Wednesday, June 12, 2013

REVIEW: Ben & Jerry's Candy Bar Pie (Scoop Shop, Hand-Packed Pint)

While I was in Vermont back in early April, Ben & Jerry’s informed us all that following the May through August run of their limited edition Pina Colada, Candy Bar Pie would be the next flavor to make its way into pints. Slated for a September through December release, this combination of peanut butter ice cream with fudge flakes, chocolate nougat & sweet & salty pretzel swirls sounded like something I wouldn’t be able to wait on. Luckily for us, this flavor is currently available in scoop shops around the country. After visiting one of their retail locations this past weekend for a hand packed pint of the recently resurrected White Russian, I decided to splurge for a pint of Candy Bar Pie as well. Based on the reviews I’ve received from others regarding this particular flavor, I was in for a real treat.

Image Courtesy of Care's Kitchen (Found on FlickR)

This complicated creation gets its inspiration from a pie that typically features a chocolate or pretzel based crust, is filled with layers of creamy filling, and topped with broken bits of various chocolate-coated candy bars. As the guy packing my pint pulled this stuff out of the large carton he had hiding in the freezer, it looked highly involved. Each heaping scoop he forced into the pint was chock full of mix-ins and the design closely resembled the actual dessert. I’d imagine that the factory made pints that we’ll be seeing in September will be a bit more uniform than mine, but regardless, it’s obvious that Ben & Jerry’s intends for you to get a nice dose of each ingredient in every bite.

This dense mixture of candy bar ingredients comes in at 280 calories per serving, which isn’t too bad considering a peanut butter ice cream is used. Since it would be nearly impossible to taste the base by itself, I go full throttle from the get-go. Some may have a problem with the fact that so much is going on inside Candy Bar Pie, but that doesn’t hinder the the overall taste in the slightest. Besides the visible flakes of fudge scattered about, all the other components have seemingly meshed into one. The result is a flavor that has a gritty feel thanks to the two pretzel swirls, and when combined with the rich peanut butter ice cream and dark splotches of chocolate nougat, hits nearly every texture imaginable in ice cream.

Although Ben & Jerry’s always chooses top-notch mix-ins to throw in with their peanut butter ice cream (i.e. What a Cluster and Peanut Butter Cup), they’ve really found some complimentary components with these. The fudge flakes remain small enough to melt down quickly and provide a rich chocolate finish. The chocolate nougat doesn’t add all that much, but the mild flavoring definitely doesn’t hurt anything either. For me, the contrasting pretzel swirls were the highlight of Candy Bar Pie. I couldn’t really pinpoint which one I was getting at a given moment by just looking, but the burst of sugar or salt flavor mixed with the gritty texture ended up being my favorite aspect. Ben & Jerry’s was intentionally targeting those who enjoy sweet and savory in this ice cream, and considering how partial I am to this combination, I can’t wait for Candy Bar Pie to make its way into stores this September so I can rescoop.

Where I Found It: Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop
Grade: A


  1. Hold the phone, candy bar pie is going to be in stores? Where does one come upon such information?
    Does the soothsayer know whether the Walmart exclusive Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and the Walgreens exclusive Truffle Trifecta are permanent stays or not?

    1. Yep, sure is. Copy and paste this into your browser to read more:

      And I doubt either Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup or Truffle Trifecta will be around permanently, but who really knows...Ben & Jerry's seems to be very secretive about the flavors they create for companies like Target, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, etc.

  2. Yep, I think one item that's overlooked on the ingredients label, 1 serving = 1/2 cup. And here I thought a pint was a serving, er well least 1/2 of it.

    1. A common mistake. The majority of pints fit 4 servings in, with the exception of Haagen Dazs that only fills theirs with 3.5 servings. If a pint of Candy Bar Pie would only cost me 280 calories, I'd have a whole freezer full!


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