Monday, November 25, 2013

REVIEW: Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk (Discontinued, Refreeze Edition)

This post is a bittersweet one to write. Ben & Jerry’s recently discontinued Oatmeal Cookie Chunk is regarded by many as the company’s best flavors. It has also been the pint that has eluded me for the entirety of this blog’s existence. I’ve made multiple attempts to arrange shipping from other ice cream enthusiasts across the country, but it just proves too difficult and too expensive in the end. That is until a fellow ice cream enthusiasts realized my agony and became my new best friend by parting with one of this own personal pints of Oatmeal Cookie Chunk.


Fast forward two days. The package has arrived and unfortunately the dry ice hadn’t survived the cross country trip. I sat looking at the soggy pint with disbelief and quickly popped it into the freezer and covered it with ice to salvage anything inside. Nothing had leaked out of the pint itself, but I could tell everything inside was like soup. After letting everything harden overnight, I popped open the top to find what you see below. At this point it would seem fate just doesn’t want Oatmeal Cookie Chunk and I to cross paths.


I’ve only had a melted and then refrozen pint once before. While the taste was slightly effected, the consistency is really what becomes compromised. There’s still no way that I wasn’t going to at least try a few bites of what used to be a 260 calorie per serving combination of sweet cream cinnamon ice cream with chunks of oatmeal cookies & fudge.


As expected, the first few layers were rock hard. It was also worth noting that there weren’t any mix-ins throughout the first two thirds of the carton. They’d all settled at the bottom before being refrozen. The result was that the last few layers were pure oatmeal cookies and chocolate bits. Of the few bites I did try, the cinnamon seemed to be a nice touch to the sweet cream flavoring as far as the actual ice cream was concerned and seemed to work very well with the cookies and chocolate. It was a bit odd seeing fudge instead of the usual raisins found in oatmeal cookies, but wasn’t a deal breaker.


I’ll hold judgement until the ice cream gods can finally bring us together, but I see this sneaking into the upper echelon of my personal rankings once that time comes.


9 comments:

  1. This one has always been my golden goose and it pains me that they've discontinued this. I ALWAYS wanted to try this when it was still available, but I could never find it. Hopefully they'll resurrect this out of the flavor graveyard some day.

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  2. I'm sorry your pint's quality was a bit compromised. It is truly amazing, up there with Chubby Hubby and Peanut Butter World, one of the best examples of why there is absolutely no reason to pay $10 for a pint of premium ice cream. When Ben & Jerry's come through, they really hit the nail on the head.

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  3. I was turned on to this flavor last year and over a few months period I purchased quite a few of them. I definitely had added it to my top 5 list. After a few more months had passed I wanted to buy another and couldn't find it anywhere. At least now I know why? If you ever hear that it is making its way out of hiding let us know!

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  4. I love this ice cream and have eaten it for years. I just went to the store and couldn't find it. Now, on line, they break the bad news to me. Soooo sad.

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  5. It was the greatest flavor. Ever. Out here in the Southwest, it was readily available and I enjoyed it many times. I haven't taken the discontinuation of a flavor this hard since B&J axed Cool Britannia and Coconut Almond Fudge Chip.

    The Oatmeal Cookie Chunk was divine. There is no other word to describe it.

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  6. I just located this flavor at a local discount food chain in VA (Sharp Shopper). It doesn't surprise me that it is discontinued seeing as that is one of the big items this store carries. I have never tried it before but after seeing your comments here I am certainly looking forward to it.

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  7. PLEASE BRING OATMEAL COOKIE BACK ITS THE BEST!!!!!

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  8. This was my all time favorite and my heart broke when it was discontinued. It was my mission to recreate it and I think I've come close to the deliciousness that I remember. For anyone that wants to give it a try, here's the recipe:

    Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream

    Pour the following into ice cream maker container and stir well to make sure sugars don't settle on bottom:

    1 can sweetened condensed milk
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    2 tbsp cinnamon
    3 tsp vanilla
    Pinch or two of salt
    1 1/2 pints heavy cream
    1 qt half and half

    Then pour whole milk in to the containers fill line (for my ice cream maker it's 2 cups). Follow ice cream maker's directions to make ice cream.

    Meanwhile, make a batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (I just use a store bought mix). Once ice cream is done, crumble the cookies into the ice cream and stir. Freeze to harden before serving.

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