Along with his many leather-bound books and a lingering aroma of rich mahogany, add ice cream to the list of Ron Burgundy's irresistible accoutrements. The release of 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' is still two months away, but that hasn't stopped Ben & Jerry's from unveiling its newest limited-batch celebrity-inspired flavor: Scotchy Scotch Scotch. We had a chance to try the new flavor at a special tasting at New York's Pier 36 this week.
Scotchy Scotch Scotch is exactly what it sounds like: Butterscotch ice cream is laced with sticky ribbons of butterscotch swirls and crunchy butterscotch bits, for a pleasant contrast in textures. Burgundy would be proud; it turns out that milk was not a bad choice after all.
Although Scotchy Scotch Scotch is not made with actual scotch, Burgundy's favorite liquor, the flavor is an ode to his playful ramblings about it ("Here it goes down, down into my belly"). Ben & Jerry's does recommend topping the ice cream with a splash of Glenlivet single malt whiskey. Although after tasting samples of the booze-topped scoops, it is clear that the copious amount of sugar overwhelms the taste of the liquor, leaving only the heady fumes of alcohol to discern this adult-grade dessert. But perhaps this is what Burgundy would want.
"We try to re-create the childhood experience," says Eric Fredette, who developed the new batch so that it would recall the nostalgic flavors of butterscotch candies and butterscotch pudding. "Those are all artificially flavored, so we have to re-create that in a natural way. You have to build it with brown sugar and butter and all the things that would make butterscotch without the artificial flavor."
The distinction with Ben & Jerry's ice cream iteration of this flavor versus other butterscotch ice creams is that the swirl has actual candy pieces in it, making it crunchy when you eat it.
The unveiling on October 22 also included an introductory show by Nutty The Waterskiing Squirrel, the world's most aquatically gifted critter, who Burgundy profiles in the first Anchorman film. Nutty's dazzling spectacle in a tiny pool was immediately followed by the appearance of a Ben & Jerry's scoop-truck-turned-Channel 4 News-truck, which rolled onto the scene transporting a brigade of blazer-and-fake-mustache-wearing Ron Burgundy look-alikes.
Ben & Jerry's has produced several flavors with nods to pop-culture figures and sound-bites, such as Schweddy Balls – a vanilla base with chocolate covered rum balls and chocolate covered milk balls – and the more recent Liz Lemon Greek frozen yogurt.
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" comes out December 20. Until then, ice cream lovers can get their fix of Scotchy Scotch Scotch at select ice cream shops across the U.S., with take-home pints available at your local supermarket in the coming weeks. [benjerry.com]