Monday, May 01, 2006

The infamous Black & Tan

Ben & Jerry's Black & Tan
Perhaps you've seen it on the news: "Ben & Jerry's apologize for new ice cream flavor name." After seeing this story on the news and reading about it online I was thoroughly intrigued.

It appears that Ben & Jerry's has upset a few people around the globe with their new flavor, Black & Tan. The ice cream was named after the popular beer drink made with Guiness and Harp so that it creates two layers, one black and one tan. However, Black & Tan is also the "nickname of a notoriously violent British militia that operated during Ireland's war of independence" (yahoo, 4/21/06).

While I absolutely DO NOT want to get in an argument, or even discussion, about whether or not Ben & Jerry's has chosen a poor name for the ice cream, I do want to comment briefly on the subject. I have been wondering what the hell they call a Black & Tan (the drink) in Ireland. Do they have a different name for it? If so, please clue me in! If they do have the same name, they should understand that Ben & Jerry's meant no harm by it.

As we all know, any publicity is good publicity. If I hadn't seen the story I wouldn't know the flavor existed. Especially since I try my hardest not to look at the Ben & Jerry's section of the freezer aisle since it's extremely fattening. However, I gave into temptation this past weekend and grabbed myself a pint of the cream stout ice cream mixed with chocolate ice cream.

Here is where I blush in embarassment. Yes, with the help of dear hubby, we managed to finish off an entire pint in one sitting. Not only in one sitting, but in what must have been 10 minutes or less.

An Inside Look at the Black & Tan ice cream
You can quote me on this, Ben & Jerry, I am in LOVE with your new Black & Tan ice cream flavor. The cream stout ice cream is like nothing I've tasted before. When mixed with the dark rich chocolate it is truly divine. Usually I'm a gelato snob but Black & Tan is my new exception. There's nothing better. (At least not until I find a new flavor to obsess with.)

So, follow my lead, run to the grocery store and grab yourself a pint of this ice cream goodness. You might need a mature set of taste buds to appreciate the flavor as it is unique, but I think even the average ice cream lover with be pleased.

By the way, the Black & Tan ice cream doesn't taste like beer. It just tastes perfect.


Dianka said...

Oh yum Kady. I just LOVE Ben & Jerry's anything and this is the first time I'm hearing of this flavor. I'll definitely be trying this one out!


Maeve said...

mmm... black & tan ice cream sounds fantastic. Shame, they don't have Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream in Australia, at least not that I've seen. I should know the answer to your black and tan question given the amount of time I spent in Ireland, but alas, I do not. I should ask my bro since I think he "worked" a bit at the pub near my grandparent's place.

Gourmetish said...

You ladies MUST try this flavor.

Btw, Maeve, thanks for commenting. You're my first nonfoodie/blog friend to write a comment. Yay!

Kirk said...

Seeing that I'm a fan of Black & Tan(the drink), I must try this one out!

FireFlyFiftyFive said...

I looked for it at the store the yesterday - didn't see it. Skipped on any other flavor.

Gourmetish said...

Scott, I found it at Stater Brothers. It was the first time I had ever been there but they had a sale 2/$5 and they had plenty of Black & Tan. Good luck finding it! It's worth the search!

Rorie said...

Black & Tans are my drink, baby! I must have the ice cream .... and BTW, they do call the drinks B&T's in Ireland - I can't imagine what all the fuss is about!

Anonymous said...

there is a flavor locator on the ben and jerry's website, so you can lookup where nearby stores are that stock whatever flavor you want! what a rad idea.