“ Brand: Ben & Jerrys / Type: Sorbets & Ice Cream „
I do love Ben and Jerry ice cream and Bohemian Raspberry is a brilliantly named and a super product that has the words to that classic Queen song running through your head.
This is a lovely combination of vanilla ice cream with raspberry sauce swirlked into it and then there are chunks of chocolate fudge brownie thrown in for good easure. The three flavours combine wonderfully wel together and are a taste sensation in your mouth. The vanilla ice cream is smooth and creamy with a lovely vanilla flavouring to it, it has a pure taste and does not appear artificial in any way.
The raspberry puree sauce has a fruity flavour of raspberries and is quite strong and it combines really well with the rich chocolate fudge brownie chunks. The brownie chunks are soft and gooey and have a lovely chewy texture to them and they add body to the ice cream.
The ice cream is a lovely hodge podge of flavours and visually it has a bark red look to it which sort of stains the vanilla ice cream, it comes in the standard, funky designed Ben and Jerry's half pint pot style carton and is a real traet even on those evenings where it is getting colder as winter draws in.
Bohemian Raspberry is a PUN on the great Beetles song, and it would be hard for Ben & Jerry's to match it. However, they have with the brilliant taste, texture and fun packaging to match. The only thing holding it back is the high price, but it is worth it as everyone will love the product.
The packaging is in the same style as other B&J's products, so it is very fun to look at and is very bright, making it easy to spot. However, this comes at a cost. It is quite hard to read the small print. The container is very easy to open, but it is also easy to come off. The taste is always the same, something left to be desired by other brands.
As always the quality of the product is high, with the taste to match. It's fresh and crisp.
When you open the container, a sweet smell drifts into your nostrils. The ice cream will start to melt as you put it onto your tongue, a wonderful feeling. Then, the fudge brownie hits your tongue, it is very soft and rich in taste. Then, the perfect combination comes along with the sweet raspberry swirls complimenting the brownies. They both cancel each other out, with the sweet and the rich sour tastes.
On the other hand, the ice cream is very expensive compared to other brands. I feel it is worth it with the high quality and the flavours that can't be rivalled by other alternative brands.
It is very addicting, which makes the high amount of fat and calories even worse.
A classic from Ben & Jerry's, with a great flavour and perfect texture combinations. The price is high, but it is worth it with each mouthful like a mini trip to heaven, enjoy it while it lasts.
Ice cream has always been a favourite in my house! Mum, two brothers and I, enjoy a nice chilled bowl at least 4 times a week! Everybody in my house has different tastes when it comes to the delicacy however, brothers keen for chocolate flavoured ices, mum keen for the lemon and fruit based ice cream, and me, keen for almost all types, however my favourites being caramel/fudge/toffee flavours, or a nice strawberry cheesecake flavour!
As we get through so much ice cream, my mum usually opts for the cheap varietys, normally supermarkets own brands, or on occasion the "finest" supermarket varietys! I always used to look in to the freezers and dream of being allowed to buy one of the "posher" ice creams such as Hagen Dazs, or the ever tempting _Ben & Jerrys_. However, although not a regular purchase in our weekly shop, my mum sometimes does decide to give in and in the past i've tried some Ben & Jerry's flavours, being, "Caramel Chew Chew", "Chocolate fudge brownie" and more recently the low fat version of the strawberry cheesecake!
Browsing through ciao the other day, just before we went shopping, I noticed that this weeks Product of the Week, was infact a Ben & Jerry's product! I had heard of it before, and spyed at a friends house afew weeks ago. _Bohemian Raspberry_ was the name of it, and it hadn't sounded very tempting. However, my courage has been plucked up, so I decided to give the dessert a try! Although I had seen it before, I still had a vision of totally raspberry style ice cream- raspberry ice cream, raspberry sauce and real raspberry pieces, however luckily I was wrong!
After much persuation in Tesco, my mum gave in and into our trolley went a tub of Ben & Jerry's _Bohemian Raspberry_ ice cream!!
