‘Couch Potato’ Ice Cream Workshop with Ben & Jerry’s Flavour Guru

Ben & Jerry’s fans, if you haven’t tried ‘Couch Potato’, you would probably have heard of it.

It is the newest Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavour in town, composed of vanilla ice cream, salty caramel swirl and chocolate-covered potato chip clusters.

Preventing the potato chips from getting soggy has always been a vexing issue during the ice cream flavour making process. After years of painstaking experimentations and deliberation, Ben & Jerry’s conjured up the perfect way to incorporate potato chips in ice cream.

Crushed potato chips are coated in chocolate, and cooled to allow the chocolate coating to solidify, before mixing it in Ben & Jerry’s trusty vanilla ice cream.

Always fancied a salty element in the sweet and creamy ice cream? Couch Potato is a dream come true.

Peter Lind, Ben & Jerry’s Flavour Guru and creator of Couch Potato and many iconic flavours such as the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and the Chocolate Fudge Brownie, visited Singapore for the first time on 6 October 2013 to introduce the new flavour.

Several lucky fans and media friends had the opportunity to get up close and personal with Peter during an ice cream workshop held at the Vivocity Scoop Shop.

Audiences got to join in the ice cream making fun.

Since it was Peter’s first time in Singapore, 5 lucky bloggers were given a task each to introduce one local delight that could possibly spark inspirations for a new ice cream flavour. Our first stop was at Thye Moh Chan for some traditional Teochew pastries. (Read here for my review of Thye Moh Chan’s mooncakes)

Peter braved the pungent odour of durian and tasted this exotic fruit for the first time. We could see his initial hesitation and apprehensiveness but kudos to him for being such a great sport!

Creativity knows no boundaries – you never know how the exotic flavours and textural contrasts from the Frog Leg Porridge could spark new ideas of inventive ice cream flavours!

Already a popular flavour amongst our local independent ice cream artisans, Peter has yet to sample the well-loved Chendol until this occasion. Gula Melaka is a key ingredient to delivering a satisfying bowl of Chendol, and Peter gets to bring home a bottle of it to experiment with, thanks to the generosity of blogger Darren.

How about a humble jumble of Rojak for Peter?

For all Ben & Jerry’s lovers, don’t forget to visit Chunkfest 2013, Singapore’s biggest ice cream festival, held at The Promontory @ Marina Bay on Saturday, 12 October 2013.