Almost two months ago, I read that Ben & Jerry's had released a new line of ice cream designed to approximate a sundae in a pint. These four "core" flavors (That's My Jam, Peanut Butter Fudge, Hazed and Confused, Salted Caramel) would involve multiple types of ice cream, chunks, and, most importantly, a center vertical "core" of liquid topping. As a huge fan of sundaes, I was EXTREMELY excited.
I promptly began looking for the core flavors when I went grocery shopping (nearly every day), but neither Fiesta, H-E-B, Kroger, or Randall's had them in stock. At one point, I put out an APB on my professional Facebook page for the ice cream but failed to get a response. I guess people were too busy following coverage of the Ukrainian crisis or some sports tournament. #priorities?
Then, suddenly, the "new" core flavors appeared this month in the Buffalo Speedway H-E-B. Or, more accurately, "disappeared."
I saw only the price tags (3/$9-on sale!) for the Peanut Butter Fudge, Hazed and Confused, and Salted Caramel pints, as the shelves had already been ravaged. A few squished pints of That's My Jam remained, some rather haphazardly lying in the wrong flavor section, which I took as further evidence that the core flavors had been snatched rather violently from the freezer case by enthusiastic shoppers. Not that I should judge, given that I would have been among them if I had arrived earlier.
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A few days later I returned to find stock of a more promising nature. I picked up one pint of Peanut Butter Fudge and one pint of Salted Caramel. It was a difficult decision, mind you, as the Hazed and Confused (hazelnut and chocolate ice creams with fudge chunks and a hazelnut fudge core) and the That's My Jam (raspberry and chocolate ice creams with fudge chunks and a raspberry jam core) looked delicious. But I couldn't justify spending $12 on ice cream that day (gotta save money for gum).
Chocolate ice cream and peanut butter ice cream sandwiching a column of peanut butter fudge? Yes, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge core sundae was as good as you might expect. Oh, and I forgot about the miniature peanut butter cups. Yes, it's peanut butter cups swimming in a larger replica of a peanut butter cup. While eating this flavor, I sort of wanted a glass of milk, but I figured a girl can take only so much sugar and dairy in one sitting.
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The Salted Caramel was a bit disappointing, if only because the sweet definitely overpowered the salty. Points to B&J, though, for not skimping on the dense buttery caramel core and for liberally speckling the sweet cream ice cream with moist blond brownie chunks. If you, like me, long for more sodium in this sundae flavor, a quick, easy remedy is the addition of some crushed pretzels.
I need to give my arteries a chance to clear, but when I'm feeling less clogged I am definitely going to try the Hazed and Confused, which received a confusing, albeit ultimately very positive, review from Jack at The Impulsive Buy.