Within seconds, our three testers recognized the tangy kick of cream cheese and realized that heavy onion and garlicky flavor was due to the “everything bagel gravel” (aka a streusel made up of poppy and sesame seeds, dried onion and garlic) swirled throughout the confection. Bingo!
Unlike wine tastings, where you often nod along and focus very intently to detect the taste of raspberry, fresh dewdrops on hibiscus grown in early May and Grandpa’s cigar box, Everything Bagel Ice Cream tastes very much like you accidentally dropped your morning bagel in a blender of unflavored ice cream, whirling the two together until you had a shockingly spot-on, scoopable frozen treat. You have to hand it to Jeni’s Ice Cream for creating something so incredibly accurate—and for being so self-aware that yes, this isn’t your typical dessert, and yes, people will have strong opinions about it. In fact, it was so wildly buzzed about when it launched as a limited-edition treat last year that Jeni’s decided to rerelease the flavor this year, making Everything Bagel ice cream available in scoop shops and by the pint online as of March 21.
“If you like Jeni’s everything bagel flavor, you are the most chaotic evil there is,” tweeted one reviewer.
“A truly demented flavor,” another wrote, adding: “A+++ would buy again.”
With responses like that, we had to enter the chat. Hence, the taste test. And one friend’s near-gagging over the result, calling into question a decade-long friendship, while another downed additional spoonfuls. It was such a mind trick; so unexpected to have the strong flavors and scents of an everything bagel served within the chill and texture associated with a frozen, creamy treat that minds were, truly, blown. For some, the knee-jerk reaction was disgust; it was too much of a paradigm shift. For others, it was oddly intriguing: How did Jeni’s capture something so perfectly?