The country’s biggest culinary holiday is just days away. Chances are you are going to eat pie this Thanksgiving – with gratitude of course. It is also probable you will have a scoop of ice cream with your pie. And most of that ice cream will be vanilla.
I have no problem with vanilla, in fact I like it. But seriously, it’s just so,,,well, vanilla. Why not shake things up a bit this Thanksgiving with some of Ben & Jerry’s fabulous flavors?
Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Guru, Eric Fredette, has put together some perfect pie pairings for traditional holiday pies using some of the company’s popular ice cream flavors.
First of all, I think we need to think about the idea that there really is a job titled “Flavor Guru.” And that is something we should all be thankful for…if not a bit envious. Eric Fredette has been with Ben & Jerry’s for 19 years. His years of experience, love of food and culinary degree from Johnson & Wales have all factored into the flavors he has developed for Ben & Jerry’s. Current flavors by Eric are the Dublin Mudslide, Coconut Seven Layer Bar and my favorite, Chocolate Therapy.
Eric came up with ice cream pairings for all the favorite holiday pies: Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan, Mince, Chocolate Cream and Lemon Meringue. Chocolate is well represented in these suggestions but even the non-chocolate flavors sound amazing. Here’s a round-up of his recommendations:
Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz: Think Pumpkin Spiced Latte, need I say more?
Salted Caramel: Pairs great with warm brown spices and the salt gives a kick to the savory side of pumpkin
Cinnamon Buns: Uses the flavors the pie already has to add a cool creamy element to dessert
Candy Bar Pie: Adds a little nostalgia to the holidays. The peanut butter reflects after school snacks with apple slices and peanut butter. Also more and more flavored peanut butter spreads are showing up on the supermarket shelves.
Americone Dream: Adds a creamy and crunchy component to pie.
Chocolate Therapy: The dark chocolate ice cream cuts the gooey sweetness of pecan pie filling. Chocolate pairs great with most nuts
Cinnamon Buns: Cinnamon pairs well with the dried fruit and molasses flavors.
Salted Caramel: Salt is a really good complement to the stewed dried fruits that make up mince filling.
Chocolate Cream Pie:
Chocolate Peppermint Crunch: Chocolate and peppermint have been together forever, and they are still in love. The ice cream has fudge covered crunchy chocolate cookies that add a crunch the crust can’t match. Smooth, creamy, crunchy goodness.
Cherry Garcia: Chocolate and cherries are great together. This pairing is like a box of chocolate covered cherries only creamier…and with whipped cream.
Strawberry Cheese Cake: Sweet and tart in one bite. The lemon acidity of the pie brings out the fresh fruit flavor of the berries. Add the chewiness of meringue and the creamy ice cream and you have a great texture combo.
Honey Greek: The tangy Greek yogurt plays well with the tang from the lemon filling while adding a creamy dairy note. Like crèma di limoncello, Italy rarely gets anything food related wrong.
With all of these delicious options, you have absolutely no excuse to be boring and vanilla this Thanksgiving. Listen to this man. He created Chocolate Therapy. He can be trusted.