“ Type: Ice Cream „
Ben and Jerry's ice cream is always going to be my favorite, as much as I like other ones too, Ben and Jerry's is always going to be the best! Not only are their ethics very fair and likeable, their ice cream flavours are always very inventive and delicious.
My personal favorites are Half baked (half chocolate brownie ice cream and half cookie dough), Cookie Dough, Baked Alaska (Vanilla ice, marshmallow swirl, which chocolate polar bears) or Fossil Fuel (Sweet cream ice cream, Chocolate cookie pieces, chocolate dinosaurs and chocolate swirl).
They are always so creamy, and with those swirls and chunks they put in them, its always a different experience with each mouthful! They also do lower fat versions of their ice creams in frozen yoghurt varieties such as Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Cherry Garcia and Strawberry Cheesecake.
They use fair trade ingredients where possible, and support a whole host of charities. Their packaging is novel and unique, and they also get involved with music festivals!
I think the only negative I can see is the price. £5 for a tub of ice cream that will probably last 2 seconds, seems a little steep to me, but its on offer in a lot of places, so you can usually find it half price somewhere. It is worth £5, but I'm just being tight!
Now all we need is a B&J ice cream van to tour our towns, to help out people in need of their B&J fix whilst at work, now THAT would be genius!
I first tried Ben and Jerry's ice cream as a child at the cinema and I haven't really looked back since. They completely opened my eyes to just how amazing ice cream could be! Before that magical moment I hadn't really been too fussed about ice cream. You had vanilla and you had strawberry and you had chocolate flavour. It was all a bit boring. If you were lucky you got a wafer or a few sprinkles. Not anything to get particularly excited about.
Now no one could ever accuse Ben and Jerry's ice cream of being boring. Think deliciously creamy ice cream with some of the most original and exciting flavours I have ever come across. Cookie dough, chocolate brownie chunks, nuts, marshmallows, caramel, fudge and chocolate are just some of the many ingredients used in hundreds of different combinations to create some truly inventive flavours. I am not even going to try to list all of the Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavours here because there are just too many of them. In fact, it is a little difficult to find a definitive answer as to just how many there are exactly but the general consensus seems to be that there are over 100 including a few special editions. Yes, you read that right. Over 100 flavours! I don't think there are many other, if any at all, ice cream manufacturers that can boast that many! This means that there really is something for everyone, especially considering that they also make a few sorbets and frozen yoghurts! Everyone does have a favourite though. Mine is Half Baked although other popular choices include Cookie Dough, Phish Food, Baked Alaska and Chunky Monkey.
Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream is available to buy in the majority of grocery shops in 500ml and 150ml sizes. In Tesco, where I usually shop, the small size costs £1.69 and the larger ones cost £4.45. This is fairly expensive but I have noticed that they are reduced to half price fairly regularly. This is an INCREDIBLY popular offer though so you have to move fast to avoid disappointment.
They also have many scoop shops located all around the country, the majority of which seem to be mainly, but not exclusively, located in cinemas.
My only complaint would be that not all flavours are stocked in all locations. This does make sense considering that there are so many; there just wouldn't be room! It can be a bit disappointing though when your favourite flavour isn't stocked in your local shop and it can take a bit of shopping around to track down the flavour you were after. However, I think it is a testament to just how good their ice cream is that their customers are willing to do this as I wouldn't really bother with any other brand. There are also quite a lot that don't appear to be available in the UK at all, which is a little disappointing.
Not only am I a massive fan of the ice cream but I also really admire the company in general. Built up from scratch by lifelong friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, hence the name, from one ice cream parlour in Vermont it really is a massive success story. I have become quite familiar with the company over the years and I really respect the values it has.
They don't seem to be one of those companies that are solely motivated by profits but seem to be genuinely trying to make the world a better place. Environmental issues are important to them and they are constantly working to try and lower their impact on the world in a variety of ways such as developing ways to make their packaging more eco-friendly or rethinking the ways in which they power their factories.
Not only that but Ben and Jerry's are big advocates for the Fairtrade movement, which makes sure that the farmers that grow the crops that provide their ingredients are always given a fair price. They are currently in the process of making the entire company Fairtrade! Also, all of the brownies that feature in several of their most popular flavours are all supplied by the Greyston Bakery, well known for providing jobs for individuals from low-income backgrounds amongst other good work. Finally, all of the eggs they use in their ice creams come from free range sources and all of their ice creams are vegetarians.
