My infatuation with the combination of peanut butter & jelly, like many others, started at a young age. The blend of creamy peanut butter and sweet, sticky jelly has appealed to the palates of children for decades now, but rarely is the concept put to use in ice cream. Ben & Jerry's once attempted the task with their Peanut Butter & Jelly flavor, but because of low sales, it was soon banished to the Flavor Graveyard. The Breyer's Blasts version takes vanilla frozen dairy dessert with peanut butter and strawberry swirls, but remain skeptical due to the frozen dairy dessert base.
After removing the top, the first layer glows bright white, but shows little signs of the mammoth swirls hiding below. With the vanilla base acting as the bread portion of the flavor, I skim my spoon across the all-white frozen dairy dessert. At only 150 calories per serving, the consistency of the base is as expected, soft and gummy. The flavoring is sweeter than your typical vanilla and seems artificial, but it wasn't until I scooped out some into a bowl that I was able to realize this flavor's full potential. With the top layer removed, this huge hunk of peanut butter revealed itself. It appeared as if someone at Breyer's had manually spread a thick layer of peanut butter just beneath the surface. The swirl is so dense that it's nearly impossible to break apart using a spoon.
The hardened pieces of peanut butter are not only thick, but they're also bursting with a creamy, salty taste, which balances out the overly sweet vanilla frozen dairy dessert. The strawberry jelly component looks authentic, visibly showing off the strawberry seeds inside. This final component brings the whole flavor together. The sweetness of the base, the saltiness of the peanut butter, the tartness of the jelly and the textures provided by all combine to effectively hide the fact they're using frozen dairy dessert. I'm positive a high quality, full-fat vanilla base would improve this concept, but with this currently being the only peanut butter and jelly option available to my knowledge, I'll continue to pick this one up on occasion.
Where I Found It: Super Wal-Mart