REVIEW: Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream
Ice cream and I go way back. As an adolescent, it played an integral role in my obese development. But then again so did everything. When I discovered fitness in college, ice cream was the one treat I would not abandon. For three years, my diet was as follows:
1) Canned tuna fish (for protein)
2) Frozen vegetables (for vitamins and minerals)
3) Keystone Light (for carbohydrates and confidence)
4) Ice cream (for happiness)
It may come as a surprise, then, that I have never tried Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream.
This ice cream has been released seasonally as a Limited Batch flavor since its introduction in 2007, but has never made it into my cart. This was partially because I was unsuccessful in locating it, but also because I would stock only one flavor at a time (usually a quart) and make it last for several weeks. Things have changed drastically since we started this idiotic junk food. For starters, no limited edition product can escape my tireless hunting methods. I’ve basically been playing “Where in the World Is Pumpkin Carmen Sandiego?” for the last three months, and I now have a closet worth of junk food that very well may be the solution to world hunger to show for it.
Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake flavor is described as “Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream with a Graham Cracker Swirl.” I found this during my lunch break at work, stocked it in the freezer, and then had to harass coworkers to find a cooler and some ice packs so this could survive my one hour commute home. I nestled this baby into an obnoxious pink lunch box, broke more than a few traffic laws, and returned home with a little less dignity than I had before I left. Would Ben & Jerry’s make me foolish for waiting so long?
In a word, yes. Notice in the first picture that somebody already got into the ice cream? Let me tell you what happened. I sampled some of the ice cream that stuck to the lid, savored the flavor, then impulsively dug in before remembering or caring that I was supposed to take photos.
This Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream is a flawless pumpkin product in my book. You know how ice cream is, ya know, creamy? This is creamier than that. You know how ice cream is delicious? This is better than that. Let’s talk pumpkin spices. In addition to real pumpkin puree, this creamy pumpkin crack is loaded with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Ben & Jerry’s wasn’t messing around, as each of these spices are used in the ideal ratio. After the tidal wave of pumpkin spices, the flavors transition to cheesecake. Cream cheese is high on the ingredient list, and it doesn’t get lost at all. This is not just pumpkin ice cream – it’s pumpkin cheesecake ice cream.
Now let’s talk about the flavor swirl. This graham cracker swirl makes me want to purchase a graham cracker factory, pay Ben & Jerry full asking price to produce nothing but this swirl, then immediately close it to the public so nobody can eat this graham cracker swirl but me. I might be selling it short. It’s a beautifully inspired addition to the pumpkin cheesecake ice cream. I always crave more textural mix-ins to my ice cream, but not with this Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream. Any other flavor additions would run the risk of compromising its perfection.
If you are lucky enough to locate this limited batch flavor, purchase it immediately before I buy out the stock. Now leave me alone and let me die with a huge pumpkin spice smile on my face.
Odds I Return This Snazzy Pink Lunchbox Rating: 1 out of 10
Odds I Can Afford That Graham Cracker Factory Rating: 0 out of 10
Overall Rating: 10 out of 10
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