Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ben & Jerry's Imagine Whirled Peace

[retired end of 2013] Congrats to Sylvie for guessing the next flavor, I'm guessing she recognized the little circular peace signs found in Ben & Jerry's ( John Lennon ) Imagine Whirled Peace. I thought this flavor had been out for awhile, but the label still says "new!" so how could I resist? I can't, plain and simple, so here it is!
I don't know why I haven't tried this one sooner but it certainly has my attention now: Caramel & Sweet Cream Ice Creams Swirled with Fudge Peace Signs & Toffee Cookie Pieces. The only thing that I'm afraid of here is the fact we've gone over 10g of saturated fat per serving. I know it's Ben & Jerry's and this isn't unusual for them, I just hope the taste justifies the dietary cost.

Wow!  Talk about chuck full of tasty bites! Oh yeah, I'm excited! Now I know where all the fat is coming from - an excessive and most glorious over-serving of toffee and fudge bits! Did I say wow already? let me say it again: WOW! Must! dig! in! immediately!

I dig in and it's a nice pleasant flavor, not too strong but not too mellow either. If you look closely at the image above, you can just barely make out the swirls of white sweet cream ice cream inside the off-white caramel ice cream. If you've read the blog for awhile, you know I tend to appreciate a nice middle of the road flavor. I don't want to be bored by my choice, but I don't want to be cracked over the head with the baseball bat of flavor either. This base is nice, real nice, in regards to both flavor and texture.

The toffee cookie bits are unique, but like the base, they aren't overpowering. I guess that's the beauty of toffee cookie bits instead of toffee candy bits. They're somewhat mushy little chunks of mild toffee taste that accent the overall flavor. Even if you scoop just a bit with only a smidge of ice cream, you still won't be turned off by a strong toffee taste. I don't know if I'm over thinking it, but I want to say there is a bit of an oatmeal cookie vibe going on here.

Last, and by no means least, we have a nice plentiful collection of fudge peace signs. They aren't in every bite, but there is more than enough of these crunchy little treats. The peace signs are a little bit smaller than a dime, but are about 3/16" of an inch thick. I'd love to know how much effort went into these peace signs because they've tweaked the thickness and recipe just right so that they have this great crunch when you bite into them. Maybe it's not that hard to do, but it comes across as a unique add in, definite bonus points!

Do I love this new flavor? Is it the best B&J flavor ever? Not quiet, but it's up there. My only complaint is 11g of saturated fat which is going to make this tasty pint an occasional treat and not a regular treat. I know not every pint of Ben & Jerry's can be unique, but I really do appreciate a flavor like this one. A nice overall pleasant flavor with very distinct crunchy peace signs. Let's not forget the overall message of giving peace a chance! There is a link on the pint but it no longer works, but the container still has a special peace message for you. I'd say what it is, but it just seems wrong to ruin the surprise. You're going to just have to go buy a pint and find it for yourself.

On Second Scoop: Simple Recap: This is a nice flavor, I'll be sad when it's gone (which will be in about 5 minutes when my daughter finishes off the last of it)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 cup (100g)
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 270from Fat 150
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g25%
- Sat Fat 11g56%
- Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 105mg4%
Total Carbohydrate 28g9%
- Dietary Fiber 0g1%
- Sugars 25g
Protein 4g

Vitamin A 10%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 10%Iron 2%

2 comments:

synical said...

I just had this recently - I thought the fudge peace signs were ADORABLE!

Anonymous said...

John Lennon has always been my favorite musician/poet...now this ice cream on his behalf is another new favorite...it's the best!