Saturday, January 5, 2013

READER REVIEW: Bob's Review of Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk (Discontinued)


Oatmeal Cookie Chunk is by far one of the hardest flavors to find across the United States; and only going to become harder to find after Ben & Jerry’s confirmed it’s headed to the Flavor Graveyard in the near future. It's not very common you'll run across this in your local grocery store, and a matter of fact, I actually had a friend pick this up for me when his wife was in New Jersey because I live in Pennsylvania (which is around 6 hours away from where it was purchased, and the closest location I could find). Besides their limited edition flavors I have seen on various message boards and heard about in online reviews, this is widely considered one of the best tasting flavors currently available from Ben & Jerry’s. Oatmeal Cookie Chunk is labeled as sweet cream cinnamon ice cream with chunks of oatmeal cookies and fudge, a description that contains many of favorite ice cream ingredients.


After opening this pint, the cinnamon ice cream effectively hides all the other ingredients lying below the first layer. My first few bites consisted of mainly the base, which seemingly overpowers anything else you bite into with this ice cream. It tastes like someone made a fresh sticky bun and put cinnamon glaze on top of it as it melts in my mouth. Although the sweet cream cinnamon base is strong, Ben & Jerry’s does not disappoint with the amount of mix-ins they’ve shoved inside. Oatmeal Cookie Chunk is on the same level as Everything But The with all the oatmeal cookie and fudge chunks I began to encounter. As I worked my way towards the bottom, these mix-ins only seemed to get more substantial. The taste provided by the oatmeal cookies combined with the base ice cream is surreal. This also featured some of the largest fudge chunks I’ve found in any pint from Ben & Jerry’s.


After tasting the ice cream as a whole, this immediately jumped into my top 3 flavors next to What a Cluster and Half Baked. The base is fantastic, one that any fan of cinnamon would enjoy and the oatmeal cookies and fudge chunks come in huge pieces. If I could only make one tweak, it would be the addition of raisins to accompany the oatmeal cookies instead of the fudge chunks they’ve chosen. I’ll be sad to see this flavor go; especially after it took so long to track down.

Where Bob Found It: N/A
Bob's Grade: A

9 comments:

  1. Do you believe this has any chance of coming back?

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    1. Unfortunately not. When I was up at the factory a few weeks ago they confirmed this was being phased out. Maybe sometime in the far future they'll bring it back, but it won't be anytime soon.

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  2. This has been my favorite flavor for years but always so hard to find in stores. When I spoke to a grocery guy and heard they were possibly not offering it anymore I bought their whole inventory of oatmeal cookie chunk. Any reasons why they are phasing it out? Sales not high not enough?

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    1. Unfortunately I never was able to find it, but it seems to be many people's favorites.

      Although they usually phase flavors out to due to low sales, I feel they didn't really give this one a fair shot by making it so unavailable.

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  3. Thank you for this wonderful review of Oatmeal Cookie Chunk. You said some things very well about how good the flavor is, its demand and the confusing fact that its discontinued. Everyone who wants it back or wants to give this flavor a taste, please help bring it back by liking this page!!!

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Back-Oatmeal-Cookie-Chunk-for-Everyone/255030277877983

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    1. Not mine, but Bob did a great job with this review. Unfortunately, I've never been able to try Oatmeal Cookie Chunk. It's become my Holy Grail pint. I liked your page though and I'm all behind the cause to bring this one back already!

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  4. I tumbled across this ice cream when an ex girlfriend of mine bought this instead of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough......I INSTANTLY fell in love with it, and got to the point where I was basically buy the store's ENTIRE inventory. I recently relocated to the Washington, D.C. area and found the flavor ALWAYS available. I immediately started buy it in BULK, and within a 2 month span, the flavor became increasingly harder to find. Now I am unable to find it at all, even went as far as riding out to the Baltimore area just to find it....after barely finding it out there, it too has become impossible to find there.....been looking for it every since, to no avail....my heart and taste buds are EXTREMELY saddened that Ben & Jerry's will be discontinuing this flavor in favor of some of the lesser tasting flavors, such as Cake Batter, Cinnamon Buns, Peanut Brittle, and the AWFUL TASTING Pistachio Pistachio.....

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    1. I agree completely. There's no reason to discontinue this one and allow some of the others to stay around.

      Nearly everyone I talk to has Oatmeal Cookie Chunk in their Top 5 flavors of all time from Ben & Jerry's.

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  5. There are but a few flavors I like from Ben & Jerry's and this is by far my number one! I wish they would bring it back. I've looked high and low for it only to find out tonight it has been discontinued!

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