[Review] Ben & Jerry’s Chillin’ the Roast Truffles Ice Cream

Over the years, a lot of great musical acts have lent their names to Ben & Jerry’s flavors. Cherry Garcia. Phish Food. Dave Matthews Band One Sweet Whirled. And now, get this: one of Ben & Jerry’s newest flavors is named for the one and only Kid Rock.

Bawitdaba da bang da bang…

Okay, I can’t be totally sure that Ben & Jerry’s Chillin’ the Roast Truffles ice cream was inspired by Kid Rock. But after a little detective work, also known as Google searches, I figured out that “chillin’ the roast” is a play on the phrase “chillin’ the most.” And “Chillin’ the Most” is the name of Kid Rock’s annual cruise party, because that’s an actual thing he does for some reason.

This looks like a worse boat ride than the Titanic.

Wherever the name comes from, Ben & Jerry’s Chillin’ the Roast Truffles ice cream is one of three flavors in the company’s brand new “Truffles” line. The Truffles line makes up just three of eight new flavors from Ben & Jerry’s to start the year. In related news, I just gave up on my New Year’s resolutions.

Chillin’ the Roast Truffles ice cream is cold brew coffee ice cream with chocolate cookie-covered coffee liqueur truffles and fudge swirls. With a lofty description like that, I’m really hoping this flavor doesn’t let me down. But on the bright side, it can’t possibly let me down any more than…every Kid Rock song ever.

The cold brew coffee ice cream in Chillin’ the Roast Truffles ice cream is great, if you’re a coffee lover. It’s definitely more “coffee” than One Sweet World, which is mixed with caramel. The coffee aspect is strong, but the base is still sweet and creamy enough that it doesn’t taste like you ate a spoonful of coffee grounds. The rich fudge swirls help dampen the coffee flavor a bit, too.

Now, on to the truffles. The chocolate cookie coating tastes strongly of semisweet chocolate. It reminds me more of a crispy chocolate shell than a “chocolate cookie” coating–though there is occasionally a light crunch resembling an Oreo cookie. But I have to admit: I’m not really a fan of the coffee liqueur center. The liqueur flavor is too strong, in my opinion, and tastes more like brandy than coffee. That effect is softened a bit when eaten with the other ingredients, but the aftertaste is still heavily liqueur, and it’s honestly off-putting. If I wanted feelings of regret with this strong of an alcohol aftertaste in my mouth, well…I’d go to a Kid Rock show.

Chillin’ the Roast Truffles ice cream promised a lot, but it didn’t really deliver. As a coffee fan, I really enjoyed the cold brew coffee base. But as someone who prefers not to feel like I’m getting drunk on ice cream, the coffee liqueur truffles were just too much.

Still more enjoyable than Kid Rock, though.

Disclaimer: Ben & Jerry’s generously sent me a pint of Chillin’ the Roast Truffles 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

270 calories, 150 calories from fat, 17 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, .5 grams of trans fat, 70 milligrams of cholesterol, 90 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 23 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein.
In a Nutshell: Great cold brew coffee base. Not a fan of the coffee liqueur truffles. Would rather hit an iceberg than go on Kid Rock’s Chillin’ the Most Cruise.
Overall Score: 6.5 out of 10
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