Product Type: Ben & Jerry's Dessert / Yoghurts
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Ben & Jerry's Phish Food
Member Name: aella79
Ben & Jerry's Phish Food
Advantages: marshmallow swirl, rich combination of ingredients, clever presentation
Disadvantages: too sweet, expensive
This particular flavour of Ben and Jerry's used to be my default impulsive junk food 10 PM purchase when I was a student, but I haven't really tasted it since. A few weeks ago, Sainsbury's had a half price offer on all B&J ice-creams (which, considering they're usually at about 5 pounds, is a definite draw), so I thought it was high time to get reacquainted with what used to be my favourite dessert though unfortunately, as is often the case, the nostalgic memory was better than the reality.
Ben & Jerry's are known for their elaborate flavours and ingredients combinations, and this one is the epitomy of their flavour philosophy, with a blend of thick chocolate ice-cream, caramel swirls, melted marshmallow and, of course, fudge fish, which give the flavour what should be an unapetising name (and thankfully the shape is the only thing that has to do with fish in the ice-cream: no fish flavour in this brand, though I'm sure actual fish ice-cream exists somewhere in the world).
The packaging is the familiar Ben and Jerry's pint tub, with the little fish on a violet background giving it that extra whimsical quality. Despite boasting all-natural ingredients, the ingredients list is best not read, as like most US products contains the dreaded words "corn" and "syrup". No matter, since nobody is seriously expecting this product to be healthy.
As for the ice-cream itself-the first spoonfull assaults your taste buds with a chocolate explosion, which is nice enough...and then you get to the other ingredients. The fish are pleasantly chewy, but personally not a huge draw for me, beyond the visual appear. The thick, dark caramel however is a treat and really complimentary to the chocolate, and the marshmallow swirls are personally my favourite thing, and quite different to most other ice-cream flavours. All those flavours work really well together...for about three spoonfulls. That's right, I was chagrined to discover that unlike my student days, this was simply too sweet for me. Even starting from the base ice-cream and ignoring all the rest, the consistency is too creamy and cloyingly sweet, and not at all refreshing. If you factor in the toppings, it's less like ice-cream and more like eating a chilly melted cake. A pretty good cake, but one that tends to fall like a brick on your stomach. I think my palette definitely favours simpler ice-cream flavours these days.
My verdict: while I wouldn't refuse a spoonfull at a friend's house or something, I don't see myself buying this again. However, if you don't mind too sweet flavours, this definitely is the one for you.
Summary: Too sweet for me, but worth trying
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