Thursday, July 11, 2013

Review: Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Ice Cream

Before I dive into another Ben & Jerry's review, I feel that I should fully disclose that I'm not a fan of peppermint ice creams.  I've never really had a sparkling experience with them and frankly, most of the time I feel that I'm eating mouthwash mixed with ice cream.  It's kind of sad too because I love peppermint candies, so I really wish that I could have a positive experience with them and ice cream, but I'm yet to find one.  In that quest for one that I like, I'm led to today's review of this new-ish Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Ice Cream.  I picked this up on sale at Meijer for $2.50 and each half-cup serving (there are four of them in a pint, of course) comes in at a robust 290 calories.

Based on the name, there's obviously chocolate and peppermint in this pint and you can very clearly smell both.  Outside of that, I'll let my friends describe the actual pint themselves as I lift this from their website: "Chocolate Ice Cream with Peppermint and Fudge Swirls and Mint Chocolate Cookie Balls."  What surprised me about this, although I hadn't really given it any thought prior to opening this, was that the peppermint swirl was white in color.  When I dug into the pint, that was a bit of a shock to me (again, not sure why though).  The cookie balls were about the size of a small marble and while there were not a ton of them, there were enough of them spread throughout the pint that I did not feel that I would be getting cheated.

When I took my first spoonful of this, it was an experience completely different than any sort of ice cream tasting that I'd ever had.  The first thing that hit me, not surprisingly, was the peppermint flavor.  After that, Ben & Jerry's typically flat-ish tasting chocolate masked some of that peppermint flavor so that it didn't taste like I was eating spoonfuls of mouthwash.  The fudge then brought a very slight sweet twinge to the taste, although it wasn't overly noticeable since the peppermint was so strong.  All in all, it was an interesting, but definitely very palatable flavor combination.  What also made it more enjoyable was the mint chocolate cookie balls.  Granted, they brought more mint flavor to the equation, but I found that to be acceptable based on the fact that the crunch brought a much needed textural difference to the entire package.

Buy It or Fly By It?  While this wouldn't be my first choice of pints to pick up, it really wasn't that bad.  Actually, I can honestly say that this one surpassed my expectations and was the first time that I found a peppermint ice cream to be enjoyable, so it gets a BUY IT rating.  I think the presence of chocolate is what pushed it over the edge, because the chocolate did a good job muting the mouthwash qualities that peppermint often has.  This was a good job by Ben & Jerry's changing my perceptions about peppermint ice cream.

Other Reviews:
*On Second Scoop
*The Ice Cream Informant
*The Impulsive Buy

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