“ Brand: Ben & Jerrys / Type: Ice Cream „
I am not a lover of ice-cream and never have been however, one of my friends had a bbq in the Summer and was determined to change this! As a vegetarian, I am aware that a lot of cheaper brands use animal derived products and colourings which make their products unsuitable for me (And the rest of the vegetarian and vegan population of course) and Ben & Jerry's are one brand which take great pride in informing their consumers that ALL of their products are suitable for us veggies/vegans - which is great - if you like ice-cream of course! Anyway, she was determined to get me to try this as she knows I adore strawberries (Although I'm not fond of cheesecake!) and thought she'd convert me, needless to say, she didn't.
WHERE TO BUY, WHAT YOU GET AND COST.
I think the tub of Ben & Jerry's I tried was brought from Tesco for around £3.99 for 500ml which in my opinion is very expensive for rather a small amount of ice-cream! I have since seen smaller 150ml tubs of this particular flavour for around £1.80 in Waitrose and Blockbuster. Some supermarkets, I know for a fact Waitorse and Sainsburys do, occasionally have Ben & Jerry's ice-cream on offer for a more acceptable £2.00 for a 500ml tub.
I have to say that the packaging of this particular ice-cream was the highlight of the experience for me. The tub was tall and well constructive with a sturdy lid and had a blue sky with clouds and strawberries printed on it - very eye-catching and appealing. I can imagine the parents of young girls being press-ganged into buying pots of this purely just due to the packaging! The distinctive Ben & Jerry's brand name is on the top of the pot and the Strawberry Cheesecake flavour across the middle in the iconic B&J's font.
WHAT IT LOOKS AND SMELLS LIKE.
As you lifted the lid off of the pot of ice-cream, you were immediately struck by a distinctive strawberry scent which was very appealing. It was sweet and genuine, not artificial like some strawberry ice-cream scents. This initially gave me hope that the product would taste as authentic as it smelt - I was wrong, but more on that later. There were a few small biscuit type pieces which I assumed were the cheesecake pieces. These were plentiful and rightfully so for the amount of money it cost! The actual colour of the ice-cream was actually quite a pale and soft pink with occasional white swirls running through it which I'm assuming was due to the cheesecake pieces.
WHAT IS IN IT AND NUTRITIONAL CONTENT.
Lets be honest, ice-cream is not good for you and I have to say that the nutritional content of this is frightful. However, the list of ingredients don't initially appear too bad with the product being composed of 23% cream, 11% strawberries, soybean oil (Yay!), free-range eggs (Yay again!), cream cheese and lemon and elderberry juice concentrates included. I'm very impressed for the use of soybean oil and particularly the free-range eggs as it is so easy for manufacturers to overlook ethics and responsibly sourced ingredients when making products so gold star from me to you Ben & Jerry's!
Per 100g serving of Ben & Jerry's Strawberry Cheesecake ice-cream, you are looking at a rather large sum of 240kcal and a whopping 12g of fat (7g of that being saturated). To put that into perspective, a woman should have no more than 20g of saturated fat in a day so here is over one third of that consumed in one sitting. It also contains a tooth-achingly sweet 24g of sugar (Per 100g still). I'm very glad I only had one spoonful!
I had high hopes of this ice-cream as all of my other friends were tucking into theirs with considerable gusto. It certainly looked very appealing in all of its glory in my bowl, very pink and pretty however, its taste definitely wasn't pretty. I was struck by an artificially sweet strawberry taste which was incredibly overwhelming even with the cream cheese with did nothing to counteract this unpleasant taste and seemed to only give it a weird cheap edge. It was far too creamy and claggy in my mouth and left an after taste of cream which I am not fond of. The cheesecake pieces were the highlight and were firm and crunchy but had no real cheesecake taste when I sampled them individually. The only thing I could liken this concoction to was poorly made strawberry Angel Delight (Far, far too much milk was used!) after my sisters and me had consumed one to many alcoholic beverages earlier in the Summer! I put my spoon down there and then and surrendered to this ice-cream disaster there and then!
Some will love this unpleasant strawberry ice-cream but for the price, I feel the taste did not reflect it in the slightest and expected much higher quality than I got. Maybe a little less cream and a little more authentic strawberry taste would be the key here! I only award two stars to this product, one for the pretty packaging and another for the use of free-range eggs. Needless to say, I am even less fond of ice-cream now thanks to this unpleasant strawberry disaster!
Back in year 12, my friends were shocked to the core to hear that I had never had Ben and Jerry's ice cream before (it was simply too expensive for my parents to afford!) and so one lunch time, I was dragged down to the local Tesco and told to buy a pot. Luckily for my purse, it was on offer at the time... So I dutifully picked Phish Food and Cookie Dough and tasted my first taste of that wonderful ice cream.
Fast forward to a month ago; and I was looking for an ice cream treat that I could purchase on my meager budget of £2. I spied the mini pots of Ben and Jerry's for £1.50, but alas! No Cookie Dough or Phish Food! For some strange reason, I was quite in the mood for strawberries - odd for me, as I hate strawberry flavoured ice cream and anything flavoured with artificial strawberries. However, after a think, I decided that since there were proper strawberries in this ice cream, I'd probably be ok with it. Just a quick word on the mini-pots, you do get a spoon included so you don't need to do what I did and buy one yourself if you want to eat it on the go! Could have saved myself a whole 18p if I had bothered to read the label properly...
