Thursday, October 29, 2015

This 'n That Thursdays: (Flavor) Graveyard Visit: A Fond Farewell to the Dearly "Depinted"

What better activity for Halloween week than a visit to a graveyard?  In this case, however, the cemetery site is the Ben & Jerry's Flavor Graveyard, where the company pays homage to those creamy creations forced into an unfortunate demise.  The cemetery really does exist on the grounds of the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vermont, complete with headstones and epitaphs for every discontinued flavor (check out ten fun facts about the graveyard here).  Below is a virtual tour:

Everyone seems to have at least one beloved flavor which is no longer among us, and mine happens to be Rainforest Crunch (French vanilla ice cream with cashew and Brazil nut buttercrunch chunks):

"With aching heart and heavy sigh
We bid Rainforest Crunch goodbye.
That nutty brittle from exotic places
Got sticky in between our braces."

Personally, I find the braces concern to be a poor excuse for expelling this delicious flavor from the ranks (the actual reason probably had more to do with questionable product sources).  I would love to see Rainforest Crunch resurrected, perhaps with new suppliers and a different name?

From People's Choice

One departed flavor favorite of mine missing from the graveyard is Festivus (brown sugar cinnamon ice cream with gingerbread cookies and a ginger-caramel swirl), probably because it was a limited edition holiday ice cream.  This flavor has actually been revived twice in the past, so perhaps this ice cream is considered one of the undead and not in need of a memorial!

Zombie ice cream anyone? That would be a big "no, thank you" from me!
(from Quirk Books)

For those of us who can't make it to Vermont, visit the Ben & Jerry's site here to check out the individual flavors interred and pay your respects to these departed denizens.  Is your former favorite flavor among the ranks?

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