Ice Cream Review: Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Fudge Core and Candy Bar Pie

I like peanut butter a lot, eating several jars a week, and am always on the lookout for peanut butter-based ice creams. While neither Peanut Butter Fudge Core nor Candy Bar Pie is new, they had heretofore alluded me. Let’s start with the former.

There’s nothing subtle about this one. Lid removed, my eyes are drawn first to a mini peanut butter cup peeking through the surface and then to the much larger peanut butter fudge core, almost as if a peanut butter cup incurred a black eye.

My first bite is of the peanut butter ice cream. It boasts a pronounced peanut butter flavor, the same flavor I’ve found so delightful in Peanut Butter Cup. And the core is just as tasty, delivering a texture tantamount to a creamy peanut butter. The flavor is not faultless, however; in the lower half of the pint the core winnows to a disconcertingly thin swirl. And I would have preferred the regular sized peanut butter cups—those found in Everything But The … and Peanut Butter Cup—over the miniature version. But those are minor quibbles as I’m sure to buy this one again.

I can’t say the same for the hand-packed pint of Candy Bar Pie I bought. Based on the description—peanut butter ice cream with fudge flakes, chocolate nougat and sweet and salty pretzel swirls—there was such promise, but I was left me almost infinitely sad.

It’s rare for me to say this, but there are too many mix-ins, so much so that I find it all but impossible to taste the peanut butter base on its own. It would have taken a surgeon’s precision to recover even half a tablespoon of ice cream devoid of any mix-in. As for the hodgepodge of mix-ins, they are the ice cream equivalent of the third season of House of Cards: a major disappointment. Everything is muddled. I try to sample the pretzel swirl, or is that the nougat I’m scooping? Who knows? In the end it doesn’t matter because neither is all that flavorful.

Peanut Butter Fudge Core — Pr(Buy Again): 1

Candy Bar Pie — Pr(Buy Again): low

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