Monday, May 9, 2011

Ben and Jerry's Run Down

I don't think I need to tell you that April was no friend of mine. Unlike the pizza wielding plucky news hound she was in the 80's the April of 2011 was pretty much a giant whore. A wellspring of natural disasters, cold snaps, wasp attacks and dead hard drives... thank god it's finally May.

Skipping to the good parts here are the unblogged ice cream flavors for April.

Ben and Jerry's Flavors # 57-60

Blueberry Cheesecake
Blueberry and cheesecake ice creams with a thick graham cracker swirl

 Blueberry Cheesecake, unlike it's sister flavor Strawberry Cheesecake this flavor didn't really hit all the notes like it could have. Not much blueberry in there besides the color and other than a tasty little graham cracker swirl, not much cheesecake flavor either. Definitely not terrible, but the boys have done better.

Red Velvet Cake
Red Velvet Cake batter ice cream, with Red Velvet cake pieces and a cream cheese frosting swirl
An instant favorite with me (though probably not for the intended reason) it tastes just like Strawberry Jello Cake! I don't know that die hard red velvet cake fans would truly like this flavor since it's not exactly spot on, but whatever it's trying to be I certainly wouldn't kick it out of bed.

Peanut butter ice cream with caramel cluster pieces, marshmallow swirls & peanut buttery swirls
Ever put chunky peanut butter directly on a bowl of vanilla ice cream? It is amazing! And that is exactly what this flavor is like. I know Fluffernutters aren't exactly everyone's cup of tea (in fact it makes some people want to vom) but even if that's true for you, you should still give this flavor a try. It lacks some of the bigger ick factors of a marshmallow cream sandwich, and it is way way too good to miss out on.

Bonnaroo Buzz
Coffee and malt ice creams with whiskey caramel swirls and English toffee pieces
Okay I'll admit I was a little skeptical about the flavors they picked for a Bonnaroo themed ice cream. A coffee based ice cream for a hellishly hot summer festival just seemed like an odd pick, and really I'd still be thinking that if it didn't turn out to be a whiskey caramel ice cream with coffee as the backup dancer. Whiskey ice cream for a music festival held in the home state of Jack Daniels is a genius stand in  for the more accurate Bonnaroo Buzz flavor of weed and beer (an ice cream sold only in back alleys and/or California). The funny thing about it though is for an uppity stand in, the boozy cloud that hits your nose when you peel back the lid is unmistakable. I had the misfortune of finding this out while at work and tried to shove it back in the freezer before anyone else caught wind.(It turned out okay... I think)
 It doesn't taste boozy though, there's just enough of that whiskey funk to put an interesting edge the the sweet ( and enormous!) English toffee pieces and a frozen coffee base to make for one truly unique ice cream. It's intoxicatingly good, and just like the festival it's named after, it's quirky charm will worm it's way into your heart and call you back for more. Definitely added to my favorites list.

1 comment:

  1. Hiya.. found your website when doing a search for B&J's blueberry cheesecake. Fortunately, a Walmart close to me carried it and I was able to get a pint (2 actually). I'm a little ahead of you in flavor count. Great to see someone else with the same passion :)



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