*Note- I am now dieting so cannot continue my quest to try ALL ice cream flavors:( Sadness I know but Halo brand ice cream and the THM recipe are reasonable alternatives. Halo was on sale for $3/pint at my local health food store my first month dieting thank goodness! The texture is weird but still yummy and out of all four flavors, vanilla is probably most ice cream-y. The THM is good but my stupid food processor broke:(
Every once and awhile (about once a month or two and usually around the new moon- aka “moon time” when everyone tends to be on the rag), the grocery gods bless us with a sale on Ben&Jerry’s like this-
Lately I’ve seen it for BOGO (full price being $4 so that’s $2 a pint). However if you aren’t so lucky, Walmart generally has it for about $3 something. To make sure you get the most delicious ice cream pleasure for your buck, I’ve put together this review. I may have a little problem with high end ice cream on sale (and chocolate in general lol)!
So without further adieu, here’s my take on Ben&Jerry’s flavors:)
Americone Dream- vanilla ehh…
Banana Split- not as good as real banana split (especially one from a scoop shop) BUT interesting
Boston Cream Pie- not sure
Cake Batter- OMG! Surprisingly amazing! I ignored it for like ever because it doesn’t have a chocolate base BUT then saw it has a chocolate frosting swirl! SO GOOD! It’s like a throw back to childhood swirl soft serve cones or even those little cheapie individual ice cream cups of vanilla with chocolate syrup packaged in it. People sometimes get them for kid’s bday parties. However it’s not like how those crap things actually taste but how as a kid you thought they tasted when you were all jacked up on bday party fun high and anything sugary tasted like ambrosia of the gods. So yeah like childhood ambrosia more so than cake but the yellow cake mix taste is definitely there (well once you get half way through the pint and actually are eating slow enough to identify all the nuances instead of power eating because you were already in a bad mood and the dumb bagger at the store gave you crap for buying so much ice cream. It was $2/pint and the last day of the sale! Stocking up as called for!)
Cheesecake Brownie- this one is a let down for chocoholics. The base is cheesecake so you only get real dose of chocolate from brownie chunks. Still good but not a personal fav. Cheesecake ice cream is good but for chocolate, much rather do Chocolate Fudge Brownie, maybe on actual cheesecake? Naw- who bothers with baking desert when you can just grab a spoon?
Cherry Garcia- uh so want to love this but never quite as good as I hope. Maybe too much vanilla base and not enough cherry? I know it’s like EVERYONE’s fav but not mine. Ironically I love the organic soy cherry chocolate chip ice cream Trader Joe’s sells and even though I’m not vegan anymore (and it was one of the main reasons I managed to be vegan for so many years without going insane!), I still get it a few times a year just because it’s that good. Yet even then I find myself pushing past the ice cream itself to dig cherries out, so kind of better off buying their jarred morellos.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough- another I so want to love but not so. The dough is good but frozen takes awhile of holding in your mouth to get full flavor unlike real cookie dough. The vanilla base again is good (and by good I mean America’s Test Kitchen and nearly everyone else declares it the best vanilla ice cream EVER) it just doesn’t have my heart like chocolate does.
Chocolate Fudge Brownie- this is probably their most popular chocolate flavor and with good reason. The ice cream is rich with chocolate flavor (as are any B&J chocolate varieties- no plain jane tasteless ice cream dyed a slight shade of brown here!). The brownies are delicious! I often find myself just wanting to dig them out but the ice cream “coating” lol makes them extra good. Sometimes there’s a corner piece or something that’s more dry than I like (I want my brownies to be basically like warmed batter so crispy is out) but still good. However it is possible to OD on this and realize the heart breaking fact that no matter how much you eat, the anti-depressant effects only work to a point and you might have to put the spoon away and actually deal with your feelings:/ Sad I know but the world is still a better place with this readily available in almost any store that carries even a small selection of B&J. Oh plus the brownies are made by a very good organization that helps those in needs through their sales or something so even less guilt over eating it (add in B&J’s fair trade and hormone free dairy promise along with recent pledge to eliminate HFCS and I seriously am in love! Oh and all the charity they do too!).
Chocolate Nougat Crunch- OH this is new to me! Now this hunt is on to find it… Target often tends to be good for finding rare flavors, sometimes Walmart. Grocery store and health food stores are hit or miss on their selection. Again not chocolate based BUT nougat could be very interesting…
Chocolate Peppermint Crunch- this is one of the few chocolate flavors my husband can count on getting a share of. It’s good but I really dislike mint. It reminds me too much of tooth paste and distracts from the chocolate:/ The crunch balls however are uncannily like Thin Mints. For the sake of my marriage, I hope this is here to stay!