Ben and Jerry's are not a cheap brand name, and this one was no exception! At time of purchase a 500ml tub of this ice cream costed a whopping £3.99! Similar companys, are near enough the same price. Infact Hagen Daz's equivalant costs the exact same price. However Carte D'or would only set you back £2.49, this time for 900ml. 10 pence of each £3.99 is put towards the Mercury Pheonix trust- a trust set up by Queens Freddie Mercury! However although I grudged the price, I decided it was bad to judge before tasting and so we handed over the cash!!
In my opinion, Ben and Jerry's have very unusal packaging! The tubs are made of a thick cardboard and display pictures related to the type of ice cream contained inside! This tub is no different. The main colour is a dark reddish pink, the background of the tub being pictures of juicy looking raspberrys! There is also a small picture of a chunk of chocolate! This was weird I thought as I couldn't remember there being chocolate in it before! The Ben and Jerry's logo is written on a black strip along the top of the tub! Undeneath _Bohemian Raspberry_ is written in white writing with a purple bubble background! For some reason there is a picture of a cow, this being present on all B&J tubs! At the bottom of the front of the tub, there is a description of the ice cream secreted inside ; _Vanilla ice cream, with fudge brownies and Raspberry swirls_. This made me crave it for the first time however I decided to hold off untill after my tea!
After dinner that night I decided it was time to sample my (mums) purchase! I dug into the freezer excitedly and fished out the tub of ice cream. I screwed off the lid, which was fairly easy to do! I tried to dig in my spoon but the ice cream was rock solid so like I usually do, I popped the tub in the microwave for a short time to soften the dessert off! I dug my spoon in again, and although it had slightly softened it was definitly still very hard! I plopped two scoops in my bowl and it looked most appealing. A smooth whiteish ice cream, with visible red swirls and slightly visible small brown chunks scattered throughout. The only scent that I could detect, was that of vanilla ice cream! It smelled very creamy and I hope the taste lived up to the smell!
_THE REAL TEST;_
I like to sample everything seperatly to begin with, before sampling mixed! So I scooped up a small amount of the vanilla ice cream and eased it off the spoon with my tongue. As soon as it entered my mouth, I wanted more. The taste was extremely vanilla-y and was extremely creamy. The aftertaste was very sweet and made me crave more! Next of all I retrieved a half-spoonfull of the raspberry swirls! It was quite difficult to get it onto the spoon but after much a struggle I managed. I popped it into my mouth and the taste was very sharp! It had a texture of syrup, and tasted very sweet, the taste of raspberry very clear! There was only one thing left to sample, the "fudge brownie peices". By now the chunks were visible scattered throughout, and they didn't look like B&J had been stinjy at all, in fact they had been very generous! I popped a peice in my mouth, it was the perfect size, not to big and not too small! The fudge brownie peice didn't taste overly chocolatey which satisfyed me! It was moist and the temperature of ice cream had make it very cold which was pleasent. The fudge brownie was very chewy and had a fudge like texture, mixed with the texture of cake! Once I had tested everything individually I decided to sample them all together, a spoonful of creamy ice cream, raspberry swirl and 2 chunks of brownie was absolutley gorgoeus! Everything mixed together very nicely. However I think that although the raspberry didn't _not_ match with the other components, I personally would have enjoyed a toffee or chocolate sauce instead!!
Ben and Jerry's were never going to be healthy were they? What can you really expect. Infact, 100ml (1 fifth of the tub) contains 205 calories, and 11g of fat! This is rather high, although its not the highest I have ever tried in the B&J variety!! I would reccomend this only for a treat once a while, or for a snack on a Saturday night in front of the television!
The ice cream isn't suitable for anybody with milk allergys, or who is allergic to eggs or wheat!!
5 Sense Summary
*Sight- Cream/white looking ice cream, reasonable sized chunks of brownie and visible raspberry swirls
*Texture- smooth and creamy ice cream, chewy brownie and sticky syrup!
*Scent- only vanilla ice cream could be detected
*Taste- creamy strong vanilla ice cream, fudge slightly chocolatey brownie peices, sharp and sweet syrup!
It is up to you really. I think this ice cream is a love it or hate it one! It is definitly not my favourite B&J ice cream and probably comes nearer the bottom of my list! If you like weird and wacky combinations then I'd say this is the one for you, however if you like to play things safe and stick to more original flavours then its probably best to stay away!! I aslo wouldnt reccomend if you are watching you're weight, or trying to stick to healthier products!!
