Tuesday, June 2, 2015

READER REVIEW: Eilish's Review of Ben & Jerry's Cheesecake Brownie

I am obsessed with cheesecake, I'll just be up front about that. It's so creamy, tangy, and satisfying. I think everyone loves brownies as well, so when I spotted this Cheesecake Brownie pint of Ben & Jerry's in my local grocery store, I knew I had to try it.

This ice cream is described as "cheesecake ice cream with cheesecake brownie chunks." In my initial reading of this, I missed the cheesecake brownie and just saw the word brownie, so that was a little bit of a surprise. I started wondering if I would be able to taste the cheesecake in the brownie, or if it would be muted by the cheesecake base.

This particular flavor has 260 calories per 1/2 cup, so... It's not diet food.

I opened the container, and despite a small amount of freezer burn, I could still see visible chunks of brownies in a cream colored base. Mix ins are definitely the best part of any Ben & Jerry's flavor, and the amount I can see from the top seems plentiful. I smelled it (because I'm odd) and it definitely smelled like cheesecake.

Upon scooping, I managed to a big chunk of brownie on my spoon. I tasted it and could tell if it not a Greyston Bakery brownie (typical of many of their flavors), but it was still a tasty, moist piece for being in ice cream. I didn't get a "cheesecake" brownie flavor; it just tasted like chocolate. The base is very creamy and is tangy, kind of like a vanilla yogurt. It melts on your tongue, and has just enough sweetness to balance out the strength of the flavor. When the brownies and cheesecake base combine, it created a very pleasant balance of chocolate and cheesecake, almost like an Oreo cheesecake flavor. The brownie chunks added some texture and were mixed in well, and the creamy base added the contrast needed to really make this flavor shine.

Overall, this ice cream met all of my expectations. The flavors meshed well, even if this is one of the more toned down selections. The only improvement I would make would be to add a little bit more texture, like fudge chips, for the people who really like the mix ins!

Where Eilish Found It: HEB
Eilish's Grade: B

1 comment:

  1. This was actually the first B&J ice cream flavor I ever tried. I was kind of avoiding it for years cause I'm not a big fan of a ton of mix-in ingredients like that. I mean even with a DQ Blizzard at most I would get the oreo cookies or my preferred flavor of Banana Cream Pie, or Reese's cups. But anything from a carton was always something far more traditional. So I actually surprised myself by getting bored enough with my usual standbys(butter pecan, strawberry, cookies and cream, vanilla bean) and went down farther in the ice cream aisle and chose Cheesecake Brownie.

    I have to say although I liked it well enough, I personally found the cheesecake flavoring a good mild mix with the chocolate. But not having a cheesecake based ice cream before, it was such a peculiar flavor that my mind was thinking it was tasting more like an egg nog sort of flavor. As for the brownie actually being a cheesecake brownie flavor itself, I definitely didn't get that. I for sure tasted brownie flavor. And although it was pretty addictively good in the moment I was eating it. I was not a major fan of this one. I think I would give it a C+.


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