If you have never tried Private Selection's ice creams, then you really need to! The one below is my all time favorite, Denali Extreme Moose Tracks! It is a chocolate ice cream that has bits of mini Reese's Cup, chunks of other chocolate and a ribbon like dark chocolate that runs throughout the ice cream. Talk about decadent, that is what this is! I probably gain a few pounds every now and then when I break down and buy a small pint like the one above. I don't trust myself with a whole big carton. Oh, in case you don't know, Private Selections is a brand from Kroger, who is the main grocery store that I buy from because of their great selections.
I also got to try out Private Selection's Angus Beef which is really what I have used for years based on my experience with other brands or types of ground beef. I try to always get within the 90/10 range or will get the 85/15 if I have to. Those numbers represent how much fat is in each pack. The higher the first number and the lower the second number is how you know how much fat there is. I like the 90/10 because it does not create as much grease when cooking and to me that is very important. My stomach cannot handle loaded down grease packing food and I will get cramps every single time that I try. I rarely eat hamburgers or anything with alot of grease on them.
The 90/10 also makes the food taste so much better. Because you are getting all the flavor without the greasy stuff. This is my preferred method of grilling out when we do. Everyone says our hamburgers are the best and I keep telling them to switch but so far I only know of one of my friend's who has and that is because she too, has an upset stomach every time she eats something greasy, especially meat. So, if this sounds like you, then I would switch to the 90/10. Yes, it will cost slightly more but to me it is worth it in order to avoid stomach pain. This is also awesome in our veggie beef soup and in our spaghetti sauce. I am sure each of you have something that you would like it in also.
When we made the hamburgers, we also used Private Selection's new Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Kettle Chips instead of baking our french fries which is what we normally will eat our burgers with. But, because we had these chips to try, we did not make the french fries. I think by now, most of you have caught on that I have IBS along with IC (chronic bladder pain) and if I eat something spicy it will aggravate both of those conditions. So, after a baby bite to test the waters, I had to hand over the chips to everyone else. They were too hot & spicy for me. But, remember, what I consider hot & spicy may not be anything to you. All I can tell you is that everyone else enjoyed the chips. If you have stomach issues like I do, these may not be the best thing for you to try. But for those who can eat this type of chip, my husband says you will love them! I can tell you that they are nice and crispy, just the way we like them.
Finally, we had the wonderful Apple Pie from Private Selections. I love the one that is topped with brown sugar and flour crumbs, so I picked that up instead of the traditional crust top pie.
It is sorta like the old time recipe that our grandmother's and mother's used to make called Apple Brown Betty. Have no idea where that came from but that is what I grew up on as far as an apple pie. Today you might think of it more as a cobbler but back then, we considered it a pie. I guess that is why for some odd reason, I really don't care for crusted apple pie. I love it on all other flavor's of pies, but not on apples. So, when Private Selection came out with their Brown Sugar Crumbled Apple Pie, I took to it like a duck hungry for water! And the best part is that it is absolutely awesome with vanilla bean ice cream on top! I would recommend that you heat the pie up in the microwave first and then scoop the ice cream on top. It will melt some but that is what gives it that extra Umph! factor. Mmm, I love it like that! Course, you are more than welcome to fix it however you wish as I know we all don't like the same thing, this is just my personal favorite way to eat Apple Pie.
I hope that I have given you some insights into the Private Selection's different array of products and that they may not be the national name brand, they are just as good and in some cases, taste even better than that national brand! In the past, I have reviewed several Private Selections products and I can honestly say I haven't tried one yet that I did not like. I hope you will try them out and form your own opinion on what each product tastes like. You will not be sorry that you tried them. If you try nothing else, I hope that you try the Angus Beef ground hamburger meat and the ice cream because they are truly the premium in their line of food. The pies come in not far behind, it is really a matter of what you like the best that will determine which one will become your favorite.
Good Luck on your adventure into the world of Private Selections at Kroger and if you have never tried them before, start with a product you already love from another brand and try their brand instead. Although, I would get a new product to try because I already know their quality, but to ease your mind, start with something you already know instead of getting something you have never tried. That way you will be able to tell the difference in the taste. Happy Eating!
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. Images were provided by me and the cranky camera! I am a BzzAgent and I was provided with a means to experience the product or service thru products that were mailed to me and I passed some along to friends and family. This did not in any way persuade me to give this product a favorable review.