Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ben & Jerry's Cake My Day Ice Cream

[By Nick, New for Early 2016] First off, I need to thank my awesome co-workers for making this review possible. See, Dubba and I have known about the names of a couple of new Ben & Jerry's flavors since the beginning of the year and have been on the look out ever since. I was talking with my co-workers on Monday about my extensive hunt to find some of these new 2016 products with no luck. Come the next morning, they bring in a pint off Cake My Day for me that they had found hidden at a Shop-Rite near them. They obviously made my day for sure. Okay, time for the first review of a brand spanking new ice cream product for 2016!

Ben & Jerry's Cake My Day Ice Cream
Vanilla Cake Batter Ice Cream with Vanilla Cake Pieces, Buttercream Frosting & Raspberry Swirls
(I apologize for the bad photos, my normal camera somehow went missing in action)

The description sounds pretty amazing to me. I quite enjoy cake batter, buttercream frosting and raspberries so there's nothing about this that isn't appealing. However, I'm not sure if I'd like them all together. Let's dig in to find out!

Oh how I love the color of their raspberry swirl. You can't really decipher the buttercream frosting from the vanilla cake batter base all that well but you can definitely see the cake chunks. The base is a tad on the sweet side but the vanilla notes keep it in check. It's definitely not as sweet as their normal cake batter base for sure.

The buttercream frosting, while not all that visual does have a distinct buttery yet sweet flavor. I think the butteriness helps tame the sweetness of the base as well. There's even a thick, frosting texture going on as well which is a plus.

The cake chunks are well, cake chunks. Nothing surprising from Ben & Jerry's and are, as always, a respectable mix-in. They're denser than traditional cake but I find that I prefer those anyway. They do have a nice vanilla quality to them so they live up to their description.

If you've noticed, I've described this flavor as "sweet" a lot. Well, the raspberry swirl turns this flavor into sweetness overload. Don't get me wrong, I love Ben & Jerry's raspberry swirl. It's natural, sweet, fresh and all the things I'd want from a fruit swirl. The problem is, this ice cream is already so very sweet. This swirl takes it too a new level that I just can't quite handle. I have a huge sweet tooth but this one just takes the cake (see what I did there) as possibly the sweetest ice cream I have encountered from Ben & Jerry's at least.

This ice cream could've benefited from a more bitter swirl, such as fudge or espresso. That would've made for a better contrast and compliment in flavors. There's just far too many sweet components going on here at once. I give props to Ben & Jerry's for starting out the year on a creative foot but this one is a little too sweet for me.

If you're wondering, I said "sweet" in some sort of form 12 times in this review.

Dubba's Note: Now I've only had one serving so far, but I would like to add or clarify Nick's thoughts. He keeps talking about sweet a lot and while I think that's a fair description, I don't know if that's the word that would of come to my mind. I would have struggled more. Weird isn't the right choice, nor is potent. I almost want to say there is this eggy-ness to it. It just struck me as like some kind of custard dessert more than their regular offerings >>> OSS: meh, eggy is the wrong word too, how about if I say the swirl is bold? I'm not saying it's a horrible thing but now I get where he was trying to go with this review. Once you get a chance to track it down, be sure to let us know how this flavor strikes you.

Verdict?  For those with a far bigger sweet tooth than me
Buy Again?  not likely


22 comments:

Josh Hinnenkamp said...

Raspberry -- far from the first flavor I associate with cake. Oh well, at least they're trying.

2c5751ca-f142-11e4-8c2c-73a49f720d67 said...

I'm all over this and I'm happy B&J put something that isn't PB/chocolate/caramel for a change- I'd love to see more. I want something fruity/tangy. (Bring back Lemon Meringue or Key Lime Pie plzzzzzz) Anyway, I love PB and chocolate as much as anyone, but they seem to have few alternatives or the ones they do kinda suck.

Doesn't Ben & Jerry's usually put out several new flavors right around now (dead of winter) to draw interest to ice cream? There's this one, and that other one that's a Walmart exclusive so that shouldn't count.

Also, what's this Bourbon Pecan Pie flavor "Texas Only" nonsense? I we threaten to give them back to Mexico unless they share.

Anonymous said...

Great review! Do you know if it's available in scoop shops?

Also, didn't realize Key Lime Pie was discontinued, boo :(

Keith said...

@anon Key lime pie was a limited batch 4 years ago.

Caitlin J said...

For those with a bigger sweet tooth than you? Challenge accepted. I've never had anything that was too sweet for me to handle xD Thanks for yet another great review!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a good flavor, but for whatever reason I hate the term 'cake day'.

Dubba Scoops said...

@Anon: look up "Go ahead, make my day" on youtube :)

Deb said...

