Ben and Jerry's has released a new limited-edition ice cream flavor called Cannoli, which will be available in stores across the U.S. at the end of the month.
The ice cream comes with fudge-covered cannoli pastry chunks and mascarpone swirls. It will be available for three to four months until a new limited-edition ice cream takes its place.
This isn't the first time the company has tried to re-create the Sicilian pastry. It launched Holy Cannoli in 1997. Made of vanilla pistachio ice cream, ricotta, chocolate-covered cannoli pieces and roasted pistachios, Holy Cannoli was withdrawn within a year.
At the Ben & Jerry's flavor graveyard in Vermont, Holy Cannoli's gravestone reads: "Now in front of the pearly gates, Holy Cannoli sits and waits. What brought its ruin no one knows, it must have been the pistachios."
One Facebook user complained that authentic Italian cannoli does not use mascarpone, a main component of the new flavor.
The company responded: "We made a cannoli flavor with ricotta cheese before, and it didn't do so hot, so we're putting a new twist on this version. We also have a flavor called Chubby Hubby, but you don't find any overweight spouses in it."
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