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.

The Inside Scoop on Chips Ahoy’s Ice Cream Sandwich Maker

Everyone make way! Chips Ahoy is here to stir up some competition this holiday season with the new Chips Ahoy Ice Cream Sandwich Maker. Every year, it seems we are inundated with fun, new gift sets from brands like Oreo, Coca-Cola, and more. Last year’s hot item was the Oreo Ultimate Dunking Set, but this year I think Chips Ahoy is coming to steal the spotlight.

Now, I have read that this product will drop at Walmart on November 1, but there are Big Lots locations currently carrying it. For the reasonable price of $12 (at Big Lots) you will walk away with all of the tools you need, besides the ice cream, to create the perfect ice cream sandwich.

Inside this kit you will find:

  • 1 ice cream scoop
  • 1 sandwich mold
  • Chips Ahoy cookies
  • 1 sprinkle tray
  • a bag of sprinkles

I’m not sure if I was more excited about the ice cream sandwich maker itself or all of the possible flavor combinations I could create with it. Nevertheless, I picked up some ice cream, more sprinkles, and a pack of Chewy Chips Ahoy before heading home.

Between the various types of Chips Ahoy cookies and countless ice cream flavor options, the possibilities are endless. I prefer the Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies over the original, so of course I had to buy them. The hardest decision of this entire process is picking out the ice cream to put in the center. I decided to try out Mint Chocolate Chip and Cookies & Cream for this first attempt.

The ice cream sandwich making process is simple. As the box states, “Scoop, Layer, Press, Roll [and] Enjoy!” I do recommend waiting until the ice cream is completely frozen, because my ice cream had begun to thaw while making the sandwich, leading to some ice cream dripping on the counter and floors as I hustled to eat it. Otherwise, I love how easy it was to create a custom ice cream sandwich at home.

Overall, the Chips Ahoy Ice Cream Sandwich Maker will make for an entertaining gift this season. Whether by yourself, with friends or family, this provides a fun activity for all to participate. Make sure to stay on the lookout for the Chips Ahoy Ice Cream Sandwich Maker as it rolls out in stores on November 1.

Ditching the State Fair for Sonic’s Oreo a La Mode

The Texas State Fair is almost open, and soon we will be inundated with corny dogs, funnel cakes, and literally any other fried food you can think of. Earlier this year, Sonic launched a collection of state fair inspired foods from fried jalapeno poppers to the Oreo a La Mode.

Picture the state fair; people all around; the sweet smell of fried batter and powdered sugar in the air. That is the exact image that comes to mind with the Oreo a La Mode. Not only does Sonic give you three fried Oreos, they also throw in a small side of ice cream for dipping purposes. Even though I have visited the state fair multiple times in the past, I have never tried a fried Oreo. Let me just say, I now understand all the hype.

A sweet, crunchy batter coats each Oreo and smells exactly like a funnel cake you could expect to get at the state fair. Break the Oreo in half and you will find a softened Oreo cookie with a creamy center. It’s everything you love in a traditional Oreo but elevated. The side of ice cream adds another layer of flavor and makes the dessert more complete. This pair resembles a delicious, over the top Oreo funnel cake without all the mess.

I do recommend sharing this dessert with a friend or significant other because they are incredibly rich. I managed to eat one Oreo dipped in ice cream and was left feeling satisfied. In total, the Oreo a La Mode will cost you 590 calories with nearly half of those calories coming from fat. Due to the nutrition facts alone, I would not go out of my way to eat this item. However, if you are looking for a state fair experience without the exorbitant prices and people, Sonic is a good substitute.