With all the Ben & Jerry's and Häagen-Dazs around, I often neglect Carte D'or, but they make some pretty good ice creams too. So while I've skipped over the regular tubs for quite some time, I couldn't pass this chocolate hazelnut log by once I'd spied it. It looked pretty delicious, like a more decadent Viennetta. There's a lot of layers packed into this. The middle is made up of dark chocolate and hazelnut ice creams, with dark chocolate chunks and hazelnut pieces throughout respectively. There's also a milk chocolate sauce and a biscuit base at the bottom of the ice cream, and the whole thing is wrapped up in a layer of milk chocolate and topped with golden dark chocolate curls.
So there's a lot of chocolate, and a decent amount of hazelnut, and it makes for a good dessert. I was worried the hazelnut might be a little too much, but the ice cream is nice, light and creamy, and the pieces within a small and crunchy, providing a nice little boost of texture and flavour. The chocolate ice cream is great, very sweet and creamy, and it works very nicely combined with the hazelnut stuff underneath. The chocolate coating is nice and thick, but not enough to be sickly, it just adds some more chocolatey goodness, and it's slightly lighter than the ice cream, so helps alleviate the slight bitterness that that provides. So all those bits are great, and there's still more in the form of the biscuit layer underneath the ice cream. It's a brittle, crunchy piece of biscuit that reaches the whole way through the log, and it works nicely with all the other elements. While there's a lot going on in this log, none of it is particularly overdone, it's simply a nice, tasty chocolate hazelnut ice cream log that is definitely worth picking up.
My rating: 5/5