I’m not much of a crier. Aside from a few moments scattered throughout the TV series Lost and Tom Hanks losing Wilson to the ocean in Castaway, I pretty much have a heart of stone. But a little bit of that stone was chiseled away when I ate Ben & Jerry’s latest pint, Candy Bar Pie, and the tears came in waterfall fashion.
If you’re wondering why I was crying, it’s for two reasons. The first being the ice cream was just so damn perfect. Rich peanut butter ice cream loaded with nougat, chocolate flakes, and perhaps the greatest ice cream filler ever, pretzel swirls.
Yes, pretzel swirls are real, and they’re fantastic. More salty-sweet goodness than even the most experienced veteran could wrap their taste buds around. Those with lesser developed taste buds should only take small bites of the pretzel swirls at first, as it will be a lot for your buds to handle, and if you take too much too fast your head will most likely explode.
The nougat is pretty much like a Swiss chocolate sauce, which is just chocolate syrup and marshmallow sauce mixed together. When it blends with the peanut butter ice cream it tastes almost like a fluffernutter sandwich. Then you throw the pretzel swirl into the mix and you get even more great taste combos. This ice cream is much like a Take 5 candy bar; it has everything you could want and it tastes even better than it sounds.
I’ve been indulging on Ben & Jerry’s for three-quarters of my life, and honestly, I’m torn between this and the original Chubby Hubby (the one that had chocolate covered peanut butter-filled pretzels, where the one today is just has chocolate covered pretzels) for my favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor. I ate three pints of Candy Bar Pie in one week. I just couldn’t get enough. I was in love! Maybe there is still hope for my heart of stone?
No, there isn’t hope, because my love will be leaving me eventually, departing from her pint form and going back exclusively to Scoop Shops. See, it’s a limited batch, which means it will one day leave grocery stores, and subsequently my hopes and dreams will leave me.
I know it is originally a Scoop Shop flavor but can’t they keep it in a pint in stores? Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops aren’t all that common. Take Rochester, where I grew up. There is one Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop in the city. It isn’t at some centrally located spot either, so chances are you have a decent drive to it. I haven’t been to every major city but the ones I’ve been to have the same deal. And what about the rural areas? There are no Scoop Shops in the rural Midwest, I can tell you that with confidence.
There is usually good grocery store access in most places though. Whether it’s Wegmans, Piggly Wiggly, Hy-Vee, Publix or Stater Bros., it doesn’t matter. There’s usually something near you no matter your region. If Candy bar Pie stays in pints, it could potentially save people from a long drive to a Scoop Shop, and save people in rural areas who don’t have access to a Scoop Shop from losing access to the tasty treat altogether.
I mean, imagine if seasons of Lost and every good Tom Hanks movie were just taken off shelves a month after they were released. You’d be sad, angry, or most likely both when you went to go DVD shopping and the titles you wanted were gone forever. It wouldn’t just be a bummer… It would be a SUPER bummer. The worst kind!
Much awareness has been brought to ALS through these ice bucket challenges (which, let’s be honest, unless you’re the Wicked Witch of the West or the Human Torch, really isn’t much of a challenge), so I propose a Candy Bar Pie pint challenge.
The way it works is simple: You film yourself eating a full pint of Candy Bar Pie in one sitting, and then you challenge your friends to do the same thing. They have 24 hours to respond, and if they fail to do so they owe you 100 bucks. Once the oligarchic board of decision makers at Ben & Jerry’s sees how much everybody loves the flavor, they will sprout a collective conscience and make it a permanent pint. So get your pints, spoons and cameras ready, everyone. We’ve got work to do.
(Nutrition Facts – 1/2 cup – 300 calories, 160 calories from fat, 18 grams total fat, 8 grams saturated fat, 55 milligrams cholesterol, 210 milligrams sodium, 31 grams total carbohydrate, 1 gram dietary fiber, 22 grams sugar, and 5 grams protein.)
Item: Ben & Jerry’s Limited Batch Candy Bar Pie Ice Cream
Purchased Price: $2.99
Size: 1 pint
Purchased at: Wegmans
Rating: 10 out of 10
Pros: One of the best tasting Ben & Jerry’s concoctions ever. Pretzel swirls will make you believe in unicorns again. Raising Candy Bar Pie awareness. Saving yourself a few minutes of driving.
Cons: Limited batch oh why God why!? Evil oligarchies having control of flavor decisions. Having a heart of stone. Wilson being lost to the ocean.
11 thoughts to “REVIEW: Ben & Jerry’s Limited Batch Candy Bar Pie Ice Cream”
I completely agree with everything written in this article. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I finally saw this pint in my local Walmart. A sight to behold. I will be very sad when this vacates the freezer shelf. 45+ minute drive to the nearest Scoop Shop for me.
It is so, so good. I’ve gone through two pints myself. The boyfriend is only aware of one.
Oh man, pretzel swirls!!! I can’t even imagine what that tastes like! And a 10 out of 10???? You have seriously convinced me that I must get this ice cream and eat it all in one sitting so no one ever sees the evidence.
Pauline, pretzel swirls are possibly one of the greatest ice cream fillers ever. A few years back, Turkey Hill had a limited edition Snyder’s Pretzel ice cream and Candy Bar Pie is the only one I’ve seen besides that one that has pretzel swirls. So damn good. Oh, and if you eat it all in one sitting make sure to film it and challenge your friends to do the same. We must keep this flavor in the stores!!!
I just passed this by at the store, tempting fate by waiting for a sale. Maybe I shouldn’t wait.
Don’t wait, go get it right now!!!
Because of your review, I want to experience this and gorge on three points of this ice cream too. Alas, I haven’t been able to find it yet at my local Krogers and Walmarts. I must continue my search. Any other groceries you know that may stock this flavor?
Hmmm I’m not sure, which state are you in? I was fortunate enough to get this in Rochester, since Wegman’s is one of the best at getting new Ben and Jerry’s.
I’m going against the crowd here and saying this is nowhere near as good as I anticipated. The pretzel swirl is just a bunch of a salt, and the rest is too sweet. Also the chocolate nougat has an odd consistency. Not my favorite or even top 5 B&J flavor.
haha, oh Zach. You rebel, you!
Gonna have to agree with Zach on this one. I was pretty let down with this flavor. It did nothing for me. The nougat tasted like absolutely nothing to me… just a weird glob of nothingness amidst peanutbutter ice cream, chocolate flakes, and salt. I bought this last night – for $4.99 – after looking online for any new flavors that might be available in pint size… I’ve tried pretty much everything else Ben & Jerrys. Well when I started eating my pint, I frowned, glanced over at my boyfriend who was happily devouring his Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz, got up off the couch… and put it back into the freezer – for him to also devour at some point. He eats ANYTHING. I’m six months pregnant and my baby started wiggling around shortly after… so I guess she liked it…
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