Friday, September 18, 2015

REVIEW: Ben & Jerry's Spectacular Speculoos Cookie Core

The pint seen above, Spectacular Speculoos Cookie Core, was the last of the core themed flavors from Ben & Jerry's that remained on our "To Be Eaten" list. It seems that speculoos is all the rage today, and not just in cookie form. The fad has also spread out to speculoos cookie flavored butters. Vermont's Finest utilizes both by combining dark caramel & vanilla ice creams with speculoos cookies & a speculoos cookie butter core. Haagen Dazs essentially beat Ben & Jerry's to the speculoos punch with their Spiced Caramel Biscuit limited edition flavor a few seasons ago, so we were looking forward to seeing this version stacked up.

Other core flavors had been very effective, so we had high hopes after seeing the promising first layer. Big pieces of speculoos cookie pushed through the top, each base ice cream was easy to identify, and the cookie core in the center looked even larger than I remember in previous pints. The consistency and taste of Ben & Jerry's bases are proven at this point, but the mix-ins really help this one out. Large pieces of cookie combined with the core provide a nice array of different textures within each bite. After all was said and done however, Haagen Dazs still owns the speculoos ice cream crown. Speculoos Cookie Core, along with the entire Core collection, is still worthy of a purchase before the lineup is no longer available.

Where I Found It: Publix
Grade: B


  1. This thing was truly vile and repulsive when I tried it months ago. I keep hoping for something like my much loved Oatmeal Cookie Chunk so I thought this one might be close but NO. The 'cookie butter' is just nasty. Why anybody would want that plasticky horrid artificial gunk to take the place of ice cream or actual quality mix ins is beyond me. In this case, even the cookies were no good. I have hated and will likely hate every 'core' flavor. The core line is just bad and should have never been introduced

    1. D, you sound crazy. I hope you get the help you need.

    2. You think I'm crazy because you disagree with my ice cream review? LOL I am simply saying what I believe. That the core line is vastly inferior to regular higher quality mix ins.

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.


Need some ice cream suggestions? Click on what component you're craving for further assistance!

Almonds (26) Apple (14) Bacon (2) Banana (31) Beer (4) Beignets (2) Biscotti (1) Black Raspberry (15) Black Sesame (1) Blackberry (10) Blueberry (19) Bourbon (10) Brandy (1) Bread Pudding (2) Brittle (10) Brownies (71) Butter (25) Butterscotch (13) Cake (83) Cake Batter (32) Caramel (194) Cardamom (6) Carrot Cake (1) Cayenne (2) Chai Tea (5) Cheesecake (39) Cherry (24) Chicory (2) Chocolate (373) Chocolate Chip Cookies (47) Chocolate Chips (114) Chocolate Ganache (5) Churros (1) Cinnamon (56) Cinnamon Buns (7) Citrus (3) Cobbler (9) Coconut (37) Coffee (65) Cookie Dough (57) Cookies (165) Cotton Candy (6) Cranberries (2) Cream Cheese (45) Cupcake (2) Custard (7) Donuts (8) Dulce De Leche (2) Earl Gray (1) Eggnog (6) Fig (3) French Toast (1) Frosting (8) Fudge Chunks (93) Fudge Sauce (61) Gelato (57) Ginger (10) Gingerbread (6) Graham Cracker (46) Greek Yogurt (7) Green Tea (3) Hazelnut (7) Honey (10) Icing (40) Irish Coffee (2) Jam (19) Kefir (1) Key Lime (11) Kulfi (1) Lady Fingers (7) Lavender (2) Lemon (14) Macadamia (2) Macaroons (2) Malt (11) Malt Balls (6) Maple Syrup (5) Marshmallow (48) Mascarpone (15) Meringue (5) Mint (42) Nougat (9) Nuts (78) Oats (3) Oranges (4) Oreos (25) Peach (12) Peanut Butter (122) Peanut Butter Cups (33) Pear (2) Pecans (42) Pie (67) Pie Crust (65) Pineapples (8) Pistachio (9) Pomegranate (1) Pralines (20) Pretzels (21) Pudding (12) Pumpkin (37) Raisins (4) Raspberry (47) Red Bean (2) Red Velvet (15) Ricotta (2) Rum (7) Salty (97) Satsuma (2) Shortbread (8) Speculoos (6) Sprinkles (23) Strawberry (44) Struesel (5) Sweet Cream (20) Sweet Potatoes (3) Sweet Tea (1) Tiramisu (9) Toffee (17) Truffles (28) Vanilla (211) Vanilla Wafers (9) Waffle Cones (8) Waffles (3) Walnuts (8) Whipped Cream (26) Whiskey (5) White Chocolate (30)