Chocolate Therapy- OMG my all time favorite therapist ever! (And that’s saying a lot given how many I’ve seen!) Great listener, can be soft and reassuring but some tough love, um, running out of therapy analogies… Anyways the pudding mixed in makes it like the best chocolate ice cream ever and the cookie crumbs balance the texture perfectly! It so good! Totally foresee having an affair with it no matter how unethical that may be to the profession….
Chubby Hubby- another classic flavor but yet one I rarely get. I think it’s been so long since I last had it I’ll have to try it again and update later. One of the unusual combos that makes B&J so famous. I also don’t see it that much. Maybe I go to the wrong stores:/ *insert obvious sex joke here about preferring hubby’s chubby….
Chunky Monkey- OH YEAH! The chocolate fudge chunks more than make up for the non-chocolate base. Can I get them just on their own? Seriously so good! I wonder what they’d be like to bake with… Anyways the banana ice cream is out of this world! It’s so authentically banana! No yucky cheap candy faux banana taste- yet somehow it’s even MORE banana-y than that vegan 1 ingredient banana ice cream recipe where you blend frozen banana until cream and then try to fool yourself into thinking it’s “just like real ice cream” because you’re dieting or poor and got like a million bananas in the grocery store clearance bin for basically nothing and now have no idea what the hell to do with 1000 bananas… Yeah I don’t know how it’s possible but it taste even more like banana than actual banana! Oh and the walnuts are such a nice touch! They’re healthy and give a little protein boost, right? And healthy fats too (which of course ice cream would have IF it was made from grass fed cows HINT HINT B&J!)
Cinnamon Buns- somehow I haven’t really had this… WTF how is that possible? I know I’ve seen it but the allure of chocolate totally gets me off track…
Coffee Caramel Buzz- oh coffee you’re such a tease! You almost taste like that bittersweet chocolate deliciousness but you’re not. Given that I also could live the rest of my life without another drop of coffee and not mind at all, you also just aren’t my true love. It’s not you, it’s me.
Coffee Heath Bar Crunch- um see above and yeah Heath Bars aren’t doing much for me. Good but not my cup of tea. A classic flavor though and very popular!
Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz- ok so IDK if they also make Starbucks ice cream or not but it’s always on sale at same time. I haven’t tried this but espresso beans are not my thing even more so than coffee. I also would much prefer an actual Starbucks super sugary candy bar in a cup than the ice cream ironically. But hey if you’re a coffeeholic then this is a great one for you as are any of the other coffee flavors.
Everything But The…- A Collision of Chocolate (GOOD) & Vanilla (ehhh) Ice Creams mixed with Peanut Butter Cups (YUM), HEATH® Bar Chunks (blah), White Chocolaty Chunks (IMPOSTORS!!!), & Fudge-Covered Almonds (YUM but not solid chocolate so boo!). This is a nice mix but if you’re particular you’re better off getting more specific flavor or even having a scoop of two different types.
Half Baked- bend of Chocolate Fudge Brownie (yay!) and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (eh)
Imagine Whirled Peace- MUST TRY, another I’ve had trouble locating (and I’ve been regularly buying ice cream in 2 different states on opposite sides of the country)
Karamel Sutra- MUST TRY, however I think this is now a “core” flavor meaning it’s the same ice cream but it has a solid caramel center. I may have tried it- we got some of the cores a while back but not all of them. It seems to have a decent helping of chocolate:)
Late Night Snack- this one is named for Jimmy Fallon’s show doing an ice cream tribute- It’s ok- vanilla base so already not crazy about it. However the chocolate covered potato chips are extremely delicious! Trader Joe’s sells some but I’ve resisted their siren song thus far…
Milk&Cookies- um might be good but don’t think I’ve ever seen this:(
Mint Chocolate Cookie- Pretty decent but not as big a fan of mint so again another one for keeping hubby happy. This is pretty good if you dig that sort of thing. The Oreo style cookies are good enough to scoop out:) This makes it a minty cookies and cream hybrid, so basically hubby’s dream. (Mint ice cream is my secret for buying him and toddler ice cream but not eating any myself. Our 3yo is becoming partial to “green ice cream”.)
New York Super Fudge Chunk- Good but not a fan of white chocolate chunks (it’s not real chocolate!!!) and almonds are ok but somehow don’t work as well for me in ice cream. The other nuts are nice but don’t stand out as much as say the walnuts in Chunky Monkey do. Not fav but good for mixing it up yet having lots of chocolate:)
Peach Cobbler- must try
Peanut Brittle- must try
Peanut Butter Cup- good! I love rich PB taste and absolutely adore PB cups so this is a not so chocolately fav! Maybe I just dreamed it but I think they had a limited batch of chocolate PB cup- IDK maybe I’m crazy but was/sounds good…
Phish Food- also a classic and pretty darn good too! Chocolate ice cream, marshmallow, caramel AND those yummy fish shaped chocolates! They seriously need to see just boxes of fish chocolates (hey it’s not that weird- in Madrid I got “cat tongue” chocolates).
