I was at my local Fry's and and was interested in getting a pint of some ice cream that I had never tried before. I saw a few new "Core" flavors (My Fry's had this one and the cheesecake one) and decided to grab a pint of this. My very first taste of Ben and Jerry's (20 years ago), was a coconut flavor, and I immediately fell in love. There aren't too many coconut flavors out there these days, so I knew I had to try it out.
This pint is described as, "Caramel & Sweet Cream Coconut Ice Creams with Fudge Flakes & a Caramel Core". Sounded right up my alley! I purchased the pint, took it out to my car, and dug in.
The first thing I noticed was the huge glob of caramel, the "core". I took a little bite of that first, and was pretty impressed. It wasn't overly sweet, and kind of had a nice buttery flavor. You could eat spoonful after spoonful of that stuff and not get tired of it. I decided to dig into the coconut side of the pint first. First bite in, I liked what I tasted. This side of the pint is absolutely packed to the gills with shredded coconut. You may not be able to see it, but it is definitely abundant. The flakes of coconut packed with the chocolate "flakes", really gave this a thick, full texture. When paired with the caramel core, like Caitlin said in her review, tasted pretty damn identical to Samoas Girl Scout Cookies. I took some of the caramel side next, and thought it was good, but not great. It was a nice change of pace to go from super chunky/textured, over to incredibly smooth. I'm not sure that these were the best 2 flavors to pair together though because you already had the rich caramel core involved. If one half would have been coconut, and the other half chocolate, I think it would have worked better. Anyways.....I finished the pint but it took me longer than expected, and a few times during my ice cream session, I didn't think I would make it through (most pints I can dust off, no problem!). I purposely saved most of the "core" until the end. I wish Ben and Jerry's would include more of it and also have it uniform throughout the pint. It was really abundant at the top, but then kind of dwindled away near the bottom.
Overall, it was nice to see a coconut flavor out there. It did bring back some memories. Sadly though, it didn't even come close to my first coconut flavor experience. As with most/all of my C rated flavors, I would definitely eat this again if served to me, but I don't think I will be buying this specific "core" flavor anytime soon. Too many other choices out there and I have had way better "core" flavors than this one.
Where Timothy Found It: Fry's
Timothy's Grade: C