I'm Ben & Jerry's obsessed and not ashamed to admit it. Scoffing my way through Ben & Jerry's ice cream is great exercise for my taste buds but at the detriment to the waistline. SO I was extremely pleased to find Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Brownie frozen yoghurt, a lower fat alternative to the traditional ice cream flavour.
***What is it***
Ben & Jerry's Chocolate brownie frozen yoghurt is a frozen chocolate dessert with pieces of chocolate brownie inside.
The B & J's Chocolate Brownie frozen yoghurt comes in a 500ml cardboard ice cream tub with lid, very similar to the other products from the brand. The tub is mainly a brown.
On the front of the carton is the Ben & Jerry's logo, images of chocolate brownie pieces and the words 'frozen yoghurt' printed underneath. There is a blue strip at the bottom on which a brief description of the flavour.
On the back of the tub there is a description about the Ben & Jerry's brand and company values.
A 500ml tub costs £3.98 in Asda and Tesco. This is very expensive. The supermarkets often have special offers on Ben & Jerry's products offering BOGOF offers or half price offers which still makes the ice creams relatively expensive but much better value for money and worth stocking up on.
***Chocolate Brownie Frozen Yoghurt***
As you would expect from a Chocolate dessert as soon as you open the tub you are met with a strong chocolate aroma. This is sweet and has a strong cocoa aroma. The dessert is a dark brown chocolate colour with very dark brown pieces of chocolate brownie within.
The frozen yoghurt has a strong chocolate flavour very much like milk chocolate. The chocolate brownie pieces are delicious. The texture is a soft gooey chocolate brownie. The chocolate is rich and has a very sweet sugary taste to it in the brownie pieces and tastes more like a darker chocolate . My only criticism is that in some cases the brownie pieces are very large, therefore you would get a better spread of flavour (frozen yoghurt and brownie) if the dessert had more but smaller brownie pieces within.
The taste of the frozen yoghurt dessert is no different to the Chocolate Brownie flavoured ice cream from Ben & Jerry's. However the texture is slightly different. The ice cream is creamier whereas the frozen yoghurt has a slightly harder icy texture. This is only very slight and I do not find it unpleasant or takes away from how delicious the Chocolate Brownie frozen yoghurt is.
Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Brownie Frozen Yoghurt Per 100g
As this is a dessert (and also highly addictive) it is not the best for you nutritionally. Yet it is considerably lower in fat and calories than the Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Brownie ice cream flavour which has almost double the fat of the frozen yoghurt and around 12g of fat in a 100g portion. .
This is one of my favourite flavours from the Ben & Jerry's range and is an even bigger hit as it contains less fat and calories than the ice cream alternative. All this without the flavour and taste being compromised.
The chocolate flavoured frozen yoghurt is delicious and creamy, made even sweeter when you get a mouthful of a soft chocolate brownie piece. Perfect for chocoholics.
An expensive iced dessert at £3.98 per tub but worth indulging in every now and then as its so tasty.
Now, I LOVE ben and jerry's chocolate fudge brownie ice cream, but naturally I felt hideously guilty every time I had some for dessert, never a good thing! So, imagine my delight when I discovered this...chocolate 'ice cream' with chocolate brownie pieces and LOW FAT!
In fact, it is difficult to notice the difference, in packaging at least. The tub (500g) has the same logo, with the same cow and brownie pieces pictured. The only change is the banner 'Low Fat Frozen Yoghurt' at the bottom, so make sure you check!
So, for the taste test. I was very impressed with the ice cream-y texture of this. If I didn't know it was yoghurt, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference at all. On top of this, the chocolate taste was just the same as the icecream, though it doesn't have those nice little gritty bits of chocolate which are very yummy. The brownie pieces are nice, but they aren't really as thick as those in the ice cream, which is a bit of a downside, but what can you expect when it's low fat?! They do need some more as well...
Another thing is that once open, the top of the yoghurt gets very icey, which ruins the texture rather. For this reason, I'm only giving it 4/5 instead of the 5/5 I would give its full fat sister.
I love ice-cream, and when someone mentions Ben & Jerry's my face goes funny (I think it's called a big grin!). I hate the fact that I calorie count and get concerned by how much fat is in food, but I do and it's something I'm trying to stop doing but it's so hard after years of living like that. When I saw the lower fat version of B&J's chocolate brownie I decided to give it a go, but I have to admit I was quite disappointed by it.
Ben & Jerry's make some of the most delicious ice-cream and have a wide range of unique and quirky flavours. Their frozen yoghurt range is designed as a healthier alternative to their regular flavours as it has less fat.