Pina Colada- OMG so good you won’t even miss the rum! Coconut and pineapple are always a hit in my book so this was AWESOME! In sadder news I can’t remember the last time I had a rum based drink… wine and beer fairly regularly (though moderate as nursing mom) a cosmo or two if happy hour is a steal and a few margaritas but seriously no rum since honeymoon and the first few years of our marriage…
Pistachio Pistachio- YUM! Another non-chocolate fav! I love a good pistachio, especially spumante style. Maybe this year for Xmas I’ll try making some (which would be layering pistachio with chocolate and cherry ice cream- the Italian joint I used to work in added in some chopped candied fruit and nuts as topping but that was about it- ice cream layered in a pretty mold then cut into slices). Very rich flavor- not for the faint of heart!
Red Velvet Cake- so confession, for all the magnitude of my sweet tooth, cake never was huge hit for me. I mean I liked a good chocolate cake with rich icing for my bday, even a carrot cake or such to mix it up BUT I mainly liked it for the chocolate or the flavor not in and of itself. That was until my doula introduced me to Sprinkles! That was amazing and I actually was pretty in love with all their flavors, even their signature red velvet. Red velvet is such a weird cake to begin with- it’s a chocolate cake that’s not chocolate and has enough food coloring in it to preserve the dead:/ (or whatever horrible thing FD&C red does to you…) However it really grew on me. I’ve since had other red velvet and they’re usually not too bad either. (Kona Grill had a red velvet cupcake they gave out for birthdays that was delicious! You also got a free $15 meal if you signed up for their rewards club.) I even tried the local fro-yo place’s red velvet frozen yogurt. It was good and red color was just fun. IDK- yet the B&J version threw me. It’s not red throughout which is key sensory experience of anything red velvet. It also has cake pieces in it but frozen they don’t taste nearly as good as a fresh Sprinkles cupcake (especially a FREE whisper word one!). Given it’s B&J’s ice cream, it still is good but not a favor I relish nor have continued to buy after my first experience.
Smores- OMG where has this been all my life!?! So good! I actually had my first non-smore smore experience with Sprinkles cupcakes which was AMAZING but this ice cream is blowing my mind too! Isn’t it great to live in a modern world where dessert makers have realized recreating classics into new media is the BEST FREAKING THING EVER!?!
Scotchy Scotch Scotch- so sad! I still haven’t tried this! I don’t think I’ve seen it yet:( Looks awesome!
Strawberry Cheesecake- much like Chocolate Cheesecake, this is good but not my fav. At least there’s no false promise of chocolate but the berries just don’t come through enough.
Triple Caramel Chunk- must try, looks good since it’s a caramel ice cream base:)
Vanilla- oops! Actually never got this one but based on vanilla based flavors I’ve tried, it’s amazing! To really blow away the competition when serving something that needs a nice scoop of this old stand by, you can’t go wrong. However I am anything but vanilla so I want my ice cream to be a little more saucy;)
Vanilla Caramel Fudge- good but again not enough chocolate!
Vanilla Toffee Bar Crunch- for Heath Bar Crunch fans who don’t like coffee. So ok but not for me. (BTW I believe this used to be called Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch?)
What a Custer- must try looks interesting
Fro Yo (Cherry Garcia, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Half Baked and Phish Food)- there are some frozen yogurt flavors but more or less than same as the original but do have that more sour yogurt taste. They ingredients list seems longer so not crazy about that but they do taste ok. I usually go for the original but these are ok. They are also now offering a limited edition Greek yogurt version of Cherries Garcia. If it’s your favorite, maybe geek out sometime and try all its incarnations (there should be a bar of it too). Here’s the rest of those Greek flavors.
Greek yogurt flavors:
Banana PB -not sure
Blueberry Vanilla Graham- not sure
Liz Lemon- very unique! The lavender isn’t too over powering (unlike some lavender items such as kombucha I’ve had that taste like soap:/) just a slight hint to the lemon. Not something I go for often but very cool!
Pineapple Passionfruit- idk
Raspberry Fudge Chunk- pretty good but not enough berry! My daughter loves her “pink ice cream” though and worth a try.
Strawberry Shortcake- eh
Vanilla Honey Caramel- yeah in case you can’t tell, not into Greek frozen yogurt lol, just not enough chocolate flavors!
Hazed&Confused- I haven’t seen this one so haven’t tried it. Hazelnut though makes it seem very unique. Thinking Nutella vibes…
PB Fudge- OMG so good! It’s like a peanut butter chocolate explosion!
Salted Caramel- I haven’t tried this one but looks good.
That’s My Jam- yummy and different. I’m not head over heels but nice change of pace. The jam is a bit odd and I’d prefer plain fruit mixed in but jam/jelly is a traditional topping so I guess.
Karamel Sutra- I definitely had this one (as discussed above when it was a non-core flavor) and it’s delicious!