God I love Ben & Jerry's. Last year we had a couple of winter seasonal flavours; Joy To The Swirled and Minter Wonderland. This years offerings are Pumpkin Cheesecake and Cinnamon Buns, I'm yet to find Cinnamon Buns but in the meantime the lovely Lucy has and has reviewed it here.
Pumpkin cheesecake is a Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream with a Cookie swirl. If you read the tub the ice cream is actually sweet cinnamon spiced ice cream but more on that later.
I don't mess about when it comes to Ben & Jerry's so got stuck right in, the top of my tub was purely ice cream, the cookie swirl was yet to be discovered. I can't remember eating pumpkin before so this was a new flavour to me, the cheesecake flavour is obvious, so good news for any cheesecake fans. The pumpkin flavour is actually really nice, before I could take much notice of that though I found the little specks of pumpkin pieces dotted throughout. They add a little more pumpkin flavour and the texture stands out through the thick creamy ice cream.
I didn't know before I sat down to review that the pumpkin is cinnamon spiced but I could definitely taste it. It's not a strong cinnamon but it adds a warm spice and makes it a bit of a deeper flavour.
This is a sweet ice cream don't get me wrong, but the warmth of the cinnamon means it's not overly sweet. Funnily enough it does taste like I'd imagine Autumn to if seasons had flavours - winter would be mint obviously! I can see why it's such a massive flavour in the USA at this time of year.
It didn't take long for the cookie swirl to appear and it's the same type of swirl as Ben & Jerry's used in the recent Cookie Core tubs. It's one of my favourite cores of them all, I can't choose between that and the caramel. It has a thick, gritty feel and the cookie flavour is spot on.
I was apprehensive about a pumpkin ice cream but once again I couldn't have been more wrong. This is why Ben and Jerry make ice cream and not me I suppose! The pumpkin and cheesecake flavours go together so well and the little bursts of cinnamon every now and then are the icing on the cake. This actually reminded me very slightly (because of the cinnamon and cookie swirl) of the Speculoos Core flavour, and I'd like to try a version of this flavour with a Speculoos (or Lotus biscuit) flavoured core.
And now I know I like pumpkin!