Disclaimer: Ben & Jerry’s sent me free pints of the Topped line prior to their release. Receiving free product didn’t affect my review, as I’ve poo-pooed plenty of products I received for free.
When it comes to ice cream in the freezer aisle, Ben & Jerry’s can’t be topped.
Or CAN it?!!?
Ben & Jerry’s Topped
Look, we all know the ice cream itself is great, but what keeps us coming back to Ben & Jerry’s? It’s the load of mix-ins swimming freely throughout the pint (well, maybe not freely… picture a bunch of chubby kids crashing into each other inside an inflatable pool). Ben & Jerry’s knows this too, so you know what they did? They said f*ck it, we’re not even gonna make you wait; we’re just gonna throw a bunch right on top.
Introducing Ben & Jerry’s Topped, a new line of seven loaded pints that have a layer of spoonable chocolatey ganache (and sometimes other mix-ins) greeting you immediately under the lid.
Looks like I’m gonna need a bigger inflatable swimming pool!!
This review is part of a series. Today’s Ben & Jerry’s Topped flavor is:
Ben & Jerry’s Topped – Whiskey Biz
Ben & Jerry’s Topped Whiskey Biz features brown butter bourbon ice cream with blonde brownies and whiskey caramel swirls, all topped with a white chocolatey ganache and white fudge chunks.
Ben & Jerry’s teamed with WhistlePig Whiskey to add their six-year-old PiggyBack Rye whiskey to the caramel.
I, personally, like to team with myself and add bourbon to everything.
The white chocolatey ganache immediately exceeds my expectations. It’s much thicker and more decadent than the “crackly” candy shell in Magnum pints, and offers a rich and and creamy vanilla flavor. Whiskey Biz is one of only two of the Topped pints that feature the white chocolatey ganache (the other being Strawberry Topped Tart), so keep that in mind when deciding which flavors suit your fancy.
Again, it can’t be said enough within these Topped reviews, bravo to B&J’s on this ganache.👏
The white fudge chunks taste good too and are a welcomed variant of Ben & Jerry’s normal fudge chunks that they put in most flavors. But, admittedly, they are awfully redundant with the ganache.
Underneath, you have the brown butter bourbon ice cream. This flavor is mildly boozy’ I’d say they struck a pleasant balance where whiskey lovers can appreciate it and non-whiskey lovers won’t detest it. I feel like I taste more booze in this one than when this same ice cream was used in Ben & Jerry’s Punch Line, most likely because it isn’t competing with an almond ice cream alongside it.
The whiskey caramel swirls are even less boozy to me, but it’s really effective in adding a little bit of salty against the sweet.
How you choose to attack the ganache topping is up to you: you can gobble it all first like a candy bar appetizer, or break it up and portion it throughout the pint. I found the best way was to use a fork (yes, a fork) and eat down in sections, periodically breaking off a piece of the ganache to enjoy mixed with the ice cream. The white chocolatey topping paired with the slightly boozy ice cream is a delicious combo that’s unlike any other Ben & Jerry’s flavor, and that should be applauded given how many flavors they’ve tackled through the years.
The Ben & Jerry’s Topped line is a bona fide winner in my book, and Whiskey Biz is one of the most unique and satisfying.
Inflatable Swimming Pools Rating: 8 out of 10
Inflatable Swimming Pools After Your Fat Ass Breaks It Rating: 0 out of 10
Overall Rating: 8.5 out of 10
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