Ben & Jerry's Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Core Ice Cream
chocolate & cheesecake ice creams with chocolate cookies & a cheesecake core
The core is being shy.
I take a bite and it's chocolate in the front, cheesecake at the very end. I try the cheesecake base and it's... really mild. Hmm, ok, trying the core by itself. Ha, it kind of tastes like boston cream pie filling too. It's more sweet (and pastry-y) than it is cheesy.
I scoop on and I'm not sure I really get this take on cookies & cream. The thing that makes a C&C flavor great is how well the cookies permeate the ice cream. I want cookie crumbs everywhere! That's not happening here. At all.
Ok, trying to eat a little slower to extract more flavor. The chocolate base with a bit of core complexity is nice and all, but I definitely expected this to be stronger. It's fine, but it's not epic.
The problem is once again semantics. The two big parts to this name are "cookies & cream" and "cheesecake". To be harsh, C&C is completely wrong and the cheesecake is too mild. Focusing on it, yeah, I get it, but I didn't plan on having to think about it so hard. Yes I complain when flavors are too strong, but too mild can be frustrating for people as well. Maybe I would have called this one chocolate cheesecake core and gone with cheesecake bits instead of cookie bits. That would have been fun and more in line with what I got.
On Second Scoop: New day, new perspective... maybe. First off, the core died at the halfway mark.... AGAIN. Not Cool. If you can forgive that transgression, I believe this pint suffers that classic B&J's fate of trying to do too much in a small package. The cheesecake flavoring is too mild to have to fight it out in restricted space like this. Yeah, the core is fun and I still think it basically tastes like pastry cream, but it's not given a platform to shine. Just ditch the chocolate side, double (or triple) the cookie factor and this one would be fun. As is, it's debatable if I'll pick it up again.
Verdict? not strong enough
Buy Again? meh