Tested: Ben & Jerry’s Cookies and cream cheesecake core

I have confession to make: I’m a cheesecake master. I’m not saying it to brag or boast, merely trying to convey that over the past 6 years I’ve baked hundreds of cheesecakes and experimented with many different ingredients, proportions and methods. So naturally, whenever I come across a product in the cheesecake category – my interest is piqued. And it was definitely piqued when none other than Ben & Jerry’s, my favorite ice cream manufacturer decided to incorporate cheesecake into a flavor! This was just something I had to try, and I ended up giving this one two separate shots. Did it deliver? Read on to find out.

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Sweetness balance: 9/10
Almost perfect. Just a slight tad sweeter would be spot on!

Texture: 10/10
The core series usually hold very good texture. Something smooth, something gooey and something crunchier. Perfect!

Lives up to description: 6/10
This is the area where it falls a bit short in my opinion. The description contains all elements, but when tasting it, they seemed mixed differently. The description says ‘Chocolate and cheesecake ice creams with chocolate cookies and cheesecake core’. A more accurate description would be ‘Vanilla and chocolate ice cream with chocolate cookie crumbles and a cheesecake batter core’.

Other considerations (creative flavor pairing, innovative, boldness, etc): 6/10
I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m disappointed. I think it’s a step in a promising direction. Cheesecake is such a versatile ingredient. It can be paired with almost anything! Incorporating it into ice cream in the first place is a bold move. It’s no accident that their strawberry cheesecake is one of their most popular flavors. What’s holding me back here is the combination of ingredients. I think it’s too bland. The cheesecake core element in this one SHINES and should be paired with something more exciting!

Overall summary: 31/40 points, which equals a 78% rating. I recommend trying it. Especially for the conservative ice cream eater who is brave enough to go out on a limb and experiment with something new. For the more advanced and daring consumers such as myself, it’s a bit flat – but still worth a shot.

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