Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Ben & Jerry's Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road Ice Cream-Limited Edition NSFW
I don't normally get performance anxiety when writing my reviews...
But in this case, Marvo beat me to reviewing this new Ben & Jerry's flavor and he went all out! The man wrote parody lyrics for crying out loud! PARODY LYRICS! (Yes, all caps, boldface, and italics! Can you tell I'm screaming?) How am I supposed to compete with that? Short of pulling a Penn & Teller and using topless women gratuitously, I am not sure I can.
There...did that help?
Elton himself may not have approved of that...oh what the hell, let's make everyone happy...
So, anyway...Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road is one of Ben & Jerry's limited edition celebrity inspired flavors (like Phish Food or Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream). It's a chocolate ice cream base with peanut butter cookie dough, brickle candy bits and white chocolate chunks. According to the legend on the container, the flavor was created using ingredients that Sir Elton is a fan of. For some reason, I think that if Elton did eat this ice cream it would be while wearing a hot pink feather boa, sparkly glasses and being bitchy to his husband...no, wait, that describes how I ate it. Never mind.
The base chocolate ice cream is the same chocolate used in all of the other Ben & Jerry's chocolate ice cream based flavors. It has a rich, deep cocoa quality to it. Not too sweet, but not bitter--just well balanced. It was the perfect binder because it didn't overpower any of the chunks, and at the same time it held its own.
The peanut butter cookie dough was my favorite part of the ice cream. It's slightly salty. There's a nice nutty roasty taste, and it adds a mild graininess to the otherwise creamy texture of the ice cream; which was a good contrast. I may have gone out of my way looking for the cookie dough chunks.
The brickle is buttery and crunchy--but thankfully does not stick to the teeth. It would have been better if the pieces were bigger or if there were more of them.
The white chocolate...why, why did it have to be white chocolate?! If they had to use white chocolate, couldn't they have brought back the white chocolate covered pop rocks from Kaberry Kaboom? I think Elton would have approved of exploding mouth candy. As it is the chocolate used is too sweet, somewhat oily, and is just disappointing in an otherwise great flavor.
It's too bad this is a limited edition flavor, because I would love to see it still standing on the shelf in a few months.
And what the hell, here's one more for the Yellow Brickle Road!