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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.


The Cheesecake Factory: Tiramisu Cheesecake

Now this was a piece of cheesecake that fit the bill. I had this with couple of friends after a Red Sox game at the Prudential center Cheesecake Factory. I actually ate dinner before hand, enjoying The Navajo chicken sandwich for the first time. definitely a good dinner on fried bread that was to die for. Back to the cake.

Since I had one of the Factory’s legendary sized meals, I knew that I was going to be pushing it with dessert. I ordered this in hopes that it would not be a ten ton mistake like some of the richer entries on the menu. I lucked out.
The Tiramisu Cheesecake was a lighter cake, that didn’t have the heaviness that seems to accompany a lot of the candy and chocolate based cheesecakes at the factory. That, and the coffee flavor balanced the richness of the cheesecake nicely, forming a blend of good, but not overwhelming flavor. I will definitely get this cheesecake again.

The Cheesecake Factory: White Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut Cheesecake

So, it has been way too long since I last posted here. I’m a bit behind, and plan to make it up with a few posts in a row. To start, I want to explain why I haven’t been writing.

This blog is a lot of fun because of how much I like food, but at the same time, focusing so much on food wasn’t good for me. It was in fact, making my diet harder to maintain, and causing some stress. In order to fix that I stopped focusing so much on food, and am now getting back on track. Here are some things that I have tried recently, and these types of splurge posts will hopefully be less frequent as I try to focus more on healthier eating.
That said, I want to talk about this offering from The Cheesecake Factory. This is the White Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut Cheesecake. Now that’s a mouthful in more ways than one. This cake is another one on the intense side. With gooey caramel and a thick crust of sweet nuts at its base, it is one heavy piece of cake. I had to go at this on an empty stomach, and was still defeated. The overall sweetness is great, but once again I was faced with only needing half of the portion I received. Overall, delicious, but still over the top.

The Cheesecake Factory: Godiva® Chocolate Cheesecake

Continuing with my endeavor to try as much cheesecake as I can from The Cheesecake Factory, this past weekend, I went with some friends and got the Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake.

Look at the picture of it. Yes, it looks that good, and terrifying in real life. As expected, it tasted phenomenal. As a chocolate lover, I was in heaven. I’m starting to think that I actually like the things mixed into cheesecakes more than the cheesecakes themselves.

Back to the point. The chocolate cheesecake was just that. It was chocolate on a level out of this world. If you kind of like chocolate, or think you really like chocolate, this cake isn’t for you. This cake is only for people who LOVE chocolate, and even then it may be hard for them to get through an entire piece (I couldn’t). The layers of chocolate blend together, keeping it interesting to chew, and making you savor the high quality of the chocolate in the cake. This is up there with some of my favorites from the factory. So, if you think you have a passion beyond the norm for chocolate, give this cheesecake a try. See if you really like chocolate enough.

The Cheesecake Factory: Chocolate Tuxedo Cream™ Cheesecake

This past weekend, I was able to once again try another piece of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory. For this one, I actually ended up in Peabody Mass. at the Northshore Mall, instead of my usual trip to the Prudential Center. It had been a while since I had tried their cheesecake, slightly put off since trying the Stefanie’s Red Velvet. I was also in a fowl mood due to broken plans, and bad traffic.

Still, The Cheesecake Factory didn’t disappoint. The Chocolate Tuxedo Cream Cheesecake is a layered concoction of fudge cake, chocolate cheesecake, vanilla mascarpone mouse, and chocolate. As I humbly ate my piece of cheesecake in the middle of the mall food court (getting a table isn’t really necessary to enjoy cheesecake), I was surprised about how balanced the flavors of the cake were. It wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet thanks to the blend of chocolate against vanilla. It helped confirm my belief that cheesecake should always be paired with chocolate. Also, the layered textures of the different ingredients help make this an interesting dessert to eat as much as it is a tasty one.

All in all, this was another great dessert from the factory, but still not my favorite. I’ll have to keep trying more to figure out which kind is the best for me.

The Cheesecake Factory: Stefanie’s Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake™

Continuing with my goal to try every different type of cheesecake offered at The Cheesecake Factory, I tried the Stefanie’s Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake this past Saturday. I must admit that I was actually disappointed. I don’t know if it was because I was building it up in my head, or because I got a bad piece, but the dessert just wasn’t up to par.

I actually was prepared to try this cake this time, getting it instead of a lunch. As far as cheesecake goes, it was up to the Factory’s standard, but as a whole, the dessert was lacking. The combination of the cheesecake, and cream cheese frosting was almost overpowering, taking away from the dessert. The red velvet was good, but as a dessert, red velvet cake doesn’t have enough of its own flavor to balance the cheesecake and frosting.

What I ended up with was a dessert that was to rich for me too truly enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, it was still tasty, but in a “I got this at the grocery store” kind of way instead of a nearly eight dollar piece of cake. Still, it was nice to know that some of my purchase went to charity, even if some of my lunch went into the garbage because I wasn’t able to finish it. This particular cake might be good for the cheesecake lover who can’t get enough of rich cheesy goodness, but not for me. I’m more of a chocolate infused kind of guy.

Happy National Cheesecake Day!

So, as I mentioned yesterday, today is national cheesecake day. Although this is not a government recognized holiday, there is no reason that you should be stopped from celebrating this wonderful celebration of food. What’s the holiday about? That’s easy, simply go out, and eat some cheesecake. If that doesn’t work, try making one for yourself or your family at home. Cheesecake is a delicious treat, and those who enjoy it do so with passion. On the holiday, make sure to look for local chains offering deals to celebrate cheesecake. My favorite, The Cheesecake Factory, is celebrating by offering all of their delicious cakes at half price today! That’s a deal that shouldn’t be missed. Also, they are introducing their new Stephanie’s Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake, a dessert that I can’t wait to try. As an additional note, the Factory will be donating 25 cents from every purchase of this new cake to the Feeding America charity over the next 12 months. So there you have it. Go out, enjoy some cheesecake, and even help a charity all on this great food holiday.