NEW YORK — There aren't any hot dogs or pretzels in this ice cream — but it still tastes like New York City.
Ben & Jerry's is launching a Big Apple-themed flavor — featuring caramel corn from Liddabit Sweets, beer from Sixpoint Brewery, Greyston Brownies and Spoonable Caramel — by giving away free samples on Pier 57 Friday afternoon.
The as-yet-unnamed flavor, which also contains fudge, vanilla and coffee, is part of the ice cream company's City Churned project, which has created limited-edition sweets paying tribute to cities across the country, including Washington, D.C., Seattle and San Francisco.
Ben & Jerry's turned to New Yorkers for help in deciding what the new ice cream flavor should contain, allowing people to vote online and at special events across the city. The public can still submit ideas for the flavor's name on the City Churned website.
Some New Yorkers said they approved of the ice cream's ingredients.
“I can see where the beer comes in — everybody around here drinks” Gun Hill resident Oliver Begetero joked.
But Andrio Estrada, a Pelham Parkway resident, said the ice cream should have a more savory twist.
"If any food could represent New York, it would be hot dogs and pizza," Estrada said.
The Ben & Jerry's truck will give out free samples of the new flavor at Pier 57, at West 15th Street, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday. The truck will also serve the ice cream at War Memorial Park in Yonkers on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The truck may go to additional locations as well, which will be announced on its Twitter feed.