Tip for MA ice cream eaters...at Stop and Shop, you can get $5 off if you buy five of Ben and Jerry's and/or breyers. So I just got four B and J and one Breyers for $12! That is 250 for the B and J and 2 for Breyers after the five is taken off because they are marked down to 350 and 300, respectively.

Noticed they are discontinuing the Breyers black raspberry choco chip and Samoas and extra creamy chocolate. I got the chocolate truffle...one of the few ice creams they still make. And B and J, one NYSFC, one chunky monkey, one cookie dough,mine brownie batter. May have to go back and do the deal again!

Enjoy!

Dubba Scoops said...

Sales come and go, it's best just to keep your eyes open and shop at 2 or 3 stores if you really want to save. (for reference for the readers, B&J's is regularly priced at $5.49 at Stop&Shop, so you dont want to buy it on it's non-sale weeks).

Deb said...

Exactly, that is why at $3.50 to start (since its 2 for $7 this week) and then buying five gets $5 off, it is the same as $1 off each pint, making it $2.50 per pint! I am a pro at sales :)

Anonymous said...

I am surprised. You kept saying it wasn't sweet, until the end when you said it was too sweet.

Vanilla keeps the sweet in check.
Butter keeps the sweet in check.
Suddenly it is super sweet. And raspberry took it over the edge.

Adam said...

http://www.benjerry.com/ice-cream-near-me

Unknown said...

I honestly loved this one, lol. But I guess I don't eat B&J a lot anymore.

Anonymous said...

I can normally down a pint in one sitting but I only finished about 20% of this before putting it back in the freezer. A good but not great effort by B&J

2c5751ca-f142-11e4-8c2c-73a49f720d67 said...

Found out today they're discontinuing Banana PB greek FroYo & Hazed & Confused flavors. Stop & Shop had a sign showing a low price noting it with a marked down price.

Shame, the Banana PB was awesome. Not too many flavors like that out there. Why couldn't have been Raspberry Fudge Chunk? Hazelnut ice cream was okay, but the Hazelnut core was too much IMO.

Dubba Scoops said...

Yeah, Stop&Shop has been heavy handed with the "discontinued" tag it seems. At my store it's the banana pb and also That's my Jam (plus stuff from other brands). It's a bad sign when that happens, but we need to verify by seeing how it pans out across other grocery chains as well.

Anonymous said...

Fine flavor and a break from B&J's chocolate fix of late (I'm still trying to figure out how the new cheesecake core flavor can be called "Cookies and Cream Cheesecake" when the ice creams in the description are chocolate and cheesecake; even though I have had chocolate Blizzards with Oreo cookies as the mix-in, aren't the vast majority of cookies and cream flavors with a cream/vanilla ice cream? But that's a tangent).

Couldn't really make out the buttercream frosting from the sweet cream (whatever it was, the base ice cream was good but didn't stand out); I thought it might have been some of the swirls that looked a lighter brown, but that still tasted like raspberry, as did every bite of this container. I was hoping to be able to find some non-raspberry parts (it is listed last in the description) but had no luck; the raspberry tasted like what I expected, though I am neither a connoisseur nor huge fan of raspberry (I bought the ice cream because I like to try the limited flavors). Cake was dry but didn't leave me parched, as some cake pieces from other brands have.

The raspberry was a little sweet, but I didn't find this flavor that much (if any) sweeter compared to my favorites like Cinnamon Buns or Spectacular Speculoos; maybe it stands out more if you are more used to B&J's chocolate ice cream.

Dubba Scoops said...

@Anon: yes, most companies have the limited vision of cookies in a vanilla base, but the fun companies know you can put cookies & cream with any base (which I am a big fan of). If they really wanted to rock the name though, there should be cookie bits in the core

Anonymous said...

This flavor was pretty good, but the raspberry swirl was definitely too overwhelming.

TheIcon said...

I agree with above. I was actually in the mood for cake with raspberry layer in it when I ate this ice cream. But the raspberry was just to overwhelming. I typically like all of the B&J flavors but this one def disappointed me. I would have no interest in getting this again.

Steve said...

Wow, it's so interesting just how different each of ours taste buds are. This is my favorite Ben and Jerry's flavor since What a Cluster, which I can't find anymore. The cake was so chewy and delicious, perfectly complemented by the frosting swirl. The raspberry was not overpowering to me at all, I barely tasted it, but when I did it was good. Thanks for the reviews dubba. Love this site

poopypants said...

Not a fan at all. There's a local place near me called Bruster's. They've perfected birthday cake flavored ice cream. Vanilla cake batter ice cream, thick chunks of buttercream icing with some sprinkles thrown in for good measure. B&J didnt need to add the raspberry. Thumbs down.