Ben and Jerry's: 'everything but the...'
|Executive summary: Good. Damned good. Please, sir, I want some more.|
Let's begin with one basic principle: any ice cream with broken-up Heath Bars in it is already well on its way to greatness.
'everything but the...' is a mix of Ben & Jerry's Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch, New York Super Fudge Chunk, and Peanut Butter Cup. This means it includes chocolate and vanilla ice cream, Heath Bar chunks, white chocolate chunks, peanut butter cups, and chocolate-covered almonds. The only real slacker in this mix is the white chocolate chunks. I'm not partial to white chocolate anyway, which in my opinion is ersatz, and doesn't taste anything like chocolate. In this concoction it's harmless, but also pointless, as its mild flavor gets lost in the stronger flavors of all the other ingredients. As far as everything else in this delicious garbage pail of an ice cream goes, well, it's all good.
If there's any weakness, it's that the tastes of the chocolate and vanilla ice creams might be stronger, as they tend to get overwhelmed with the toffee, chocolate, and peanut butter flavors. Perhaps B & J should have used fudge and coffee ice creams instead.
But that's a forgivable flaw. This is still a very good ice cream, perhaps 7 or 8 out of ten on my personal, subjective and ever-changing scale of ice cream excellence. Buy it! Eat it! Love it!