Ok, time to post a real review up on the net,
one that actually has pictures of the ice cream!
Well, it's definitely a slow starter visually, but is this picture really a good indicator?
If you look closely at the two pictures above, you will notice vanilla bean flecks in the ice cream. You might also notice that the color is just slighty off by being a smidge more brown than B&J's typical vanilla offering.
Now a lot of people have been complaining about the "hint of rum", and in their defense, "hint" might be too strong of a word. The base ice cream is typical excellent B&J's vanilla though basically you can tell that it's not straight vanilla. So it's not that you can taste the rum, it's that it doesn't taste 100% like normal vanilla. "Subtle hint" probably would have been a better way to word it to help keep people's expectations low.
All three of these are rum balls, and as you can see, they do vary in size a bit.
In my pint, the rum balls seemed to outnumber malt balls by at least 3 to 1.
Part of me wants to say that they could have forgotten the malt balls all together, but I do like that occasional crunch that keeps you off guard. I did find that the malt texture did tend to linger a bit unlike the other components of this treat, but this is ok because you don't hit them too often. Sometimes I complain that a flavor isn't consistant, but in this case it's a good thing. It goes from a few pleasant bites, to crunchy for a moment, to a little malty, back to pleasant again. It makes this flavor more unique.
Now granted I hadn't eaten lunch, but I easily plowed through half this pint in no time. It's a surprisingly mild flavor that goes down very easy. I could have easily polished off this entire pint as I sat in the grocery store parking lot. Thankfully, reminding myself that the whole container would be 200% of my saturated fat for the day was enough to get me to stop... 'til late afternoon when I polished off another serving.
So, taken all that I've said into account, rather than a bunch of repetitive (albeit sometimes amusing) jokes, I think you can see this one is different and worth a try. The secret is setting your rum-fueld expectations low so that you won't be disappointed like so many other reviewers. This isn't Captain Morgan's Schweddy Balls, it's Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and you're probably going to like it, just be warned you might want to devour the whole pint in one sitting.
Verdict? surprisingly pleasant
Buy Again? sure
|Serving Size 1/2 cup (104g)|
Servings Per Container 4
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 270||from Fat 140|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 15g||23%|
|- Sat Fat 10g||50%|
|- Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 31g||10%|
|- Dietary Fiber <1g||2%|
|- Sugars 26g|
|Vitamin A 10%||Vitamin C 0%|
|Calcium 10%||Iron 2%|