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First dibs: Care for some “Fried Chicken” ice cream, anyone?

Last Updated: October 6, 2021

Written by Sonia Lourdes

A first-of-its-kind creation, Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s have come up with an impressively true-to-life, crunchy Fried Chicken” ice cream. Not knowing what to expect from what sounds like a freaky creation akin to Frankenstein’s monster, I knew I had to try it to believe it without forming a judgement on it first. 

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Upon receiving the ice cream, I was amazed at how eerily similar it looked like fried chicken, from its crunchy shell to how it was shaped. If I didn’t know any better, I would have definitely paired a piece with chilli sauce. 

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I mean, look at it! Who was the brilliant mind who came up with this? Who on earth pitched this idea? Swensen’s, you guys have a lot of answering to do. I was sure I was holding a piece of fried chicken in my hands albeit a very cold one. How could it possibly be ice cream?

The ice cream has a fun contrast to the piping hot and savoury profiles that one would expect. It is crunchy and sweet, and when paired with different toppings, it gives a burst of fun flavours.

It is thoughtfully handmade and coated with an indulgent chocolate shell covered in golden feuilletine and crispy cornflakes to resemble fried chicken skin; that you will not be able to have enough of. The “flesh” is made out of the brand’s signature vanilla ice cream and it also has a bone! But an edible bone for it’s made with chocolate biscuit. 

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It is available in two options: Fried Chicken” Ice Cream Pint (S$11.80 for two pieces) and Box of “Fried Chicken” Ice Cream (S$42.80 for eight pieces). Both are packed in the brand’s signature red and sure to make great gifts. In addition to the ‘fried chicken’ ice cream, a selection of ten Swensen’s well-loved sauces and toppings are also available for add-on purchase at S$1.07 each

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With Halloween around the corner, I decided to be creative and pair my ‘fried chicken’ ice cream with strawberry sauce. It looks gruesome, right? An undercooked fried chicken if you will. Needless to say, I had a fun time playing with my food. 

Personally, the ice cream is good on its own. It has its own distinct flavour profile that shouldn’t be ruined with any sauces or toppings. But, if you love your sauces, I’d suggest pairing them with their strawberry, cold fudge, or pineapple sauces. Their other sauces (blueberry, caramel, and marshmallow) were just too sweet and overpowering for my liking. Come to think of it, my palate’s probably classic when it comes to ice cream sauces. However, if you like them, I’d say go for it!

I still can’t wrap my head around the idea of a ‘fried chicken’ ice cream and how it was perfectly executed but it was very well done—both visually and tastefully. 

Available for a limited time only, the ice cream will be available at all Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s outlets as well as for delivery via Grabfood, Deliveroo, and Foodpanda. Order yourselves a pint or box of eight today; you will not be disappointed with the visual appeal and taste of this oddly satisfying creation. 

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