I can't think of a more sure-fire combination than chocolate and peanut butter. If a company can't superbly utilize the two, then they've failed. And though I could ramble on about how every protein bar in existence does just that, we're here to talk about something that doesn't put protein first: Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter Fudge Core ice cream, a product whose intent is quite plainspoken.
The last partaking I had of a chocolate/peanut butter offering from Ben & Jerry's (which there are quite a few) was the Target-exclusive Peanut Butter World. Of course, I could just call it Bliss in a Pint, but that would simply undermine it. Point is: Peanut Butter Fudge Core has a lot to live up to. But the mere description leaves me insouciant to the idea of inferiority.
Scent is one of the last things I tend to note in ice cream, but an aroma of roasted peanut butter immediately grazes my workspace. This unfurling effect is in keeping with the entire pint, because even the chocolate base is brimming with a peanut butter essence. While the peanut butter base might attempt to put things back into perspective, it's still tough to not be thrown off by such a consistency.
The ice cream's consistency itself is, like other Ben & Jerry's offerings, dense and rich to a fault. As if it needed any help, the miniature peanut butter cups pollute both bases, further accentuating the euphoric flavor combo. And let us not forget the core filling.
In my review for Hazed & Confused, I said the core reminded me of the Riesen candy. Here's an idea for an extra flavor, should they expand their horizons. Like the rest of the pint's innards, the core is ripe with peanut butter flavor. My best attempt at describing the experience is melting some peanut butter cups together and adding a sticky, magical food thickener. That alone is enough to make one salivate, but get a bit of each part of the pint in one spoonful (which isn't difficult) bestows us with something even better. It's like Heaven decided to send a little treat our way, just to demonstrate what their everyday treats are like up there.
Yeah, it's pretty damn good.
Where I Bought It: Walmart
Question of the Day: What is your most sure-fire flavor combo?