Sunday, April 13, 2008

Ben & Jerry's: Cinnamon Buns

This post could be subtitled, "the best ice cream in the world." Because it is just that good. Seriously. Unless you are vegan, are allergic to dairy or other ingredients, or are trying to eat healthily, I simply insist you run straight out and pick up a pint. And hurry!

First a disclaimer or two: I have no involvement with B&J. I don't eat eat that much ice cream, and furthermore, I don't care for many of B&J's varieties, mostly because I don't care for the texture of the "extras" when frozen. For example, I love the pistachio ice cream base of their Pistachio Pistachio flavor, but can't stand the icky frozen nuts (even though I like pistachios). One exception that I do enjoy in pint form is Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, and in the scoop shops, I like the Mint Chocolate Chunk. So that should give you an idea of my tastes... pretty simple really.

Label Information
Ingredients: cream, skim milk, water, liquid sugar, sugar, wheat flour, corn syrup, egg yolks, soybean oil, brown sugar, butter, palm oil, molasses, cinnamon, guar gum, salt, baking soda, soya lecithin, carrageenan, natural flavors, inert sugar, vanilla extract.

Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc.
30 Community Drive
So. Burlington, VT 05403-6828

We can't remember who said what when about cinnamon buns, but that's all it took for us to roll out the cinnamon dough, swirl in the streusel, and make this flavor happen. Our cool salute to cinnamon buns is sensationally cinnamon-sugary, irresistibly streuseled, and so deliriously dough-loaded, there's no telling where the cinnamon buns end or the ice cream begins. That's because it's one fun flavor all the way through. Enjoy!

We oppose Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone. The family farmers who supply our milk and cream pledge not to treat their cows with rBGH.

Ice Cream Review
OK, so I've already revealed my hand here: I love this ice cream. I really, really like it. In fact, I think it raises the bar for ice cream; there is nothing out there even remotely comparable. Unfortunately for B&J, I love it so much that I've stopped buying it. I had to, though--I was starting to develop a problem. It got so I was eating an entire pint in two sittings. I was emailing home from work on days I knew SodaBoy was going grocery shopping, demanding an update. Did you get Cinnamon Buns? I knew it was time to step off. I've seen for myself how these things can work out when not nipped in the bud.

See, when I was in college, my friend J. had an evening ritual involving B&J. Every night he would ride his bike a few blocks to the local bodega, and return with a pint. He would then proceed to eat the entire thing in one sitting. There was even a special oven mitt he used to keep his hand warm while he clutched the ice cream. After he graduated, he moved to the west coast, and a few years later SodaBoy and I flew out to visit. J. looked amazing. We asked him what was up, if the climate agreed with him, if he was working out. The answer: he'd given up the daily Ben & Jerry's ritual.

Even though I'm scared straight, I am glad that B&J's Cinnamon Buns ice cream exists. As Tennyson said, 'tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.


Nadine said...

I can only eat ice cream in the summer, but I will be sure to try this one.

As for eating the whole pint in two sittings, is that not normal?

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I thought it was normal to eat the whole pint in ONE sitting, even if every ingredient in it is something yr allergic to.


Debbie in NC said...

The reason I do not eat ice cream is due to it's addiction properties, however, this description was so scrumptuous, I almost feel like I am COMPELLED to run out and buy some and I just might!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

sounds delightful.

Aliki2006 said...

I used to eat a lot of B&J's ice cream in college. I was just thinking about B&J last night, and about how I haven't had it in awhile. Now that I read your description, I think I'll be compelled to delve in again!

Jenny F. Scientist said...

Alas, alas for the dairy allergy! I will never know the joy of Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream!

Dr. S always eats a pint in one sitting. (I should add that he rarely buys it for himself for this very reason.)

BlackenedBoy said...

I literally want to go out to the grocery store and get that.

Anonymous said...

Oh my god, I love this flavor! Had some last night and ate almost the whole pint in one sitting. It's almost too good.

cannon said...

omg!!! cinnamon ecstacy babyyyyeeeeee....there is crack in it

princess420 said...

i thought I'd never see the day.... seriously. u're so not living this down. and u're welcome for the ice cream

Radadactyl said...

Man, that sounds like you had the munchies and you were high as hell when you wrote that! I love it! Respek!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

ha ha ha!

Well, that comment was funny. Is till can't eat ice cream tough, sadly. WAHN!

Anonymous said...


Cialis said...

This ice cream is so delicious!