Sunday, March 29, 2015

REVIEW: Ben & Jerry's Peanut Buttah Cookie Core Versus Boom Chocolatta! Cookie Core

Recently, we've been very unlucky in getting any of the recent Ben & Jerry's releases. In fact, until we stumbled upon these two flavors earlier this week, we hadn't seen any of the Cookie Core flavors in our area despite being released at the beginning of the year. Even though reviewing a pint of Spectacular Speculoos Cookie Core wasn't possible, we pressed forward with a showdown between Peanut Buttah Cookie Core and Boom Chocolatta! Cookie Core. The carton on the left features a peanut butter ice cream with crunchy peanut butter sugar bits, peanut butter cookies & a peanut butter cookie core while the one of the right brings together mocha & caramel ice creams with chocolate cookies, fudge flakes & a chocolate cookies core.

We start with the Peanut Buttah Cookie Core pint. The first layer shows bits of the peanut butter sugar bits, but lacks any real hint of the peanut butter cookie core lying beneath the surface. One swipe of the spoon changes all that. Once the first layer is removed, the peanut butter sugar bits, peanut butter cookies and peanut butter cookie core overwhelm Ben & Jerry's proven peanut butter ice cream.

Even though our spoons gravitated towards the soft, crunchy, peanut butter powered center, the other peanut butter tidbits kept the outer ring interesting enough to evenly ration out our core until the end. Peanut Buttah Cookie Core is our ideal implementation of Ben & Jerry's new solid-center style flavors.

Where I Found It: Target
Grade: A

We had somewhat high expectations after reviewing Peanut Buttah Cookie Core, but the description and first layer impressions of Boom Chocolatta! left us optimistic that we could have repeat success. Two different bases sat this one apart from the previously reviewed pint, but even a combination of mocha and caramel ice creams can't beat out Ben & Jerry's pure peanut butter in our eyes.

With that said, this wasn't too far behind because of the incredible chocolate core. The crunchy, cocoa flavored cookie concentration was a great addition to an otherwise average pint of ice cream. Boom Chocolatta Cookie Core's only downfall was that our spoons couldn't stay away from the center and we soon found ourselves with a hole to the the bottom of the pint with a lot of ice cream around the outsides.

Where I Found It: Target
Grade: B

Peanut Buttah Cookie Core on the Left, Boom Chocolatta! Cookie Core on the Right.

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