Ben & Jerry''s need to bring back the original Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch Ice Cream. I just tried their newest version, the Vanilla Toffee Crunch, and it is AWFUL!!! The vanilla ice cream tastes very bland and the toffee bar tastes stale. Do Not Buy This Ice Cream!!! You will be extremely disappointed.
I bought this in Asda on a special 2 for £3 deal. I am a big fan of Ben and Jerrys but cant justify the usual £3.99 price tag. I grabbed a pot of my favourite-Cookie Dough and my mum wanted to try this one so I got one of these too. I'd never seen this flavour in the shop before so was interested in trying it myself. The tub is the usual Ben and Jerrys shape and the design is the same as that in the picture above with a large Ben and Jerrys logo and pictures of chocolate covered toffee. The tub tells me that it is 'Vanilla ice cream with chocolatey covered toffee crunch'. There is also a fair trade logo telling me the ice cream is fair trade. The back of the tub goes into detail about Ben and Jerrys business and how they came across this particular flavour. The tub is the usual size of 500ml.
Taking the ice cream out of the freezer it was very hard as it is with all Ben and Jerrys ice cream. Therefore I left it out for 20 minutes in order for it to soften up. Opening the tub I was greeted by pale cream ice cream which had large chocolate chunks in. Taking a spoonful I realised the ice cream was soft and creamy. The ice cream tastes very nice and is of obvious high quality. It is thick, smooth and creamy and has a subtle vanilla taste. Unlike other ice creams, it is not encrusted with ice and instead is very smooth and thick. The chocolate chunks vary in size but are predominantly flat. They are covered in dark chocolate and contain toffee crunch. Personally I do not think these tasted as nice as they could have. They are very crunchy and have a strong toffee taste. They taste sort of burnt and leave a bitter aftertaste. Alone, I did not enjoy these bits however coated in ice cream I found them much nicer.
Per 100ml this ice cream contains 230 calories, 22g carbohydrates and 14.5g fat. Considering you can easily put away half this tub of ice cream this isn't the healthiest option in the world but can be enjoyed as a treat every now and again.
I enjoyed this ice cream however I dont believe it is half as nice as a number of other Ben and Jerrys flavours. I might buy it again but only if none of my favourites were available. The vanilla ice cream was nice however I did not really enjoy the toffee crunch. I would recommend this ice cream to fans of toffee and vanilla as it is enjoyable.
Ben & Jerry's Vanilla Toffee Crunch is what I fondly refer to in short hand familiar terms as "The One With The Dime Bars In It". It's a deliciously simple blend of smooth vanilla ice cream with chocolate coated crunchy toffee pieces nestled every here and there.
The packaging is the standard 500ml/419g cardboard tub with the distinctive Ben & Jerrys Logo and labelling. The description provided by B&J on the front of the tub states "Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolately Covered Toffee Crunch". The "Fairtrade" logo is present on the front of the tub and also on the lid, letting the consumer know that they can enjoy thier ice cream guilt free, safe in the knowledge that "the sugar and cocoa in the ice cream have been certified in accordance with international fairtrade standards".
Now for the painful bit...as with most ice cream, B&J is a bit of a wicked indulgence. A glance at the nutritional information on the carton tells you that 100ml of the product is packed with 250 calories and 15g of fat. Thats a whopping 1250 calories and a staggering 75g of fat per tub. You might be able to justify a scoop as an occasional treat, but if like me you can work your way through a whole tub in one night (albeit with a few ice-cream headache breaks) then this isn't a particularly comforting fact!
Ben & Jerrys are also rather fond of putting a bit of a dent in your pocket. You'll have to pay around £3.99 (give or take a few pennies depending on the retailer) for the pleasure of consuming this delicious ice cream, so for most people this is going to be something you buy on payday or if there's an offer on in the surpermarket. Every now and then you might be lucky enough to find half price B&J (they get snapped up pretty fast though!) and I got this currrent tub in particular on an offer of a 2L bottle of cola, big bag of popcorn and tub of Ben & Jerry's/Haagen Daz for £5 at Blockbuster film rental.
