With the flurry of red velvet products hitting the shelves for Valentine’s Day, it seemed appropriate to give Ben & Jerry’s Red Velvet Cake a go. In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that I have a slender acquaintance with red velvet, having only had it on two occasions, once as a cupcake and once in actual cake form—both from Zingerman’s.
It’s not easy to translate a confection, for which people have a reference point, into an ice cream, and this one definitely falls short. While the cake pieces are airy, the base is very sweet, almost as if the sugar dispenser’s lid came undone, releasing an avalanche more than the recipe required. It wouldn’t be such a problem if the cream cheese frosting swirl made itself manifest. But aside from one thick pond midway through the pint, which did indeed yield a tangy burst, it was all but imperceptible. Also absent were any hints of cocoa, another stopgap that could have brought some balance to this cloying concoction.
Pr(Buy Again): low