I give this 3 stars out of 5. One star is knocked off for the extortinate price, and the other for the weird combination and un-appealing nature of the product!!
I have always loved Ben and Jerry's delicious flavours of ice cream and think I must have tried them all by now, so when I saw they had brought out a new flavour I headed to the shops. I found this new Bohemian Raspberry flavour in my local tesco.
A bit of history...
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield opened their very first ice cream store back in 1978 in Burlington, Vermont, after a series of unsuccessful jobs and Jerry's failed attepmts at medical school. Their natural ice cream became increasingly popular in the community but found they were not making any money. The following year they learnt a bit more about book keeping and began selling thier fantastic ice creams out of Ben's VW
campervan. And thats where it all took off...
Back to today...
The Bohemian Raspberry is the latest Ben and Jerry's rock concoction, the name being inspired by Queens Bohemian Rhapsody. I was also interested to discover after some googling, that Ben and Jerry's are donating 10 pence from every tub sold to the Mercury Pheonix Trust, which is an Aids charity set up in Freddie Mercury's memory. So not only is it a fantastic ice cream, it is a fantastic tribute to the late great Freddie Mercury and a great way to raise both money and awareness of the charity.
The tub itself is enough to make you want to buy the product, with its attractive bright colours and funky design it is definately an eye catcher! I spotted it stright away in the store amoungst the other Ben and Jerry's ice creams. The rich pinks, purples and browns of the tub perfectly reflect the mouth watering ice cream inside. I also loved the musical notes, perfect for its 'rock' theme!
When I got home after an exhausting shopping trip, I decided it was time to reward myself with a huge bowl of my newly purchased ice cream. As it was a beautiful day the refreshing, fruity flavours were perfect for sitting in the sunshine and relaxing!
As soon as I opened the tub, I knew I had made the right choice. Not only did it look fantastic, with its bright colours and rich creamy texture, it smelt divine!
As with all Ben and Jerry's flavours this exotic combination of vanilla ice cream, fudge brownies and raspberry swirls does nothing to let down the great reputation. Where they think of these combinations is beyond me, and they get it right every time! My previous favourite, Chunky Monkey, had been replaced by this gorgeous new flavour.
The only way to descibe this ice cream is absolutely delicious! The soft fruity swirls of vanilla and raspberry ice cream are a delight, not too overpowering. It has a lovely texture and the subtle raspberry swirls are not too sour as raspberries sometimnes are. The fudge brownie pieces compliment the vanilla and raspberry flavours perfectly. I was a bit dubious as I'm not a great chocolate fan and didnt know how this would work with the fruity flavours, but needless to say it does! Never doubt the ice cream masters that are Ben and Jerry's! LOL
Amount per 100g serving
of which are saturated 7.g
of which are sugars 25
cream (31%), sugar, water, skimmed milk, egg yolks, blackberry puree, unbleached wheat flour, cocoa, butter, natural flavours, eggs, egg whites, stabilisers (locust bean gum, guar gum, carrageenan), glucose-fructose syrup, soya flour, salt, acidity regulator (citric acid), raising agent (sodium arbonate), vanilla
Would I recommend?
Absolutely! It is yet another unbeatable Ben and Jerry's ice cream. I couldnt fault anything with the product itself, it was full of flavour and a real treat! The only thing I would comment on is the price. Everyone familiar with Ben and Jerry's probably knows it is a little more than you could pay for your average tub of ice cream (I think I paid around £3-£4) but is definately worth it. I believe with this ice cream you get what you pay for, fantastic quality. And with the added bonus of you know some of the money is going to charity, its the perfect excuse to spend a little more without feeling guilty!
also on ciao
This Ben and Jerry's ice cream is available in most supermarkets and at Ben and Jerry's scoop shops. They come in large and small tubs; the large tubs are 500ml and cost about £3.99 and the small tubs of 150ml come with a little plastic spoon to eat on the go and cost anything between £150 to £2. I prefer to buy the larger tubs as I love my ice cream and I find that the smaller tubs don't have as much cookie or brownie chunks in them.