Anyway, onto this ice cream. On first thoughts, it looked like your average ice cream with fruit bits in it - a bit bland and boring. However, I soon discovered that I had under-estimated it, and what it really contained. In this ice cream, you get strawberry ice cream, which is nice and creamy, real chunks of strawberry and the magic ingredient... The cheesecake. This is very similar to the cookie dough 'dough', though lighter and biscuit-ier. It's gorgeous! Sweet, crunchy and buttery, and it works brilliantly with the tart little strawberries. There isn't much else to say about the ice cream, because it really needs to be tasted to appreciate how well the flavours and textures come together.
I will continue to buy the mini-pots of this, and keep an eye out for the bigger pots when it's on offer, although it seems to be rare in it's big form in the area that I live in. I think it might have even over taken Cookie Dough as my favourite flavour!
I fell in love with the Ben and Jerrys brand of ice cream a few years ago when I tried the Cookie Dough version.
However, being a lover of cheesecake, the Strawberry cheesecake flavour is my absolute favourite!
The tub contains a lot of chunks of cheesecake biscuit mixed with strawberry swirl.
Then there is the vanilla ice cream all mixed in with that, and you have one tasty but high calorie dessert!
Once I start digging into this, I can't stop and end up eating most of the tub....yes, I'm a bit of a pig when it comes to Ben and Jerrys.
To me, it's as if they put some kind of addicting element into it to keep you eating it in as much the same way as McDonald's put something addicting in their Big Mac's which make me seem to want another, even though I would never do that.
The tub is 500ml and is around £3.50 in Asda's but I have found this particular flavour hard to get hold of.
If you haven't tried this flavour and you love cheesecake, you will love it!
Ben & Jerry's is a leader in its field, providing some of the best ice cream flavours around. This is no different, with a nice creamy texture, and a great combination of flavours. However, the price is the only thing keeping this from becoming a staple of the old English diet, like every other Ben & Jerry's selection!
The packaging is very bright, and easy to find but the text can be quite hard to read, as it is very small, on different coloured backgrounds. It is very easy to open, and can be closed again after use. The product is always fresh, but the packaging can sometimes be out of shape.
The quality of the product is very high, with big sized pieces, and good tasting milky ice cream. Alternate brands cannot match this, so the extra price is worth it. The product may be smaller, but you will feel better afterwards, with a rewarding taste.
When you open the packaging, a nice smell drifts into your nose, encouraging you to eat some. This is very hard to resist. Putting it into your mouth, makes your taste buds feel a creamy, rich strawberry taste. This is very creamy, but then a second taste hits. The rich cookies provide a nice alternative, with a perfect texture combination. It will all melt in your mouth.
The ice cream is very addicting, you will always want more. However, it is also very rich and filling.
However, it is also very unhealthy, with lots of calories, fat and sugar.
Overall, a brilliant product with fantastic flavour combinations and a texture that feels great. It will melt in your mouth, and the only things stopping you from consuming it all is the price and how unhealthy it is. Everyone will enjoy another classic from Ben & Jerry's!
Now I don't usually buy much ice cream, but now and then I do splash out and treat myself to some luxury ice cream if it is on offer somewhere, as it is quite expensive!
However, on a recent shopping trip to Asda, I was walking past the ice cream, and really fancied treating myself.
I don't care much for plain ice cream, and prefer the luxury ice creams with swirls and chocolate flakes, cookie pieces in etc, so my eyes were drawn to the Ben & Jerry's section!
Ben & Jerry's were founded in 1978, after old schoolfriends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield completes a $5 correspondence course in ice cream making and opened their first ice-cream shop in an old gas station in Vermont!
Sadly they were not so good at book-keeping as they were making ice cream, and were not making any money. The shop closed after only a couple of months, but they were back a year later after learning more about the financial side of things, and began selling ice cream out of Ben's camper van. Hard to imagine when you consider how huge Ben & Jerry's are today!
Anyway, back to my shopping trip..........
Reading through the vast selection available, I settled upon the Strawberry Cheesecake variety, tempted by the idea of having cheesecake (which I love) and luxury ice cream combined into one yummy tub.
Only problem was the price! The large tub containing 500ml was over £4, as the ice cream was not on offer.
As much as I really wanted to buy it, I could not justify paying that amount just for some ice cream, so feeling sorry for myself, I began to walk away.
It was then that I noticed some mini-pots of 150ml alongside the larger ones. Just the size to satisfy my craving, and priced at £1.50 I could justify paying this for a little treat for myself. Yes I know it's still expensive, but I could afford £1.50 for a treat and I wanted it!
On returning home I sat down and opened my little tub. The smell of strawberries wafted up as I removed the lid, and it looked and smelled really inviting!
The ice cream was a pale pink colour, with small pieces of stawberries and cookies swirled through it. A small handy spoon was included, and I tucked in.
It was delicious! It tasted just like strawberry cheesecake, and the ice cream was thick and creamy. The small cookie pieces were gorgeous!
This mini tub was just enough for me, I savoured every spoonful and it certainly satisfied my craving. I will definitely be buying myself more of these little treats.
A serving of 100g contains 240 calories and 7g of saturated fat. So quite a few calories for a little snack for those of you watching your weight, but it is a nice little treat now and again. I won't list all the ingredients here but this ice cream does contain 23% cream, 11% strawberries, free-range egg yolks and natural flavouring.
I am not sure if all supermarkets stock these mini tubs as my local Morrisons does not. However, they are available in Asda and Sainsbury's.
There are other flavours available, such as Cookie Dough, Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Caramel Chew Chew.
The mini tubs are ideal for a little treat now and then, and if I ever see any Ben & Jerry's ice cream on offer I will buy myself a big tub!
formerly known as Primary Berry Graham