[2015 Update] Just a quick note that this flavor did finally make the transition to Non-GMO status, but it was a little hairy there for a bit as this was basically the last flavor I saw switch over. That said, the review below still stands for the most part. It's a nice flavor with a strong swirl, dense cake bits.... and a surprising lack of chocolate still. Just one of those things I guess.
Ben & Jerry's Boston Cream Pie Ice Cream
Boston Cream Pie ice cream with yellow cake pieces,
fudge flakes & swirls of pastry cream
Scooped shot circa fall 2015
[and now for the original review]
First came the pie...
Next came the donut....
And now we have the ice cream!
I couldn't help myself --- I took a whiff and yup, it sure smells like Boston Cream Pie (if you've never smelled BCP, it basically smells like a very sweet cake batter)
I dig in and YUP! this tastes like BCP alright! In particular, it tastes like the filling and the cake ...but where's the fudge coating? Uh oh, I wonder if I got a bum pint. This ice cream nails BCP on the money ....if said BCP is lacking it's fudgy frosting on top. Bummer.
Now, let me give you a little warning. The filling in BCP is quite potent. It's not some mild filling that's happy to just flitter by your tastes buds on the way to your belly. No, BCP filling is a mighty thing that contrasts very well with the equally strong fudge frosting on top. The beauty of BCP is this contrast. Now you can't just have cream and a fudge frosting (mmmmm, sounds tasty actually). Instead, we add in some yellow cake to balance the whole thing out and you have a nice dessert.
So, we have a potent filling flavored ice cream here. The nature of the filling also messes a little bit with the normal B&J texture, so be prepared for that as well. I think the cake pieces add to the presentation, and they are fun to scoop, but I'm not sure how much they add to the flavor. The filling vibe is already so strong that the pieces didn't seem add a whole lot flavorwise.
Even if this pint hadn't been lacking in the fudgy factor, I still don't think this flavor is anything more than a once in a great while buy for me. If you like party cake flavored ice creams or really sweet ice creams, you will definitely like this. I'm thinking everyone else will just try it once and move on.
One last thing, like any real cake, you might want to wash this one down with some milk when you are done, otherwise you might be tasting it for awhile.
Verdict? Where's the chocolate?
Buy Again? No