When you can’t decide which dessert you want in the buffet line so you just take them all…
Ben & Jerry’s Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Truffles ice cream is here, and it’s a serious contender for longest ice cream name that doesn’t include Stephen Colbert or Jimmy Fallon. Seriously, typing the full name of this flavor is downright exhausting. On the bright side, I’m counting it as my workout for tonight.
It’s worth noting that this pint is an absolute smorgasbord of treats. Caramel? Check. Chocolate cookie swirls? Check. Graham cracker-covered cheesecake truffles?! We should just stop now before I truffle in my pants.
Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Truffles ice cream is another entrant in the new Truffles line from Ben & Jerry’s. Right off the bat, let’s hope it’s better than Chillin’ the Roast–I think I’m still drunk from those coffee liqueur truffles, and I had to go to work today.
The caramel cheesecake base is great, and more flavorful than Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake, from what I can remember. My main gripe with Pumpkin Cheesecake was that the cream cheese aspect wasn’t tangy enough, but that’s not really the case here. We know from Bob Marley’s One Love, Keep Caramel and Cookie On, and One Sweet World that Ben & Jerry’s caramel tends to deliver. The same rings true in this pint, where the richness of the caramel helps the cheesecake base shine.
The chocolate cookie swirl is really good, too. It adds a darker cocoa vibe to the pint, and complements the caramel cheesecake base well. Having said that, Ben & Jerry’s cookie-like swirls always seem a little wimpy to me. I think the chocolate cookie swirl is a little more noticeable here compared to the swirls I complained about in Pumpkin Cheesecake, One Love, and Marshmallow Moon, but it still seemed…wispy. I found myself wondering if this flavor would benefit from chocolate cookie chunks instead of a swirl.
More mix-ins, Ben & Jerry’s, is basically what I’m asking for. You’ve heard my demands.
So after the disastrous truffles in Chillin’ the Roast, is Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake just more of the same? Happily, no. They’re basically just gobs of graham cracker and cream cheese, and the flavors of both come out surprisingly well. The honey-like graham coating mixes with the tanginess of the real cream cheese to form “truffles” that really do taste like miniature cheesecake bites.
Needless to say, my second experience with the new Ben & Jerry’s Truffles flavors went a lot better than the first. Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Truffles ice cream uses an improved cheesecake base, good chocolate cookie swirl, and tasty graham cracker-covered cheesecake truffles to achieve a pretty harmonious pint. This flavor sits somewhere between Keep Caramel and Cookie On (a 7.5 out of 10) and One Love (an 8 out of 10) on my rating scale.
Basically, it’s good, and it can save you some embarrassment in the buffet line.
Disclaimer: Ben & Jerry’s generously sent me a pint of Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake 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
|300 calories, 170 calories from fat, 19 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 65 milligrams of cholesterol, 100 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 23 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||Stong caramel cheesecake base. Chocolate cookie swirl is good, but could have used more of it. Enjoyable cheesecake truffles. Self-conscious trips to the buffet line.|
|Overall Score:||7.5 out of 10|