indicator how good it is.

Cappuccino

Coffee Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks

Visual Appearance: 3/10
Nothing about it says “pick me out of all this options!”
Ratio: 4/10
I didn’t really understand the chunks, and they were sparse.
Texture: 6/10
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 25% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 6/10

The coffee flavor is super intense. We used to eat spoonfuls of coffee grounds in college for fun (idk) and this reminds me of that. It’s good for a few bites! But quickly becomes overwhelming. Coffee fanatics will love this, but it’s not really what I desire in an ice cream flavor.

Praline Pecan

Praline Ice Cream w/ Pecans

Visual Appearance: 3/10
Not enticing to look at
Ratio: 3/10
I wanted more of those pecans boy
Texture: 7/10
The base is melt in your mouth and the pecans aren’t grainy at all.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 50% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 6/10

This baby was good! It had a butterscotch taste but wasn’t very intense. I’ve never had butter pecan, but I imagine it has a similar taste. It’s basic, but it’s a goodie. My taste buds will have you again one day.

 

French Silk

Chocolate Mousse Ice Cream w/ Chocolate Flakes

Visual Appearance: 4/10
It looks boring and like it would be uneventful.
Ratio: 6/10
I think there could be more flakes but also more might be too much??
Texture: 10/10
The ice cream was actually like french silk IT’S CRAZY
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 65% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 9/10

This is literally French Silk Pie without the crust or whipped cream. I done wish there were chunks of pie crust in it. It’s mind blowing how spot on the taste is. If you love the pie, you’ll love this ice cream.

Mackinac Island Fudge

Chocolate Vanilla Swirls w/ Chunks of Fudge

Visual Appearance: 7/10
Anything with multiple colors & chunkage is good looking to me.
Ratio: 5/10
I was searching for those fudge bites.
Texture: 2/10
The fudge was more like a chocolate chunk than chewy fudge goodness so i was quite sad 🙁
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 15% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 4/10

I don’t quite know the origins of this flavor, but I feel like it’s lacking. They could be doing so much better. There seems to be a trend with Sherman’s ice cream flavors that the chocolate chunks are off, so I would probably stay away from them at this point.

Strawberry Cheesecake

Cheesecake Ice Cream w/ Strawberry Swirls

Visual Appearance: 8/10
Tell me this aint pretty!
Ratio: 8/10
I love the strawberry swirls (insert drooling emoji).
Texture: 10/10
Syrup like this usually freaks me out, but this is not freaky.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 50% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 7/10

First of all, the ice cream has zero cheesecake flavor. Nothing about this is Strawberry Cheesecake. SO it’s essentially a strawberry vanilla sundae and I am OKAY WITH THAT because it’s quite yummy.

Coconut Almond Fudge, Marion Blackberry, & Apple Crisp

This is hard to judge the specifics because it was in a sundae but ya girl is desperate to get in all of the flavors before season end OKAY

Coconut Almond Fudge (1st)

I’m not going to front, I can’t break this flavor down in the same regard as the others. I’ve only had it in an ice cream sundae, and only in small quantities, as it is my boyfriend’s favorite so I let him do the honors. I have vivid memories of coconut flakes, so it’s not lacking in that department. It being my boyfriend’s favorite should say something though… definitely worth trying!

Blackberry flavored Ice Cream w/ Blackberry Swirls (2nd)

Visual Appearance: 9/10
Who doesn’t love purple?
Ratio: 8/10
I had no complaints in this department.
Texture: 10/10
Yup.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 10% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 6/10

This ice cream is SO GOOD but in MODERATION. I loved the initial bites… but after awhile I had to tap out. It was overpowering. Get a baby scoop.

Apple Pie flavored Ice Cream (4th)

Visual Appearance: 5/10
If I didn’t know it was apple crisp, I would keep walking down the ice cream cooloer
Ratio: 6/10
I honestly don’t remember what the mix-in was (upside down smiling emoji)
Texture: 10/10
Regardless of the mix in, this stuff was FLAME (do people still say that) (did people ever say that)
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 95% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 9/10

If you’re looking to tickle your fall taste buds at the end of the summer, this will do the trick. They nailed the apple crisp taste. I’ll see you next September.