Their Chocolate Brownie Frozen Yoghurt is sold in a 500ml cardboard tub and is available in most supermarkets (though their regular varieties are easier to come across). These will set you back £3.99, which is steep for a tub of ice-cream. When it comes to B&J's though, I see buying it as a treat so as an irregular purchase this is okay. That said, it's much better when you can get one on offer, such as the current half price offer at Tesco (August '09).
The tub states that this frozen yoghurt has the 'same great taste' as their regular choc brownie ice-cream, but with less fat. Sounds a bit too good to be true, which unfortunately is what's happened in this case.
The tub has a plastic wrapper around the lid which you need to remove before pulling off the cardboard lid. It's nice to see that when the lid comes off, the ice-cream fills out the tub very well as it goes right up to the top and slightly over.
Appearance-wise, this looks very chocolatey which is appealing to me as I'm a chocolate fan. I don't tend to 'fancy' chocolate, but when I've had a small taste I'm hooked.
The first thing I noticed with this ice-cream was the layer of iceyness at the top, so I left it for a couple of minutes before starting on it. The iceyness however didn't seem to disappear, as the ice-cream itself has a rather icey feel to it. It wasn't as thick and creamy as I had hoped, and was more watery than I expected.
There is a good chocolate flavour to the ice-cream, but because of the consistency it lacked the kick that the regular brownie version has.
The best bit about this ice-cream, in fact, the only good bit to be honest, is the brownie. Dotted amonst the chocolate ice-cream are chocolate brownie pieces, which are soft and rich in flavour.
I found myself hunting for the brownie chunks (which are relatively large and darker in colour than the ice-cream so are quite easy to find) because the ice-cream was rather bland.
Per 100g, this ice-cream contains 180 calories and 3g of fat, only 1g of which saturates. This is pretty good for something so chocolately, especially when compared to the regular version which contains 260 calories and 13g fat (8 of which saturate).
Despite the appeal of having chocolate ice-cream and brownie chunks at less fat/cals, this ice-cream doesn't do much for me. I've previously reviewed Skinny Cow Ice-Cream, and they do a brownie version which is far superior to this frozen yoghurt by B&J.
If you're looking for a lower-fat version of chocolately goodness in ice-cream form, then you're better off giving this a miss and treating yourself to Skinny Cow (if you can find any stocked in a supermarket near you, as these tubs seem to be difficult to come across lately). Otherwise, go for the Phish Food flavour by Ben & Jerry's. Or just indulge yourself a little with the regular Ben & Jerry's chocolate brownie, which is definitely worth the extra fat grams!
My mum is always on a diet and brought some Ben & Jerrys Chocolate Fudge Brownie Frozen Dessert last week because her friend told her how good it was.
I had some and thought it was ice cream even though it is made with frozen yogurt and I was shocked when mum told me it was low fat. Its very creamy and the chocolate flavour is rich just like chocolate ice cream. It doesn't taste low fat at all and is a lot nicer than the Skinny Cow low fat ice cream that she sometimes buys.
Ben & Jerrys have even put in lots of real chunks of chocolate brownie and these are sugary and very sweet and they make the frozen dessert seem more special. I can see why people on diets eat this because its just like ice cream to eat and the brownie chunks make it like eating other Ben & Jerrys flavours when they have put pieces of different things in.
I don't think it really tastes of fudge because the chocolate is such a strong taste but some of the sweetness of this must be down to that. It would be even better if they put pieces of fudge into it and that would really make it the best low fat ice cream ever. My little sister had some in a cornet and she said it was lovely and she doesn't even believe me now that its not proper ice cream even though I have showed her the tub to prove it.
My mum said she paid nearly £4 for this Ben & Jerrys tub and I think it will give each of us one serving. Thats expensive but the way I look at it is that if you buy a tiny tub in the cinema it costs about £2.50 so its worth putting the extra and buying a big one.
Ben & Jerrys really can do no wrong in my eyes! I love all their ice cream flavours, love the quirkiness of the packaging and the fact they took on the corporate giants and won! When i heard they had started doing low fat frozen yogurt i was delighted. At last i could munch away and feel a lot more angelic and less guilty. I went along to my local supermarket expecting to find 'healthy' fruit flavours and was ecstatic to find this.
What Ben & Jerrys say:
They say they have concocted a dessert to ease our conscience and still have the same great taste.
What's it like?
The tub contains lucious creamy chocolate frozen yogurt that i swear tastes just like chocolate ice cream. There are pieces of real chocolate brownie thrown in for good measure. This does not taste to me like a low fat product. It tastes naughty and that is the brilliance of this product. Unless you are an ice cream conisseur (im not just a pig!) you really can't tell it's low fat. You get 409g in the package and according to the nutritional info per quarter if a tub there is 180 calories and only 1g of saturated fat. I really don't know how they have managed to make it taste this good without it oozing fat and calories. Don't get me wrong this is not something i would eat every day, or even every week but every so often when i get the ice cream urge i now go for this or the strawberry cheesecake frozen yogurt.
