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Review: Ben & Jerry’s Limited Edition Pumpkin Cheesecake

So, if you can’t tell by the picture to the left, this limited edition Ben & Jerry’s flavor that I found along with the Exclusive Carrot Cake flavor is a returning contender to the seasonal lineup of ice cream in the freezer.

I don’t remember seeing this flavor before, but seeing it now, I was knocked out by the one two punch of pumpkin and cheesecake in the name. I simply couldn’t leave Walmart without a pint of this ice cream to try.

So, what are we talking here with this ice cream. It’s a pretty directed flavor as people usually either love or hate the pumpkin onslaught this time of year, and the same split exists on cheesecake in general. Both are flavors that simply aren’t for everyone.

Well, digging into this flavor, I was no blown away by pumpkin flavor like I have been with some other seasonal pumpkin items. Still, it’s worth noting that I don’t think this flavor is meant to be overwhelmingly pumpkiny. Instead, Ben & Jerry’s managed to walk a fine line, and truly create  a pumpkin cheesecake combination. You get the spice, and nutmeg that characterize pumpkin flavored treats, but it’s tempered by the mild tang of the cheesecake. It has worked for me in actual pumpkin cheesecake, so I’m not surprised to see it work in an ice cream. I mean, what goes better with pumpkin than a cream cheese based flavor? Nothing in my mind.

The other component that keeps to the Ben & Jerry’s formula is the graham cracker swirl. It mixes the texture up just enough as well as adds some variety to a strong note of flavor like pumpkin cheesecake. Overall, the flavor isn’t my favorite, but still comes together perfectly as a whole. I wouldn’t change a thing, but this is definitely just right as a seasonal treat instead of a staple flavor in the Ben & Jerry’s lineup.

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Review: Ben & Jerry’s Exclusive Flavor Carrot Cake

Okay, so this review sadly doesn’t have a picture, or even a link to a section of Ben & Jerry’s describing this amazing flavor. Also, I’m in the process of moving, so that nixed much of my ability to take some shots of what this flavor looks like. Anyways, the other night I swung by my local Wal-Mart to pick up some odds and ends. Like always, I just happened to walk by the ice cream isle. And what pray tell did I see? Not one, but two flavors of Ben & Jerry’s that I’d never seen before.

That’s right folks, two unprecedented B&J flavors. Well of course they were in basket before I could say Limited Edition. The two flavors I found were Carrot Cake, and Pumpkin Cheesecake. The Pumpkin Cheesecake review will come down the road in a little bit because I needed to have me some Carrot Cake.

This flavor is described as a “Caramel Ice Cream with Carrot Cake Chunks, and a Cream Cheese Frosting Swirl”. Now that, like carrot cake itself, is an interesting flavor profile. So what was it actually like. Opening the pint, the first scent that hit my was the cream cheese frosting. It was actually pretty powerful, kind of like when you open a prepackaged can of the Duncan Hines frosting. Still, I would not be deterred by a strong scent alone.

Digging into the ice cream, I found that it was mild in the caramel flavor. I was kind of put off with my first scoop because of how mellow that first bite actually was. Caramel is good, but I wouldn’t be blown away by a straight tasting of it. Then I hit that classic B&J mix. I got a bit with the swirl (which was kind of hard to spot being colorblind, and a chunk of carrot cake. Wow. The frosting swirl is actually a bit thinner than some of the other swirls I’ve seen in B&J’s ice cream, but here with its potency, it works well. Now add to that the carrot cake chunks. This is moist, real, delicious carrot cake. We’re talking Grandma’s homemade level of good here people. It’s with the trifecta of components here that I can really appreciate the subtle caramel ice cream now.

Okay, enough ranting. Needless to say, this is a great flavor profile from Ben & Jerry’s. It just captures what to me is a classic flavor of fall so well. For now, all I’ve found out about it is that it was at Wal-Mart, and had an “Exclusive Flavor” tag on it. Get you some folks as I can’t tell you anymore. Mr’ Internet is quiet about this gem of the ice cream world.

What’s New: Ben & Jerry’s Omni-Review

So, originally I had started each of these as an individual post, but due to some backlog, I decided to group them together. So, that said, welcome to the first Ben & Jerry;s Omni-Review where my over-abundant love of ice cream is even more pronounced.

So to start, I tried a flavor that was suggested by my roommate, the great lover of all things peanut butter. Honestly, I was disappointed in Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup. It really is a lightly peanut butter flavored ice cream with honking chunks (where talking pretty much whole) peanut butter cups. The problem is, that’s all it is. There was just too much peanut butter even if no individual part was overwhelming. The flavor needs to be broken up a little with maybe a chocolate swirl, or a chocolate based ice cream with a heavy peanut butter swirl.

So next up, we have a return to a classic combo from my childhood: Mint Chocolate Cookie. Now this flavor works for me. It’s been a long time since I really enjoyed a flavor, but there’s something about mint ice cream that just lets me sit back and savor it. The ice cream is a peppermint base, and has been loaded with whole Oreo-type cookies that have softened slightly, but still provide a chewy contrast to the stark minty ice cream.

