We Tried Ben & Jerry's New Speculoos, Peanut Butter, and Mocha Flavors
The cookie butter cheesecake was just the beginning. Ben & Jerry's announced today the release of three new Cookie Core flavors: Peanut Buttah, Boom Chocolatta, and Spectacular Speculoos -- the world's first known cookie butter ice cream. Obviously we had to try these pints for ourselves, and Ben & Jerry's was gracious enough to stop by our office with samples of each ice cream. Will the Spectacular Speculoos mark a new peak in the basic food pyramid? Read our takes to find out:
Spectacular SpeculoosYes, that is a river of cookie butter, and it is life-affirming. Ben & Jerry's wasn't taking any chances on this Speculoos-inspired pint. On top of that legit swath of cookie butter, there's a nice, subtle cookie crunch throughout the dark caramel and vanilla ice creams that ensures every bite is packed with cinnamon and nutmeg bliss. This is your new Chubby Hubby if you're a Speculoos nut -- just don't give into your natural impulse to spoon out the cookie butter straight. Pace yourself and mix it into the ice cream. It'll make for a more pleasant experience, and this way, your tongue won't instantly stick to the roof of your mouth.
Peanut ButtahYou might think it's cool to skip this Cookie Core, since Ben & Jerry's has certainly done peanut butter before. But you'd be a worthless idiot to do that, because this might be the best PB pint on the market. Seriously. What Peanut Buttah gets right that a lot of peanut butter ice creams get wrong is that it's not unbearably rich. Though there's a ton of PB in this thing -- peanut butter ice cream, peanut butter sugar bits, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter cookie core -- the ice cream balances it out just enough so you can blaze through three helpings without hating yourself... immediately. We recommend it just a little melty, but really, you can't mess this one up.
Boom ChocolattaThere's a lot going on in this third Cookie Core offering. Whereas the other two had a clear, set theme (cookie butter, peanut butter), this guy is rocking a blend of mocha, caramel, fudge, and general chocolate flavors. Scooping the chocolate cookie core after dealing with those butter bases made us feel a little like grizzled miners, and we had to spend a minute developing the proper mixing strategy, but once we sorted all that out, we were left with what's essentially an ice cream version of a blended Starbucks drink. Only way crunchier. So if you've always wanted more cookies in your Frappuccino, you're in luck.
(Also, fair warning: there's a 65% chance "Boom Shakalaka" will get stuck in your head while you eat this pint.)