Since today marks the first official day of Summer, I figured it's only right that we talk about ice cream! But not just any ice cream, one of my favorite ice cream flavors of all time - Oatmeal Cookie Chunk!
I don't remember the first time I had it, but I'll never forget how much I loved it. I used to pick up a carton every time I went to Stop & Shop and, for the most part, it was gone in less than a day or two. Then I'd do it all over again the next time I was out. There was no ice cream that I bought more or as frequently as Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk.
Then, out of nowhere, it was gone. No explanation, no goodbye, it just left. I looked everywhere for the ice cream. I figured it would show up somewhere. I mean, it tasted so good, why would Ben & Jerry's discontinue it? That just doesn't make sense.
But that's what Ben & Jerry's does. They give us what we want, then take it away as soon as we fall in love with the product. But guess what I found??
My girlfriend and I had just left the gym and we were thirsty. We stopped at a Quick Check in Bayonne, NJ for gas and something to drink. I walked over to the Snapple section because I was hoping to find some Trop-A-Rocka. I hadn't seen that in some time and it's been one of my favorite Summer drinks for the last two years. Unfortunately, they didn't have it, but something else caught my eye. I look over to my right and, to my surprise, there it was! Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk! I couldn't believe it!
I can't remember the last time I found this edition of Ben & Jerry's. I read that it was discontinued in January 2012, but I think it was even earlier than that. It's been years and I assumed it was gone for good. I assumed the sales weren't as high as I thought they'd be for such an incredible batch, but I guess I was wrong. For whatever reason, this came and went, but it's back again and I couldn't be happier over ice cream.
The packaging is different than it was the last time this was stocked in the refrigerated aisle, but it's the same flavor! Sweet Cream Cinnamon Ice Cream, Chunks of Oatmeal Cookies, and Fudge! It's amazing! It's sad how happy I got when I found it. I quickly grabbed it and walked over to my girlfriend who was getting coffee. I held it up, showed her the carton and simply said "Ohhh yeaaaahh." Her face dropped. It could have been because she knows how much I love it, or because she realized how much of a geek I am. Either way, she was just as shocked as I am. Great find!
Ahh just look at that! It's so damn good! I'll admit, it can be a bit overwhelming after you've almost eaten a full carton of Oatmeal Cookie Chunk, but it's so worth it. It's ironic how I talk about going to the gym and eating ice cream in the same post, but I justify by telling you I get protein from the dairy. If you believe it, that's what I'm going with. If not, I'm out of excuses. I'm a glutton for Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk and there's no hiding it. Our love is real and even though we've been separated for a while, we're back together now and it couldn't be any sweeter!
If you've never tried this flavor or if you've been missing it as much as I have, then you need to find out where you can find this, right now! I don't know if it's limited or if it's back on a mass scale, but I do know that it's out there! Who knows how long this will last? It could be days, it could be years, I couldn't say. But get out there and find it before you're regretting it. Trust me, it's good! I don't care where you're from, you won't regret driving to Bayonne, NJ for it.