Inside Scoop: Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Fudge Core disappointing in appearance, but not in taste
Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Fudge Core
(ELIZABETH ROMAN / THE REPUBLICAN)
Anyone who browses the ice cream islands at the grocery store has seen Ben & Jerry’s new line of “Core” ice creams.
Earlier this year, the company released five ice cream selections with a peanut butter or hazelnut, raspberry or caramel fudge core.
As a peanut butter lover, my first try had to be the Peanut Butter Fudge Kernel, made with chocolate ice cream, peanut butter ice cream, mini cups of peanut butter and a kernel of peanut butter fudge.
When I first opened the container I expected it to look like this. The website shows the ice cream container cut in half and a rich dark core descending directly into the middle of the pint. It was not my experience. After digging up several scoops of ice cream, I still couldn’t see the core.
I also thought about cutting the container in half, but I wasn’t in the mood for a mess and didn’t want to waste the ice cream because it’s actually pretty good.
Here’s the thing, there’s a peanut butter fudge core, I could taste it, but it was more like a really thick swirl than a core. Let’s go back a bit and take a look at every element of this tidbit.
Chocolate ice cream is pretty standard stuff. I’m not a big fan of Ben & Jerry’s vanilla and chocolate base. I love chocolate ice cream when mixed with caramel, marshmallow, and other chunks, but on its own it’s a bit blah. I must say that is the case here. The ice cream has the typical B&J creaminess, but the flavor is just right. The peanut butter ice cream is pretty good. I’d say it’s more on the sweet, creamy peanut butter side of the spectrum, which works here, although sometimes it’s nice to taste a bit of the salinity of natural peanut butter.
The two flavors of ice cream are complemented by the mini peanut butter cups. These are awesome, but I think they could have added a lot more. I want mini cups of peanut butter in every bite, I probably have a cup every two bites.
As for the kernel, as I mentioned before it existed, it’s just a little different than I imagined. It’s not as overwhelming as I thought it would be and I’m actually pretty cool with it because it’s my least favorite part of this dessert. The peanut butter fudge combination is good, but the flavor is not as sweet as I would like. The texture is actually quite similar to peanut butter, it even sticks to the palate, which I don’t mind at all.
Overall I’m glad I gave it a try, but I don’t think the core added much to the ice cream.
I give him three scoops. I will definitely try the Karamel Sutra Core, but other than that I am quite ready with this particular line of products.