We Tried the New Ben & Jerry's Flavors and Here's What We Thought

We Tried the New Ben & Jerry's Flavors and Here's What We Thought

Ariel Knutson
Feb 7, 2017
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A couple weeks ago Ben & Jerry's officially announced that they would be adding three new flavors to their offering: Urban Bourbon, Oat of This Swirled, and Truffle Kerfuffle. The internet as a whole collectively freaked out over this beacon of hope for 2017, especially, I think, because one of them was boozy. "Want to enjoy a night on the town without leaving the house?" Ben & Jerry's asks their customers in the description for Urban Bourbon ice cream. Yes, yes we do.

The pints are supposed to be released starting mid-February (like next week!), and we got a chance to try them before they hit freezers across the country. Here's a little bit about each ice cream and some thoughts on what you should try first.

Meet the Flavors

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Urban Bourbon is the flavor that everyone seems to be most intrigued by. This isn't the first time that the ice cream company has added booze to one of their flavors, but it's certainly the newest. Ben & Jerry's describes it as a "burnt caramel ice cream with almonds, fudge flakes, and bourbon caramel swirls." Despite it's boozy taste, the ice cream is totally safe for kids to consume.

This ice cream tastes like you're sitting next to a roaring fire in a leather chair. It's nutty from the burnt caramel, and has a strong, honeyed taste from the bourbon swirl. The almonds and fudge are a nice contrast to the deep flavor of the ice cream.

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Out of This Swirled is described as a "buttery brown sugar ice cream with fudge flakes, and oatmeal cinnamon cookie swirl."

This ice cream tastes like you're wrapped up in a cozy blanket in bed watching the snow come down. You don't see cinnamon a lot in ice cream, but it's delicious and homey in a way that perfectly suits the cookie and fudge in this pint.

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Truffle Kerfuffle (yes, kerfuffle) is described as a "vanilla ice cream with roasted pecans, fudge flakes, and a salted chocolate ganache swirl."

This ice cream tastes like having an eclectic array of friends over for dinner on a cold night. The different mix-ins are not something I expected to see together in a pint, but they work. There are big chunks of pecan, fudge, and ooey-gooey ganache that totally dominate the vanilla ice cream base.

So, Which One Should You Buy First?

The Urban Bourbon flavor was definitely the most unique and probably worth trying if you're at all interested in brown spirits. It's definitely a more intense flavor. My favorite one of the bunch, however, was Out of This Swirled. It was a little more subtle compared to the other two, and the cinnamon cookie swirl was extra dreamy.

Which of these three ice creams would you try first? Let us know in the comments.

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