Really, the flavor reminds me deeply of my grandmother’s homemade grasshopper pie. It will definitely require a return trip as I find the flavor refreshing and delicious.

Now for the scary entry on the list. I have always hesitated when faced with trying Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby ice cream. For some reason, I felt that there was too much going on, and I was slightly wary of it’s “Malt Vanilla” base.

Stepping back, the flavor is described as “Fudge Covered Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels in Vanilla Malt Ice Cream with Fudge and Peanut Butter”. Now that’s a mouthful. Don’t get me wrong, I love flavors like New York Super Fudge Chunk, and Everything But the…, but I was still slightly afraid of this flavor. I mean, I love chocolate covered pretzels (although I’m not a fan of the new pretzel M&Ms), and I’m always a fan of a good swirl, so I wasn’t sure what kept me away from this flavor.

Well, it’s definitely on my list to buy again. It has everything I wanted out of the Peanut Butter Cup ice cream, but none of the monotony. I was right, a peanut butter swirl is a much better way to infuse flavor that an actual peanut butter ice cream. The salty pretzels in the ice cream enhance the flavor for a much more savory ice cream than some of the other flavors. Still, beware this flavor because it is almost too savory, and even I had trouble polishing off the pint. It’s a good flavor, but a rare occasion one.

So that wraps up the omni-review. That catches me up on ice cream which only can mean one thing: I need to go buy more. Here’s to seasonal fall flavors because I could really rock a pumpkin or gingerbread flavor if they turned up.

What’s New: Ben & Jerry’s Snickerdoodle Cookie

Nothing makes me stop more quickly in a grocery store than seeing the label “New”, or “Limited Edition” on a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Now, for this to happen in a gas station is A: surprising, and B: slightly embarrassing when a cute girl sees you do it. Still, there’s not much to do, but shrug it off because it’s not like you can take it back.

This was the scenario that happened recently in a Circle K gas station when my friends and I were out on a Chinese food run. We had swung into the station to grab something sweet to follow up our takeout meal with, and low-and-behold if there wasn’t this new flavor in a gas station.

Well, who am I to deny fate. I grabbed the pint of Ben & Jerry’s new Snickerdoodle Cookie ice cream, and went on my merry way. Returning home, we enjoyed our dinner, and later on, I cracked open this pint to see what I had found for myself.

The flavor is described as “Buttery Ice Cream Loaded with Snickerdoodle Cookies”. What I saw when I opened the pint was a caramel colored ice cream, with hints of what might be cookie, and also a big chunk missing that meant a bad freezing process on my pint. Oh well, no use crying over ice cream that wasn’t there. I dug into the pint, and my hunch was confirmed. It seems to be the same base used in Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Bun, and Oatmeal Cookie Chunk ice creams. Going through the pint did turn up some noteworthy chunks of snickerdoodle cookie in true Ben & Jerry fashion. Still, I found this pint lacking.

You see, both of the previous flavors bring more to the table than this one. Cinnamon Buns has that amazing cinnamon swirl with the bun dough, and Oatmeal has a better quality cookie along with fudge. This flavor wasn’t bad, but it still plays second fiddle to the two other flavors. I’d probably pick them over this any day.

What’s New: Ben & Jerry’s Fossil Fuel

Oh Ben & Jerry’s, is it sad that I’m  running out of your flavors to try? The simple answer is that you’ll have to start making up some more for me. Still, for now there are enough to keep me occupied.

Recently, I decided to try an older flavor that I found in a gas station: Fossil Fuel. Now I don’t know what’s more ironic here; that I found this in a place that sells fuel, or that I am concerned that it might actually have been a fossil with how old the ice cream tasted.

To start at the beginning, gas station pints can be like a game of roulette. People open, and stare, and contemplate the ice cream case in a gas station countless times a day. What happens as a result? Repeated freezer burn. That’s the only reason I can come up with for the consistency of this ice cream, and although I’m reviewing it now, I’ll have to try this flavor again to get a better impression.

So, Fossil Fuel is supposed to be a sweet cream ice cream with chocolate cookie pieces, fudge dinosaurs, and a fudge swirl. The stock image from Ben and Jerry’s site above makes this look pretty darn tempting. What I got was a grainy mess. There was no distinguishing flavor, only the periodic crunch of dinosaurs. I’ll have to come back to this flavor becasue I refuse to believe that my heros of ice cream could ever make a flavor so bad. Oh, and even the sweet cream ice cream tasted off. I guess I should just be thankful that I didn’t get ill.

CURSE YOU GAS STATION ICE CREAM!!!

Back from Scotland: Ben and Jerry’s Around the World

So, I returned from my two week vacation in Scotland this past weekend, and have finally made it back here to catch up. Sorry for the long period of silence, but I do return with some great tastes from overseas. While over in Scotland, I did manage to grab some Ben and Jerry’s that I’ve never seen stateside.

