Last year Ben & Jerry’s released their new core flavors. My friend Shannon and I can crush pints like nobody’s business and love to see a new flavor in the freezer. We weren’t living near each other at the time so I wrote reviews of the different flavors for her so we could compare on thoughts. This morning I was thinking that they would be a perfect addition to the blog. Writing? Ice cream? Writing about ice cream? Sign me up!! The reviews are old but I still hope you enjoy them. I also hope they will come out with some more new flavors so I can write some more reviews!
Salted Caramel Core
Sweet cream ice cream is smooth and creamy – good use of a classic flavor. Blonde brownies are perfectly chewy and soft but inconsistently spread throughout the pint, small, and lacking. The core is a nice balance of salt and sugar and there is a nice extra blob when you take the lid off. However, they still need to work on getting a solid core…not one the gets skinny and makes me nervous it’s going to disappear in the middle. Not typically a vanilla/blonde fan but have to give credit where it’s due. Overall, a solid 8.5/10.
Hazed & Confused Core
Here we go again….core flavor 2 of 4. Honestly, the idea of frozen Nutella between two flavors of ice cream sounded like my idea of heaven. However, I found this core to be overwhelmingly fudgey, thick and heavy. It was solid and continuous, but it felt like a chore trying to consume it and I was avoiding it as I made my way through the pint. I will never be able to say enough good things about B&Js chocolate or their brilliant use of the perfect chocolate chip. This was my first experience with hazelnut ice cream but it did nothing for me….I’m also inclined to blame the core for overpowering it, though. I usually take pride in being able to polish off a pint but I need to confess I didn’t even finish this one. That might be due to the large BBQ dinner I had though… Not a terrible flavor, but nothing to write home about. 7/10….includes the 0.5 bonus points for being enjoyed while watching Walking Dead. Hey, Daryl!
Peanut butter fudge core
I’ve been holding out for this flavor because I knew it would be my favorite. What’s not to love about milk chocolate peanut butter cups sprinkled throughout smooth flavors divided by a perfectly balanced sweet and salty core? Nothing. It’s all to love. Unlike the other flavors, the ratio of ingredients in this pint were spot on. The core was not overwhelming at all and added a nice additional “extra” to this ice cream. The peanut butter cups were a manageable one-bite size and soft so I didn’t feel like I was going to break a tooth. The peanut butter flavoring was natural and you already know how I feel about B&J’s chocolate. This flavor is so good I almost forgot I have a nursing exam from hell tomorrow and that Norovirus is spreading through my apartment. The boys stole my heart with this one. 10/10.
* Of note: There is a 4th core flavor, something with jam in it… I think I tried it, and I think it was pretty good. But ice cream with fruit in it is not blog-worthy. I also just remembered that the cookie cores are out now too. Now, THOSE are blog worthy flavors.