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Review: Ben & Jerry's Island Paradise ice cream

BEN & Jerry's: 'Island Paradise'

Executive summary: Very very nice, and very, very sour

This ice cream is described as being: 'Pineapple Ice Cream with a Passion Fruit Swirl & a Hint of Coconut'. And that's pretty much what it was, although though the coconut should have hinted a little more strongly, like by grabbing my butt, or kicking my shin. The rest of the flavors are so overpowering that the 'hint' of coconut gets lost. Perhaps B& J were afraid of making another Pina Colada knockoff. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

What I didn't expect was the strong sour taste to this ice cream. It really is pronounced. It's good, but unexpected. Although this is definitely an ice cream (180% of your daily allowance of saturated fat per pint, baby), the sour flavor gives it more the feeling of a sherbet. I expect the sourness comes not from the passion fruit, but probably from the 'concentrated lemon juice' that shows up in the ingredients. I like sour/sweet things. One of my favorite treats as a kid was when my mom let me eat a couple of spoonfuls of frozen, concentrated OJ or lemonade out of the can before she made the rest of it up into a regular pitcher of the stuff.

Final score: 7 or 8 out of a possible 10 score of ice cream godliness.

One final thing about this ice cream: "...a portion of the proceeds will go to the Tom Joyner Foundation, funding scholarships for students attending Historically Black Colleges & Universities." In fact, I think a number, if not all, of the new B & J flavors now being released benefit specific charities. Now, I have no problem with the Joyner Foundation, but I may not automatically agree with all of B & J's ideas of what is a good charity. Do I now to have to modulate my ice cream buying by what foundation that particular ice cream flavor is supporting? Aw, damn. When eating ice cream becomes an act of moral agency, it just takes some of the fun out it.

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