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Ben and Jerry's Cake Batter Ice Cream - Review

By Widge - posted 09.14.08 @ 1:54 am
Ben and Jerry's Cake Batter Ice Cream

Ben and Jerry's latest Pint of Satan is "Cake Batter," described as "Yellow Cake Batter Ice Cream with a Chocolate Frosting Swirl." This sounds like a triple whammy, since I'm a sucker for yellow cake with any sort of frosting. (I'm especially susceptible for lemon flavored yellow cake with lemon frosting--don't ask me why, it's just one of those things.) And cake batter? That's striking at the kid in each and every one of us. This is apparently an addition to the Ben and Jerry's line for their 30th Birthday.

Taking off the lid I was immediately thrilled by the smell. The smell is so good you want it in incense so you can just burn it whenever you feel like consuming sugar. Of course, each whiff added three pounds to my ass. Then, the taste. And this, surprisingly enough, is a mixed bag.

The yellow cake batter part is amazing. They positively nailed the taste just like they nailed the smell. It really does freak your mind out and make you feel like you're licking the spoon. So bravo on that.

But--and I know this sounds mental--I could have done without the chocolate swirl. Normally, I'm a fan of chocolate in and on just about everything. But the problem here is that the chocolate, while tasty mutes the impact of the cake batter taste. So you go from something nostalgic and sweet to something that tastes just like a number of other ice cream flavors. It might have helped had they toned down the swirling--it's hard to find even a small spoonful that doesn't have chocolate in it.

In an ideal world, you'd have the yellow cake batter ice cream by its lonesome, and then some chocolate on the side you could dip it in, every few bites or so. But like all Ben and Jerry's, it's so rich you might not make it more than a few bites.

So the verdict: it's good. Rather good. But it could have been better. I urge Ben and Jerry's to re-release it for their 31st birthday without the chocolate.

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Widgett Walls is Need Coffee's Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. He is the author of the novel Mystics on the Road to Vanishing Point, and two collections of short stories, Magnificent Desolation and Something Else: The Complete First Season. He is also co-author of the children's book There's a Zombie in My Treehouse! All of those books are available in paperback or for the Kindle from Amazon. He is also the narrator and publisher of the first unabridged recording of Seneca's letters, available here. He is active on both Twitter and Facebook. (If you befriend him on Facebook, do say you came via Need Coffee.) He lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He hardly ever sleeps.

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    1. 

    Best cake batter ice cream, when they have it, is at Brusters! Just like cake batter and no additional anything (no frosting, no candy bits)! Mmmm, like licking the bowl.

    They have a birthday cake one as well but it has frosting swirls and bits of cake confetti in it -- too sweet for me.

    Comment by Leigh — September 15, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

    2. 

    dises glaze is supi.
    i like it to eat.
    wo kann ich den das kaufe?
    leker schmeker.
    gruss guzimadam

    Comment by GuziMadam — June 16, 2009 @ 8:54 am

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    Thanks to Dom, it appears you're asking where you can get this. No idea where it's available in Germany. These days I'd be surprised if your major grocery stores over there couldn't special order this. Good luck.

    Comment by Widge — June 16, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

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    I was very disappointed in this flavor. It doesn't taste nearly cake-y enough for me. Coldstone cake batter is much more like batter and I'd choose that over this anytime.

    Comment by Da — August 27, 2009 @ 12:17 am

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    Perfect review. I tried this flavor years ago and wasn't thrilled for the exact reasons you mentioned. I just tried this flavor again, hoping it would be different this time. Unfortunately, the chocolate is still overpowering. I'm kind of surprised it's still on the market without a revision.

    Comment by J — August 13, 2011 @ 4:30 am

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