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Introducing Three New Ben & Jerry's "Core Flavors"

If you enjoyed Ben & Jerry's trio of new flavors featuring a sweet "core" made of things like fudge or jam that they released last year, you'll love this latest news out of the Vermont creamery. Starting today, you can pick up a pint of Cookie Cores, three flavors that feature a column of cookie butter—an amazing, spreadable, spoonable concoction made of pulverized cookies—down the middle of the carton and two perfectly-paired flavors on either side. Let's meet your new favorite indulgence.

1. Spectacular Speculoos Cookie Core

The ice creams here are dark caramel and vanilla, which are speckled with speculoos cookies, a cinnamony-spiced shortbread associated with the holidays (or Delta Airlines). The core is made of speculoos cookie butter, which is often called Biscoff spread and has enjoyed a recent rise in popularity thanks to Trader Joe's.

2. Peanut Buttah Cookie Core

Unlike all the Cores in the Ben & Jerry's arsenal, this one has just one ice cream flavor. Because when you want something to be as peanut buttah-y as possible, why mess around with any flavor other than the good stuff itself? The peanut butter ice cream is filled with crunchy peanut butter sugar bits and peanut butter cookies and the Core is (you guessed it) made of more peanut butter cookies.

3. Boom Chocolatta! Cookie Core

Having not yet tasted these, I already love this one the most (heated disagreements are welcome in the comments). Let's break it down: Mocha ice cream, caramel ice cream, chocolate cookie chunks, fudge flakes and a chocolate cookie Core. That sounds like a party to me!

The new Cookie Cores will be sold for $4.89 a pint, and will start hitting retailers and scoop shops nationwide today.

All photos courtesy of Ben & Jerry's.

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The Concept of the American 'Backyard' is Newer Than You Think
A home in Long Beach, California, in the 1950s.
A home in Long Beach, California, in the 1950s.
Maynard L. Parker/Courtesy of The Huntington Library in San Marino, California

Backyards are as American as apple pie and baseball. If you live in a suburban or rural area, chances are good that you have a lawn, and maybe a pool, some patio furniture, and a grill to boot.

This wasn’t always the case, though. As Smithsonian Insider reports, it wasn’t until the 1950s that Americans began to consider the backyard an extension of the home, as well as a space for recreation and relaxation. After World War II, Americans started leaving the big cities and moving to suburban homes that came equipped with private backyards. Then, after the 40-hour work week was implemented and wages started to increase, families started spending more money on patios, pools, and well-kept lawns, which became a “symbol of prosperity” in the 1950s, according to a new Smithsonian Institution exhibit.

A man mows his lawn in the 1950s
In this photo from the Smithsonian Institution's exhibit, a man mows his lawn in Long Beach, California, in the 1950s.
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Library in San Marino, California

Entitled "Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Back Yard," the exhibition includes photographs, advertisements, and articles about backyards from the 1950s and 1960s. The traveling display is currently on view at the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum in Temple, Texas, and from there it will head to Hartford, Connecticut, in December.

Prior to the 1950s, outdoor yards were primarily workspaces, MLive.com reports. Some families may have had a vegetable garden, but most yards were used to store tools, livestock, and other basic necessities.

The rise of the backyard was largely fueled by materials that were already on hand, but hadn’t been accessible to the average American during World War II. As Smithsonian Insider notes, companies that had manufactured aluminum and concrete for wartime efforts later switched to swimming pools, patio furniture, and even grilling utensils.

A family eats at a picnic table in the 1960s
A family in Mendham, New Jersey, in the 1960s
Molly Adams/Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Maida Babson Adams American Garden Collection

At the same time, DIY projects started to come into fashion. According to an exhibit caption of a Popular Mechanics article from the 1950s, “‘Doing-it-yourself’ was advertised as an enjoyable and affordable way for families to individualize their suburban homes.” The magazine wrote at the time that “patios, eating areas, places for play and relaxation are transforming back yards throughout the nation.”

The American backyard continues to grow to this day. As Bloomberg notes, data shows that the average backyard grew three years in a row, from 2015 to 2017. The average home last year had 7048 square feet of outdoor space—plenty of room for a sizable Memorial Day cookout.

[h/t Smithsonian Insider]

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