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Ben & Jerry's Fairly Nuts Ice Cream

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      21.05.2010 09:50
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      A Ice-cream to feel proud to eat :)

      Ben & Jerry's is one of the most well-known highstreet premium brands of ice-cream, and I say premium because of the price. They've got a large range of ice-creams to suit different wants and needs, but it's also nice to know they're an ethical company who are doing their bit for Fair Trade.

      Fairly Nuts is their newest addition to the ice-cream line to hit the shelves in the UK. It's a Fair Trade product, hence the 'Fairly' in the name, and the flavour was actually created by a fan in their 'Do The World A Flavour' competition.

      I wasn't sure about trying this at first because I didn't think I'd be too keen on the 'Nuts' aspect, but decided to give it a try when it was on an introductory offer at £1.99 in Tesco. Me, being the bargain hunter I am, couldn't resist.

      This is quite simply caramel ice-cream with caramel swirls, with praline almond clusters dispersed throughout. I love caramel so this sounded very tempting, but the picture on the front of the tub showed a huge nutty cluster, which I found slightly offputting. However, when I took the lid off the all I could see was quite smooth ice-cream that was quite light in colour, and at first I couldn't see anything on the surface. It was filled to just over the brim of the tub, which was nice to see, and I delicately scooped off tiny bits to savour the flavour. Just underneath the surface I then found quite a few of the praline almond clusters, and some wisps of caramel.

      The clusters differ in size; some are small bits that give a subtle bit of texture to the otherwise smooth & soft ice cream, but others are quite big and really give you something to get your teeth into. As I've said, I didn't like the thought too much at first because I wasn't sure I'd like praline almonds, having never tried them before, but I was pleasantly surprised.

      The caramel swirls weren't quite as prominent as I had hoped, but they were there. The ice cream did have a nice, sweet caramel flavour to it and it was soft and creamy as expected. The clusters were a nice change to the smooth texture as they were crunchy and hard, though didn't really taste of anything too much. In my opinion that was a good thing, as I didn't really find anything that tasted 'offensive' that I didn't like. The clusters, therefore, seemed to be designed more to spice up the texture rather than the taste, which worked well.

      The RRP for the 500ml tub is £3.99, but as I said I bought this on offer at £1.99. Would I recommend at the £4 mark? No, probably not. It was tasty and a bit different to the norm, but as with most B&J ice-creams, the tub never seems to last very long! Each 100g serving contains 220 calories and 14g of fat, so this isn't a dieters dream but it would make a nice treat occasionally.

      It's suitable for vegetarians, but obviously those with allergies should be aware of the nutty clusters, though these almonds are hard to miss. The biggest appeal for this, other than it being Ben & Jerry's, is that it's Fair Trade, meaning everything that can be sourced will be done so fairly.

      Overall, something a bit different in the B&J range which I felt good about buying because of its Fair Trade Appeal. Not necessarily worth the RRP, but a nice flavour and interesting texture none the less.

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        29.04.2010 22:25
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        well done B & J's!

        Ben & Jerry's Fairly Nuts Ice Cream was introduced in March 2010 so it has been available for a very short period of time. I personally love trying out new things so when I saw Ben & Jerry's on offer in a local supermarket, this immediately went into my basket.

        As we can read on the tub, many Ben & Jerry's flavours have been suggested by the fans (for example, Cherry Garcia or Cookie Dough). Fairly nuts was the flavour suggested by one of the fans who won Ben & Jerry's competition.

        It comes in a standard cardboard 500 ml tub. I haven't seen the smaller version (150 ml) but I guess it may appear in the shops soon. It has pictures of swirly caramel and nuts in the front - very tempting!

        When you take the ice cream out the fridge and leave it for a few minutes (no exception with this ice cream, it needs to be out the fridge for a bit!), you can finally try this delicious treat. It has a pale brown colour and is an extremely rich, smooth and creamy caramel ice cream. It isn't sickly sweet even though it is a caramel ice cream. It also has caramel swirls every here and there and praline almond clusters. I must say I am very disappointed with the amount of almond clusters - as for me, there are too few of them. With other Ben & Jerry's the 'extras' like chocolate chips or brownies can be found in almost every scoop but it is not the case with this ice cream - this is a shame reallly as the nuts are crunchy and sweet and I kept on looking for them in the ice cream.

        As usual, Ben & Jerry's did a good job. This is a very good ice cream and the only things that put me off are the price (around £4 per tub!) and the calories content - around 240 kcal per serving (1/5 of the cup) if I am not mistaken!

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          04.04.2010 18:41
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          Wish I could afford more!

          Ben and Jerry's ice-cream is a very nice way to spend far too much money. At £3.99 per 500ml tub, it's always going to be a rather costly treat, but Tesco had them on offer for 2 for £5, and sometimes you just need some ice cream.

          The tub is promising me almonds in toffee ice-cream with caramel swirls. I gravitate towards caramel and nuts, so this could be perfect for me.

          The ice-cream is soft, and fills the tub right to the top. It's easy to scoop out -- sometimes premium ice-creams can manage to actually bend spoons before I get them out, so this is an advantage. The nuts seem nice and evenly distributed rather than clumped together as I fill my bowl.

          It tastes GOOD. Creamy light flavoured ice-cream. I'm not sure if the almonds themselves are covered in the caramel -- it tastes as though they might be, but I might need another bowl to be sure. There's the usual Ben and Jerry's texture too -- a lovely smooth mouth-feel.

          All in all, an enticing bowlful. It's just a shame I can't afford it more often!

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            01.04.2010 11:39
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            My new favourite, amazing ice cream.

            This is a new flavour from what has to be one of the best ice cream companies in the world (second only to Hagen Das), or so I thought until I tried this flavour.

            I got this particular flavour on Sunday from Sainsburys, the 500ml tubs were on offer at 2 for £5.00, which is a great offer to take advantage of as they are usually about £3.99 each.

            I love Ben n Jerry's but there aren't too many flavours available over here compared to the USA, so when we get a new one I get really excited, and I'm very glad I tried this. I can safely say that this is my new favourite flavour ever, (that is a big committment, it was previuosly dulce de leche from hagen das, and that's hard to beat).

            The description of this on the tub is "Caramel ice cream with a praline almond cluster and caramel swirls". I was so glad that it wasn't another chocolate ice cream one, as a lot of theirs are, and I'm not a huge fan of chocolate ice cream. If you like all of these things, you have to try this flavour.

            The taste of this ice cream is amazing, the caramel ice cream is really delicious and creamy. I would recommend leaving it out for about 10 minutes before eating as this softens it up nicely. The nut clusters are more like caramelised almonds, which may be what praline means, I'm not entirely sure. The caramel swirls are soft chewy caramel, and taste really amazing. All the flavours go really well together and it's the usual exceptionally high quality that you would expect from Ben & Jerry's.

            The description from the tub pretty much describes it to a tee, but it is a really delicious combination and my new favourite.

            I don't like to think about the fat content in one of these tubs, and I have never been able to eat a whole tub in one go, (apart from once when I was ill, I was so proud of myself!), but as an occasional indulgence it can't be that bad, however now that I have had this flavour I might be eating it more often!

            Another amazing ice cream from Ben & Jerry's.

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