Sunday, May 5, 2013

Ben & Jerry's Pina Colada Ice Cream
A Limited Edition for 2013

[New Pint form for 2013] As mentioned in our 2013 Product Guide, Ben & Jerry's has decided to take last year's scoop shop only test flavor Pina Colada and turn it into a limited edition pint flavor for our mid-year pleasure. The official release dates are from May to August, and sure enough, it's the beginning of May and what do we have here at Walmart?

Tada! Ben & Jerry's Pina Colada is Coconut Ice Cream with Pineapple Chunks. My well known distrust of coconut and pineapple would have made me hesitant to try this one, but thankfully I got a test sample last year.

Now with a name like Pina Colada, you might suspect this to be a more "adult" flavor, but it's not. It's actually really cool and something I recommend you trying. If it's ok with everyone, I'd like to just run a clip from the original review:

WHOA! It tastes like those coconut macaroon cookies. Oh, I hate coconut.... At least I thought I did, but this ice cream is excellent! You guys know I despise coconut, but that hasn't stopped B&J from trying to win me over with flavors like Fair Goodness Cake. They almost had me with that one, but man oh man they've got me hooked here. This is just such a sweet flavor that I can't stop scooping it. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I want the whole pint. I quickly have my wife check me for a fever and then ask her to have a taste herself. Well, she agrees, it's great!

You might have noticed that there are chunks of something in there with the sweet coconut base. Those would be pineapple bits. None of them are terribly huge and they seem fresh enough. You can work a few onto your spoon if you want a little burst of pineapple flavor, or you can just scoop normally and just get a hint of pineapple here and there. Technically I could have done without them, but apparently a PiƱa colada is rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, so I guess you need them in there. They don't add a ton of overall flavor, but who cares, it's the sweet coconut cream that has my full attention. Oh man, I can't believe I'm saying that.

So, there you have it, it's got the Dubba seal of approval. It's nothing crazy, no funny mix-ins, no swirls to aim for, but it adds a bit of fruity fun to Ben & Jerry's summer lineup.

April 2014 Update: I still see these pints lingering on various store shelves, talk about zero interest! I guarantee this is one limited edition flavor that will never come back. It was just too tame for the masses.


Danielle said...

How does it compare to HD's version? I had tried theirs last year but it was just ok in my book and I love coconut

Ellen said...

Its good, but I prefer HD's version.

Anonymous said...

Hds I loved but it had rum in it. Which ordinarily would be fine but I ate it while pregnant and very cautious. I wonder of b&j's has rum??

Dubba Scoops said...

i didn't taste any alcohol and I usually pick right up on it. next time i see a pint, I will doublecheck.

slstooki said...

I work at Ben and Jerry's and I have got to say, I love ice cream just as much as you guys do. This flavor is one of my favorites and was only in the dip case for a couple of months! If you haven't tried it yet, I recommend the peaches and cream!