Finally, Ben and Jerry's have quite a reputation for promoting issues that they believe in. Most recently this is same sex marriage in the UK and to show their support for this cause they have named their apple pie flavour ice cream Apple-y Ever After and have created a tub featuring a same sex couple. This is not the first time that they have pulled such a stunt and things like this really do help to raise awareness for important issues.
As you may be able to tell, I am a massive fan of Ben and Jerry's! It is a company with an amazing product and values that I have great respect for. They have perfectly branded themselves with most of their advertising featuring childlike cartoons that really reflect the fun and creativeness of the company. I think the only slight drawback is that their ice creams are not exactly healthy; in fact they can be quite calorific. Not surprising considering some of the ingredients I have listed above. However, they make for the perfect indulgent and decadent treat every so often that always manages to cheer me up. I do have to limit how often I allow myself to give in to my cravings because I can quite easily munch my way through an entire tub in one sitting. This ice cream really is THAT good.
There is a longstanding joke that says women only need two men in their lives, one named Ben and one named Jerry, and i can totally see where that comes from. When you have ice cream this yummy not a lot else matters!
Ben And Jerrys icecream most commonly comes in a cardboard, brightly designed 500ml carton. 150ml cartons are also available. The carton is a chunky circular shape. The colours vary depending on the flavour of icecream it contains.
The current flavours available are as follows:
- Caramel Chew Chew - Chocolate Covered Caramel Chunks Swimming in a Sea of Caramel Ice Cream.
- Cookie Dough - Vanilla Ice Cream Colliding with Chunks of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- Strawberry Cheesecake - Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream with Strawberries and Cookie Swirls
- Jamaican Me Crazy Sorbet - Chunky Pineapple Sorbet with Passionfruit Swirls
- Chocolate Fudge Brownie - Chocolate Ice Cream Laden with Chocolate Brownie Pieces
- Chocolate Macadamia - Chocolate Ice Cream Swirled With Vanilla Ice Cream with 10% Macadamia Nuts Covered in Chocolate
- Vanilla - A Plain vanilla icecream
- Chunky Monkey - Banana Ice Cream with Chocolaty Chunks and Walnuts
- Vanilla Toffee Crunch - Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Flavoured Chunks
- Half Baked - Vanilla Ice Cream Mixed with Marshmallow Swirls and White Chocolaty Polar Bears
- Phish Food - Chocolate And Vanilla Icecream With Marshmellow & Caramel With Chocolate Fish
(there is also a phish food frozen yoghurt that is less fat)
- Cheesecake Brownie - Cheesecake Flavour Icecream with Brownie Pieces and a Cheesecake Style Filling
- Mango Berry Swirl Sorbet - Mango Sorbet with Chunks of Mango Swirled with Mixed Berry Sorbet
The packaging of all of the carton's is colourful and designed to be eyecatching aswell as bein attractively modern and making it clear what it contains and that's it a ben and jerrys product.
Although all of there ice cream's are so unique and lovely, my favourite ben and jerry's flavour is the chocolate fudge brownie. Upon opening the carton i'm always greeted with the very pleasent scent of chocolate and freshly baked brownies.
Actually opening the carton can be quite tricky and you may need scissors because of the way the lid's sealed on with plastic.
Taste wise it's chocolatey with a smooth, creamy texture that melts at just the right speed. The chunks of chocolate fudge brownie looks excactly like a freshly baked bit of brownie and tastes amazing, with a soft texture and dark, rich chocolatey flavour that goes well with the icecreams sweetness.
It's a lovely treat!
B&J Also sell a variety of other edible products, such as milkshakes. I actually didn't really enjoy this in the slightest. I chose the one that was chocolate and cookie flavoured, mixed with the vanilla icecream. It was too sickly in my opinion and must of been over 1000 calories! I drank half and my boyfriend, who thorougly enjoyed it, had the rest.
