The Cheesecake Factory, Coffeemate, Ben & Jerry’s: A Week in Food News

The Cheesecake Factory Expands into Ice Cream

The Cheesecake Factory At Home Ice Cream

The Cheesecake Factory will expand into a new product category with a new line of specialty ice cream pints. I will venture to say this is the most anticipated food release so far this year. These specialty pints will retail for about $5 and come in 7 different flavors: Key Lime, Strawberry, Salted Caramel, Cookies & Cream, Birthday Cake, Original, and Chocolate. You can find these new ice cream pints beginning March 2020.

Coffeemate Debuts 2 New Flavors

Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Funfetti Coffemate Coffee Creamer

Last November, Coffee mate gave its followers a sneak peak of two new creamers that would hit shelves in January 2020. Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Funfetti Coffee mate coffee creamers are here to make mornings a lot sweeter. The Cinnamon Toast Crunch creamer provides consumers with the delicious taste of cinnamon cereal milk they know and love. Or you can opt for birthday cake in a cup with the help of Funfetti creamer. Keep your eyes peeled for these new coffee creamers in a store near you!

Ben & Jerry’s Adds More Snackable Dough Options

Ben & Jerry’s Snackable Dough

Adding to the successful launch of snackable cookie dough products, Ben & Jerry’s plans to roll out two new flavors: Half Baked Chunks and Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie. The original flavors debuted in the fall and are absolutely to die for! You would think that the chunks would be hard to eat since they are kept in the freezer; quite the contrary. The cookie dough chunks melt in your mouth and will leave you wanting more.

7-Eleven Joins Edible Cookie Dough Craze

Lately, I have been a little bit obsessed with cookie dough, but to be fair, there have been so many new products coming out in this category. A couple weeks ago, I tried the Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough Chunks and continue to see even more edible cookie dough products hitting the shelves. Now 7-Eleven is contributing to the cookie dough craze with their own version of edible cookie dough.

If you haven’t tried any of 7-Eleven’s private branded snacks, you are missing out. Chips, candy, and even ice cream; 7-Eleven has a whole range of hidden gems under their private label. The 7-Select Edible Cookie Dough was recently introduced in stores nationwide. As the package states, this cookie dough is both safe to eat and bakeable.

The 7-Select Edible Cookie Dough comes in three varieties: Chocolate Chip, Birthday Sprinkle, and Peanut Butter Cup. Unfortunately, my local 7-Eleven did not have the chocolate chip flavor in stock so I had to settle with the other two offerings. Let’s get to the review:

Birthday Sprinkle

7-Select Birthday Sprinkle Edible Cookie Dough

First of all, these are huge chunks of dough. Like any birthday cake-inspired product, these cookie dough bites are really appealing to the eye. In every chunk of dough you can clearly see sprinkles galore. I expected the dough to smell like sweet cake batter, but honestly could not smell much. Despite the lack of birthday cake aroma, I shoved a whole chunk in my mouth.

The dough is very soft and melts in your mouth while the sprinkles add texture and sweetness. Overall, I was not amazed by the taste of this Birthday Sprinkle cookie dough. When it comes to birthday cake I expect the sweet, rich taste of batter with an additional touch of sugar from the sprinkles. I did not pick up that classis birthday cake flavor in this cookie dough. Maybe I will pop these in the oven and see if it changes anything.

Peanut Butter Cup

7-Select Peanut Butter Cup Edible Cookie Dough

Similar to the Birthday Sprinkle cookie dough, these chunks of 7-Select Peanut Butter Cup dough are much larger than normal cookie dough bites that I have seen. This cookie dough actually exudes a strong peanut butter smell once you take the lid off and I was living for it. Reese’s and 7-Eleven teamed up to provide cookie dough with the perfect peanut butter smell.

They did not disappoint in the taste category either. Peanut butter dough mixed with little pieces of Reese’s peanut butter cups creates a truly delicious combination. I enjoyed the balance between both sweet candy and the salty notes from the peanut butter. This Peanut Butter Cup Edible Cookie Dough definitely edged out the birthday cake flavor in my book.

Okay now for my final thoughts…

I am fully on board with this edible cookie dough trend. Look, I disregard the warnings about salmonella every time I bake anything; brownies, cookies, etc. If edible cookie dough ends the hysteria around eating cookie dough, then I can hop on the bandwagon. I like that 7-Eleven markets this cookie dough as bakeable too because it shows people can consume this product in more than one way.

In relation to the other edible cookie dough products I have tried, this 7-Select Edible Cookie Dough ranks pretty high. I ate one cookie dough chunk from each container and my craving was fully satisfied. I definitely do not recommend eating the whole container in one sitting. Aside from a stomach ache, a full container of these cookie dough bites will cost you over 700 calories. However, you can catch me indulging on these edible cookie dough bites from now on.

REVIEW: Ben and Jerry’s Snackable Cookie Dough

I am not afraid to admit that I’ve taken a spoon to a Costco-sized tub of Nestle Toll House Cookie dough on occasion. Now, there is an even easier way to snack on cookie dough without the shame of eating out of the bucket. Ben and Jerry’s recently added snackable cookie dough to their product lineup to entice cookie dough lovers alike.

Ben and Jerry’s debuts Snackable Cookie Dough Chunks on Instagram

Interestingly enough, this snackable cookie dough is located in the freezer section next to all the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, whereas other cookie dough products can be found in the refrigerated section. The packaging instructs to keep the cookie dough chunks frozen, otherwise the dough gets too soft and loses its form.

I often find it difficult to locate new products around me, so I was surprised to find these cookie dough chunks on a recent trip to Target. At about $4.30 per package, you receive 8 ounces of snackable cookie dough to enjoy. Ben and Jerry’s also made sure to give customers options and introduced 3 varieties: Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Vegan Chocolate Chip.

At Target, I found both the Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip flavors, but did not find the vegan version. I decided to purchase the chocolate chip cookie dough and resisted the urge to break into the bag on the commute home. By the time I got home and opened the package, the cookie dough pieces had begun to thaw.

The Ben and Jerry’s Snackable Cookie Dough Chunks are beyond delightful. I expected the cookie dough to be more firm; however, the chunks were fairly soft and chewy. By storing the cookie dough in the freezer, the cookie dough keeps its shape and avoids sticking together. Each chunk has the soft, sugary texture that us cookie dough fanatics crave in addition to tiny chocolate chip pieces in every bite.

I’m not sure about you, but I have tried to create edible cookie dough myself and it’s a pain to manage. The Ben and Jerry’s Snackable Dough removes the hassle of making edible cookie dough and the shame of eating raw cookie dough out of the package. This product can accompany a bowl of ice cream or stand on its own. Regardless, if you enjoy cookie dough I am sure you will love the Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough Chunks.