First up is Fairly Nuts, a caramel ice cream with praline almond clusters, and a caramel swirl. What caught my eye on this one was the nut clusters. I had never gotten that kind of thing in a Ben and Jerry’s pint, and I was curious to try it. Overall, the flavor was pretty decent. The caramel ice cream was mild, and the swirl was not as present as I would like. The real bummer here turned out to be the nut clusters. Really, they were more like small chunks that just weren’t enough. I would have like more of it, just like I do in any pint. Gotta love lots of mix ins.

So, the next flavor that caught my attention as something I hadn’t tried was Caramel Chew Chew. This one’s pretty easy to figure out: caramel ice cream, caramel swirl, and chocolate covered caramel bits. I grabbed this more for the fact that it was something that I haven’t tried than the striking need for caramel. Once again, I found this flavor to be quite mild. The bits in this pint were good though. They were the similar mini cup style that you find in most ice cream brands. Still, they were distributed very well throughout the pint, so I had some in every other bite. Besides that, it was the same as the Fairly Nuts. These are ok, but they don’t touch Cinnamon Bun for a flavor.

Because it’s Tuesday: National Ice Cream Month Chart Pr0n

Hi folks, and welcome to the tail end of National Ice Cream month. You heard me right, this entire month has been devoted to ice cream, and I didn’t get around to telling you until now. I know, I’m a bad person. Actually, I’m even more horrible than you think. National Ice Cream Day, the day where EVERYONE should eat some ice cream…has already gone past.

You heard me right, it was actually this past Sunday as the third Sunday of the month. What’s horrifying is that I didn’t even get to knock back a pint on that day, or go to a parlor (I did manage to grab an ice cream snickers, but that doesn’t count).

So, to make it up to everyone, I got a little industrious, and made the ultimate Ben & Jerry’s chart. Yup, I did it. All of the flavors listed on their website with Weight Watcher’s friendly breakdown of nutrition per serving as well as point values per serving, and per pint. That last bit’s just because I’m me, and can’t walk away from an opened Ben & Jerry’s.

Well, here’s the list folks. Now you can put a number on guilt…Or, take a break, say what the heck, and enjoy Ice Cream for what it is: frozen happiness. No gutter minded jokes now, you hear!? No going there 😛

Per Serving Per Pint
Flavor Calories Fat Fiber Points Points
Banana Split 250 15 1 6 24
Boston Cream Pie 250 13 0 6 24
Brownie Batter 290 17 1 7 28
Cake Batter 260 16 1 6 25
Cheesecake Brownie 250 14 0 6 25
Cherry Garcia 240 13 1 6 23
Chocolate 250 14 2 6 24
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 270 14 0 7 26
Chocolate Fudge Brownie 260 12 2 6 24
Chocolate Macadamia 270 18 1 7 27
Chubby Hubby 340 20 1 8 33
Chunky Monkey 290 18 1 7 28
Cinnamon Buns 290 15 0 7 28
Coffee HEATH Bar Crunch 280 16 0 7 28
Crème Brulee 280 16 0 7 28
Magic Brownies 230 12 1 5 22
Dublin Mudslide 260 15 1 6 25
Dulce Delish 240 12 0 6 23
Everything But The… 290 17 1 7 28
Fossil Fuel 280 16 1 7 27
Half Baked 270 13 1 6 25
Hannah Teter’s Maple Blondie 240 11 0 6 23
Imagine Whirled Peace 270 16 0 7 27
Karamel Sutra 260 14 1 6 25
Key Lime Pie 270 13 0 6 26
Milk & Cookies 270 15 1 6 26
Mint Chocolate Chunk 270 17 1 7 26
Mint Chocolate Cookie 260 14 0 6 25
Mission to Marzipan 260 13 0 6 25
Mud Pie 270 16 1 7 26
Neapolitan Dynamite 230 11 1 5 21
New York Super Fudge Chunk 300 20 2 7 30
Oatmeal Cookie Chunk 260 14 1 6 25
Peanut Brittle 260 15 0 6 26
Peanut Butter Cup 360 26 1 9 37
Phish Food 280 13 2 6 26
Pistachio Pistachio 280 17 1 7 27
S’mores 280 16 2 7 27
Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream 270 15 0 7 27
Strawberry Cheesecake 250 15 0 6 25
Triple Caramel Chunk 280 16 0 7 28
Turtle Soup 280 16 1 7 27
Vanilla 230 14 0 6 23
Vanilla Caramel Fudge 280 14 0 7 27
Vanilla HEATH Bar Crunch 280 17 0 7 28
Willie Nelson’s Country Peach Cobbler 220 11 0 5 21
Froyo Cherry Garcia 200 3 1 4 16
Froyo Chocolate Fudge Brownie 180 2.5 2 3 14
Froyo Half Baked 180 3 1 4 15
Froyo Strawberry Banana 150 1.5 0 3 13
Sorbet Berried Treasure 110 0 1 2 8
Sorbet Jamaican Me Crazy 130 0 1 2 10