I was first acquainted with Ben & Jerry's when I was a Sophomore in college. Imagine it. Six girls... with six different diets/preferences in food... with one stove, and one sink. Needless to say, I used a lot of my dining cash at the campus convenience store, and more often than not, my dinner was Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia. Yumm! I really don't know how I didn't balloon up 10 sizes, but instead of hating myself for consuming several pints of ice cream a week, I started my permanent love affair with good ol' Ben & Jerry.
Ben & Jerry's sent enough coupons for me to pick out 5 different flavors to review! I tried to go with some new flavors, but the entire concept of "new" tends to be lost on us Maine folk. So, I went with some that I hadn't tried yet, plus a fallback. Talk about flavorful, sugary goodness overload. I didn't even know where to begin. I'm the type of person that will stick with a flavor because I know I like it (and we all know Ben & Jerry's is a bit of a splurge so the flavor you choose HAS to be worth it). I sent the husband out to Target, and after about 10 minutes of figuring out which flavor contained what, I settled on Coffee Caramel Buzz, the oldie, but goodie Cherry Garcia (chalk it up to nostalgia), Chocolate Therapy, Volun-Tiramisu, and Chocolate Fudge Brownie. As you can see, it was one of THOSE weeks. I went pretty heavy on the chocolate and the coffee when selecting my flavors. And for the sake of maintaining freshness (just nod your head and smile), the eating of the review items was completed before the idea of taking a picture crossed my mind. I can also say that I didn't think it was fair to taunt you anymore than you already will be by the end of this review.
Ben, Jerry and I had quite the adventurous week. They came along with me over to a friend's house! I figured 5 pints was way too much to power through without the excuse of being pregnant, or a starving student, so I offered her one of mine. She decided to go with the Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and LOVED it. This particular flavor is pretty self explanatory and more along the lines of traditional. It's just chocolate ice cream with chocolate fudge brownie pieces. It really is the perfect PMS ice cream. (Oh com'on, you know you were thinking it too.) It's simple, but hits that screaming chocolate sweet tooth and makes it quiet down for the time being.
Volun-Tiramisu came along for the visit too, but this one didn't receive quite as much love from me. I actually passed it off onto the husband - who then devoured it and said it was one of his favorite flavors. Go figure. Volun-Tiramisu is actually an exclusive flavor to Target, or at least that's what I read online. I couldn't find it on the Ben & Jerry's website. Volun-Tiramisu is comprised of coffee marscapone ice cream, with cocoa dusted, coffee rum lady fingers. It tasted JUST like tiramisu which is probably why it wasn't my favorite. I like the coffee, I like lady fingers, I like the cocoa, I'm totes cool with rum, but... there's something about a soggy pastry that just doesn't sit right with me. Couldn't get past it in Olive Garden, couldn't get past it in Ben & Jerry's.
I've always been a fan of Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, and since toffee isn't all that far off from caramel, my guess was that the Coffee Caramel Buzz ice cream was going to be pretty downright fantastic. I was right! (I love being right.) If I could have my way, instead of having my morning cup of coffee, I would just eat the Coffee Caramel Buzz. It was very close to a caramel macchiato from Starbucks. Made with coffee malt ice cream, whiskey caramel swirls & English toffee pieces, Coffee Caramel Buzz definitely shot its way up to my list of favorites. Right up there with Cherry Garcia (more on that later), Creme Brulee, Half Baked, and Coffee Heath Bar Crunch. I pretty much have a flavor to fit whatever mood I'm in.
Now, I don't think you can ever really go wrong with Cherry Garcia. It's cherry ice cream, with huge maraschino cherries, and massive chocolate chips (although described as fudge flakes). It's one of those flavors that you can just eat, and eat, ...and eat because it isn't weighed down by a lot of dough/batter/swirls, etc. I like eating it and pretending it's a chocolate covered cherry, but there just isn't quite enough chocolate to really get the full effect. When I realized the last two flavors I had left were Cherry Garcia and Chocolate Therapy, the light bulb went off. EAT THEM TOGETHER. It's so simple!
Chocolate Therapy is a fantastic ice cream, and I never thought I'd ever say this, but it was almost TOO much chocolate for me. I'm talking this being "Shark Week" chocolate ice cream worthy. If you don't get that reference, just don't worry about it. You'll be glad you don't know. Anyway, it truly was a delicious ice cream, but I prefer to sit down and pig out and eat half of a pint or more at a time, and with this one after two bites I had to call it a draw. So, I mixed it with the Cherry Garcia. About 2/3 Cherry Garcia, to 1/2 Chocolate Therapy, and voila! You now have chocolate covered cherry flavored ice cream. Best combination EVER.
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