Van Leeuwen BBQ NYC cornbread ice cream grilled by The Post

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Brooklyn’s beloved Van Leeuwen has launched a new quirky ice cream flavor that combines summer favorites cornbread and barbecue sauce into an impressive $10.50 pint that’s not for the faint of heart.

Aptly named BBQ Gold Cornbread Crumble, it’s a homey concoction of sweet harvested corn ice cream with thick chunks of cornbread and a heavy dollop of barbecue sauce to top it off.

Platters of the extreme, limited combination – which follows other Van Leeuwen wildcards like Kraft Mac ‘n’ Cheese and Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Ice Cream – were offered for free at select locations across the Big Apple on Tuesday. It’s also available exclusively from Uber Eats or at any brick-and-mortar location in VL.

Whether it’s worth trying or buying, well buckle up, mate, because The Post has opinions as strong as the ice cream.

The Post tried a barbecue sauce and cornbread-flavored ice cream.
The Post’s Alex Mitchell (right) and Ben Cost sampled a cornbread-flavored barbecue sauce ice cream cone.
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The reactions were mixed.
A mistake or well done? Reviews are mixed.
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Alex’s Opinion: BBQ misses the mark

To quote Jeff Goldblum’s character from Jurassic Park: “Your scientists were so concerned with whether they could, they didn’t consider whether they should.”

This ice cream is no problem. It’s an attempt at classic candy And All-in-one gimmick is hearty, but fetches a few bulls less than a rodeo.

No matter how you slice it (or, in this case, toss it), barbecue sauce mixes poorly as a dessert component. At the first taste, my whole body honestly cringed like Kramer from Seinfeld.

Van Leeuwen's ice cream flavored with barbecue sauce is quite polarizing.
Van Leeuwen’s aptly named BBQ Gold Cornbread Crumble is quite polarizing.
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The condiment has far too much spiciness and its flavor is so overpowering that you forget it was intended as an accompaniment to ice cream.

Complex neurons in the human brain may initially interpret barbecue sauce as some sort of exotic chocolate squirt, but that quickly wears off when you’re trying to process all other flavors.

This weaponized exaggeration is particularly unfortunate given that the cornbread chunks make do with a savory, textured, and cookie-like flavor even in ice cream — sans BBQ sauce.

Even the conservative “vanilla or chocolate” crowd might enjoy it Only that sprinkled on their treats.

Moral of the story: This pint isn’t big enough for both of them, and barbecue sauce is the outlaw in the showdown.

The Post's Alex Mitchell (left) and Ben Cost tasted barbecue sauce and cornbread-flavored ice cream.
“This ice is not a problem. It’s an attempt at classic candy And All in all, it’s a spicy gimmick, but fetches a few bulls fewer than a rodeo,” writes Alex.

Van Leeuwen created an ice cream flavored with cornbread and barbecue sauce.
A pint of the extreme limited edition is $10.50.
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Ben’s Opinion: The perfect gift for your ex

Unlike the ice cream, this review is short and sweet.

A challenge for fast food beyond the usual treats is bringing improbable flavor combinations to life – in junk food form. Most are a combination of artificial ingredients that taste like a mix of food coloring additives.

Van Leeuwen does an admirable job trying to impossibly condense the essence and even texture of BBQ sauce and cornbread, like a frozen version of the three-course meal gum from Willy Wonka.

But maybe that’s not a plus in this discordant sweet and savory mashup.

Ben Cost (left) wasn't a fan of the flavor either.
“It tasted hot and sour, like someone literally spilled BBQ sauce on cornbread and mashed it into a cup of vanilla ice cream,” Ben wrote.
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It tasted hot and sour, like someone had literally poured BBQ sauce onto cornbread and then mashed both into a cup of vanilla ice cream.

In summary, BBQ sauce, cornbread, and ice cream are great — even on their own.

Their combination is similar to mixing ammonia and bleach to create a volatile mustard gas for your taste buds.

That’s coming from a guy who drank beer along with a hot dog.

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing

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