New York Cherry

Vanilla w/ Maraschino Cherries

Visual Appearance: 7/10
I have found I’m a sucker for cherries, so this is beautiful to me.
Ratio: 5/10
Honesty Hour I wanted more cherries shh.
Texture: 8/10
Sherman’s does a grand job.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 5% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 6/10

It’s boring. It’s so plain. I just wished the entire time it was cherry amaretto. It would be good with hot fudge… so essentially if you turned it into a homemade cherry amaretto.

Butter Pecan

Vanilla & Butter Ice Cream w/ Pecans

Visual Appearance: 3/10
I mean… it’s so meh. (that word went into the dictionary when I was in the 7th grade)
Ratio: 7/10
Fantastic amount of pecans.
Texture: 9/10
They really just nailed it. So buttery. So Pecany. Much Butter Pecan.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 10% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 7/10

I really have only had Butter Pecan maybe twice in my life, but this is a great take on the classic. It doesn’t do much for me personally, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad flavor.

Toffee (Not) Fantastic

Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream w/ Chocolate Syrup & Toffee Bits

Visual Appearance: 6/10
Super promising of a dynamic flavor.
Ratio: 2/10
2 for the total of 2 toffee bits in my scoop 🙁
Texture: 7/10
When I did have the toffee bit, it was decadent!
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 0% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 2/10

Here is what the texture and visual appearance doesn’t tell you- it straight up tastes like you used grocery store ice cream and put hershey’s chocolate syrup on it. And then tried to sneak in the toffee bits without Mom seeing. You can make a better concoction at home. Skip this flavor.

Strawberry

Strawberry Ice Cream w/ Strawberry Chunks

Visual Appearance: 7/10
Ain’t she so pretty??
Ratio: 6/10
I wish there were more, bigger strawberries!
Texture: 8/10
Sometimes fruit can be gross in yogurt and ice cream… this was not the case!
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 65% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 7/10

I don’t think I’ve ever had strawberry ice cream just on its own, so I have nothing to compare it to. I’ve always been kind of put off to the idea of it, but this did not disappoint! It was incredibly refreshing and didn’t taste artificial. I can definitely see myself craving this on a hot July day.

Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt

Vanilla Yogurt w/ Blueberry Swirls

Visual Appearance: 9/10
Blueberry swirls how can you go wrong?!
Ratio: 2/10
It’s very off. Definitely not enough blueberry to vanilla contrast.
Texture: 5/10
Since it is yogurt, it is a bit different. That doesn’t mean it’s bad.
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 15% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 4/10

This is another flavor that I just don’t really get. The concept is super promising, but it doesn’t deliver. Sherman’s being Michigan based- you would HOPE that it was bursting with some local blueberries…  yet it really just tastes like vanilla yogurt. Your way better off with a different scoop.

Pumpkin & Salted Caramel

Pumpkin Ice Cream (Top Scoop)

Visual Appearance: 5/10
It doesn’t look bad but it doesn’t look amazing, either.
Ratio: 10/10
They nailed it.
Texture: 10/10
(Drooling face emoji)
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 75% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 9/10

The only thing that would make this better is if it had bites of pie crust in it. It taste JUST LIKE PUMPKIN PIE. I highly recommend this for your October taste buds.

Caramel Ice Cream w/ Caramel Swirls (Bottom Scoop)

Visual Appearance: 3/10
Never would I ever pick this one based solely off looks.
Ratio: 7/10
It’s good for sure! But I wish there was a little bit more of the caramel swirl going on.
Texture: 8/10
Melts in your mouth (the ice cream & the caramel)
To Get Again, To Not Get Again: 5% likelihood would get again
Overall Rating: 7/10

If you’re a caramel fanatic, this will fulfill your fantasies. Personally, it doesn’t do much for me. I wish there was chunkage and would much rather have one of their other flavors. It’s definitely not a bad time, though!

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