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Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavours ranked worst to best

It’s a cliché but there really are two men who are always there for you when you need them: Ben and Jerry.

While there’s a time for fro-yo and certainly a place for fancy gelato, sometimes only a tub of ice cream from the freezer will do, ideally eaten directly from the tub with a spoon, while you sit on the sofa and either laugh with your mates or cry into a rom-com.

But with so many flavours from which to choose, we all have our favourites. So to save you having an argument in the freezer aisle of the supermarket, we’ve ranked all the main flavours to help you make your decision.

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The definitive ranking of Ben & Jerry’s flavours:

13. Vanilla

(Ben & Jerry’s)

Vanilla ice cream

Why bother?

12. Strawberry Cheesecake

(Ben & Jerry’s)

Strawberry cheesecake ice cream with sweetened strawberry pieces and a cookie swirl

It’s fine really, isn’t it? Much like a strawberry cheesecake itself. It’d never be any sensible person’s first choice of dessert.

11. Chocolate Fudge Brownie

(Ben & Jerry’s)

Chocolate ice cream with chocolate brownie pieces

Better than a standard chocolate ice cream thanks to the brownie pieces, but probably not going to blow your socks off. Good with strawberries.

10. Caramel Chew Chew

(Ben & Jerry’s)

Caramel ice cream with a caramel swirl and chocolatey covered caramel chunks

Now we’re getting somewhere. The distribution of swirls and chunks is good with this ice cream making it an obvious choice for caramel lovers. Arguably if it was salted it would be bumped up the ranking.

9. Cherry Garcia

(Ben & Jerry’s)

Cherry ice cream with cherries and dark chocolatey chunks

Cherries and dark chocolate is a winning combo, making this a perfectly nice ice cream. Your nan’s probably going to be a fan.

8. Pretzel Palooza

(Ben & Jerry’s)

Vanilla malt ice cream with a chocolatey hazelnut swirl, chocolatey covered pretzel chunks, chocolatey chunks, and chocolatey topping

One for those of us who live life by the ‘more is more’ approach, this tub is topped with chocolate fudgy goodness. The trouble is that once you’ve eaten the topping layer, it’s gone. And that’s a bit sad really.

7. Chunky Monkey

(Ben & Jerry’s)

Banana ice cream with banana shaped chocolatey chunks and walnuts

You can’t go wrong when combining bananas, chocolate and nuts, but banana purists may argue the flavour is somewhat artificial. A controversial one, is Chunky Monkey.

6. Phish Food

(Ben & Jerry’s)

Chocolate ice cream with marshmallow, caramel and chocolatey shaped fish

More delicious than it sounds, Phish Food is a real crowd pleaser. However it may just be – whisper it – overrated (don’t @ me).

5. Karamel Sutra Core

(Ben &a Jerry’s)

A core of soft caramel surrounded by chocolate and caramel ice creams with chocolatey chunks

Ben & Jerry’s raised the game when they brought in the core range – everyone knows the more sauce the better when it comes to ice cream. This does, however, make it a tricky one to share. It’s every man for himself with a core tub.

4. Cookie Dough

(Ben & Jerry’s)

Vanilla ice cream with chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolatey chunks

A classic for a reason, cookie dough ice cream is something with which you don’t mess. As flawless as Harry Styles’ hair circa 2011.

3. Cookie Dough S’wich Up

(Ben & Jerry’s)

Vanilla ice cream with chocolatey sandwich cookies and chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough and a chocolatey cookie swirl

Huh, OK maybe you do mess with cookie dough. 25 years after launching the original, Ben & Jerry’s only went and made it better – this version has been elevated and made even cookie-er, which can only be an excellent thing.

2. Half Baked

(Ben & Jerry’s)

Chocolate and vanilla ice cream mixed with brownies and chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough

Like the ombre shades we all wish our hair would be, Half Baked is so simple, yet so perfect. It’s simply Cookie Dough and Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice creams twisted together, and we don’t know how no one thought of it sooner.

1. Peanut Butter Cup

(Ben & Jerry’s)

Peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter cups

Essentially, perfection in ice cream form. Peanut butter lends itself perfectly to the creaminess of ice cream (if you’ve ever had a peanut butter milkshake you’ll know what we’re saying), and the very slight hint of saltiness makes this the most addictive, moreish, satisfying Ben & Jerry’s flavour of them all.

Pass the spoon.

You can make your own ice cream party any time of year. This French Vanilla ice cream is a delicious, creamy, and rich ice cream to try. This recipe is tried and true and you will love the results from this ice cream. Even if you have never made it before, you should give this recipe a try it is super simple to make.