The ben and jerrys website is a good site, it's colourful and attractive with fun interactive games, lots of ingredients information, videos explaining about ben and jerry's progress in the icecream business. It's all quite fun and the animations are good while not bein too silly. It's aimed at everyone incuding kids. There's also a game where you can see your horoscope which is fun and interactive, although not atall realistic.
The "about us" section of the website says 'back in '66, in a school gym class, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield realised that they hated running but loved food. Years later in '78, Ben was fired from a lot of jobs and Jerry had failed for the second time to get into medical school. So, with a $5 correspondence course in ice cream making, they both opened their first scoop shop in a gas station in Burlington, Vermont. They soon became popular in the local community for the finest all natural ice cream. Ben had no sense of taste so he relied on what he called 'mouth feel', so big chunks of chocolate, fruit and nut became their signature. While they disagreed at times over the chunk size, they both agreed that they wanted to enjoy themselves - as Jerry put it 'if it's not fun, why do it?'. Most of this i've already heard, as it was mentioned on there advert in a cartoon to advertise there icecream. It also states on there 'about us' that 4 flavours of there icecream now have a fairtade status, adding that Fairtrade is about making sure people get theire fair share of the pie.
The website also includes the calories of there products which is helpful for anyone calorie counting.
All in all, ben and jerry's products each have a unique taste. They're all high quality and although expensive (unless on offer), are worth the money and are nice as a once in a while treat.
I'd reccomend it to anyone. Chocoholics will love phish food and chocolate fudge brownie, while others will enjoy the frozen yoghurts and sorbets. There's certianly something for everyone.
We all know ( and love! ) Ben and Jerry's! Its the ultimate treat for us any time of the day, no matter what mood we are in.
With all their flavours too choose from, I can promise you that you will find one which you love.
ABOUT BEN & JERRY'S
Ben and Jerry were school friends who were born only four days apart in Brooklyn, New York.
During Ben's senior years in school, Ben drove an ice cream truck!
After Ben left school, he he tried various courses, but eventually he came back to ice cream. ( he must have ice cream running through his veins! )
Jerry started on a more original path, after graduating from high school ( where he worked as an ice cream scooper in the cafeteria! another one with ice cream running through his veins!), he then attended a college in Oberlin to study medicine which he later graduated from.
Jerry then returned to New York and studied as a lab technician.
A few years later, Ben and Jerry decided to go into the food business together. ( thank the lord! )
Their first thought was to make bagels..( oh no, bagels! I don't like bagels! please not bagels ) but luckily, they couldn't afford it, so decided to take a course, only 5 pound at the time, on ice cream!
They decided they were going to do business in Burlington, as it was a popular place for college students but had no ice creams parlours around.
In 1978 Ben and Jerry opened up their first Ben and Jerry shop in a Burlington gas station. ( woohoo! )
Their lovely ice cream shop became extremely popular, with their rich ice cream and their amazing creative flavours.
Ben and Jerry also made sure that they connected with the public ( aww, sweeties! ) they hosted free films festivals and give away free scoops of ice cream on their first anniversary in the store which is still a tradition today.
In 1980, they both started to make their well known ice cream for local grocers, a year later they expanded this operation. In 1983 their business increased significantly, Ben and Jerrys company opened up its first non-vermont in franchise in Maine, and signed a deal with a Boston distribution company!
Their favourite signature flavours were unveiled during the 1980s, some which included New York Super Fudge Chunk and Cherry Garcia, by 1987 sales were at 32 million dollars! A year later the president Ronald Reagan named Ben and Jerry the U.S small business person of the year, and by the end of that year the company was operation shops in 18 states.
Just so you know, I didn't copy this but neither did I think of it myself, I got useful information from the internet and put it into my own words, I love Ben and Jerry and they have done so well!
The ice cream comes in two different sizes tubs.
150ml: around £1.98
500ml: around £4.18
I think they are worth the money, super indulgent little tubs of heaven.
I had never even heard of Ben and Jerry's before my OH first introduced me to it a few years ago, we was ordering take away at the time and he suggested it, I picked out Cookie Dough and it was probably one of the best things I ever did regarding food.
If Cookie Dough doesn't sound your thing, do not worry! Plenty of other favours to choose from, including:
Chocolate Fudge Brownie = Chocolate ice cream with fudge brownies!
