Wednesday, June 27, 2012

REVIEW: Ben & Jerry's Cinnamon Buns


Everyone seems to have their own personal memory about the scrumptious pastry known as the cinnamon bun. Perhaps that sweet smell used to act as the alarm clock; waking you from a deep slumber on a Sunday morning. For me, it brings back memories of that beautiful, blue ribbon logo proclaiming the location of a Cinnabon retail store. As a kid, I stuffed my face with these hubcap-sized cinnamon rolls oozing with warm cream cheese frosting on a regular basis. With Ben & Jerry at the helm at this frozen version, I'm ready for wild ride to cinnamon bun bliss. Just the description of caramel ice cream with cinnamon bun dough and a cinnamon streusel swirl has me all hot and bothered.


The sticky, cinnamon swirl had infused with the lid and had no intentions of letting go. After putting some real effort into it, I was finally able to remove the lid from the streusel's icy grip and toss it aside. The captivating smell of cinnamon buns began to rise upwards before I was even able to notice the large pieces of cinnamon bun dough poking through the surface of the caramel ice cream. This is the exact same caramel ice cream used in Triple Caramel Chunk and Karamel Sutra and following my first bite; is just as pleasing as I remember. The thick consistency of the premium base allows the lightly spiced, super-sweet flavors to fully envelop every taste bud before fully dissolving.


The cinnamon streusel swirl is prevalent from top to bottom and enhances the caramel ice cream with a burst of cinnamon-sugar. The sauce sticks to everything it comes in contact with and adds some texture to the smooth base. The simple combination of caramel ice cream and the cinnamon streusel swirl would have been enough to warrant this flavor's name, but Ben & Jerry's secures Cinnamon Buns a place among the best ice creams of all time by adding in cinnamon bun dough. Much like they did with their Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Ben & Jerry's can't control themselves when it comes to the amount of dough they attempt to stuff inside. Considering the high volume of uncooked cinnamon buns contained in this carton, the 290 calories per serving seems like a bargain.


The battalion of cinnamon buns remains consistent through the entirety of the pint. These bun bits are soft, chewy and demand your undivided attention. They linger around much longer than the caramel ice cream and cinnamon streusel swirl; releasing a rich taste of authentic cinnamon bun from beginning to end. It's hard to go wrong when given top-notch components like these, but Ben & Jerry's succeeded in effectively balancing out the power among the three. While the actual bits of cinnamon buns outshine the others, the other ingredients were essential in the epic performance of this flavor.


Where I Found It: BI-LO
Grade: A

18 comments:

  1. This looks lovely! Sadly we don't have this in the UK :-(

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    1. It seems like the UK gets the short end of the stick on a lot of the creative combinations Ben & Jerry's comes up with...

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  2. I am getting so jealous right now. This is one of my favorite flavors, tied with the new Blueberry Vanilla Graham Greek Frozen Yogurt.

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    1. I haven't tried the Blueberry Vanilla Graham Greek Froyo yet, but I'll have to reconsider after hearing how much you enjoyed it!

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  3. This is my all time favorite. Kroger makes one called "sticky buns" or something like that for 160 cals per serving but I've yet to try it to see how it compares.

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    1. I don't have a Kroger nearby, or I would do it myself. You should submit a Reader Review of "Sticky Buns" if you ever get the chance!

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  4. I tried this flavor because of this review, and it had a ton of the cinnamon bun dough mix-ins, yum! Stellar flavor from B&J, though I'm more partial to cookie dough and cake mix-ins. This was fun to try though and I definitely am a fan of the plentiful amount of mix-ins.

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    1. I'm partial to any cookie dough and cake mix-ins as well, but this flavor surpassed many of those in my book. I'm glad to hear you also enjoyed Cinnamon Buns and that I was able to steer you in the right direction!

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  5. I'm hitting the gym, heading to Whole Foods, and picking up a pint ASAP. I'm sold. Thanks!

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    1. I highly suggest doing just that. This is one of the best ice creams currently available...

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  6. My favorite ice cream EVER. bar none. it not only tastes out of this world but it feels GOOD in your mouth.

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    1. This still remains one of my favorites as well!

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  7. Maybe it is me, but I thought this was plain disgusting.

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    1. We must have completely different tastes. This is still one of my favorites from Ben & Jerry's!

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    2. I actually agree with most of your ratings. I just really hated this though, and would not have it again even if it were free...lol.

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    3. Different strokes for different folks I suppose. Thanks for the comments!

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  8. I recently tried the best ice cream I've had that's cinnamon flavored. It's a Walgreens by delish called Cinnamon bun blast. The description is cinnamon honey vanilla flavored ice cream with a caramel swirl and mini cinnamon buns. The ice cream is super premium and perfect. You should definitely pick up a pint and review!

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  9. Just tried this flavor and it's amazing! I still recommend that you try the vCinnamon Bun Blast at Walgreens. It's their line of ice cream by delish. It doesn't have this beat but it's very close. They have a caramel cinnamon swirl that's sooo good! The ice cream is honey vanilla flavored and they have tiny cinnamon buns similar to the dough in Ben and Jerrys.

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