[Review] Ben & Jerry’s Keep Caramel and Cookie On Ice Cream

I can’t help but feel like Ben & Jerry’s missed the bus with this title.

I mean, are “Keep Calm and Carry On” parodies even a thing anymore? That saying is so 2012. Let me take a few stabs at a name for one of the newest Ben & Jerry’s flavors that still gives a nod to its ingredients, but is a little more relevant to today’s pop culture:

Okay, they all included shortbread, and I admit that I fizzled out at the end there. Maybe coming up with creative ice cream names isn’t as easy as I thought. Alright, Ben & Jerry’s, have it your way: like vinyl records and 1950s furniture, I guess “Keep Calm and Carry On” is cool again.

Keep Caramel and Cookie On joins Bob Marley’s One Love, Oat of this Swirled, Urban Bourbon, and Truffle Kerfuffle as yet another new flavor from Ben & Jerry’s this year. It’s not a limited batch flavor, but it is a Target exclusive. It features caramel malt ice cream with shortbread cookies, fudge flakes, and caramel swirls.

Coming in, I was most intrigued by the caramel malt ice cream–fortunately, it delivers. The caramel and malt components are both evident, and the base reminds me of a cross between the center of a Whoppers malted milk ball and a Werther’s candy. The caramel swirl is the same one that I fell in love with in Bob Marley’s One Love. It’s thick and wonderfully decadent.

Since I had shortbread on my mind earlier, how are those cookie chunks? Well, they’re so-so. They’re soft and add some nice texture to the pint, but they’re not plentiful, nor flavorful enough to stand out from the caramel malt base. Frankly, they fall short of the rich, buttery shortbread cookies I was hoping for. The fudge flakes add a crisp textural aspect and enjoyable semisweet chocolate flavor.

Here’s my dilemma with Keep Caramel and Cookie On: when you get a spoonful combining all of the ingredients, it’s pretty good–the different flavors and textures combine really well. But when you don’t get that perfect spoonful, it’s just an above-average flavor.

In other words, it’s kinda sorta lit, bruh.

Item: Ben & Jerry’s Keep Caramel and Cookie On Ice Cream
Price and Place of Purchase: $4.39 at Target
Nutrition Facts (serving size-1/2 cup): 270 calories, 130 calories from fat, 14 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 65 milligrams of cholesterol, 115 milligrams of sodium, 33 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 25 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein.
In a Nutshell: Strong caramel malt base and caramel swirl. So-so shortbread cookie pieces. Terrible attempts at being cool in 2017.
Overall Score: 7.5 out of 10
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