In the dead of winter, frozen treats are probably very low on the list of things you want to eat — especially if it's snowing outside, which it is for me as I write this. But you might want to rethink that strategy if these rumors about the latest Ben & Jerry's flavor are true. Let's be real, Ben & Jerry's is basically perfect, and while we might think there's no way their flavors could get any better, we could be wrong: the company might introduce a boozy ice cream flavor, Ben & Jerry's Urban Bourbon, which could be a serious game changer. Bustle has reached out to Ben & Jerry's for comment.
Update: Ben & Jerry's is keeping 2017's plans under wraps for now.
Earlier: Before anybody gets too excited, this flavor is just a rumor so far. It originated on the Candy Hunting Instagram account, an account that, according to Cosmopolitan, tends to have the insider info on new sweets. What's more, Thrillist found that Ben & Jerry's applied for trademarks for the name Urban Bourbon. And finally, Walmart's website has a blank landing page for a pint of Ben & Jerry's Urban Bourbon. Could this all be a giant coincidence? Maybe. But from where I'm standing, the evidence is looking pretty promising. Again, though, none of these rumors have been confirmed by Ben & Jerry's, so I don't want to be responsible for anyone's disappointment if this flavor doesn't see the light of day.
According to Candy Hunting, Urban Bourbon is a caramel ice cream with almonds, fudge flakes, and bourbon caramel swirls.
This isn't the first time Ben & Jerry's has incorporated booze into their ice cream, though. Back in 2011 the company introduced Bonnaroo Buzz, a light coffee and malt ice cream with whiskey caramel swirls and english toffee pieces. I tried it at a concert at my college back when it was available, and it was amazing. Sadly, it doesn't look like Bonnaroo Buzz is available anymore — but if the Urban Bourbon rumors are true, Ben & Jerry's lovers will be able to get their whiskey swirl fix with the new flavor. And if you really won't rest until you get some sort of alcoholic Ben & Jerry's creation, you can pick up a six-pack of New Belgium and Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale. It's sort of the inverse of boozy ice cream, but it might satisfy your fix.
For now, our Urban Bourbon wishes are just that, but let's all keep our fingers crossed that Ben & Jerry's will pull through. Until we know more, I will be comforting myself by eating pints and pints of their other existing flavors.