I’m going to admit something to you. I don’t actually even like cannoli. So the very fact that I grabbed this from Publix speaks to something I’ve always known about myself: slap the word “limited” on something and I’m a complete sucker for it. But given the ingredients in this ice cream, it seemed like a sure-fire win: “mascarpone ice cream with fudge covered cannoli pastry shell chunks & a mascarpone swirl.” Apart from “cannoli”–to describe the sort of pastry chunks used–there’s not a word in that description that I don’t appreciate.
And it’s a good thing I did snag it–for two reasons. First and foremost, this is, like the best of Ben and Jerry’s products, fairly badass. Take a proper spoonful of it and you get a blast of creamy mascarpone goodness with an even more concentrated mascarpone taste via that threatened additional swirl. And…well, frankly, I could stop right there. Yes, I could tell you that the fudge-covered pastry chunks are good, but unless it’s been sitting out in the rain for days in MacArthur Park or been made into a nest by furry mutant scorpions, I’m not sure how fudge-covered pastry chunks can go wrong. So that’s a given. I think, quite frankly, that if you said, “Widge, have a pint of mascarpone ice cream,” I’d be halfway through it before I remembered that there was once a time when I thought mascarpone was that fictional country Wolverine spent a lot of time in at one point in his comic book life.