I hold a very special place in my heart for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. My most memorable Valentine’s Day as a single gal included takeout from my favorite local spot, German grapefruit beer, a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, and binge-watching Suits on USA. (A shameless plug: The show comes back on July 12 and I can’t wait. You’ll thank me later.)
Anyway, I told my now-husband about that when we were dating, so for our first Valentine’s Day, he recreated it, right down to the same Ben & Jerry’s pint I had savored. My waistline thanked me that year, considering we split it instead of me face planting into the entire thing.
I tell you this story because you need to understand my enthusiasm for Ben & Jerry’s. Now that this is established, I must also share my enthusiasm for Target. So: My favorite brand of ice cream has an exclusive flavor at my favorite store. Done deal, had to have it.
Ben & Jerry’s Keep Caramel and Cookie On is described as “Caramel Malt Ice Cream with Shortbread Cookies, Fudge Flakes & Caramel Swirls.” The first thing I noticed about this ice cream was how incredibly smooth it is. Like “goes down way too easy let me keep digging into this pint” smooth. The smoothness could be attributed to the malt, which, based on my research, can add to the creamy texture.
While I loved the smoothness of the ice cream, the downfall was the actual caramel flavor. It was slightly underwhelming. That being said, the ice cream was not bad, just not as caramel-y as I was expecting. It seems as though the focus was more on the add-ins and the ice cream was a bit overlooked. I definitely got more of a caramel note from the caramel swirls. I’m glad the swirls were there; otherwise, I would have been seriously missing some caramel flavor. #swirlpower
The fudge flakes are more than flakes – they’re basically glorified chocolate chips. Which was a nice surprise, considering I usually think of flakes as shavings or something not as prevalent. They were a nice add-in.
But let me tell you about the shortbread. You guys, the shortbread cookies totally made this ice cream. Why have I not had shortbread with ice cream before? It was soft, not crunchy (from being embedded in the ice cream), and not overly sweet. It was such a nice addition without overpowering the rest of the flavors. Did I tell you I loved the shortbread?
All in all, this is a super solid Ben & Jerry’s flavor that gets my seal of approval. It left me wanting more…in a good way, not an unsatisfied way. I’m thinking some kind of ice cream float is in my future with the rest of this puppy.
(Nutrition Facts – 1/2 cup – 270 calories, 130 calories from fat, 14 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 65 milligrams of cholesterol, 115 milligrams of sodium, 33 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 25 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein.)
Purchased Price: $4.49
Size: One pint
Purchased at: Target (Exclusive Flavor)
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Shortbread in your ice cream. I repeat, shortbread.
Cons: Not enough caramel to live up to the name.
9 thoughts to “REVIEW: Ben & Jerry’s Keep Caramel and Cookie On Ice Cream”
[i][…] German grapefruit beer […][/i] <— Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen? ^^
You got it! Love that stuff!
To be honest: It was (still is) the only german grapefruit beer i know. And yes it’s really good, though i personally like their “prickly pear” version a bit more (not sure if you can get it in the US; if you can: Try it! Not as “refreshing” since the refreshingly acidic is missing but reaally good)
Not sure if you’re really into Wheat Beer mixes, but there’s another version pretty popular here in Germany: Banana Wheat Beer. Just mix chilled Wheat Beer (or Blue Moon if you have to ;)) with chilled Banana juice to your linking and you have another delicious beer variety 😀
btw: Thanks for the review! I loved to read it thopugh it made me a bit jealous. As someone who likes malty ice cream and loves caramel this sounds finally like a ben & jerry’s flavor i could like (though i didn’t try “one love” and “one sweet world” yet. they also seem pretty promising xD)
Thanks for the recommendation on the Banana Wheat Beer! Sounds right up my alley. And glad you enjoyed the review!
You’re more than welcome! 🙂
I really hope you like the Banana Wheat Beer! Maybe you could give some feedback once you tried it? (You don’t have to. i’m just a way too curious little fella ;)) :blushes:
btw. i “liked” the typo i did in my former post… “to your _linking_” xD
Of course it should’ve been: “to your liking” But i guess you already figured it out! 🙂
Thanks for this review. I’ve been DYING to try it and keep checking the Target near me for the flavor and can never find it. I guess living next to Vermont doesn’t make a difference on how soon you get new flavors. I feel like I always end up finding them last.
Ask your store manager to order a “sleeve” of the Ben & Jerry’s flavor you covet. A good store manager wants to keeps customers happy!
Carmel. Most underrated ice cream add in.
I went to a B&J Scoop Shop the other day and they had Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie ice cream. Kind of a distant cousin to this ice cream. Baked cookies definitely work in ice cream.
I just wish B&J ice cream was a little less sweet.
I’m also a B&J fanatic who planned a trip to Vermont just so we could take the Ben & Jerry’s factory tour. (Bonus, Cabot Cheese is right down the road….)
I will try ANY of their flavors.
I found Keep Caramel and Cookie On to be overly sweet with absolutely mushy cookies.
This flavor disappointed me and doesn’t live up to its pun-y name.
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