Ben & Jerry’s Peanuts! Popcorn!
This unlikely sounding mix of white-fudge-covered caramel popcorn, toffee-coated peanuts, and a caramel swirl, stirred up with caramel ice cream, was surprisingly delicious but might well have been a little too tooth-achingly sweet for most ice-cream-lovers and only lasted one year, 2000.
Ben & Jerry’s Wavy Gravy
A tribute to the Woodstock-era legend of the same name (born Hugh Romney) — a character once described as “a positively ill classic hippy flower geezer icon” — this appropriately nutty caramel, cashew, and Brazil nut ice cream enhanced with roasted almonds and a chocolate hazelnut fudge swirl was in the Ben & Jerry’s repertoire from 1993 through 2001.
Ben & Jerry’s Wild Maine Blueberry
Anyone who’s ever tasted wild Maine blueberries knows that they’re on a different level altogether than the conventional supermarket variety. For a glorious year or so, in 1992 and ’93, Ben & Jerry’s somehow managed to translate their flavors into this irresistible ice cream.
Blue Bunny Red Carpet Red Velvet Cake
This riff on the popular red-hued red velvet chocolate layer cake was introduced in 2011 and originally co-branded with “Ace of Cakes” star Duff Goldman. It involved red-velvet-cake-flavored ice cream into which were mixed pieces of the actual cake and ribbons of cream cheese frosting — a delight for anyone who likes the cake itself, but unfortunately now retired.
Dreyers/Edy’s Chocolate Malt Frozen Custard
This very thick and creamy frozen custard flavored with cocoa and malt extract was in stores only in 2015 and 2016. It was reminiscent of an old-style malted milkshake, rich and satisfying. The company — whose products are labeled Dreyer’s in the western U.S. and Edy’s elsewhere — subsequently discontinued its whole frozen custard line.