There are times when here at Fatguyfoodblog our readers will message us about things we should review. Before these new Ben & Jerry's flavors had even hit stores we were getting emails, tweets, and facebook messages sent at us like crazy, every single day. People wanted our review of these in the worst way. But as luck would have it, we weren't able to find them in our area until recently. We scoured every store within a 40 mile radius. But finally I tracked them down at a local Hannaford and felt like a complete slob buying five pints of ice cream at once. It wouldn't have been so bad if I had been using a basket or cart. But since I was juggling them in my arms trying not to drop them, I looked like a bumbling fat moron who was about to have a really high calorie evening.
But let's get right to it. Here you go, your review of the Ben & Jerry's CORE flavors. Starting with...
HAZED & CONFUSED
So the gimmick with this ice cream line is that it's two separate flavors with a middle core of some kind of flavorful goo. With this one we get Chocolate and Hazelnut ice cream with fudge chips and a Hazelnut Fudge Core. Translation: Half Chocolate with chips, half tasteless ice cream, with a weird almost-Nutella glob in the middle. Sounds great right? Well...it was alright. I found that if I just ate the ice cream alone, I was bored of this incredibly fast. But then I'd find myself eating too much of the core at once. It was very hard to regulate.
Now even though I wanted to keep eating the core, it wasn't that great. It was like the generic version of Nutella. It resembled it in a lot of ways but paled in comparison. It was a little on the gritty side.
All in all, I give Hazed & Confused a C-.
Next up... Karamel Sutra CORE!
Chocolate and caramel ice creams with fudge chips and a soft caramel core. Sounds great, right? Well...kinda. You see, chocolate ice cream with fudge chips, it's okay. Caramel ice cream? It pretty much sucks. It doesn't have a strong enough flavor so it's like you are eating a tasteless ice cream. You can tell it's sweet but beyond that, nothing. The core was much more gooey than Hazed & Confused though.
|A waterfall of caramel!|
Karamel Sutra CORE gets a C.
Next up...PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE CORE!
Chocolate and peanut butter ice creams with mini peanut butter cups and a peanut butter fudge core. I nearly cheered out loud when I read this description in the store. It sounds like everything I could ever desire. Was it though? Not quite. But don't take that as a bad thing! Unlike in the previous two flavors, this one spreads its extra ingredient throughout both flavors of ice cream. There were plenty of mini peanut butter cups to go around, so even though I wasn't getting much out of the peanut butter ice cream (very subtle flavor), I was still happy to score so many of those little cups. The weirdest part of this pint, though, was the core.
For some reason I was expecting the middle of this to be a giant wad of pure delicious peanut butter. Sadly, that's not what it ended up being. It's still delicious, but it's more like a chocolate/peanut butter fudge vein. It was pretty thick and kind of hard to get a little of each part of this ice cream on your spoon at once. But it was quite delicious for the peanut butter lovers out there. This third pint gets the highest rating of the bunch so far with a B+!
Up next... THAT'S MY JAM CORE!
Chocolate and raspberry ice creams with fudge chips and a raspberry core. Now, I know what you're thinking. "Who the hell thought fruit was a good idea in a Ben & Jerry's." I KNOW RIGHT?! I was dreading this one. But then I learned a lesson that I seem to have to relearn every once in a while. Fruit flavored ice creams aren't all that bad at all! In fact, my biggest complaint about the previous pints was that one side of them had no flavor beyond sweet. Well this one definitely does! The raspberry and chocolate together was really good.
And the raspberry jam core was a burst of tart sweetness that rounded it out nicely. I would say that this one ties up the Peanut Butter Fudge Core. I'm giving That's My Jam a B+!
And finally... SALTED CARAMEL CORE...
Sweet Cream ice cream with blond brownies and a salted caramel core. This one is definitely the weirdest flavor of the bunch. The rest seem like they were either a direct repackaging of an existing flavor or something close to it. But this one brings Blondie's and salted caramel into the Ben & Jerry's Universe. This one is also a bit strange because there aren't two flavors of ice cream here, just the one. But it works quite well. The sweet cream ice cream suffers from the same subtle, just tastes like sweet, problem as some of the others. However, the chunks of blond brownie really burst with an almost brown sugar flavor. But then there's the core...
The salted caramel core was something to behold. If this was gold, I would have been able to trade it in and buy myself a speed boat. In other words, it was HUGE. The first spoonful I took of it unearthed just how big this caramel core was, and I'll be honest, it blew my mind. The only problem with this ice cream is that the salted caramel was inconsistent. One bite, it was the greatest thing I've ever tasted. The next, it was borderline too salty. It went back and forth like that the entire time. That takes a few points away from it but in the end I'll give Salted Caramel CORE a straight up B!
So there you have it folks, I hope this helps you out when you're standing in front of the ice cream freezer on your next trip to the grocery store. All in all this is a fun gimmick, but given the choice between one of my usual favorite ice creams or one of these, I don't think I'd put back my pint of Milk & Cookies for any one of these. But they are definitely worth a try!
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Review by Rich