3 new Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream flavors. Let's do this.
First up, Late Night Snack, starring Jimmy Fallon:
Vanilla bean ice cream with a salty caramel swirl and chocolate covered potato chips.
Wait... chocolate covered potato chips? WHAAAT!??!?!
Ok. I'll shake your hand on that, Jimmy. Well done.
I'll be a lunatic for a second and compare this ice cream to Jimmy Fallon's career. I bit into this ice cream and enjoyed the odd but awesome combination of super strong vanilla and salty caramel (which I didn't know existed), and Jimmy takes over SNL. The ice cream is a star.
Then I started to be weirded out about the chocolate covered potato chips, which are best described as salty Kix covered in chocolate. Did I like them? Did I not? And Jimmy starts looking at the camera in all his skits.
Then I hit a soggy one, and Jimmy does a movie with Queen Latifah.
I started to get over the original high of the ice cream and wondered, "is this as good as I originally thought? Or is it just a gimmick that can't back itself up?"while America wondered the same about Jimmy.
Then Jimmy found late night. And, much like him finding his calling (you may disagree with me, but I think he puts on a fine late night show which rivals most), I found the true heart of this ice cream- the incredibly strong vanilla bean flavor mixed with salty caramel. The chips are neat, yes- but towards the end of this ice cream, I found them to be somewhat of a distraction from the fantastically strong flavors battling each other for my taste buds.
Overall, a very solid contribution to Ben and Jerry's arsenal, and a perfect example of the good that comes from mixing salty and sweet.
Next, Bonnaroo Buzz:
This one is coffee and malt ice cream with whiskey caramel swirls and english toffee pieces.
1 bite into this, and I figured out why they call it Bonnaroo Buzz- not because there's a buzz around Bonnaroo, but because its alcohol ice cream. The whiskey caramel has a very strong whiskey flavor that punched me in the face and gave me a very odd feeling, as I've never had alcohol in ice cream before.
Once I got over that, it both fought the other flavors and worked with them. The malt ice cream seemed to only be there as a change in texture and color, as it mostly tasted like coffee ice cream to me. The true heart of this ice cream is in the english toffee pieces, which are AMAZING. They're like heath bar crunch, but much softer and with a slightly different flavor that blew my mind. Dear english toffee, maybe I'm just drunk from the whiskey, but can you please be in everything?
Overall, this is a very odd flavor of ice cream which definitely has a rich and fancy feel to it. Worth trying, but I probably won't get it again.
And lastly, Milk & Cookies:
(please excuse the blurry photos, I had this on the road and my fancy iphone is now like 4 years old)
Unlike my pictures, this ice cream RULES.
Its very creamy, very vanilla-ey, kind of milky ice cream mixed with a billion cookies. It has chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chocolate chip cookies, and a COOKIE SWIRL. Ben and Jerry are insane.
The cookie swirl remained crisp, while the other cookies became gooey-mush heaven. This is basically really good cookies and cream ice cream, just made with gooey Soft Batch-esque cookies instead of the standard crunchy Oreo. And there is cookie goodness everywhere. Just buy it, you'll love it. And then you can take pictures that are better than mine.
Look at those cookies!!!
Milk & Cookies: A
Late Night Snack: B+
Bonnaroo Buzz: C+
Keep 'em coming Ben and Jerry.