Ben & Jerry's Truffle Kerfuffle Ice Cream
vanilla ice cream with roasted pecans, fudge chips & a salted chocolate ganache swirl
Oh I love how companies make things "salted" to make it seem fancy. Don't get me wrong, I defended this choice on the Nosh Show in hopes that it's meant to make the pecans stand out a bit more. I'm ok with it as long as it serves a true purpose and is not just a marketing gimmick.
Quite the busy opening shot.
Ok, this review is going to be a bit of a back and forth on a few points, so hold on. I get the name now. I assume that they are going for a truffle flavor overall, and then for whatever reason it's going to be crazy (the kerfuffle part).
(apparently I forgot to attach the other picture here, I will fix later)The craziness comes from the fact that this pint is chuck full of chips and pecans. Maybe every pint won't be that way, but this one is. It feels like you get a couple of each on every spoonful, and my spoonfuls aren't exactly crazy large.
I don't really get the truffle part. Are salted truffles a big thing somewhere? Sure there is plenty of texture here, but it's not a candy like texture, it's much more about crunchy. Maybe the swirl didn't hit me as thick as they intended it to, but I don't get a truffle vibe, though maybe I don't eat enough fancy candy. Who knows.
I think the salt of the salty swirl is the worst part of this pint actually. Instead of adding to the flavor profile, I think it's pulling me out of the moment. It just doesn't fit right. I was just kind of so-so going through this pint and I was going to put it away, but I kept stealing bites and I realized the salty aspect had died down for a little bit. Another puddle of swirl popped up, I took a bite, and then I was done, I didn't need to keep going.
I know a lot of people where down on this flavor but I tried to be positive. Having finished my first sampling, I was definitely a little too optimistic. I get that they wanted the salty swirl to set this apart, to stop it from being every other vanilla with a fudge swirl, but it backfires. It's not a huge backfire, but I know it's enough to stop me from buying this one again. It will sound cliche, but they should have gone with a caramel swirl. The caramel would have bridged the gap between the fudge chips and the pecans in a way that the chocolate can't.
On Second Scoop: Up until the last bite, I was enjoying this more than I did the first time. The last bite just hit me funny, but kind of reinforced a random notion I had. I did not let the ice cream melt at all this time, I ate it straight from the freezer. The swirl was still a solid, fudge-like substance as opposed to the more puddle like substance I was downing on Friday. I don't know if that helped keep things in check a bit better or if I was just more ready for the flavor this time. It wasn't until that last bite that I had flashbacks to the other day. Look, there's no denying that the plentiful texture provided by all the pecans and fudge bits is fun and enjoyable. It's the overall flavor profile that has me at a loss. As with many products on this site, this one will come down to personal preference. If you give it a try, be sure to let us know your thoughts.
History Note: Nestle, under the Wonka brand, once released a Kerfuffle Truffle flavor!
Verdict? very busy
Buy Again? not likely