Tuesday, May 11, 2010

What Do You Do When You've Had One of THOSE Days?

Yes, Some Days, You Need THREE Cartons

So, today has been one of THOSE days.  You know, the ones where nothing seemingly goes right?  AKA, a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.  Truthfully, you don't need anything to actually be or go wrong to have one of these days.  But if you're having one of THOSE days, everything can feel like its going wrong.  Small things like a mannerless lady stealing your parking spot that you've been waiting for with your signal on (you know who you are and karma will find you!) or perhaps your professor called on you and you felt like an idiot in front of all your fellow MBA classmates (it never feels good to momentarily appear to be the dumb one amongst geniuses).

Anyhoo, like I said, it was one of THOSE days.  So, I took life into my own hands and did something about it.  I have a few guilty pleasures in life.  Prepare to judge - I know you will - and frankly I don't care.  I will still love these things.  Taco Bell, a childhood favorite, always brings comfort (although, I curse them for taking away my beloved Chilito.  P.S. if you find a Taco Bell that still serves these - tell me!  I will fly pretty much wherever!).  I also find solace in my UGGs (judging again), and general TV watching (killing brain cells always makes a day better).  However, at the end of this long, rainy day, (did I mention one of my windshield wipers stopped working?) I chose to stop at the grocery store.  And bought some Ben & Jerry's.  Soothing my woes in ice cream.  Didn't you know that Ben & Jerry found a way to contain sunshine and happiness?

I had recently found the elusive new flavor, Flourless Chocolate Cake (I had to scour several Walmarts to find this sucker - so I bought three) but I decided a day like this required more. I needed B&J's Boston Cream Pie and while I was at it, might as well try their new Milk & Cookies.

I dove into the Milk & Cookies first.  It's described by B&J's as, "Vanilla Ice Cream with a Chocolate Cookie Swirl, Chocolate Chip & Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies."  I think its always a good sign when you peel off the lid and immediately see "texture."

Check my swirl!

Yum, I could SEE the Chocolate Cookie Swirl already!  This was the only flavor my husband was interested in (and you thought I was a pig and going to eat all three by myself?  So wrong - I'm eating all three, minus a bite or two).  The cookie swirl was like a very finely ground Oreo.  The two cookies were a bit tougher to scout out.  But I finally found them.  No getting away from me, you yummy ice cream bits.  The cookie pieces (both chocolate chip and chocolate chocolate chip) were good but I was in no way wowed by this ice cream.  The ice cream base was not creamy enough.  Perhaps they were attempting a "skim" milk version of Cookies and Cream.  There is just no "oomph" to this ice cream.  Good but I'd rather leave my stomach space to the next.

I'm worth the wait

Ohhhh, my heart just did a little leap!  Okay, I'm trying to be patient and tell the story, but I can't be.  This ice cream was soooooo worth the multiple ventures into crazy land, aka, Walmart.  Pictures cannot possibly capture the creamy, fudgy deliciousness of this ice cream.  B&J's courtesy description, "Chocolate Ice Cream with Pieces of Flourless Chocolate Cake & a Chocolate Frosting Swirl."  YUM. YUM. YUM.  My day just got better.  The ice cream base is creamy, chocolatey, and the perfect dark chocolate balance.

Ribbons of frosting and chocolatey goodness

The frosting swirl (which I was unsure of - I don't really love frosting) is more like a thinned ganache and is subtle throughout.  But the flourless chocolate cake - whoa.  Crunchy, chewy perfection.  Amen.  Heaven on a spoon.  Buy it.  You won't be sorry.  You'll be sorry if you only buy one.  And Ben & Jerry's?  You guys had better permanently add this or I shall be forced to buy several freezers for my garage.

See the cake?  It's hiding but its definitely there

Finally, my evening finished with a few bites of Boston Creme Pie.  By this point I was feeling so much better.  But, why not?  It's been haunting my crave taste buds ever since I ate it the first time.

Go Sawxs!  Makes me laugh everytime.  If only all of B&J's packaging were so comical.

So, if you're having one of THOSE days, what do you eat?  Personally, it depends on my mood, what's available, and the severity of that day.  But, do tell, what makes it all better for you?


  1. Hmmm, I've had one of THOSE days today. If only I'd known this was the answer. Apparently I need to head to the grocery store post-haste!

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  3. You should know better than to dangle this in front of a pregnant lady who wants the chocolate flourless cake right now! Off to the store, and it is only 8 am!