Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Review

Hi ice cream lovers!

Finally getting this review finished up! Sorry for the seasonal delay!  It took a few weeks before I finally got the holy grail of seasonal ice creams… Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream.Ben and Jerry's Pumpkin CheesecakeWhile there are a lot of “pumpkin” flavored things that come out during the fall, this is basically the Pumpkin Spice Latte of the ice cream world.

After unsuccessful Walmart, Target and Hy-vee trips, I ended up using Ben & Jerry’s flavor locator to look up the closest Pumpkin Cheesecake. I victoriously found one at Walmart and proceeded to come home and eat half of it.

Pumpkin Cheescake Ice Cream ReviewThe composition is pretty simple, pumpkin cheesecake ice cream base with a graham cracker swirl. The rich savory pumpkin tastes perfectly blends with the creamy tangy cheesecake flavor. I love that the pumpkin isn’t overly spiced. Last years, pumpkin spice M&M’s tasted like cinnamon potpourri, yuck!

Ben and Jerry's Pumpkin Cheesecake ReviewI’m a huge fan of graham crackers in ice cream! I prefer the crumbly savory/sweet flavor graham crackers more than the soft, texture of cookies or brownies in ice cream.

Interested in making your own? Check out this DIY version!

DIY Ben and Jerry's Pumpkin Cheescake

Check out the recipe at Lacucinadilauren.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

Romantic Ice Cream Ideas

Valentine's Day Ice Cream Ideas

Instead of substandard chocolate and out-of-season strawberries this Valentine’s day, why not ice cream? If sharing a Ben & Jerry’s pint isn’t special enough, try one of these romantic ice cream ideas.

Cold Stone Ice Cream Cake

Custom ice cream cake!

For my anniversary one year, I created a custom Cold Stone Ice Cream cake based on ice cream we’d gotten on our first date! The inspiration was a cake batter ice cream with white chocolate and peanut butter mix-ins. There are so many ways to customize your Cold Stone cake! Custom cakes get 1 main ice cream flavor, 3 mix-ins, 1 type of cake, 1 mid-layer, 1 type of frosting, 1 topping, 1 type of side crumble, and a custom message. It’s a little overwhelming, but I eventually decided on a cake batter ice cream with peanut butter, white chocolate chips, & Reece’s Peanut butter cup mix ins. Yellow cake with peanut butter mid-layer with chocolate ganche frosting, and a graham cracker side crumble. It seriously blew every ice cream cake I’ve ever had out of the water. The best thing is you can personalize your cake to whatever is suited for the occasion. Maybe it’s a memory of a vacation or a compilation of your favorite flavors put together.

Fro-Yo date!

For a fun date idea, try going to a DIY yogurt or ice cream bar and make a special creation for your significant other. Create a fun ice cream blend that reminds your partner, or maybe something that harkens back to a fun date or vacation! This is an idea that could easily go horribly wrong depending on your combo (and your knowledge of your significant other’s favorite flavors). If you’re unsure, keep it simple with chocolate/ strawberry combo of ice creams with strawberry, fudge and some sort of crunchy topping like chocolate chips, nuts or candy pieces.

Strawberry Mochi Ice Cream

Image via tasteopinion.com

Mochi box!

Why settle for the tired cliche of a Russell Stover box of chocolates when you could be eating an assortment of ice cream mochis. If your town doesn’t have Asian grocery stores, check out  Trader Joe’s or other speciality stores. Nothing says love than a box full of strawberry or red bean mochi yummy.

If you’re looking for an DIY Valentine’s Day ice cream recipe, here are some great romantic ice cream recipes.

Chocolate Ice Cream Tacos

Chocolate Ice Cream Tacos by Cravings of a Lunatic.

 

Red Velvet Milkshake Ice Cream

mmmmmh Red Velvet Fudge Milk Shake by The Pretty Life Girls

Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Sandwiches

I’d like these Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Sandwiches any day of the year, not just Valentine’s Day!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Bacon Ice Cream

Salty & Sweet

Two naturally occurring flavors that usually go lovely together. However when it comes to bacon & ice cream, this combination often fails. This past weekend I went to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and I had 3 different bacon ice cream combinations. Bacon ice cream sandwich

My first bacon dish was a Thelma’s molasses bacon ice cream sandwich. Loved the large candied bacon pieces on top and bottom. This was definitely my favorite bacon ice cream experience. They kept the ice cream simple with vanilla, while the cookie was a sweet/savory molasses cookie with hints of cinnamon. Thelma’s always kicks it out of the park for me!

Bacon and coconut ice cream

Bacon coconut italian ice with bacon whip by Formaro’s Stuffed.

