I made all those things and more with a blender. Now on to other important matters. I would say some pro's of this blender is that it will blend everything you may ever need to blend while cooking and it will do an amazing job at it. It's also really easy to clean and easy to use a spatula in order to scrape out whatever it is you blended. The wider base makes it more effective at blending thicker things like filling for a cheesecake (its the only way I make cheesecake filling now because its so fast!), or nut butters. I've blended ice, and even frozen bananas (for my ice cream) with ease. I have yet to be disappointed with this blenders performance. The biggest thing for me is that the base is really easy to clean, just wipe down with a sponge or paper towel. It has a digital screen and flat buttons that make it a breeze to clean up.
I would say the only real con to this blender is the noise. Unfortunately, I haven't seen a blender this powerful that wasn't noisy. Some claim the Vitamix brand is less noisy but I call b.s. on that. All I can say is that I'm so happy with how well it works that I can forgive the noise. It's so nice to have smoothies without berry seeds in them (the blender grinds them up) or random chunks of ice. I can even make a quick soup in minutes. The convenience of this appliance is a huge benefit.
Well enough about the blender. If you're in the market you would love the Blend Tec, worth every penny. Now I have to get back in the kitchen and clean because tonight we are getting started on making hard cider! I'll post all about it tomorrow!
One final thought: What do you use your blender for? I'm looking for new ideas!