As regular readers will know I am a bit of a fan of cinnamon. The winter months seem to be cinnamons unofficial season, and as such I get to find lots of new products which use the spice. Ben and Jerry's have followed suit and their Christmas time launch of ice cream includes cinnamon! I picked up a tub thankful that it was on offer with a buy one get one half price, they make a good ice cream but they are a bit pricey.
I peeled off the lid to the tub and was a bit taken aback by the lack of aroma. There wasn't much smell at all to the ice cream, and I had been expecting something spicy. Scooping it out into bowls I noticed that there was cinnamon dough pieces in the ice cream and a cinnamon sauce swirled through it.
What it lacks in scent it makes up for in flavour. The ice cream is filled with the wonders of cinnamon, and is spicy and sweet. The dough pieces in the ice cream are firm, but give easily and feel slightly crystallised. More like a fudge, but the roughness of the texture is almost crunch like. They explode sweet warm cinnamon and are a pleasure to find on your spoon. The ice cream base is creamy and this tones down the cinnamon adding a smooth contrast to the warming spice. The sauce is pleasing sweet and adds a nice dimension to the flavour.
As a cinnamon fan I adored this ice cream, in a wanting to lick the bowl out kind of way. Having a cinnamon flavoured product is a nice excuse to have ice cream at Christmas time too, not that I need the excuse!