So this Bohemian Raspberry ice cream consists of vanilla ice cream with raspberry swirls and chocolate fudge brownie chunks. This actually makes for a very pleasant ice cream, I especially like to mixture of raspberry and the chocolate brownie chunks; it's like a whole dessert in pot.
Though this is not in my top 3 flavours, I still give it 4 stars as it's still very tasty but the brownies remind me too much of the chocolate fudge brownie and half baked flavours.
I never thought I'd see the day when I would rate a Ben & Jerrys ice cream only three out of five but that day has now arrived. I picked up a tub of this in Tesco as they have been available half price at £1.99 for a 500ml tub for the last few weeks. I've eaten so much Phish Food and Baked Alaska recently that I thought I should give it a rest and try something different, so I bought this Bohemian Raspberry flavour.
It is quite hard to get into at first but you can either leave it to thaw for twenty minutes or pop it in the microwave for twenty seconds (which strictly speaking you shouldn't do!). The texture is nice and thick once you can get your spoon in and the vanilla ice cream is nice and creamy. This one isn't very sweet though which suprised me as the vanilla ice cream in the other vanilla mixed flavours is.
Also in here are raspberry sauce swirls and bits of chocolate brownie. The chocolate brownie bits are fantastic and my favourite part of this ice cream. I'm sure they're the same brownies as you get in the chocolate fudge brownie flavour (which my Tesco don't have any of boo hoo). The raspberry swirls is the bit that I'm not really keen on in here. They have a funny jam like texture which puts me off a bit and the flavour is very powerful too which I don't think goes well with chocolate brownies.
This is still a good quality product so I have to give it three stars but I won't be buying this again.
Ben & Jerry's
Ben & Jerry's ice cream was founded by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield and has now been brought by Unilever. They met in school and several years later after many unsuccessful and unenjoyed jobs they both attended a $5.00 course in ice cream making and after investing $12,000 they then opened their first 'scoop shop' in a gas station in Burlington, Vermont in 1978. It didn't take long for them to become very popular. Ben had no sense of taste so he relied on what he called 'mouth feel', and big chunks of all sorts of ingredients, especially chocolate became their signature, and it is still is to this day. In 1979 they began selling pints of ice cream out of the side of a VW camper van, they continued to grow and improve throughout the years and have now stand as one of the favourite brands of ice cream. Ben and Jerry's along with Hagen Daaz have always been my favourite ice creams, and apart from the flavours with nuts in, I love them all but Bohemian Raspberry is my favourite.
Bohemian Raspberry is one of Ben & Jerry's newest ice creams released in 2007, as the name suggests it contains raspberrys. It consists of vanilla ice cream with chunks of chocolate fudge brownie and raspberry swirls. As soon as I passed this on the shelves in Sainsbury's, I immediately brought it. The name of Bohemian Raspberry is a play of the song Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and is a dedication to Freddie Mercury. This name was suggested by customers of Ben & Jerry's and fans of Queen. It continues its Queen theme by donating 10p of every pot sold going to the Mecury Phoenix Trust, which is the charity that has been set up in Freddie Mercury of Queen's memory. This charity helps worldwide with AIDS.
Taste, Texture & Smell
Bohemian Raspberry has got to be one of my favourite ice creams, if not my absolute favourite. I am completely in love with anything that consists of chocolate and raspberrys together - it is devine.
When you open the pot of ice cream, there is no distinctive aroma, you can smell the chocolate fudge brownie and a hint of vanilla but there is no aroma of raspberrys. I might have expected this ice cream to smell a bit more fruity, but no big deal, it tastes devine and that's what matters.
The ice cream is vanilla, it is a real white and creamy vanilla, with chucks of chocolate fudge brownie with swirls of thick raspberry sauce. When you open the tub, you will see the creamy white ice cream with veins of raspberry swirls running through and some chunks of chocolate fudge brownie. Every pot however is different, so one pot you may open and not all those things may be on show, they may be underneath. There are several colours on show, especially with the bright colouring of the raspberry swirls, it really stands out to you, the packaging also helps do this. Overall, from first impressions this looks very very tasty.
