Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Ben & Jerry's Half Baked Chunks

[New for 2020] Why yes, we are going to do yet another cookie dough review. What can I say? Summer is a great time to snack on chilled cookie dough and my local walmart had all five flavors of Ben & Jerry's cookie dough to snack on (at $4 a bag). I've already tried the other new 2020 flavor (chocolate chocholate chip cookie dough), so let's happily dive in to...

Ben & Jerry's Half Baked Chunks
a mixture of chocolate chip cookie dough & fudge brownies

Two things to point out to start. One, this bag is only 6oz unlike the others that are all 8oz. Two, notice it says fudge brownies and not fudge brownie dough. In other words, be prepared for a literal frozen brownie albeit one that's been tweaked so that even frozen, it's still somewhat soft.

Looks good right? We've got nice sized brownie chunks and then both sizes of their regular cookie dough chunks. It's good enough that you'll wish it was an 8oz bag hehehe.

So let's break this down like I usually do. Is it tasty? Ofcourse. Do I love it? Meeeehhhhh, I wouldnt call it love. It's kind of cool how a bit of brownie flavoring rubs off on the cookie dough. That said, I feel like overall, the two components counteract each other more than elevate each other. There are those treats that come together to be more than the sum of their parts. With this, you might wish the parts were separate.

I can't remember if I've ever frozen a brownie, but I kind of feel like you'd be better off freezing a batch of brownies and then just alternating that treat with a couple bags of their regular frozen cookie dough. It will certainly last longer that way.

Again, not a bad treat by any means. It just doesn't have that "wow this is amazing" moment for me. I still happily enjoyed it, and I imagine I'll try another bag in the not to distant future, but I suspect I won't be the only one coming to this conclusion. Maybe if we could use blondie brownies instead, then maybe that spark of magic will truly set in.

On Second Scoop: ...and my bag is empty.... darn it. I will miss these ofcourse. As a side note, the number one comment on instagram seemed to be "I ate up all of the brownie pieces first!"

Verdict?  tasty
Buy Again?  I would assume so


Danielle said...

Have you ever tried making a sundae with these? I'm thinking this would be great for those people who always want more mix ins in their ice cream.

Dubba Scoops said...

It's on the to-do list to try

Alek said...

They need to sell the cinnamon bun dough chunks. It's the best! I love these.

Rabbit Girl said...

unrelated question: When you get ice cream through the mail, shrinkage often rears its ugly head--is there anyway to combat this. To me, a shrinkage infected pint is inedible as the texture is so pasty.

Dubba Scoops said...

I always say that the dry ice is "too cold" which sounds dumb but keep in mind that dry ice is -109 degrees F while your freezer is just 0 degrees F. That's a big difference. High fat ice creams can usually handle the dry ice trip just fine, it's just when you get in to the light ice creams and frozen dairy desserts that trouble can brew.

Rabbit Girl said...

but let's say you've just gotten a pack of light ice cream(you didn't do the packaging , it's dry ice on the part of the shipper) is there anything you can do, or is shrinkage inevitable unless you buy off the shelf?

Dubba Scoops said...

I cant say that I've thought of any clever tricks to get around that. I've let it temper for a really long time, but who knows how much that actually helps.