The Smartest Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Pairings For Your Thanksgiving Pie

What's better than Thanksgiving pie? Thanksgiving pie with the perfect ice cream.

We're warning you now, so that you can fully prepare: You're going to want to save room for dessert this Thanksgiving. Do whatever it takes: start early so you have time to digest and eat dessert later, pace yourself and don't overdo it, or by god just eat dessert first. With stunners like these cranberry hazelnut tartlets and this salted caramel apple Snickers cake, dessert is stealing the show this year. And we haven't even gotten to pie. There's going to be so much Thanksgiving pie, with ice cream, obviously. If you're considering skipping pie and ice cream this year for some reason that's way beyond us, you're going to need to reevaluate. Here's why:

Ben & Jerry's is coming to your Thanksgiving pie rescue this year, bringing new life to the common-verging-on-dull choice of vanilla ice cream for your pie. Vanilla is the obvious choice for pie à la mode, but is it the best? Leave it to the masters at Ben & Jerry's to dream up way more interesting and awesome combinations of pie and ice cream. Flavor Guru Eric Fredette and PR representative Kelly Mohr came up with some winning choices for every pie you're going to be saving room for this Thanksgiving. Here's what they suggest:

Apple Pie With Candy Bar Pie Ice Cream
Ben & Jerry's
Candy Bar Pie Ice Cream is peanut butter ice cream with fudge fakes, chocolate nougat and sweet and salty pretzel swirls. The peanut butter and apple combo is a nostalgic winner.
See here for some great apple pie recipes.
Pecan Pie With Chocolate Therapy Ice Cream
Ben & Jerry's
Chocolate Therapy Ice Cream is chocolate ice cream with chocolate cookies and swirls of chocolate pudding ice cream. With pecan pie, it's the most luscious, gooey chocolatey dessert of all time. We need it NOW. (Quick! Before the chocolate shortage hits!)
See A Beautiful Mess for a great pecan pie recipe.
Pumpkin Pie With Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz Ice Cream
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Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz Ice Cream is coffee ice cream with espresso bean fudge chunks. Think pumpkin and coffee don't go together? Think again. This combination, especially with the chunks of chocolate, is brilliant.
See here for your essential list of pumpkin dessert recipes.
Chocolate Cream Pie With Cherry Garcia
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Cherry Garcia is cherry ice cream with cherries and fudge flakes. According to Ben & Jerry's, "this pairing is like a box of chocolate covered cherries…only creamier….. with whipped cream." We're sold.
See here for a killer espresso chocolate cream pie recipe.
Mince Pie With Salted Caramel Ice Cream
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Salted Caramel Ice Cream is sweet cream ice cream with blonde brownies and a salted caramel core. The salty, buttery caramel flavor is a great compliment for the stewed dried fruits in a mince pie.
See here for some some classic mince pie recipes.
Apple Pie With Cinnamon Buns Ice Cream
Ben & Jerry's
Cinnamon Buns Ice Cream is caramel ice cream with cinnamon bun dough and a cinnamon streusel swirl. It brings out the flavors of a classic apple pie. You'll never go back to vanilla again.
See Food52 for a Deep-Fried Apple Pie recipe.
Pecan Pie With Americone Dream Cone Ice Cream
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Americone Dream Cone Ice Cream is vanilla ice cream with fudge covered waffle cone pieces and a caramel swirl. If you're looking to get really patriotic this Thanksgiving, or just make a great dessert decision, pairing pecan pie with Americone Dream Cone is the choice for you.
See Food52 for an outrageous Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe.
Pumpkin Pie With Salted Caramel Ice Cream
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Salted Caramel Ice Cream is sweet cream ice cream with blonde brownies and a salted caramel core. Pumpkin and caramel are the ultimate Thanksgiving pair you need to get down with this year. The warming spices and salt in caramel makes it the savory partner pumpkin's always wanted.
See here for the gooiest, creamiest caramel recipes.

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