Saturday, March 9, 2013

READER REVIEW: Kev's Review of Ben & Jerry's Clever Cookies (UK Exclusive)

Once again, I've looked across the Atlantic to my fellow food blogger at Kev's Snack Reviews for some help outlining another unobtainable flavor from Ben & Jerry's, Clever Cookies (even though it's the same exact description as their Milk & Cookies, which is available in the United States).

Ben & Jerry's UK seems to have gone a bit mad and have added three new flavours to their range all at once. Last week saw the release of the Peanut Butter Me Up Core which I reviewed here, and the Blondie Brownie Core reviewed here by The Review Addict. They've also released this "Clever Cookies" flavour in their regular range, described as: "Vanilla ice cream with a chocolate cookie swirl, double chocolate cookies and chocolate chip cookies". According to the tub, this flavour was created to support the 5 winners of Ben & Jerry's sustainable business competition, who they have dubbed "clever cookies". These guys have come up with some new models for sustainable business, which is what Ben & Jerry's is all about. Respect to them for that. Onto the ice cream then. Ripping the lid off the tub, I was met with a strong vanilla aroma, and the ice cream had a lovely chocolatey swirled look:

I'll get straight to the tasted delicious! I love cookies and ice cream, and Cookie Dough is one of my favorite Ben & Jerry's flavours, but this was perhaps even better because not only do you get some lovely chewy regular cookie pieces, you also get the double chocolate cookie pieces. They were buttery, chewy and delicious. The ice cream had that distinctive vanilla flavour you usually get from Ben & Jerry's and the chocolate cookie swirl added a nice chocolatey kick to it. All the flavours worked together perfectly and had a nice contrast between creamy, chewy and chocolatey.

It surprised me just how large some of the cookie pieces were. Usually in ice cream you get little crumbs of cookie, but these looked like they started off life as actual cookies, albeit mini ones. I fished a few out of the ice cream, which you can see below. Overall, this is a delicious new flavour from Ben & Jerry's. I must admit I was a bit skeptical when I first read the description, because Ben & Jerry's already produce a few different cookie-based ice creams, so this didn't sound all that new or exciting. Sometimes simpler combinations work the best though, and cookies and ice cream are just made for each other. If you're a fan of the combination, I would highly recommend this!

Where Kev Found It: Sainsbury's (in the UK)
Kev's Grade: A

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