Thursday, December 18, 2014
Ben & Jerry's continues to come out with new flavors as 2014 comes to an end and it seems as if they've saved the best for last. Taking the classic Half Baked flavor and putting a peanut butter twist on it, the limited batch Peanut Butter Half Baked features chocolate & peanut butter ice cream mixed with gobs of peanut butter cookie & fudge brownies. Thanks to @horror216 on Instagram for the picture!
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Thanks to social media, it doesn't take long before we're notified of new flavors hitting shelves. Around this time of year, we're used to seeing peppermint and pumpkin themed products, but Ben & Jerry's once again sticks to simple ingredients with their latest exclusive flavor for Walmart called Peanut Butter Brownie Sundae. This limited batch flavor features Fair Trade vanilla ice cream with fudge brownies & a crunchy peanut buttery swirl.
I was able to get ahold of a couple of wintery seasonal flavors online at www.McConnells.com. Their seasonal offering covers a broad spectrum ranging from previously reviewed Pumpkin Pie, Cardamom & Swedish Ginger Snaps, Burnt Caramel Apple, to Peppermint Stick (no review yet), Winter Cranberry Chip and Egg Nog.
In the spirit of providing a broad flavor spectrum year round, McConnell's produces a perennial pint featuring cranberry and Guittard chocolate called Winter Cranberry Chip. It represents a bright, tangy berry flavor, which is a nice contrast against the predominantly minty seasonal winter flavors.
The combination of peanut butter and chocolate may have more ice cream offerings than any other flavor on the market. Because of this, I am always eager to try a new one in hopes that it can unseat my current go-to favorite Ben and Jerry’s Peanut Butter World. This exclusive flavor, found only at Target, is described as “milk chocolate ice cream with peanut buttery swirls & chocolate cookie swirls.” At 340 calories per serving your waistline will certainly not get as much enjoyment out of this pint as your taste buds will.
Ben and Jerry’s is known for having a sub-par chocolate base, but their milk chocolate base is a completely different story. The sweet, creamy base provides the perfect chocolate flavor that is enjoyable both by itself and with mix-ins. Every time I try this pint I get slightly upset this base isn’t used in some of their other flavors given its superb flavor.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
READER REVIEW: Elliot's Review of McConnell's Cardamom & Swedish Gingersnaps and Burnt Caramel Apple
Bridging the gap between full on pumpkin mania in October and the onslaught of decidedly wintery flavors (like Peppermint Stick, Winter Cranberry Chip and Egg Nog in the case of McConnell's) , McConnell's churned out a couple of seasonal flavors I was lucky enough to try : Burnt Caramel Apple & Cardamom Swedish Gingersnaps.
First up is Cardamom Swedish Gingersnaps:
Like vanilla, cardamom is an expensive, versatile spice used in both sweet and savory cooking. When it comes to ice cream, while vanilla is the most popular flavor, cardamom is extremely uncommon. I have only had it in ice cream in Phin & Phebe's Vietnamese Iced Coffee. In that pint, the cardamom takes a backseat to the strong, bitter coffee and chicory flavor. McConnell's has prominently featured this heady spice in their custard base. I know how great cardamom can taste in chai tea, but how will it work in ice cream?
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