Strawberry Cheesecake = Strawberry cheesecake ice cream with strawberries and a thick Graham cracker swirl.
Peanut Butter Cup = Peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter cups.
Red Velvet Cake = Red velvet cake batter ice cream with red velvet cake pieces and a cream cheese frosting swirl.
Cherry Garcia = Cherry ice cream with cherries and fudge flakes.
Phish Food = Chocolate ice cream with gooey marshmallow, caramel swirls and fudge shaped fish!
And lots lots lots more, as you can probably see from above, they are extremely inventive and this is what I love about them! Unfortunately though, only a variety of these are available in the UK, but the ones that are available are bloody lovely!
MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE
My personal favourite is Cookie Dough, which is plain vanilla ice cream with big chunks of cookie dough thrown in, and my god, they are extremely generous!
The vanilla ice cream is very rich, very creamy and tastes quite expensive, the texture is absolutely divine and this pot of ice cream was made in heaven.
I love the texture and taste of the cookie dough, but I know some people don't EXAMPLE: My brother, he finds it fowl and thinks it shouldn't be in the ice cream, but I can vouch for plenty of people who do love it.
The dough is sweet, feels chewy and just yummy.
The chocolate chips aren't huge, but they are noticeable and you can taste them whilst they are in your mouth, they make the ice cream come together.
OTHER FLAVOURS I HAVE TRIED
I have also tried, half baked, chocolate fudge brownie, phish food, cherry garcia and plain vanilla.
I have to say that these are also delicious, not as good as cookie dough in my opinion, but they are yummy, you get a lot for your money, they are just really pleasing.
ARE THEY HEALTHY?
Well with most ice creams of course these aren't going to be any different, they are quite fatty ( especially when you tuck into a full tub as I have done! ) so they won't be the best for your diet. I won't bother putting down the amount of fat as different ones contain different amounts.
But if you are quite concious but really want to try it out, why not opt for the other options which are available?
There is frozen yoghurt available! Which isn't half as bad as eating the ice cream, so go ahead and treat yourself and you won't have to feel bad, I am sure they are gorgeous.
Choose from cherry, chocolate, strawberry and I am sure there is more!
I highly recommend for a treat every once in a while!
I hope I helped you in some kind of way! :)
Thanks for reading!
The BEST ice cream. Pricey and high in calories but deeeeelicious.
Lately Asda and morrisons seem to be in competition putting ben and jerrys on offer, currently it is £4 in morrisons (full price in asda though at £4.18 for 500ml tub).
Ben and jerrys ice cream comes in 150ml and 500ml tubs from supermarkets with a variety of unique flavours. They boast about using fairtrade products and their tubs are environmentally friendly being cardboard.
All the ice creams have a very thick creamy texture and are very moreish!
My personal favourite is Caramel chew chew. A delicious creamy caramel flavour ice cream with swirls of a caramel sauce through and delicious choc chunks with a soft caramel centre. The chocolate pieces are almost like little chocolates you would get from a box of luxury chocolates just smaller. To eat just a bit is impossible i always end up finishing the tub.
Most of the ben and jerrys are suitable for vegetarians just those that have the marshmallows are not i believe. We also have the chunky monkey flavour for my husband which is banana flavour ice cream with dark chocolate little bananas and walnuts. It is a very subtle flavoured ice cream not a sickly banana ice cream and the choc bananas are made from lovely chocolate.
The only downside is if you have to pay full price for the ice cream otherwise its just fab!
When I went shopping this weekend I found that Ben and Jerry's ice cream was half price so I just had to get a tub! It is without doubt one of my favourite ice cream brands but I do try to avoid it because it is so incredibly unhealthy, but so tasty. My favourite flavours have to be phish food and cookie dough. On this occasion I went for the cookie dough and it was a good choice. The creamy vanilla ice cream with chunks of dark chocolate and balls of cookie dough throughout is truly delectable but it is incredibly morish! Sometimes I do find it hard to chew the cookie dough as I have sensitive teeth but it's worth it. I think Ben and Jerry's is a guilty pleasure and cannot bear to share a tub, in my eyes it's one of those ice creams which is to be savoured whilst having a girly night in front of the TV. Ben and Jerry's is notoriously unhealthy but I have started to notice there are 'light' versions coming out which I haven't tried but would be very interested in. However, when consumed in moderation Ben and Jerry's is undoubtedly the ultimate indulgence!
