Chances are, unless you live in one of the tiny corners of the country that's not frozen solid, covered with snow, or generally miserable, ice cream isn't exactly top-of-mind, so you might have missed the latest flavor of the month at Baskin Robbins: Movie Theater Popcorn.
On the surface, that sounds a bit wacky, but considering corn's natural sweetness, and the fact that corn (and corn meal) be found in sweets ranging from flan to toaster cakes it's really not that much of a stretch. Corn ice cream is also a staple at many Mexican ice cream shops (with cheese or without), so I was fairly certain that Baskin Robbins' take would be somewhere between fairly to very delicious.
It was! But, contrary to the name, BR's "Movie Theater Popcorn" ice cream contains no popcorn. Other than the corn syrup, there's zero corn in this ice cream at all. What you're really getting is a sweet cream base swirled with a salty caramel ribbon and studded with crunchy, buttered popcorn-flavored rice crisps. It's delicious, but even if you gave me ten tries, I don't think I'd ever guess that it was supposed to resemble movie theatre popcorn.
Instead, it tastes like cereal milk mixed with crisp cereal nuggets with a buttery, candy coating. Break up some of the waffle cone (which has a subtle cinnamon flavor), and it's like inviting some Cinnamon Toast Crunch to the party.
If you're looking for actual buttered popcorn ice cream, you'd be better off making Max's version at home, which has two cups of butter-flavored popcorn in it, but if a cereal-inspired scoop appeals to you, I say go for it, especially if your definition of "breakfast" is flexible.
About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax
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