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We like ice cream. And we love fried chicken (KFC or otherwise) – so when we heard that one of Thailand’s most famous dessert chains had launched fried chicken ice cream, we just knew we had to try it and review it next time we were in the ‘Land of Smiles’.
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A review of Swensen’s fried chicken ice cream
Swensen’s fried chicken ice cream was proudly on display in the front freezer cabinet available for takeaway (such is its popularity) but also to enjoy in the restaurant.
Straight away, it is hard to ignore how similar the packaging is to KFC and their own take on Colonel (as we don’t think they usually have a figure on their branding – cheeky Swensen’s). But it did the trick as we grabbed a seat and made our order.
To note Swensen’s fried chicken ice cream isn’t mentioned on the main menu and was only promoted on temporary table talkers at the time of our visit in 2022 – so it may not always be available.
Unboxing Swensen’s fried chicken ice cream
After we ordered the Swensen’s ice cream, the friendly staff member promptly delivered it to our table. We opened the small box and we were a little surprised at first to find only one ‘chicken’ leg wrapped up.
The image on the table promo made it look like you received several pieces of fried chicken ice cream; we thought this was a bit misleading; again, cheeky Swensen’s!
So please note you only get one fried ice cream per box – if there are several in your party and you want a ‘chicken’ leg each, order accordingly.
Inside the box, there was also a small sachet of strawberry syrup sauce to pour on the drumstick.
Tasting the fried chicken ice cream
We eagerly bit into the icey drumstick…and it was goooooood! The taste itself is pretty similar and standard – the ‘chicken’ inside is just vanilla ice cream (but good quality and very delicious) plus the chicken breadcrumb coating is actually just mashed up corn flakes – but heck, the combination and crunch combined worked really well.
To make things even more bizarre, there is also a ‘chicken bone’ located in the ice cream – it is actually just a long piece of frozen chocolate that goes through the middle of the ‘drumstick’.
The sticky strawberry syrup also worked really well with the cornflake texture, giving some sweetness to this nicely icy mix.
Overall, we liked Swensen’s fried chicken drumstick and would eat it again but it was a little on the pricey side compared to other ice creams and sundaes they sell (and much more expensive than say Dairy Queen).
How much is Swensen’s fried chicken ice cream?
Swensen’s fried chicken ice cream costs 149 Thai Baht as at November 2022 (around £3.50 / $4 / Є4).
What is the ice cream made from?
The fried chicken is vanilla ice cream shaped into a drumstick and then covered in crushed cornflakes to replicate the breadcrumbs. The ‘bone’ inside is made from chocolate.
Can you buy other ice creams from Swensen’s?
Yes, there are many types of ice cream and desserts / sundaes available from Swensen’s. Prices start from around 99 Baht for a basic two ice cream sundae with toppings or ice cream with fruit and wafers.
Which countries can you find Swensen’s ice cream?
Swensen’s branches can be found all over the world with around 300 franchise outlets (although not many survive in America where it was founded). Swensen’s locations include Thailand, Taiwan, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore and the Middle East.
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