For the wedding, I have contracted a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream sundae bar. This was one wedding expense I was not willing to budge on. I was prepared to go to the mattresses for this one! Luckily for all, no one fought me on it.
For the sundae bar we get to pick 4 ice cream flavors and 4 toppings, Ben & Jerry’s will supply them plus the whipped cream, caramel, and fudge. They also supply a server who will dish out as many sundaes as our guests can eat for 2 hours!
Friday, G. and I are on our way to the Ben & Jerry’s in Harold Square to sample ALL their available flavors. The menu that we were sent from the Kansas City location has 25 ice cream flavors and 3 sorbet flavors! How are we to only select 4? It almost seems criminal to have to discriminate against the other 24 flavors that we can’t pick!
— an hour later—
We made it to the Ben & Jerry’s! This location has a total of 30 flavors and we tried them ALL. I have the spoons to prove it.
There was a mix between ice creams, sorbets, and their new frozen Greek yogurt. The guy behind the counter, Cabeanie, was a dream! He was so nice and really knew his product. With each tasting spoon he handed us he told us a little something about each flavor and what made it unique.
For instance, did you know that AmeriCone Dream was just a test batch that wasn’t expected to succeed. It became such a success that it is now a staple provided in each B&Js.
All the flavors were amazing! Seriously, no joke, awesome! Milk & Cookies tasted just like cookie soup. Chocolate Therapy, which is made with chocolate pudding, had the consistency of cold pudding that had been mixed with a scope of chocolate ice cream and had chunks of brownie tossed in - which is pretty much exactly what it is.
The big surprises for me were Chunkie Monkey, Pina Colada, and Vanilla Chocolate chip. I have to admit I’ve never tried Chunky Monkey because I’m not a fan of fake banana flavor, but this was made with real bananas! The Pina Colada flavor reminded me of sitting by the pool in Puerto Rico. It was so refreshing and not too sweet with coconut shavings in it. The Vanilla Chocolate Chip was actually made with Splenda and was surprisingly very tasty.
The sorbets were all pretty good. The most note worthy was the Lemonade, which reminded me of my childhood when we’d suck a lemon that had sugar on it. Unfortunately you can’t really make an ice cream sundae out of sorbet so these were all ruled out. We also ruled out all of the Greek yogurts.
But alas, in the end we could only choose 4. So we had to consider what would make the very best ice cream sundaes. Our final picks were (insert drum roll):
1) Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream: Vanilla ice cream with fudge covered waffle cone pieces and a caramel swirl.
2) Chocolate Fudge Brownie: Chocolate ice cream with fudge brownies.
3) Mint Chocolate Chunk: Mint ice cream and fudge chunks.
4) Chunky Monkey: Banana ice cream with fudge chunks and walnuts.
After all the samples we were all hopped up on sugar and ready to take on the mad house of Macy’s. But it is all worth it, since I’m sure that this is going to be my favorite part of the wedding celebrations.