I found a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream at the local Wawa while I was investigating the elusive Wawa Gobbler. Pumpkin Cheesecake is a “limited batch” flavor and is only available in a fairly small number of retail locations. I haven’t been able to find this at local grocery stores, and it wasn’t available when I was recently at the Ben and Jerry’s factory in Vermont (perhaps it wasn’t ready yet). I’m a huge fan of pumpkin in general and love pumpkin ice cream, so was very excited to learn about this flavor and actually get to track it down.
The ice cream is surprisingly basic for a Ben and Jerry’s flavor – it’s pumpkin cheesecake ice cream with graham crackers mixed in, nothing more. It’s a nice combination of flavors. The pumpkin taste is a little more on the creamy side due to the whole pumpkin cheesecake angle. There’s a nice mix of cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg, very nicely spiced and well balanced. The pumpkin and spices are fairly mellow, consistent with this being a pumpkin cheesecake rather than straight pumpkin pie. The graham cracker does add a bit to the overall flavor profile and helps make it taste like a slice of pumpkin cheesecake.
Ben and Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream probably isn’t the best pumpkin ice cream I’ve ever had, but it’s well made and the flavors are nicely balanced. It’s a little surprising that there isn’t something more complicated going on, but sometimes simple is the best way.