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Summer just screams for homemade ice cream. Growing up every summer my Grandparents would put on an ice cream social. The ice cream social was made of lots of homemade ice cream, cakes, cookies, all sorts of toppings, and every available relative. It was so much fun. Some of the machines weren’t electric and we had to turn those ourselves. I have always missed those days as an adult, it was the big party to go to.

French Vanilla Ice Cream is an old-fashioned frozen treat to enjoy any time of the year. It’s great alone, with toppings, or served with cake.

This recipe is from Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert cookbook. You can find many more of their recipes in this book.

Other Ice Cream Recipes to try

Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream
Homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Cups
Cold Stone Creamery Cake Batter Ice Cream
Shoney’s Hot Fudge Cake

Ben and Jerry’s French Vanilla Ice Cream

Classic vanilla is a great place to start when making your own ice cream. 5 from 1 vote Pin Add to Collection Go to Collections Course: Dessert Cuisine: American Keyword: Ben and Jerry’s Recipes, Ice Cream Recipes Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 55 minutes Servings: 6 servings Calories: 422kcal Author: Stephanie Manley

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more.
  • Pour in the cream, milk, and vanilla and whisk to blend.
  • Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the manufacturer’s instructions. Yield: 1 quart

Nutrition

Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 136mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1320IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 0.3mg Tried this recipe?Mention @CopyKatRecipes or tag #CopyKatRecipes!

Ben & Jerry’s remains chill over high-priced vanilla

Joel Banner Baird Free Press Staff Writer Published 5:31 PM EDT May 3, 2017

Cyclone damage to vanilla farms in Madagascar in March has driven up the bean’s cost, but Vermont confectioners, including Ben & Jerry’s, say sweet-tooths’ wallets are safe.

Well-stocked inventories in the supply line have buffered much of the ice cream industry from shortages and soaring prices, Cheryl Pinto, who manages vanilla procurement for Ben & Jerry’s, said Wednesday.

A pint of Ben & Jerry’s vanilla ice cream features images of the vanilla orchid and a dried vanilla bean. Photographed May 3, 2017. JOEL BANNER BAIRD/FREE PRESS

Pinto is nonetheless concerned. Vanilla is the foundation of many of the company’s other flavors, and will likely be added to Ben & Jerry’s “endangered list” of ingredients vulnerable to rapid climate change in the tropics.

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Chocolate as we know it (it’s often infused with vanilla) remains secure for now.

Despite vanilla’s rising cost, Burlington-based Lake Champlain Chocolates has no plans to pass that increase on to consumers, said Vice President Ellen Reed.

“LCC uses vanilla from Madagascar, and Madagascar produces more than 80 percent of the worlds vanilla beans,” Reed wrote in an email Wednesday.

The Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop on Church Street, Burlington, photographed May 2, 2017. JOEL BANNER BAIRD/FREE PRESS

“Our supplier has said the 2016 crop production came in about 25 percent below expectations and global market demand has continued to grow,” Reed added.

Tropical Cyclone Enawo, which devastated much of Madagascar’s prime vanilla-producing region, is likely to push prices higher, experts agree.

But David van der Walde, director of Aust & Hachmann (Canada), a Montreal-based vanilla importer, said the significance of the storm to global supplies has been greatly exaggerated.

“Prices were already on an upswing before the cyclone hit,” driven in large part by investment by speculators, van der Walde said Tuesday.

“The inevitable crash is just around the corner,” he added. “It simply becomes too expensive.

“At the end of the day, we’re talking about a food flavoring here — not a pharmaceutical that’s saving thousands of lives — so there’s a limit to what people will pay. You’re not going to go out in the streets and protest over high prices.” van der Walde said.

But sharp price swings hurt farmers in Madagascar and in other vanilla-producing countries like Uganda and Indonesia, he added.

Aust & Hachmann, like Ben & Jerry’s, supports fair-trade initiatives in rural economies through incentives to maintain sustainable methods that produce high-quality beans.

In the long run, they say, a more stable, equitable market is in everyone’s best interest.

“The farmers are getting squeezed. They ride the roller-coaster,” explained Ben & Jerry’s Pinto.

“Our society lies so far removed from much of its food, which is mechanized,” Pinto continued. “Most people think of vanilla is just something that you find in a bottle on the grocery shelf.”

She described vanilla as a “tactile” crop, a flowering vine whose seed pods must be coaxed and cured to yield the best-possible aroma.

Organic vanilla beans are displayed in City Market in Burlington on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The beans cost $4.99 each. JOEL BANNER BAIRD/FREE PRESS

“Every bean is handled; every vanilla orchid is hand-pollinated,” Pinto said. “It’s a human-intensive. This is a crop at the fingertips of people.”

Contact Joel Banner Baird at 802-660-1843 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @VTgoingUp .

Published 5:31 PM EDT May 3, 2017

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