This is one brand of ice cream that I absolutely adore, there is a huge range of unique flavours available including my personal favourite half baked which contains chocolate ice cream and chucks of cookie dough an brownie pieces. Some of the other flavours that they have included baked Alaska, cookie dough, chocolate fudge brownie and phish food. Occasionally there are even special limited flavours included, these are only around for a limited time. When you look on the Ben and Jerry's website it shows all of the flavours that they have had including the limited ones. All flavours of Ben an Jerry's are rich in flavours an make a perfect treat. Unlike most ice creams the ice cream is not solid and is easily scooped out of the tub with a spoon or even eaten from the tub!
The only downfall that I have with the product is the price, as it is £3.99 for a tub in most supermarkets; this has resulted in me only buying it when it is on offer. The other downfall that I have is that there are not many flavours that are not very sweet; this is not an issue for myself as I have a very sweet tooth.
Those who have read some of my reviews will know that I far favour the savoury snack over the sweet, 9 times out of 10 I prefer to reach for something salty than sugary, however Ben & Jerry's consistantly put me in the rare position of craving ice cream.
All other brands of ice cream I can take or leave, Ben & Jerry's is different for several reasons....
Ben & Jerrys use quality ingredients, at least in all the flavours I've had. Far from being jargon you can actually taste the quality of the milk used to make the ice cream, the luxurious thickness in their brownies, the deep and complex flavours of their small chocolate fishes. In fact it's primarily this consistant quality that keeps me coming back for more.
----Imaginative Flavour Combinations----
To date there have been slightly over 50 flavours to choose from, some are alas now extinct but several of my favourites are still available today (thank god), these include...
Chocolate Brownie= Chocolate ice cream with chocolate brownies
Phish Food= Caramel, marshmallow and chocolate ice cream with delicious chocolate fishes.
Cookie Dough= This ones the daddy in my opinion. Vanilla ice cream with chunks of raw cookie dough.
My favourites that are now confined to the Ben & Jerry graveyard include...
Double Trouble=Chocolate and White Chocolate ice cream with white and dark chocolate chunks.
Minter Wonderland=Simply mint ice cream with chocolate chips.
----Helping The Little Guy----
Ben & Jerry have supported many worthy charities in their time, with a particular focus on preserving the world around us, after all, no world means no delicious ice cream to eat 8^S Animal preservation and climate change are important to the company, which is always good to see.
I have also heard that originally Ben & Jerry's sourced their brownie pieces from a small bakery in New York, while it wouldn't be viable to continue to do so today, it's still representative of the companies drive and commitment to seeking out only the finest ingredients.
It is for these reasons that Ben & Jerry's breaks the mould, they have earned their place at the top through not only being supportive of charities, not only by being imaginative, creative andd original with their flavour combinations but simply for making an ice cream that tastes better than the rest of the competition.
There is only one gripe I have and unfortunately it is an unavoidable one, these 500ml tubs do not come cheap, they are usually around £3.50 mark but if your lucky you can sometimes pick up 2 for a fiver. Usually I would consider this a total rip but in this instance you can really tell where the extra money has gone.
*Ben and Jerrys in General*
I love ben and jerrys! They make the most amazingly yummy ice cream ever and they have the most bizzare but wonderful flavours, from vanilla toffee crunch to cookie dough (Which is my favorite). They also make a range of mini tubs of ice cream, sorbets and low fat frozen yoghurt, so you can even enjoy ben and jerrys on a diet!
I when on a cruise last august and they had a ben and jerrys counter there and it was so yummy! I don't eat ice cream/sweet/chocolate a lot but when I do, I always have ben and jerrys.
My favorite (so far) is the chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. It is the best ice cream ever. It contains vanilla ice cream with cookie dough before it is baked and it also as yummy chocolate chips in it too. One thing I don't really like about the ice creams is that they are not soft scoop so I have to leave them out for like 10 minutes or more so that I can actually get it out of the tub, which is a bit annoying. So I think if they made a soft scoop version it would be better.
