Ice Cream Review: Ben & Jerry’s Spectacular Speculoos Cookie Core

Somehow I managed to immunize myself from the initial faddish enthusiasm surrounding cookie butters. Indeed, it was only this past December that I had my first taste of Trader Joe’s cookie butters, first the smooth instantiation, followed a few days later by the crunchy variety. The genius of Ben & Jerry’s Spectacular Speculoos Cookie Core comes from combining the two textures.

Given the abundance of mix-ins, it doesn’t take much effort to amass one perfect spoonful after another. And at just $5 there really aren’t many confections that provide such sustained delectation. The waves of flavor begin with velvety mounds of the smooth cookie core that engulf one’s mouth. Then, with hardly a moment for your brain’s pleasure centers to recover, bits of speculoos cookie detonate on your palate like little gingerbread landmines. To round out the pint, Ben & Jerry’s went with dark caramel and vanilla ice creams, both of which are characteristic of their other bases—dense, slow-melting and balanced in sweetness—serving as a suitable backdrop to showcase the outstanding mix-ins.

Pr(Buy Again): 1

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