My main man Greg is my culinary confidant. My experience in all things food (even ice cream) pales in comparison. So when he shot me a text today with images of a new B&J pint offering, and a personal recommendation – I knew I had to have it.
So after work, I dropped by a local grocer to try my luck. I got lucky alright. I’m not talking about that shitty key chain rabbits foot lucky, or even 20 dollar scratch-off ticket lucky – this was big time-fucking-super-status-jackpot-lotto-billionaire lucky (google it). That’s 3 new B&Jyou see, 2 of which I wasn’t even aware of, and one I’ve been hoping would come out for some time now.
That flavor is Red Velvet. Ben & Jerry’s version comes described as “Red velvet cake batter ice cream with red velvet cake piece and cream cheese frosting swirl.” I expected the base color to be closer to a deep red velvet color, instead I was met with a gentle pink. Once I dug in I could easily see pockets of the cream cheese frosting swirl and chunks of red velvet cake.
Taste-wise the base is more cake batter than it is red velvet – a sweet, light flavor. The red velvet chunks themselves are still very sweet, but much richer and more what I expect when I read “red velvet”. The cream cheese frosting swirl is amazing as always- I feel that it is one of B&J’s best mix ins by far.
|Another “lighter” offering|
If you follow this site, or Ben & Jerry’s, cake chunks and a cream cheese swirl should sound familiar. This is a very similar design to their Carrot Cake flavor from October. I’m not sure this one is going to work for everyone – it’s not as “red velvety” as I expected it to be. That could be fixed by either bigger chunks or a richer base flavor. Regardless, this stuff is good in my book.