*Cookie dough ice cream*
This is my favorite, well the strawberry cheese cake is nice too, but the mixture of the cookie dough, chocolate chips and the vanilla ice cream is really nice. You can buy it in the 500ml tub and the mini 150ml tub. But one downside is that the ice creams (not the low fat frozen yoghurt) has 270 calories per 100g and 14g of fat! Which is not good for your waist line but it is good after a long day (occasionally)!
*They have so many flavours including vanilla toffee crunch (with fair trade and all natural ingredients), chocolate fudge brownie, caramel chew chew, vanilla and chunky monkey.
*They also have a small range of sorbets including, mango berry swirl, jamaican me crazy (pineapple and passion fruit) and baked alaska (vanilla ice cream with marshmallow swirls and chocolate poler bears)!
*They have a small range of low fat frozen yoghurts too including, chocolate fudge brownie, cherry garcia, strawberry cheese cake and phish food (which is a chocolate frozen yogurt with marshmallow, caramel and chocolate shaped fish), which I think I will have to try... for review purposes only.
*They use all natural ingredients
*I love the packaging for all of there products, it is so colourful and most of they have strange cheeky names too
*Difficult to scoop out so I think a soft scoop version would be good
*I love the flavours they are so nice but they are high in calories and fat!
*They lower fat frozen yoghurts only contain 5g of fat and 220 calories (The phish food one)
*A good but slightly naughty treat
*A bit on the expensive side but it is worth it for the yummy products and they use some fair trade ingredients, they use all natural ingredients and they are just great!
*I buy mine from asda or morrisons but I think they would sell them in other larger supermarkets too at about £3.99
Thank you for reading my review
Ben and Jerry's is a high quality ice cream company who's fame and success is global.
I have always found that the more you pay for ice cream, the better it tends to be and this is definitely the case here. You can expect to pay around £4 per 500ml tub of their dessert which is a high amount to pay. Supermarkets are obviously aware of this fact however, and for this reason there are often offers on such as half price, or two for £5, which is when I buy it!
Apart from the disadvantage of the high price, this is undoubtedly a great product. The range is large enough to cater for all tastes without being excessive and often varies depending on the time of year, for example, developing to include sorbets in summer time.
Much to my delight, the majority involve chocolate in some or indeed several forms and often include things like cookie dough, or chocolate fudge brownie pieces which are generously sized and full flavored. The texture is perfect for ice cream; rich, thick and creamy and the fact that it melts slowly supports this.
My other reason for loving this brand is the packaging that they use. The names are inventive such as 'phish food' or 'fossil fuel' and the bright cartons jump out in the aisles and in the freezer!
Ben and jerry's is the most popular and famous make of ice cream. It is also the most expensive!! A 500ml tub of this will usually set you back nearly £4 in most supermarkets!
Personally i wouldnt pay this for a tub of ice cream, especially when you can get a 2 litre tub in asda (their own brand) for £1.07 and it is actually really nice. I only ever treat myself to this ice cream when it is on offer. Even then i think it is expensive! They are such small tubs!
You only need a small amount of the ice cream though, as they are all very rich and can be too sickly if you eat too much.
Ben and jerry's do loads of unusual flavours, they dont do your usual plain vanilla or strawberry ice cream.
My favourite has to be the cookie dough flavour! They are very generous with the cookie dough in this ice cream, you get loads of big pieces of cookie dough in there. You can deffinately tell it is real cookie dough as well, they dont add artifical flavourings to it. This cookie dough ice cream had become their best selling flavour!
Other flavours they do include phish food, baked alaska, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate macadamia, caramel chew, chocolate fudge brownie, chnky monkey, half baked and fairly nuts. They all sound delicious!
They also do smaller tubs of this ice cream, if you like them as a single desert, or just want to try them before you pay £4 for a full tub. These come in 150ml tubs for £1.50, but they are currently on offer in tesco at the moment, 4 for £5.00.
Ben and jerrys also do a range of frozen yogurts. You can get the frozen yogurts in phish food flavour, as well as chocolate fudge brownie and cherry garcia. I have not tried these frozen yogurts yet, but going off the quality of the ice cream they make, im sure they are gorgeous!
