Ben and Jerry’s latest Pint of Satan is “Cake Batter,” described as “Yellow Cake Batter Ice Cream with a Chocolate Frosting Swirl.” This sounds like a triple whammy, since I’m a sucker for yellow cake with any sort of frosting. (I’m especially susceptible for lemon flavored yellow cake with lemon frosting–don’t ask me why, it’s just one of those things.) And cake batter? That’s striking at the kid in each and every one of us. This is apparently an addition to the Ben and Jerry’s line for their 30th Birthday.
Taking off the lid I was immediately thrilled by the smell. The smell is so good you want it in incense so you can just burn it whenever you feel like consuming sugar. Of course, each whiff added three pounds to my ass. Then, the taste. And this, surprisingly enough, is a mixed bag.
The yellow cake batter part is amazing. They positively nailed the taste just like they nailed the smell. It really does freak your mind out and make you feel like you’re licking the spoon. So bravo on that.
[ad#longpost]But–and I know this sounds mental–I could have done without the chocolate swirl. Normally, I’m a fan of chocolate in and on just about everything. But the problem here is that the chocolate, while tasty mutes the impact of the cake batter taste. So you go from something nostalgic and sweet to something that tastes just like a number of other ice cream flavors. It might have helped had they toned down the swirling–it’s hard to find even a small spoonful that doesn’t have chocolate in it.
In an ideal world, you’d have the yellow cake batter ice cream by its lonesome, and then some chocolate on the side you could dip it in, every few bites or so. But like all Ben and Jerry’s, it’s so rich you might not make it more than a few bites.
So the verdict: it’s good. Rather good. But it could have been better. I urge Ben and Jerry’s to re-release it for their 31st birthday without the chocolate.