Ben & Jerry’s Limited Batch Key Lime Pie Ice Cream & Opinion Week Day 3: What I Think About Reality Shows
Junk Food Nation, before I get to today’s topic, for anyone reading the comments section of yesterday’s blog post, here is the Ragu commercial that was referenced a couple times:
Yeah, concur – this is either the weirdest or most genius commercial I’ve ever seen. It’s one of the two. I haven’t decided which one yet.
Today’s topic is Eilish’s: what does the Junk Food Guy think of reality shows? Honestly, it first depends on what reality television means? Back when I was kid, Emeril’s cooking show and This Old House, a home renovation show, was reality TV. Later, the Real World and Road Rules was reality TV. Then came the game shows – Survivor, American Idol, The Amazing Race, The Biggest Loser – all reality TV. Jersey Shore and the Real Housewives – now we are getting into more scripted reality TV. Thus, it’s tough to give a widespread generalized opinion on reality TV as a whole – because it doesn’t always fit into one box. And with more reality TV shows being vomited into our lives on a daily basis (Ice Road Truckers, Storage Wars, Dance Moms, etc.) – reality shows have quickly outnumbered fiction shows.
In general, I enjoy reality talent shows, even if I don’t seek them out, mainly because I enjoy seeing greatness – I don’t hate shows like So You Think You Can Dance, The Voice, and X-Factor because I can appreciate any show where people are attempting to be the best they can be. Although the judging is subjective, it’s ostensibly all about who is “the best.” I never did get into Survivor or The Amazing Race – because that was all about playing the game and screwing other people. I’m sorry, if I wanted to watch people be awful to each other for an hour a day, I can just walk down to my local DMV and enjoy the free show. That’s the same reason I don’t watch Jersey Shore or the Real Housewives.
I do have moments when I’m hooked on home remodeling shows like Bath Crashers and food shows like Man v. Food…Haven’t YOU ever wished to be on one of those shows? “Damnit…I wish *I* could be in Vegas trying to eat that 6-lb. sausage while a team of hired guns tears down and rebuilds my master bedroom!” Yes…we all wish that.
Most people I know crow that they hate reality TV but end up watching it for several hours a day. And since reality TV is clearly here to stay, as the small cost of making a reality TV show will always appeal to a studio or network more than the exorbitant cost of a scripted show, I embrace it. Just pick your flavor of choice, and ignore the rest.
NEED MORE TOPICS FOR ME TO DISCUSS! Best 70’s rock band? Favorite place to get tickled? Teams I could never root for? Keep ‘em coming, people – Opinion Week rolls on!
Today’s junk food: Ben & Jerry’s Limited Batch Key Lime Pie Ice Cream!
I found this Ben & Jerry’s Limited Batch Key Lime Pie Ice Cream staring me in the face, and I couldn’t resist. I’ve reviewed so many things at this point, I couldn’t remember if I’d had this before. But I knew two things: (1) The Junk Food Guy LOVES Key Lime Pie, and (2) this was going into my cart even if I had reviewed it before.
Turns out, I hadn’t reviewed Ben & Jerry’s Limited Batch Key Lime Pie Ice Cream before… but others had, because this is another one of those annual Limited Batch flavors. It was reviewed by Gigi Reviews in 2009. Two Dips Ice Cream Tasters got a hold of this, as did Serious Eats in 2010. GrubGrade recently announced its return, and now here it is on my blog.
The description itself makes my mouth water. I am a sucker for citrus treats – Lemon Squares, Key Lime Pie, Blood Orange candies – all good, all the time, all go in my mouth.
Ben & Jerry’s Limited Batch Key Lime Pie Ice Cream MEANS LIMITED BATCH, so head to Target (where I found this) and look for it diligently. If this is such a popular flavor, why not have it all the time??? I have no idea what goes into their thinking, unless the ingredients just aren’t available year round or something.
Ben & Jerry’s Limited Batch Key Lime Pie Ice Cream has 270 calories per half cup. Good. God.
Ben & Jerry’s Limited Batch Key Lime Pie Ice Cream was pretty plain looking from the start, but smelled faintly of citrus when I sniffed it. Standard look so far – an off-white ice cream with some pie crust pieces sticking out. I dug a spoon in, and once you crack the surface you can see patches of the meringue swirl pretty clearly.
Ben & Jerry’s Limited Batch Key Lime Pie Ice Cream was delicious. Simply delicious. The Lime ice cream was really good: creamy and sweet and had that mild citrusy aftertaste that lingered like key lime. Just slightly citrus-y – if anything, the ice cream was mild but provided the right creamy base for the meringue swirls.
The meringue swirls were acidic and tart and kicked up the key-lime-ness of the ice cream ten fold! While the ice cream itself doesn’t scream key lime pie, it’s the meringue swirls mixed with the base ice cream that REALLY makes this item sing. The combination is SPOT ON in the flavor.
And through it all was the flaky shortbread-like pieces of the pie crust – not sweet at all and provided almost a semi-salty contrast to the really lime-y ice cream. To me this ice cream tasted lime a key lime pie that had been frozen, blended up, and shoved into a tub. That is, it tasted EXACTLY like Key Lime Pie.
Why is this flavor Limited Batch!? It is CLEARLY awesome. Go eat some. Now.
PURCHASED AT: Target!
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