The yogurt contains dairy, what and soya for those who have particular diets to watch out for.
This stuff ain't cheap. At £3.99 per small tub it's not going to be something i buy regularly. But, maybe that is a good thing. I think the high price keeps this in 'treat mode'. If it was cheaper i'd buy it regularly, eat it all the time and undo the fact its low fat.
Ben & Jerrys Chocolate Fudge Brownie Frozen Yogurt is a frozen yoghurt that thinks it's an ice cream. Unfortunately I have been subjected to this stuff on more than one occasion and have to say that it's just not for blokes.
It's the same price as the ice creams at £3.99 per 500ml tub and can be bought from most of the same places too - especially the supermarkets. But it's not an ice cream - it's a frozen yoghurt! If you've ever had the Ben & Jerrys Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream then you can imagine exactly what this looks like - chocolate ice cream with fudge brown chunks in it.
But the difference between the frozen yoghurt and the ice cream is that this stuff is like eating little flavourless icicles instead of yummy ice cream. It doesn't thaw the same way the ice cream does and gets loads of bits ice throughout it. The texture is weak and watery which doesn't appeal to me at all. The fudge brownie chunks redeem this dessert slightly but don't do enough to save it completely.
The obvious appeal here is that frozen yoghurt has about half the fat of ice cream. So that's great if you're watching your weight but want to be indulgent. But this stuff tastes so bad that personally I'd rather just be podgy and loosen my belt a notch than be subjected to this girly dessert again.
i really love ben and jerrys ice cream but having recently realised i had put on a few too many pound lately i have put myself on a low fat diet in the hope the extra weight might just melt away without too much physical effort! Anyway imagine my delight when i saw ben and jerrys low fat frozen yoghurt and chocolate brownies i thought all my prayers had been answered-something lovely and chocolatey i could eat without feeling guilty! I find the price a little high for froxen yoghurt(3.98 from Tesco) but normally its worth it sadly not this time! The yoghurt itself was quite nice and had a nice texture but the problem was the brownie chunks. The brownies had that slightly strange,over sweet flavour you seem to find in a lot of low fat products-they tasted very artificial and not at all like the brownies i make myself and they were slightly gritty.not only that-there was LOADS of these chunks in fact there was more chunks than yoghurt-now had this been the full fat version this would have been a good thing but with these synthetic tasting brownies-not a winning formula
Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Low Fat Frozen Yogurt
What can you say about frozen yogurt? If I was writing a car review I could rattle on for ages about styling, performance and comfort - but then cars do many things; yogurt doesn't... does it? Well here is about where anyone who makes their livelihood producing frozen yogurt might beg to differ. There's taste, texture, flavour, keeping qualities, packaging, and I guess lots more besides. So, I'm here to try and do justice to "Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Low Fat Frozen Yogurt".
First thing is, this isn't so much frozen chocolate yogurt with some fudge brownie pieces in it, it's more like a mass of fudge brownie held together with a limited amount of frozen yogurt. Given that I actually rather liked the frozen yogurt part, the whole dessert turned out to be a bit of a let down. The frozen yogurt itself is good, it's pleasantly chocolatey without being sickly, and has just the right texture - not watery or gritty. Basically I could eat the stuff all day.
The chocolate fudge brownie 'chunks' are a whole different matter, with both the quantity (there was far too much for the volume of frozen yogurt) or the taste. The brownie taste is rather too sugary and cloying, giving a chocolate fondant icing sort of taste as opposed to the rich creamy chocolatey flavour of a restaurant brownie. I suspect that if the exact same fudge brownies were marketed as such, they wouldn't fly off the shelves. They also had the taste of something that's been left open in the cupboard a little too long - it's hard to describe, but if you ever open a pack of fudge brownies and leave the pack open for a couple of weeks and come back to the last one, you'll know what I mean.
In the end, I ate the frozen yogurt part and tried to go around the brownie chunks!
As for the packaging - it's standard Ben & Jerry's fayre. Anyone who ever shops for ice cream will recognise it instantly. The tub sports the usual logo and images of what must be cubes of chocolate fudge brownies, kinda obvious really.
All in all, a nice frozen chocolate yogurt, spolied by the very thing that's supposed to make it exciting.... the chocolate fudge brownies which dominate the dessert both in quantity and their rather curious flavour. So, whether it's taking the phone off the hook and settling down to a good movie and a tub of Ben & Jerry's for the evening, or maybe entertaining friends and trying to give them an exotic desert, I'd recommend one of Ben & Jerry's other ice cream offerings rather than this Jekyll & Hyde concoction.
UPDATE - 29/Dec/05
As someone pointed out, I omitted the price. It was £3.97 from my local Sainsbury store.