Overall, this ice cream is well over priced in my opinion, but it does taste delicious and is deffinately the best ice cream out there! This is nice as a treat, but i dont buy it unless it is on offer!
Ben & Jerry's Ice cream is pretty famous stuff. American in origin, it was probably one of the first ice cream brands to really show people what ice cream could be if it was got really 'right'.
The flavours in their range are mostly chocolate based which means that for me, they're things that smell lovely but which I can't eat - Things like 'Cookie Dough', 'Phish Food' and 'Chocolate Fudge Brownie'. However, they do one or two which are ok for me - 'Baked Alaska', and 'Vanilla'. They do a couple of other items which although technically not ice cream I can also eat - two Sorbets 'Jamaican Me Crazy' which is pineapple sorbet with peach swirls, and 'Mango Berry Swirl' which is mango sorbet with chunks of mango and mixed berry sorbet swirled in. There's also one of their frozen yoghurts that I can eat - 'Strawberry Cheesecake' - very yummy!
Baked Alaska is my favourite of those that I can eat. It's vanilla ice cream with soft marshmallow sauce swirled in it, and white chocolate polar bears (yes I can eat white chocolate). Each piece of white chocolate is a good size too - about the size of a jelly baby - so they make a good bite when you find one. The vanilla ice cream is superb and is filled with proper vanilla that you can actually taste, and being what I call GOOD ice cream, it's also very rich and creamy in texture and flavour too. In any other form it would be much to sweet, but being icey cold it's fabulous.
For me, eating this ice cream and sorbet and frozen yoghurt is something that I feel I can indulge in occasionally even though it's expensive because as well as being incredibly tasty it's also made by a company who are ethical. They say on their website 'Our aim is to make the best possible ice cream, in the nicest possible way.' And I think they do achieve this pretty well. They use good quality ingredients that are from fair trade sources, free range eggs, and milk and cream from sustainable dairies that are linked to helping farmers keep everything as good for the planet as possible. Add to this that they opt for cardboard packaging on the products sold in stores, and even go as far as to use 100% corn starch based cold drinks cups in their scoop shops. The company is now climate neutral from cow to cone as they put it, on all the flavours they make in Europe.
So what's so special about the flavour of their ice cream - well that's a hard one. For me it's mostly to do with the fact that they combine interesting flavours with really good solid quality. It's fine to have nice flavours, but if you don't invest in the quality of the basic product - i.e. the vanilla ice cream that's the basis for most of their products, then you won't get anywhere fast.
Their prices are high. In many ways, it's too high for most people to be happy paying it on a regular basis - a 400ml tub costs around £3-4 generally, but special offers are to be found where you can get 2 tubs for a fiver or similar in some of the supermarkets. For me, yes this is ice cream that constitutes a special treat, so it's one of those things that I don't mind paying a bit for, and as I've said already, knowing that it's an ethical company who are making this delicious product and that I'm not contributing to the mess the worlds in by buying and eating it makes me happy.
I love Ben and Jerrys! They definately have a flavour to suit everyone and they are always worth trying. Some have normal names and some are a sort of 'joke', like Chunky Monkey which has walnuts and fuge in it.
It comes in 500ml tubs for about £4 and you can get small snack tubs but I dont think they are worth the money at 100ml for between £1 and £2.
The are a good ethical company all about fair trade and they have two types of ice cream, normal icecream and frozen yogurt. The taste the same in my opinion and I have found that the frozen yogurt tubs are usually on offer at around £1.99 for a 500ml tub! I think this is because people think it will taste different but it doesnt.
Their individual stores and stands are nice as well. My local Cineworld has one and they do sundaes and milkshakes *mmmmm* lol
Over all i think yeah it is quite expensive but you are getting good quality and loads of different flavours in one tub.
The pictures on the packaging and advertising are really nice and friendly but i did have an accident the other day where i couldnt get the plastic wrap off and as i pushed it up the rim of the lid sliced my finger! *ouch*
Usually the tub rims are rounded but not this time!
Ben and Jerry's is a popular American ice cream brand. It's a pretty premium brand, so expect to pay around £4 for a 500ml tub of ice cream in supermarkets. However, they do occasionally have offers on, so grab whilst you can (it is frozen after all and will keep for ages).
