One of the unexpected side effects of taking my booze intake down by, like, 75 percent is that I suddenly crave sugar like I never have before. I’ve never had a sweet tooth, but once I stopped putting away nearly a bottle of wine a night, my body began to crave a nightly sweet treat. Usually this comes in the form of some sort of ice cream. Talenti’s salted caramel ice cream bars are a fave, and Ben & Jerry’s never disappoints with their creative flavor offerings. Speaking of those two Vermont stoners — they have really outdone themselves now. Ben & Jerry’s just announced that they are releasing four new “Core” flavors later this month, which feature a column of deliciousness in the center, surrounded by ice cream. WHUT.
For example, the new “Hazed & Confused” flavor (get it?) is chocolate and hazelnut ice cream with fudge chips and a hazelnut fudge core that tastes like Nutella (above left). NOMMMMM. ”That’s My Jam” (above right) is chocolate and raspberry ice cream on either side of a raspberry core; “Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge” (below left) is chocolate and peanut butter ice cream with mini peanut butter cups and a peanut butter fudge core; and lastly, the “Salted Caramel” flavor (below right) is sweet cream ice cream with blonde brownies and a salted caramel core. I’m not sure where to start so I’ll just plan on buying all of them and figuring it out from there.
But given that I think this is going to be a HUGE success, I would really like to offer up some suggestions NOW for future Core flavors.
1. Cookie Dough: There is never enough cookie dough in chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. NEVER. I want a cookie dough core and then I want that to be surrounded by cookie dough ice cream. Never enough cookie dough.
2. Rocky Road: Marshamallow cream in the center, surrounded by chocolate ice cream with nuts in it. A classic, but elevated a little.
3. Cheesecake: Big ol’ log of cheesecake in the center, obvi, surrounded by sweet cream ice cream with big chunks of Graham Cracker in it.
Got any others to add? [Huffington Post]