Friday Flash Reviews are abridged reviews of new or exciting products for your end-of-week reading.
Have you heard of the marshmallow experiment? It was a series of studies on self-control, where a kid sat alone in a room and was given a marshmallow. Each kid was given a choice to eat the marshmallow immediately or wait 15 minutes. The kids who successfully waited were given an even better treat.
Well, it appears that Ben & Jerry’s is doing their own marshmallow experiment, and I’m definitely going to fail this one.
Ben & Jerry’s Marshmallow Moon ice cream is out now for a very limited time at Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops and on their online store as part of their new Special Stash series of micro-batch flavors. TV host Jimmy Fallon is partnering with Ben & Jerry’s to promote the flavor, and all of his proceeds will benefit the SeriousFun Children’s Network, which works to provide children with serious illnesses with camp experiences and high-quality medical care.
Marshmallow Moon is vanilla ice cream with marshmallow and graham cracker swirls and fudge chunks. The vanilla base is just so-so, but its vanilla bean flavor is light enough to let the other ingredients shine. The marshmallow swirl is dense and perfectly sweet, and the grainy graham cracker swirl brings a great honey flavor–though just like Bob Marley’s One Love, my pint didn’t have enough of it. The semisweet fudge chunks add a nice crunch throughout.
Ben & Jerry’s Marshmallow Moon has the potential to be a great flavor, if you get the right spoonful. Every so often, I found a huge gob of graham cracker swirl, and the flavor balance was perfect. But when that swirl isn’t there, Marshmallow Moon is just pretty good.
Either way, I’d say it’s worth failing the marshmallow experiment to try.
Disclaimer: Ben & Jerry’s generously sent me a pint of Marshmallow Moon ice cream to try. This did not affect my review in any way.
|How Much It Cost and Where I Bought It:||N/A|
|Just the (Nutrition) Facts:
Serving size—1/2 cup
|290 calories, 140 calories from fat, 16 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 55 milligrams of cholesterol, 105 milligrams of sodium, 34 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 26 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||Great marshmallow and graham cracker swirls, but not enough of the latter. So-so vanilla base. Failed the marshmallow experiment.|
|Overall Score:||7.5 out of 10|