Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Ben & Jerry's Banana Cream Pie LIMITED BATCH!

Tonight I took a stroll through the supermarket. I visited my usual spots, eyes peeled for something new to review on fatguyfoodblog. I was coming up empty handed, but right as I was heading for the register, I made one last detour past the ice cream section.
It's NEW!

My eyes fell upon BEN & JERRY'S BANANA CREAM PIE, and I threw open that damn cooler door so fast it almost snapped off it's hinges. You know it's special because it has "EXCLUSIVE FLAVOR" and "LIMITED BATCH" emblazoned all over the pint.
So how is it?

It's...weird. Not bad...just weird.
The container tells you that it's Banana Ice Cream with Pastry Cream Swirls, Marshmallow Swirls & Pie Crust Pieces.
The Banana ice cream is great. Creamy banana flavor that isn't overpowering, and there's little tiny chunks of banana all throughout it. The pie crust is all through it and it's quite good. It's flaky and buttery. I'm not sure how they manage to put it in there without it getting soggy. It's quite the feat of science. I imagine Ben & Jerry in their laboratory like mad scientists, and they figure something like this out and high five while cackling with mouthfuls of ice cream.
So whats the downside?
Well the Marshmallow swirl. it's weird to put it in an ice cream that's almost the same color. The second the ice cream starts to melt a bit, the lines between marshmallow and melty ice cream are blurred and eventually you can't tell them apart at all.
Look at the detail! Like a sugary mountain range!
The Pastry Cream Swirl? It's a mystery. I haven't found anything in this ice cream that I would call a pastry cream swirl, whatsoever. Now I'm only about halfway into the thing, perhaps it's all in the bottom? Either that or it just blends together so much that you can't really tell the difference. Either way, I call that a failure for this flavor.
In the end, I think what Banana Cream Pie ice cream is missing, is chocolate. I know, I know, you're thinking, "leave it to the fat guys to want to add chocolate to everything. Whats next? Bacon?"
Well...Yes. I think bacon would be awesome in it. But let's not get off track. I think if they substituted the non-existent Pastry Cream Swirl for a chocolate swirl, much like the one in Haagen-Daz Banana Split ice cream, we would have a stone cold winner here.
I asked Irwin if he thought it was going to be good. He asked for a smell and promised not to try to taste it...

He lied.

Bottom Line?
It's a good ice cream. Solid banana flavor, marshmallow and chunks of pie crust. Fun to try out, especially since it's a limited batch item. You will be able to tell the tale of when you tried Banana Cream Pie Ben & Jerry's after it's long gone.
I give this ice cream a solid B.

Last night, while nearing the three quarter mark of this pint, I finally stumbled upon the elusive Pastry Cream Swirl. It was delicious! I took a spoonful and yelled out loud to Mike. It was kind of like the cream in the middle of a swiss cake roll, or cream horn. Thick, but very creamy. I looked around for more but couldn't find it. Looks like you get one Pastry Cream Swirl per pint!


  1. I've been looking for this all over the place, but no luck so far.

  2. I'm going to have to find this... Thing is, banana cream pie is my favorite pie, yet I've never heard of one containing marshmallow in any form, so yeah, the marshmallow cream is a weird addition.

  3. Did you guys find it yet? I've been hearing it's a tough one to track down. I finally found the pastry cream swirl and updated the post about it!