Ever the fan of cheesecake—though we should probably call it cheesepie given the crust, filling and absence of flour—I was excited at the prospect of enjoying one of my favorite desserts in ice cream form. Well, I was soon met with a wave of disappointment, both with respect to the base and the mix-ins in Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake and Cheesecake Brownie. The faint aroma of cheesecake grows even fainter when one takes a bite of the base. Insipid is not a word that springs to mind often when talking about Ben & Jerry’s, but alas that’s the case here. If subjected to a blind taste test, unflavored cream would be my best guess of the flavor. Turning to the mix-ins, pieces of fruit rarely fair well in ice creams, crystalizing and losing much of their character. The strawberries are watery and not at all pleasant to eat. And then we get to the cheesecake brownies; why Ben & Jerry’s went with these puny cubes in lieu of Greyston’s is yet another perplexing feature of this deeply flawed flavor.
In short, if you’re craving cheesecake, stick with the real thing.
Pr(Buy Again): 0