Vanilla ice cream - Bohemian Raspberry mostly consists of vanilla ice cream. This has a real and natural tasting vanilla flavour, it doesn't taste overpowering, sickly or artificial. It is a full bodied vanilla taste that is perfect in composition. The ice cream is thick and creamy, it tastes rich without being too much. The ice cream isn't too hard or too runny. You can easily scoop it out the pot without a struggle but it does give some resistance proving its not too soft and runny. Some cheaper ice creams, I tend to find are a bit airy in texture, but this really isn't, its full of cream and thick in texture, whilst still tasting light in your mouth. The whole ice cream is very soft to the taste, and just melts in your mouth, it definately tastes like a premium flavoured ice cream should. I never usually like vanilla ice cream that much, I always find it boring but Ben & Jerry's is one of the only ones I could eat on its own, although it's vanilla, it still bursts with flavour and leaves you craving more. Although I do love this with vanilla ice cream, I would love to see a chocolate ice cream version, as it would be pure chocolate and raspberry - my idea of heaven, obviously I know this would probably be too sickly for most people apart from those chocoholics.
Raspberry Swirls - The raspberry swirls also consist of blackberry puree as well as raspberry puree. From the addition of blackberry puree the colouring is slightly darker than raspberry puree, it is inbetween a red raspberry colour with hints of purple from the blackberry, The colouring is all natural and it doesn't look artificial or taste it. You do get a generous amount of these in the ice cream, but I do wish there were a few more, but this is just me being greedy. The raspberry swirls are thick, they aren't runny or sticky. The raspberry flavour is slightly tangy as it should be, but again like the ice cream it is not too overpowering or sickly, nor does it leave an aftertaste in your mouth. The raspberry swirls are not like raspberry swirls in raspberry ripple ice cream and the ice cream certainly isn't. The raspberry swirls in raspberry ripple ice cream are very artificial tasting and the ice cream is very fake airy vanilla so this just can't be compared, everything in Ben & Jerry's is natural.
Chocolate Fudge Brownies - The chocolate fudge brownies are just as they should be. They are soft and gooey, without being runny or undercooked, nor are the hard and overcooked. Without been overcooked the brownies have a slight crunch and are slightly chewey which is lovely, just as I like my brownies to be. They have a delicious flavour, they aren't sickly or overpowering, just as the vanilla ice cream and raspberry swirls, making it the perfect combination. The chocolate brownie doesn't contain any nuts as some brownies do, which is great for me as I'm allergic to them, but I could see some people would want the content of them to make it a little more crunchy in texture. You get quite a few chucks on chocolate fudge brownie in the ice cream, some larger than others, and some are very small.
With this ice cream, it is all very hit and miss about what you will get on your spoon each time you scoop some out, one time you might get some brownie, the next you might just get ice cream and the next you might get a bit of both. I like this, as it gives you a bit of variety and it doesn't get boring. When my boyfriend and I are eating a pot of this, it's always a race to see who can get to the 'good bits' first, if one person has a spoonful and that reveals a layer of brownie or raspberry, we fight with our spoons to get to it. You also get a variety of textures in your mouth to keep it exciting too, you get a slight cruchyness yet gooeyness from the brownie pieces, soft and light ice cream and again slightly gooey raspberry swirls. You aren't left with an aftertaste or a fuzzy, sugar coated teeth feeling in your mouth after eating this. This ice cream is just like the sundaes I like to make, I have vanilla ice cream, break up some cookies and squirt raspberry sauce on, this ice cream saves me doing that, they've basically got that all in one pot. I never actually tried it, but it seems this is an improved and updated version of Ben & Jerry's Glastonberry, which they released last year. It was very similar, but as the name suggests with berrys rather than raspberry swirls. This ice cream is perfect for having as dessert, it slips down nicely, as a snack or as comfort food, I will always turn to this if I'm feeling down, well they do say chocolate contains endorphins.
