This year’s new Ben & Jerry’s flavors all share a theme by way of a new branding; Core. Basically, each pint has a “core” running down it’s center. There are four new flavors, with Karamel Sutra joining the Core line.
The first flavor we looked at; Hazed & Confused.
So the first thing to know about the new Core flavors is that each pint generally has two flavors, with the third flavor as the core. In the case of Hazed and Confused the two ice cream flavors are Hazelnut and Chocolate, there’s a Hazelnut Fudge core and the chocolate ice cream has fudge chips mixed in.
If you’re a regular reader you know that I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate. It takes quite the balancing act to gain my favor. Ben & Jerry’s sorely missed Chocolate Macadamia accomplished that amazingly well. So how does Ben & Jerry's Hazed and Confused Core measure up?
I really wanted to like it. It has the visual of balance, with the pint having a light and dark half. The Core is an equally interesting visual.
Well it’s got a couple things going for it. First off, the hazelnut was a good choice. As an ice cream flavor it’s crisp enough to stand out from the pack. And making the fudge hazelnut keeps thing entire affair from being too chocolate-y. Also, the fudge wasn’t too firm, which didn’t make eating a chore. Lastly, the fudge chips really gives the flavor the texture it needs to work.
Unfortunately, the chocolate ice cream drags the whole flavor down. It’s a tad too strong, it overwhelms the hazelnut ice cream and tilts the scales to “too chocolate-y.” Had Hazed and Confused just had hazelnut ice cream, it would have been a pretty solid flavor. But with the chocolate ice cream it gets relegated to “strictly for chocolate lovers.”
Hazed and Confused may not have been an outright success, but there’s still hope for the other flavors, right?