I know for those of us that live in parts of the country where winter is currently wrecking havoc, indulging in a cold treat like ice cream is the last thing that's on our minds.
Still, when Ben & Jerry's asks for our attention, it's really hard to ignore them, especially when they're telling us about their new lineup of flavors.
This week, the Vermont-based company announced that they've released three new flavors as part of their "Core" series, which features "a thick core of caramel, brownie batter, cookie butter, or other sweet and totally euphoric concoction" in the middle of the pint.
The latest rollout features flavors with cookie dough centers: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Core, Sweet Like Sugar Cookie Dough Core and Wake & “No Bake” Cookie Dough Core.
Like the original chocolate chip cookie dough flavor, the new version also features cookie milk ice cream, fudge chips, and a classic cookie dough core.
The Sweet Like Sugar pint is composed of half almond-flavored ice cream with shortbread cookies and half cherry ice cream with cherries and a sugar cookie dough core.
As for the Wake & "No Bake," the flavor is made up of vanilla ice cream with salty peanut butter cookie as well as peanut butter ice cream with fudge chips and a no-bake dough made with oats, peanut butter, and chocolate.
The company's new offerings were inspired by America's love for cookie dough (it came in sixth in a nationwide poll of ice cream flavors), as well as their own history. In 1991, Ben & Jerry's became the first ice cream maker to release pints with cookie dough balls after a fan made the suggestion in the late 1980s.
"We wanted to give our fans a chance to expand their love of our cookie dough flavors and offer both classic and entirely new combinations,” Ben & Jerry’s flavor guru Craig Koskiniemi said in a press statement. “In trials, our fans clamored for the new Cookie Dough Core flavors."
If you're concerned about eating raw cookie dough, you have nothing to worry about when it comes to Ben & Jerry's ice cream. The company uses pasteurized eggs to create the sweet treat so there is no risk of illness.
If you can't wait to get your hands on these new flavors, the good news is that they've already hit store shelves across the nation. Each pint retails for $4.99.