Bohemian Raspberry comes in a stand up 500ml supported cardboard pot. This stores the ice cream well, it doesn't fall apart and leak. The pot looks good, but may appear to a female slightly more - it has lots of purple and pink swirls along with a large raspberry, which actually looks more like a blackberry and a chocolate fudge brownie. As with all Ben & Jerry's pots, their name is written across the front with the words 'Bohemian Raspberry' underneath. Underneath this it states that it is an ice cream, as Ben & Jerry's also do sorbets, and low fat yogurts and underneat this is a small description of what the ice cream is and contains. Ben & Jerry's packaging is always bright, fun and funky, they never take themselves, the names of the ice creams and the packaging seriously. This makes it seem more fun to eat, to me. The pot comes with a seal around the outside of the lid to the pot, ensuring that you know your product hasn't been tampered with before you open it. On the back of the pot, is information about Ben & Jerrys, along with contact info and nutritional information.
The pot is made from 90% renewable paper stock, but to stop it from leaking Ben & Jerrys have had to coat it with polyethylene which makes recycling a bit difficult. Ben & Jerrys use waterproof ink to print on all the information, so even when its in the freezer and gets water on, you will still be able to read the information you need to, which is really useful.
I find the first time you open the pot, the lid is a little stiff to get off, due to the ice cream being right up to the top and the addition of a plastic sealed wrapper to keep the ice cream fresh. After then it can sometimes be a little loose, it never seems to just right. It won't fall off easily, but when you pick it up you just need to be careful that you don't pick it up by the lid and drop the pot underneath.
Nutritional Info & Food Facts
Per 100g there are 240 calories, 12.5g fat, of which 7g are saturated and 25g of sugars. So for a whole pot thats a whopping 1200 calories, which sometimes I am naughty enough to consume in one go, nearly my whole daily allowance, so I would recommend that you only a have a little at a time, if you can resist! Although Ben & Jerry's ice creams have never been the healthiest for you, but Bohemian Raspberry is one of the worst ones for you, probably why it's the tastiest! There are no artificial ingredients, they are all natural, the only thing making this as unhealthy as it is is cream and chocolate.
Ben & Jerrys are always keen to help the environment and get the best products they can. They also like to help people and do as much good as they can with their products. They always use free range eggs and since 2006 now have fairtrade products. Over 50% of a pot of Ben & Jerry's ice cream consists of dairy so they ensure they have a sustainable dairy farming programme.
The brownies that Ben & Jerry's put in their ice creams, including Bohemian Raspberry come from the Greyston Bakery in New York which seeks to train and counsel the homeless. The Foundation supports the community by providing child care, housing, health care, job training and more for low-income residents in certain parts of New York.
In 2004 Ben & Jerry's Hellendoorn factory became the first Dutch factory to convert 100% of its gas and electricity use to 100% renewable energy (wind, sun, biomass or water) to power its manufacturing operations. Ben & Jerry's recycle, use energy efficient light bulbs and where possible, use 100% renewable energy.
Another suprising little fact is that any wasted ice cream goes to a pig farm in Stowe, Vermont, and the pigs love it.
There are no artifical flavourings or colourings in this ice cream, everything in the ice cream is natural. Bohemian Raspberry's main ingredients are as follows:
Cream (31%), sugar, water, skimmed milk, egg yolks, blackberry puree, raspberry puree, vanilla, wheat flour, cocoa, butter, egg whites.
This product is suitable for nut allergy suffers, it doesn't contain nuts and I am allergic to them and have never had a problem with this ice cream. Unfortunately it is not suitable for gluten allergy suffers due to the content of wheat flour.
Price & Availability
You can only get Bohemian Raspberry in a 500ml pot and unfortunately not in the smaller snack sized pots. A 500ml pot will cost you £3.95, it is available from most supermarkets, some service stations and Blockbuster. You can occasionally get offers in the supermarkets which consist of 2 for £5 and 1/3 off. You can also get this flavour in certain cinemas, I have recently noticed you can get this in some Cineworlds, if they have a Ben & Jerry stand. As the ice cream is quite expensive, I usually wait till one of these offers comes round till I buy this.
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Although it is expensive, Ben & Jerry's ice cream just can't be compared to any others, including other premium brands. They are head and shoulders above them and for this reason, I don't mind paying that bit extra, but I do usually try and buy the ice cream when it's on offer. This is my favourite ice cream, the chocolate and raspberry content goes perfectly together and it never gets too sickly. Although not the healthiest of products, its made from all natural ingredients and Ben & Jerry's does as much as it can to help the environment.