To summarize, this ice cream is most suitable to someone with a real sweet tooth (ie. me!), the vanilla ice cream is very creamy and very sweet, and might get a bit too much for some people who aren't so keen. But it's still great in small doses. The toffee crunch pieces do resemble dime bars, as I said earlier, but they are rougher, knobblier and even sweeter than Dimes. The simplicity and sugar content of this variety are so good that it's managed to tempt me away from my old favourite "Phish Food" permenantly!
Thanks for reading my review.
One of our favourite flavours of Ben and Jerry's is Vanilla Toffee Crunch. The ice cream it's self is really vanillary and smooth and creamy. The toffee crunch pieces are like big bits of broken dime bar (no small measly chips here). For a Ben and Jerry's ice cream it is fairly plain with only 2 main flavours but still completely delicious, especially when you get the really big chunk of toffee in you spoon.
The only downside to Vanilla Toffee Crunch is the amazing calorie intake. In 100g there are 270kcal, Fat 17g, Saturates 11g and Sugars 25g. Now me, being one of those people who just can't say stop, usually polish off half a 500ml tub of this indulgence (boyfriend eats other half) in one sitting. That's a whopping 675kcal and 42.5g fat (no wonder my trousers are getting tighter). However as a treat once in a while it's worth the calorie intake.
Ben and Jerry's have also more recently gone fair-trade with their vanilla ice creams, including Vanilla Toffee Crunch, so while you are feeling bad for eating all that yummy goodness, you can feel good that you are supporting farmers in the developing world. They also use free range eggs, which is a plus point in my book.
As for the price, it's usually about £3.95, so it's quite expensive, especially if it doesn't last long as you eat the whole tub in one sitting! but most of the time you can find a super market doing a deal on them. Morrisons were selling Ben and Jerry's ice cream for £1.80 a tub the other week, this is the cheapest I've ever seen it, so I stocked up on 6 tubs of different flavours (well its Christmas soon).
Overall, I love this flavour, but I love all Ben and Jerry's ice cream. It's thick, creamy, very vanillary, and full of huge dime bar type chunks - who wouldn't like that!!
You may have read my recent review on Fossil Fuel. Thanks to the splendid offer in Asda where Ben and Jerrys is a mere £2 a tub, I've also bought Vanilla Toffee Crunch.
This is a flavour I haven't tried, or even seen before. I'm not a big fan of toffee a lot of the time, but I have faith in Ben and Jerrys to make most things taste lovely so home it came.
I decided to try it last night.
It's nowhere near as "busy" as most tubs of Ben and Jerrys, with only two things really happening, the really delicious vanilla icecream and toffee crunch pieces. I found it really tasty, but only had a couple of spoons. My other half thought it was bland for Ben and Jerrys but he has a really sweet tooth. I disagreed completely anyway, I thought it was very sweet, especially the sizable chunks of toffee crunch.
To be honest, this was one of the best vanilla icecreams I've ever tasted, and think I would have preferred it on it's own (I wonder if B&J make it on it's own, anyone know?). Thats just my personal preference. I would also have eaten loads more then probably so it's just as well I suppose. Yes, again calorific and fatty, but hey it's icecream, it's supposed to be. A few spoons always tends to satisfy my cravings for something sweet so it's ok by me.
Usual B&J style tub, mainly cream coloured with pictures of the toffee crunch pieces.
One word of warning I forgot to add in my last B&J review. This stuff is always virtually impossible to spoon into bowls, even with the aid of a hot spoon, so I usually find I have to eat out of the tub. Not good if sharing with anyone other than the closest friends and family (especially if like me you're funny about double dippin etc.!), and also makes it harder for those with a sweet tooth to relinquish the tub back to the confines of the freezer!