Monday, June 11, 2012

REVIEW: Ben & Jerry's Willie Nelson's Country Peach Cobbler


Ben & Jerry’s has made a habit of teaming up with celebrities and musicians alike to create some of their more interesting ice cream creations. For their southern-inspired peach cobbler ice cream, they chose the one and only Willie Nelson to act as the face of the flavor. With their blue-ribbon ice cream capability and Willie’s fruitful fan following, this was probably an easy decision for Vermont’s finest. Being from the South myself, I’ve had my fair share of this coveted cobbler over the years. Peach cobbler has always been the crème de la crème of the cobbler lineup for me so I had some high standards going into this particular pint full of peach ice cream with cinnamon-sugar shortbread pieces & a peach swirl.


At 220 calories per serving, this is one of Ben & Jerry’s lighter offerings when compared to some of their other, non-fruit based ice creams. As I pop back the lid and dig in, the peach ice cream peels back easily and avoids the dreaded, icy texture sometimes associated with a fruity base. The flavoring is mild, sweet and provides a decent platform to show off the sugary shortbread and swirl. Instead of actual hunks of peach, which could have ended in disaster, Ben & Jerry’s opts for a bright orange swirl instead. This thick, sticky sauce provides an intense burst of peach flavoring and works well with the peach ice cream. Although it’s not bad by any means, the combination of peach ingredients isn’t terribly exciting so I’m hoping the shortbread can pick up the slack.


The square pieces are sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar and easily visible on the exterior of the shortbread. The combination of spices and sweetness typically mesh well with fruit ice cream and this is no exception. Initially these pieces provide some crunch but quickly break down into a soft, chewy texture and burst of cinnamon-sugar taste that blend with the peach components to create a pretty accurate representation of peach cobbler in ice cream form. In true Ben & Jerry’s fashion, I don’t think there was one bite that wasn’t full of the sweet swirl and shortbread. Although this was still enjoyable, something was missing that hindered this flavor from obtaining an above average grade.


Where I Found It: Ingles Markets

4 comments:

  1. Everyone's entitled to they're own opinion. Personally I would give it a A+ but then again this is my all favorite flavor of BnJ's.

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    1. Exactly. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to ice cream. Glad to see someone ranks this one so highly!

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  2. I saw this at WinnDixie ONE time. I bought all they had in stock. I LOVED it and wanted to buy more. I have NEVER been able to find it at either WinnDixie, Publix or Walmart ever again. I can't believe that it was not a good seller or that people did not like it. It was very good and I would still continue to buy it if I could only find it again.

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    1. This is still one of those flavors for me that I enjoyed trying once, but probably wouldn't ever buy it again. It definitely seems to be one of their harder to find options.

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