Fred dragged me to four stores to find this particular flavor that has been reincarnated by Ben & Jerry's. They have brought this flavor back for a limited time from the Flavor Graveyard! Fred was so excited to try it that he just could not rest in peace until we found it... this stuff better be good. When we brought the pint back to the tasting, I took a good look at the cover of the canister. At first glance, the background looked like a waffle cone (which did not make any sense), but looking closer I figured out that pictured was a batch of peanut butter cookies with the forked cross-hair design. Mmmm... there is nothing like a good peanut butter cookie. The description read, "Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Gobs of Peanut Butter Cookie Dough and Fudge Chips." Gobs, in my book, equals chunks; and I'm all about the chunk! As always, there is no argument on Ben & Jerry's presentation.
Opening the top, my eyes went straight to the peanut butter colored chunk peaking through the top layer of ice cream. They said gobs and this was a good start. The ice cream was packed to the brim. The color of the ice cream was just what I imagined, a chocolate colored ice cream with a tinge of orange representing both flavors; peanut butter and chocolate. I took a pretty large whiff of the ice cream and it smelled mostly like peanut butter which was deceiving to the eye because it looks predominantly like chocolate.
Upon tasting the ice cream, I concluded that this was definitely a good mix of peanut butter and chocolate for the base ice cream. I could eat this ice cream all day (note I said, eat the base ice cream all day). It had a wonderfully smooth texture and a good flavor. You can really taste both the peanut butter and the chocolate.
The texture of the peanut butter cookie dough was just like the texture of a fresh batch of homemade raw cookie dough, soft in texture and gritty from the sugar. The shape of the cookie dough was a bit weird. It looked like the cap of a door stop. The taste of the cookie dough was off too. I honestly could not taste peanut butter. The more I ate this dough, the more I just thought it tasted like gritty lard. I would say that the gob-factor was correct. I had a gob in every 2 to 3 bites. This is more than I can say for the fudge chips. Where were they? I am serious when I say that I had 8-10 bites before I hit one. I can't really even evaluate the one I ate because it was swallowed before I knew it was there.
But back to the gobs of cookie dough; they were plentiful. Here's how you have to eat this ice cream; eat the ice cream with the cookie dough all at once. It's fine then. If you are the type that sucks away all of the ice cream and then chews on the chunks afterward, you are going to get the "gritty lard" effect I was speaking of earlier. Overall, the ice cream fits the description on the container with the exception of the fudge chips. It was OK.
Does Ben & Jerry's make any ugly ice cream containers? If they do, I sure haven't seen them and they don't let us down with the container for Ben & Jerry's "Peanut Butter Cookie Dough" ice cream. The container has nice imagery of peanut butter cookies -- complete with fork cross-hatches -- and fudge chips all over. They've stamped this ice cream as a "Limited Batch" and mention something about being a "Flavor Savior." It turns out that "Peanut Butter Cookie Dough" is one of those rare ice creams that make it back out of Ben & Jerry's Flavor Graveyard. This fact alone has me interested in tasting the ice cream just to see what brought it back from the dead (flavors).
Before opening the container, we had to peel off the seal (hint, hint to those ice cream companies out there who still do not seal their ice cream). After the seal was off, we opened the container and found ice cream packed to the top, which is typical Ben & Jerry's. However, the ice cream was certainly not the color I was expecting. I was thinking "Peanut Butter Cookie Dough" might be more the color of, well, peanut butter cookie dough, or even just peanut butter, but this ice cream was more of a chocolate mousse color. Interesting.
It finally came time to taste Ben & Jerry's "Peanut Butter Cookie Dough" ice cream and I found the flavor to be just as interesting as the color. Again, it's not what I expected. Honestly, if you blindfolded me and had me taste this ice cream, peanut butter would not be on my initial list of flavors. "Peanut Butter Cookie Dough?" Not quite. After a few more bites, I began to find a very light peanut butter taste, though I'm not sure how much of this was actual taste versus my subconscious telling my taste buds what to find. This certainly was not as powerful a taste as I was expecting. Take Ben & Jerry's "Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough" ice cream. It has a distinct taste that hits you pretty good. There's really no doubt about what it is. Well, the peanut butter version isn't even close.
Trying to find some hint of a strong peanut butter flavor, I tasted some of the ice cream by itself, without the other "stuffings." The "chocolate peanut butter" ice cream tasted like regular chocolate ice cream to me. By the way, where are the fudge chips? By this point, I've probably had four, five, or even six bites of Ben & Jerry's "Peanut Butter Cookie Dough" ice cream and had yet to find one of the advertised fudge chips. On the other side of the spectrum, there were plenty of the "gobs" of peanut butter cookie dough, but they certainly didn't help the overall light peanut butter taste. They weren't like the pistachios in Ben & Jerry's "Pistachio Pistachio" ice cream. And the gobs weren't even that good. I found myself thinking, "I don't really like it, but I guess I'll chew it."
More and more, I wondered why Ben & Jerry's revived this ice cream. I got the feeling that one person submitted letters and emails and phone calls over, and over, and over again because there was nothing about this ice cream that made me think it deserved to be saved. Why not save something like "From Russia with Buzz?" (hint, hint) In the end, this was a boring and bland ice cream. There was no WOW! factor to it. After at least ten bites, I found a chip. A chip. Singular. Disappointing just doesn't begin to describe how I feel about Ben & Jerry's "Peanut Butter Cookie Dough."
I have an extra container in the freezer if anybody wants it.