Ben & Jerry’s are renowned for quality. Of course that doesn’t mean much if you’re not into ice cream, and personally I’ve never got why so many love it. However, ice cream’s existence is immediately justified when wrapped in cookies. The sweet dough and cool, creamy interior of a good ice cream sandwich make a perfect marriage. Given that potential and the company’s reputation, I was excited to see the Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough ‘Wich appear in my local supermarket.
I promptly bought and devoured, and here’s what I found.
The official description from the Ben & Jerry’s website:
“Vanilla Ice Cream with Cookie Dough Sandwiched Between Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.”
This is what it looks like:
Taste & Texture
I grabbed the first Cookie Dough ‘Wich straight out of the freezer. It was tough outside, unpleasantly hard inside, and all I got taste-wise was a vague sweetness.
Unbelievable. These things were over twice the price of the last ice cream sandwiches I’d bought and loved, and they seemed to be nothing but an outrageous rip-off.
All the ice cream sandwiches I’d had to that point were great straight out of the freezer. But I remembered that Magnums were better with a few minutes to thaw slightly—maybe these would be the same?
The next night I left one at room temperature for twenty minutes before I ate it. Holy god, what a difference.
The cookie outsides became tender and chewy, and the middle softened up perfectly. The taste was still subtle, but with a bit of temperature it was infinitely more nuanced than the first try.
It’s quite sweet, there are vanilla and cocoa elements in the cookies, the crackle and taste of chocolate chips, and the ice cream interior is rich and creamy. Punctuating the creaminess inside are cookie dough bits scattered through the ice cream.
And it rings of quality, you’d almost swear it was homemade.
Serving size: 65 g
Fat: 9.1 g
Carbohydrate: 31 g (20 g sugar)
Protein: 3.1 g
Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough ‘Wich Rating: 9/10
This is an excellent product, and renews my faith in ice cream generally. I’m so glad I gave it a second try.
Like many premium products, unfortunately it commands a premium price that I find pretty hard to justify on a regular basis. But it’s well worth trying, and even better if you can find it on special.
(I recently bought a bunch of boxes because it happens to be almost half price at my local supermarket currently…)
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