What girl doesn't love ice-cream? I love it and I always make sure there is some in the fridge. I don't care what kind of ice-cream it is either but asked what I prefer then without a doubt Ben and Jerry's every time.
Ben and Jerry's ice-cream has been around for 30 years now although not being that old, i've only really used it for two or three years when suddenly it became popular and replaced the hype that came and went with Haaagan Daz. Ben and Jerry's are like a lot of companies these days, they only use the best ingredients including free range eggs and they source most of their ingredients and products to make their ice-cream from local people as much as they possibly can.
When it comes to choosing an Ice-cream flavour I am not much of a traditionalist in that I will only have vanilla, ice-cream has to be flavoured and if the only option is vanilla then I have to liven it up with squirty sauce and bits which are known to most as 100's and 1000's. With Ben and Jerry's they do an amazing range of flavours and usually I would opt for cookie dough which has been one of my favourites for a very long time or if I am feeling like I shouldn't be too naughty I opt for one of the lower fat ice-creams which is usually Strawberry cheesecake, both of which I have to admit are equally tasty.
So, the freezer is empty of ice-cream and on a trip to the supermarket I am found in the ice-cream section debating which flavour ice-cream to get. My local Tesco currently has an offer on the Ben and Jerry's range in that you can buy a very small 150ml tub for £1.39 or you can buy the bucket sized 500ml ice-cream tub for £3.00 and not that it is an option, but my mind is made up. I was a little annoyed at this point in time because there was no Cookie Dough ice cream insight and not being that keen on Caramel Chew Chew or Half Baked, I opted for Raspberry Bohemian mainly because the name is rather funky and the description was absolutely amazing.
A friend of mine told me that this ice-cream had been designed and dedicated to my favourite band Queen which to be honest I thought was a whole load of twaddle, however, with a little research it was in fact true. Fans of the Rock Band Queen suggested the name Bohemian Raspberry as a pun for Bohemian Rhapsody and the remaining members of the band felt that it was quite a fitting tribute and 10p from each tub goes to Mercury Phoenix Trust a charity which was set up in Freddie Mercury's memory.
The first thing I did when I got home from shopping was to jump onto the sofa and test out this ice-cream, there is nothing better on a hot summers day than cooling down with some ice-cream. The first thing I saw when I opened the lid was an amazing explosion of colours. Ben and Jerry's ice-cream is usually quite colourful and the colour is usually connected to the name of the ice-cream but with this Raspberry Bohemian I wasn't too sure what to expect with the ice-cream tub being raspberry coloured I thought the ice-cream may have been raspberry coloured also, but the vanilla ice-cream was a mixtures of bright red coloured swirls as though someone had squirted a whole bottle of ice-cream sauce into the tub and swirled it around. Mixed within these swirls were pieces of fudge brownie quite liberally placed within the ice-cream and when you mix them together in your mouth all of the flavours work really well together because you have the sharp raspberry taste mixed with the sweet fudge and it really is quite amazing to taste.
The one thing I like about Ben and Jerry's ice-cream is that their ice-cream is usually made up of a wide range of flavours which move away from the traditional raspberry ripple and mint chocolate, they make ice-cream fun to eat.
So, along with the amazing taste which again I must stress is truly divine there is a smell to it as well and as you would probably assume the over-riding dominant smell is that of raspberries which is a really sweet smell and you notice it as soon as you have managed to remove the lid from the tub, I personally couldn't smell the fudge brownies if I am honest.
Sadly all those things which taste divine are usually bad for us and Ben and Jerry's ice-cream is of no exception. One of the main ingredients of this ice-cream is pure cream, naturally cream is high in fat and as 31% of the ice-cream is pure cream then you won't be surprised to learn that each tub has 240 calories within it and 12.5g of fat. So if you are on a diet I would suggest looking at their lower fat frozen yoghurt range or the sorbet range which is also amazing on the taste buds.
I am a huge Ben and Jerry's fan and I can quite happily sit and devour a big tub in one sitting if I am feeling in the mood. The big tubs on average last me a good month unless I do finish it in one sitting and because of the way the tub is produced with the tight sealing lid the ice-cream doesn't become hard and nor do icicles form on the ice-cream to make it impossible to eat.