[4-Pack Review] Ben & Jerry’s Pint Slices

Well, it looks like I’ve run into a bit of a dilemma.

After spending the past couple of days doing work on the three new Hostess Ice Cream flavors, I’m completely out of clean spoons. The thing is, I don’t feel like doing the dishes and I’ve still got a huge craving for ice cream. If only there were some new products to solve this problem…

Well that’s convenient.

The latest creation from Ben & Jerry’s, Pint Slices feature four of the company’s existing ice cream flavors coated in chocolate. That’s right, Ben & Jerry’s has gone completely spoon-free.

Now, before you go accusing Ben & Jerry of copying Klondike Bars, I want to share a quick Fat Kid History LessonTM. Back in the 80s, Kraft made some ice cream novelties called Polar B’ars. Remember those? Of course you don’t, because Klondike shut that ? down for copyright infringement. See, Polar B’ars hadn’t just copied the product, they pretty much copied the packaging too.

“What would you dooooo for a Polar B’ar?”*

Even worse, around the same time that Kraft was being sued, all of their Polar B’ars were recalled for listeria concerns. Soooo these Ben & Jerry’s Pint Slices are already off to a much better start than the last big Klondike copycat. But are they actually any good? It’s time to find out by eating one of each flavor consecutively.

Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup

Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup Pint Slices feature a vanilla peanut butter ice cream and peanut butter cups in a chocolate coating. The base ice cream tastes strongly of vanilla, with a hint of peanut butter. It’s sweet and creamy, which provides a great base for the peanut butter cups to shine.

The peanut butter cups are hefty and achieve an excellent combination of salty and sweet flavors. They’re scattered evenly throughout the Pint Slice (mine had about 5-6 cups), which helps kick the peanut butter flavor into high gear after it came up fairly weak in the vanilla peanut butter ice cream. The chocolate coating adds to the “peanut butter cup” effect, too. Overall, Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup is a solid Pint Slice flavor.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pint Slices feature vanilla ice cream with gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough and fudge flakes in a dark chocolate coating. Right away, I noticed the sweetness of the vanilla ice cream–it’s much better than the vanilla-peanut butter hybrid that’s used in the Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup Pint Slice. The cookie dough pieces are fantastic, with hints of brown sugar, chocolate, and vanilla.

Those “gobs” of cookie dough really are gobs, so if you’re worried about having too much cookie dough (LOL), the fudge flakes and dark chocolate coating help ensure that there’s chocolate in every bite for the full “chocolate chip” vibe. These are dangerously good. Somebody please take this box away from me.

Americone Dream

Americone Dream Pint Slices contain vanilla ice cream with caramel swirls and fudge covered waffle cone pieces, covered in a dark chocolate coating with waffle cone pieces. There’s a lot of “waffle cone” going on in that description, and that’s probably the best aspect of Americone Dream Pint Slices. The waffle cone pieces add a fun crunchy texture and a good sweet and salty flavor to complement the sweetness of the vanilla ice cream.

Unfortunately, the caramel swirls were pretty much absent even though there were apparently a number of them. I couldn’t see or taste any caramel throughout the Pint Slice, so this basically ended up being a vanilla ice cream bar with some chocolatey waffle cone pieces. More like A-“meh”-ricone Dream, amiright? ?

Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pint Slices feature chocolate ice cream with fudge brownies in a dark chocolate coating. Yes, there’s a lot of chocolate going on here, but it actually works very well. The chocolate ice cream is rich and sweet, and stands out nicely against the slightly more bitter dark chocolate coating.

The fudge brownie pieces are superb. They’re luscious and incredibly soft, like someone just pulled freshly baked brownies out of the oven and jammed 6 or 7 pieces into your ice cream. These Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pint Slices are very good, but I think I prefer the variety of flavor in Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough by a slim margin.

Ben & Jerry’s Pint Slices are a fun new product from a company that usually just releases new ice cream flavors. With Pint Slices, Ben & Jerry’s took some of its more popular (yet “safe”) flavors and put an interesting spin on them. For the most part, it worked. I’m looking forward to seeing if they add more complex flavors to the Pint Slices line-up in the future. For now, though, at least we know they’re better than Polar B’ars.

*photo credit: @ericladler on Twitter

Item: Ben & Jerry’s Pint Slices
Price and Place of Purchase: $4.28 each at Walmart
Nutrition Facts (serving size-1 bar): Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup: 300 calories, 200 calories from fat, 22 grams of fat, 13 grams of saturated fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 70 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 20 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: 290 calories, 160 calories from fat, 18 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 35 milligrams of sodium, 31 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 24 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein.

Americone Dream: 280 calories, 160 calories from fat, 18 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 70 milligrams of sodium, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 25 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein.

Chocolate Fudge Brownie: 250 calories, 140 calories from fat, 16 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 60 milligrams of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 22 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein.

In a Nutshell: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Chocolate Fudge Brownie are must-buy Pint Slice flavors. Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup is pretty good, but you can safely pass on Americone Dream. Polar B’ars were a terrible idea.
Overall Score: Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup: 7.5 out of 10

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: 8.5 out of 10

Americone Dream: 6 out of 10

Chocolate Fudge Brownie: 8 out of 10

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