Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A Space-al Pint that's Udderly Out of This World

Ben & Jerry's Boots on the Moooo'n - Wawa 

I know this is a tie-in with Netflix's Space Force, but I haven't watched it. Should I? (Let me know what you thought of it in the comments.) These days I've been watching The Boys, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Lovecraft Country, and New Girl, because I am dark and spooky, but also fighting off depression because... *motions vaguely at everything.* 
Originally I wasn't going to pick this up because I thought it sounded too sweet. I know, "ice cream? Too sweet?!" Hear me out, this is a milk chocolate ice cream, with fudge cows, toffee meteors and a sugar cookie dough core. Not a spot of dark chocolate or sea salt to contrast anything in sight.  
I thought I wouldn't want to finish the whole pint in one sitting. Turns out...I was wrong.

Starting with the milk chocolate base: It has this rich flavoring that is reminiscent of Death by Chocolate and Fudge Pops (AKA Fudgesicles.) It's so good that, unlike other novelty ice cream pints, I didn't find myself seeking out the mix-ins with every spoonful. It's that good. 

Speaking of mix-ins, hidden beneath that awesome ice cream are fudge cows, toffee meteors, and a sugar cookie dough core. 

The fudge cows were not my favorite. I didn't snap any pictures of them specifically, but they were fairly large, flat, cow-shapes made with a dark glossy chocolate. They took a long time to melt on my tongue, which revealed a kind of Hershey's chocolate syrup flavoring, but eaten in the ice cream their flavor was barely noticeable. They more-so offered texture than anything else, and that was appreciated. 

The toffee "meteors" are little hunks of crispy, crunchy, sugary, shrapnel. I was worried the toffee would have tipped the sweet scales over the edge, but the rich buttery flavoring and delightful crunchy texture with a tiny hint of salt contrasted the base nicely and they turned out to be my favorite inclusion. I didn't need to seek out the mix-ins, but if I did, it was one of these. 

Then we get to the "core." I felt like the sugar cookie dough was the weakest element in this pint, which is a shame because there was a LOT of it. Hard to tell in the photos, but once I broke through the surface, the core was quite thick, and plentiful. This would be a good thing for most people, but I seem to be in the minority. I'm just not that into sugar cookies. "Sugar cookie" doesn't even make my top-10 cookie list. That being the case, the dough in the center was incredibly sweet, with a gritty, sugary, texture, and not much flavor. To me, it tasted like a less buttery version of unbaked Pillsbury sugar cookie dough, and if that appeals to you, you'd probably love this. (Especially since there was tons of it.) I found myself eating around it for the most part. If it had a bit more flavoring, like butter or vanilla, I might have liked it more, but as-is, it reminded me of straight-up sugar paste. No thank you. 

At the end of my pint I had a big blob of cookie dough leftover, and since I refuse to waste food, I ate it, but it felt like more of a chore than eating cookie dough should ever be. Again, I fully recognize that I am in the minority here, but I really didn't care for it.

I originally bought this ice cream because it was new, limited, and review-worthy, but I ended up liking it much more than I expected. Still, I don't think I would buy this particular pint again, the combination of mix-ins isn't quite right for my tastes, so once it disappears I won't be too sad. However, I'll keep my eye out for any other Ben and Jerry's flavors that use a milk chocolate base. Maybe my "just right" pint is out there somewhere, waiting for me to discover it.

In the end, I finished this pint in two days (not one sitting), while sobbing my eyes out at Bly Manor. I regret watching that series (give me horror and I'm totally fine, give me romance and I will be messed up for days), but I do not regret buying the ice cream. 

FYI my TOP 10 COOKIES (in no particular order)Milk Bar's Salted Chocolate Chip, Jammie Dodgers (just the jam, no frosting), Brownie Mix Cookies, Gingerbread, Almond Spritz with Cinnamon Candies, Shortbread, Meringues, The Girl Who Ate Everything's Almond CookiesPistachio Cherry Meltaways, and Soft Molasses Cookies 

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