Cryomancer Review: Ben & Jerry’s Late Night Snack

When I was younger my brother dared me to eat a bowl of salt in exchange for a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. I did it. It was awful. When you eat that much salt, you can’t even taste sugar. So cream tastes like butter and caramel just tastes burnt. It makes for the worst tasting ice cream ever. This ice cream though isn’t anything like that, it’s like heaven in your mouth.

Evidently Jimmy Fallon is doing everything he can to get people to know that he likes food. He managed to get Top Chef All-Stars to cater his birthday dinner and now he’s managed to finagle Ben & Jerry’s into giving him his own ice cream flavor! The whole thing was super secret according to So Good, but before the flavor could officially be announced, it was found in stores. Whoops!

Onto the frozen treat itself!

Ice cream worth singing about! When Jimmy Fallon & his late night crew sang an ode to snacking on Vermont’s Finest we had to say thanks. But which is better for a nighttime treat, salty or sweet? Late Night Snack covers both, with Fair Trade Certified vanilla ice cream, fudge covered potato chip clusters & a salty caramel swirl. Even if it’s after 12:35 am take a lick and say Yummmmm!

Like all Ben & Jerry’s ice creams, it’s packaged in pints and retails for far too much anywhere from $3 to $8 depending on where you live. And yes, the description does read “fudge covered potato chip clusters.” I know what you’re thinking, that’s kind of absurd. Know what else it is? Crazy delicious.

I’ve always been a fan of the salty-sweet combo. Pretzels and ice cream, french fries and Frosties, it’s all delicious but even I was initially reluctant of the idea of potato chips in ice cream. Then I remember that potatoes in dessert aren’t all that weird, since mashed potatoes are a great bonding agent when making your own Almond Joys.

The base of the ice cream is your standard vanilla bean but it’s also fair trade. And vanilla bean means you’re actually getting specs of vanilla in it. I think it tastes a tiny bit less sweet than usual, but that could also be how much salt is in it. But if you’ve ever had Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, there’s nothing new here. It works, it’s delicious. Swirled throughout the pint is a golden wave of salted caramel that is absolutely delicious. And there is plenty of it – after a partially eaten pint got tipped over, caramel just oozed out.

Then there are the fudge covered potato chip clusters. In many ways, this ice cream is a lot like Americone Dream only with some more salt and instead of waffle cone pieces, it’s got potato chips. The chip clusters are nicely covered in chocolate fudge (that’s also fair trade!) that melts just right in your mouth. The chips stay crunchy and give a pleasant burst of saltiness when you bite into them. The chunks are more like potato cubes than just chips dipped in chocolate.

If you’re a fan of the salty-sweet combo, this pint of ice cream is a must try. It’s creamy, delicious and different. If for some reason you don’t like the combination of salty and sweet, I hope a walrus harpoons you.