The ice cream is different to other brands because each tub contains a variety of flavours and ingredients rather than your bog standard strawberry, chocolate, vanilla flavours. The different flavours also have unusual and often punny names such as 'Phish Food', which is a chocolate ice cream with chocolatey shaped fish, marshmellows and caramel. This is a very popular flavour, but too be honest it's far too rich for me and I prefer things like Caramel Chew Chew and Cookie Dough.
One of the flaws for me is that the tubs are a bit flimsy once you've taken the sturdy lid off, and if you try to spoon the ice cream out straight after it's been in the freezer, the tub tends to go squishy easily. However, it melts very quickly so keep an eye on it and only leave it to thaw for a few minutes.
Ben and Jerry's has fairly recently launched a range of fruity low fat frozen yoghurts, which taste incredibly similar to the ice creams. However, they are still packed with sugar so not a healthy option. They also do a range of sorbets which are very refreshing, particularly in the summer.
Ben and Jerry's has a counter all to themselves in my local Showcase cinema, and they serve delicious sundaes as well as scoops and milkshakes. They are quite expensive however; a two scoop sundae will set you back around £5. However, you should definitely try one if you haven't already because they are delicious. Choose one or two favourite flavours of ice cream, then add hot fudge or chocolate sauce and milk chocolate fish or white chocolate polar bears, and you have a delicious calorie-laden treat. Being a huge fan of milkshakes I tried them but was very disappointed as despite being freshly made in front of me with my favourite flavours, it tasted very watery and wasn't worth the money.
Ben and Jerry's relies a lot on its marketing, which is shown with the well-styled packaging and friendly cartoon style adverts. A lot of people I know love it and think it's a great treat, but I can take it or leave it (though I find it hard to resist a sundae!).
When looking for an ethical company one doesn't have to look much further than Ben and Jerry's. These days ethical companies seem to do very well as their is a lot of attention on the environment and making sure that companies fulfil their ethical obligations. I think a lot of companies protest to be green or ethical and don't always carry out those promises but I have to say that I do think Ben and Jerry's are a true company and do stick to their word. Here is some information that I read about them recently that only helps to support my feelings about them. According to an article I read, "since 2003, Ben & Jerry's have been working on a sustainable Caring Dairy initiative, which helps level out needs of the farmers and their cows, as well as the planet's needs. The company has, so far, reduced energy use on their 11 farms by 2%, and converted all their farms to green energy. Also, in 2002, Ben & Jerry's in the USA committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 10% by 2007."
Ben and Jerrys are manufacturers of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream novelty products. They are now a division of the British-Dutch Unilever conglomerate, headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont,United States. They were founded by two self confessed hippies, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (hence the name) in 1978. They have been lifelong friends and came from a very hippy style background and so wanted to open a business with more than a focus on profits. According to an article I read their Mission Statement focused on three distinct principles:
"a Social Mission, a Product Mission, and an Economic Mission. Their Social Mission describes the company's need to operate in a way that recognizes their influence on society, and the importance of improving the quality of life all over the world. Their Product Mission states that they will always strive to make the finest quality products, working to use natural, wholesome ingredients. It also states that they will advertise business mannerisms that respect the Earth. Their Economic mission describes their promise to operate their company on a "sustainable financial basis of profitable growth, increasing value for [their] stakeholders and expanding opportunities for development and career growth for [their] employees. "Underlying the mission of Ben & Jerry's is the determination to seek new and creative ways of addressing all three parts, while holding a deep respect for individuals inside and outside the company and for the communities of which they are a part.""
They definitely are one of my favourite ice cream makers. I admire their philosophy and also love their quirky flavours and packaging and these are probably the main reasons why I buy their ice cream over other manufacturers. Obviously their marketing has worked on one consumer! I actually did a case study on them way back in university in my business studies class about their ethics and environmental stance and have been a fan ever since, and it helps that their ice cream tastes lovely!! With wonderful flavours like Karamel Sutra, Cherry Garcia (named after Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead), Chunky Monkey, Bananas on the Rum and Chubby Hubby what's not to love about their company.
So go on, as well as being able to enjoy some lovely, amazingly different ice cream flavours you can do something good today for the environment by buying some Ben and Jerry's!!