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Coles' new boundary-pushing ice-cream flavours, ranked and reviewed

I'd seen them in the freezer aisle at Coles.

Their colourful tubs had caught my attention, but it was their somewhat perplexing varieties that had made me do a double-take.

Had they really just released an ice-cream called Caramel Popcorn? And Lemon Meringue? And Liquorice Allsorts – who on earth would buy that?

Well, as it turns out... me.

I bought all 10 – yes 10 – of the boundary-pushing ice-cream flavours at $6 per 500ml tub.

You can call it 'taking one for the team' because my plan was to taste each and every one to let you know just how good (or bad) they really are.

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With teaspoon in hand, I risked an ice-cream headache of major proportions to bring you this definitive ranking of the new out-there flavours.

10. Liquorice Allsorts – weird and gross

This flavour did not sound appealing and it didn't look very good either with its orangey yellow and green ice-cream and black tar-looking swirls.

It tasted a bit like the old Peter's Trio ice-cream, but the licorice syrup and sugary crunchy bits were just awful.

Yuck.

9. Pavlova Passion - meh

When I popped the lid, I was greeted by an impressive, fluffy, creamy-looking white ice-cream.

I scooped some up, making sure to include the golden yellow syrup, and went in to taste.

It was vanilla ice-cream with a strong passionfruit syrup and weird icy crunchy bits. Nothing special or exciting.

8. Raspberry Cookie Cream – too much

My spoon got stuck on something and I noticed it was a mini-marshmallow (there were lots of them) and, upon digging a little bit further, I found a big, soft chocolate piece of cookie (kind of like an Oreo).

There's a lot going on with this ice-cream, including a raspberry syrup, and, for me, it's just too much.

7. Caramel Popcorn – intriguing but disappointing

Straight away, I found actual popcorn pieces in the ice-cream and they were drowned in caramel sauce.

Unfortunately, the popcorn pieces tasted sort of stale. It would have been nicer if you could add them later and they were crunchy like Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs.

I tried the ice-cream on its own and found it was still a bit too sweet.

6. Banana Choc Sundae – a little strange

Initially, my tastebuds said 'Banana Paddlepop'.

(Yay for that yummy fake banana taste).

There's a lot of texture in this ice-cream with its chocolate sauce and crushed nuts but, unfortunately, the nuts tasted like a weird, frozen, homebrand version.

5. Gooey Choc Brownie - rich

There are no crunchy bits in the Gooey Choc Brownie, just a rich chocolate ice-cream with yummy, soft brownie pieces that I certainly didn't have to go digging for.

One spoonful was nice but I can't imagine eating a bowlful without feeling sick.

If you like rich flavours, you might disagree.

4. Coffee chocolate crunch – not bad

I liked that the intensity of the ice-cream came from a coffee flavour rather than a rich chocolate one.

I suppose it tasted kind of like a frozen mocha. And the crunchy chocolate bits were nice.

3. Pistachio Honey Swirl – pretty good

This ice-cream looks interesting - it's a pale green colour with brown flecks throughout – and it tastes pretty good too.

I'm just not completely convinced about having nuts pre-frozen in ice-cream, because they develop a weird texture.

I didn't really notice much in the way of honey and I had a bit of trouble swallowing all of the tiny pistachio bits.

2. Lemon Meringue – a new sensation

When I put my spoon into the Lemon Meringue tub, I was sure to scoop up some of the lemony swirls as I took a spoonful of the fluffy white ice-cream.

What I didn't realise was that I'd also scooped up a small piece of meringue and the crunch caught me by surprise (a good surprise).

I've never tasted anything like this before, but I think it might get a bit full-on if you have more than a couple of spoonfuls.

1. Peanut Butter - surprising

Wow.

The swirls of chocolate sauce and the biggest (and least weird) nut pieces of all the range complemented the peanut butter taste.

Surprising, amazing and definitely the best.

If you haven't already, you need to try this.

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