This was the most unique ice cream. The coconut was very refreshing and a nice change of pace from all the greasy, cheesy dishes at the Blue Ribbon Bacon festival. Separately the bacon and coconut ice were excellent, together they were alright. The dish seemed like it was missing a sauce or some connecting flavor. The coconut whip was subtle and would’ve preferred a stronger toasted coconut flavor.

Bacon chocolate gelato

bacon vanilla gelato

We also got $1 samples of bacon caramel gelato! The first one pictured was the chocolate and the second just caramel. Chocolaterie Stam produces amazing gelato. The bacon was very subtle and was a little salty which accented the caramel and chocolate. Note: the mounds of crumbled bacon bits in the background photo, yummmmm. This was delicious would definitely order a full serving anytime!

 

Holy Cookie Cores!

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Last year, Ben & Jerry’s launched their line of “core” flavors featuring jam, caramel, and fudge. This year, Ben & Jerry went cookie crazy and created another trio of cookie “cores.”

Predictably, they stuck to their popular flavors of chocolate/caramel and peanut butter. Kudos to them for the “buttah” name, very clever. Where they deviated a bit from their usual go-tos was the speculoos cookies. If you’re not familiar with the speculoo’s flavor, it’s a deep caramel with hints of cinnamon and ginger.

Ben & Jerry’s has quite the history of using cookies in ice cream. Lets take a trip down memory lane of Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Ice creams. These are some past and present cookie themed ice creams ranked in order of my favorite to least favorite!

Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie ChunkBen & Jerry's Milke and Cookies Ice CreamBen & Jerry's chocolate therapy

 

Ben & Jerry's Mint Chocolate Cookie Ice CreamBen & Jerry's Sweet Cream Cookies Ice Cream Ben & Jerry's Snickerdoodle Cookie Ice Cream   Ben & Jerry's  chocolate peppermint-crunchBen & Jerry's Half Baked Ice Cream   Ben & Jerry's chocolate chip cookie dough

 

 

I’ll be reviewing the cookie cores soon, so stay tuned!

Guide to Yogurt Topping Bars

Here’s an interesting read from medium.com about three different fro-yo brands, Yogurtland, 16 handles and Pinkberry. The author looks at the topping arrangements and how they affect the consumer.

Take a peek HERE

My perennial favorite fro-yo place Orange Leaf has a relatively simple topping structure. From left to right: toppings go fruit, candy, Bermuda triangle. I personally always forget about the liquid toppings are at the end in the pumps. They always cause me to go a little overboard, I mean liquid peanut butter? How can you resist!

Häagen-Dazs Peppermint Bark Ice Cream

Haggen-Daz Peppermint Bark Ice Cream Review

Thanksgiving is only 4 days away! Which means Christmas festivities started, oh 3 weeks ago lol.

Yesterday, I went and picked out our Christmas tree! We go to the same place every year. We get there at the crack of dawn with flashlight in hand.

Christmas Tree

Ok, back to ice cream. Decided to pick up some Häagen-Dazs Peppermint Bark for some seasonal flavor. Of course the purple limited edition carton caught my eye, as well as the delectable looking peppermint bark on the cover. Nothing says Christmas more than candy cane strips and chocolate.

Haggen-Daz Peppermint Bark Ice Cream Review

Overall the ice cream was good, not great. It had the clean, creamy taste of most Häagen-Dazs ice creams. I loved the white chocolate base but was a little underwhelmed by the mix-ins.

The “crunchy chocolaty peppermint bark” tasted more like simple chocolate chunks and the peppermint pieces were little small for my taste. I couldn’t get a mix-in in every bite, I had to do a bit of rooting around to get good spoonfuls.

Haggen-Daz Peppermint Bark Ice Cream Review

It’s a good seasonal flavor, but not one that I would get more than once a year. Can’t wait to try some more seasonal flavors!

Delish Ice Cream- S’mores Swirl

Delish-S'mores Swirl

It’s dark out by 5:30 now. Oh the joys of daylight savings time. It’s now officially that time of year. To commemorate the consistent darkness I bought some ‘Delish’ ice cream by Walgreens. I’ve been seeing these all black tubs for awhile now and figured the smores would be a good choice on this cold blustery night.

Delish-S'mores Swirl

I was literally shocked by this ice cream. I expected a lame off brand ice cream experience with little taste and little add-ins. I was delightedly surprised! The base was a ying yang of types of ice cream. Chocolate creamy ice cream with a fudgy flavor. The dual side is a sweet marshmallow flavor with sizable chocolate chunks and a very interesting graham cracker smear. The swirl tasted  like if you mixed straight sugar, graham cracker & butter and added a dollop to this ice cream. DELICIOUS!! No need to hunt to find a good bite in this ice cream, it’s everywhere!!!!!

 

 

Delish-S'mores Swirl

I polished off this pint, which I never do. I can’t wait for my next pint!