“ Brand: Ben & Jerrys / Type: Yoghurt „
In honesty there isn't a lot you can write about a tub of ice cream, but here is a shot..
Only two men in the whole world could make me skip my diet for a bit of ice cream. Their names are Ben & Jerry. I have a big weakness for Ben & Jerrys ice cream and when its on offer in a supermarket, my mouth waters so much they have to mop the floor! (not literally..)
Recently, a 500ml tub of ice cream (or frozen yogurt as they call it) cost me £3 for two tubs. Although, at regular price it is £4.20 which I feel is a little expensive for a tub of ice cream.
Ben & Jerrys has become one of the most popular ice cream brands in the UK. Their quirky patterned tubs and unusual names make them extra special. The mixture of flavours and ideas behind it are what make it even more yummy than your standard brand. I love the fact you can now buy the ice cream in a frozen yogurt alternative as it lowers the calories, then you don't feel as naughty.
My favourite flavour of Ben & Jerrys is Phish Food. When I first heard this, I thought it was going to be a bit weird at first, but then I realised the name came from the fish shaped chocolate inside.
Phish Food is a chocolate flavoured yogurt with swirls of marshmallow and caramel, filled with chocolate fish shapes. It might not sound like your usual mix for an ice cream, but it worked perfectly well. I adore the taste and my mouth waters at the thought. The random chocolate fishes give a nice taste experience as it isn't smooth and creamy like the rest. I have to admit, it did become a little sickly sweet about a quarter of the way through, so I had to finish it in a number of sittings - but then most Ben & Jerrys is sweet, such as Cookie Dough.
Phish Food has a funky styled tub which is purple and lime green. The lid you can see above and the rest of the tub is pretty similar. It is very child like but in an adult way. The ingredients and nutritious information are all listed on the back.
In my opinion, this is one of the nicest Ben & Jerrys frozen yogurts about, the others are a little too tasteless for me - but I would rather stick to the ice cream alternative despite the calories.
Nutritional Information (Per 100ml):
Carbs 34g (29g Sugars)
Fat 4g (3g saturated)
I have always been a fan of Ben and Jerrys, however I only buy it when it is on offer as it's far too expensive otherwise! Usually a tub (500ml) will set you back £4.45! so at 1/2 price its a good price!
One of the flavours I have had many times before (although not my favourite) is Phish food frozen yoghurt. It appealed to me as it is lower in fat and calories- therefore dont feel quite as guilty!
The frozen yoghurt tub is pale green, so its not confused with the full fat tub which is purple in colour! it is also, like a lot of Ben and Jerrys Fairtrade and you can recycle the tub afterwards as it is made from cardboard.
Phish food frozen yoghurt melts alot easier and quicker and i find it softer to eat. It has swirls of marshmallows and caramel along with small chocolate fish shaped pieces! It's fun to eat (because of the fish) and good for people with a sweet tooth, although i have to say the marshmallow is too sweet for me and that puts me off buying it!
per 100g in frozen yoghurt phish food you will find:
(info taken from B&J website)
comparing that to the normal full fat version you will find in that:
Considering there is actually only slightly more calories and less sugar per 100g in the full fat version, your probably better off sticking to the full fat version as its nicer and not as sickly! I prefer other flavours a lot more, and wish they would bring some more flavours over here. For all of you who have been to America you will know they have LOADS more flavours than us. My favourite flavour over there is chubby hubby or boston cream pie, but still think Ben and Jerrys is the best!
When i saw the advertisement of this, i was actually beaming! As a girl who counts calories religiously, i've always avoided Ben & Jerry's at all costs, due to the high fat and sugar. But here this was, telling me there was a now a new, light version. The next day on my way home, I decided to pop into sainsburys and pick it up.
I recognised it straight away from the other flavours on display by its bright pinky purple colour, drawing me in straight away. I was easily able to see which was the low fat one, as it is labeled as 'Frozen Yogurt'. I was slightly shocked at the price, to say the least! £4 for a 500ml tub seemed very overpriced, but i decided non the less to try it and dropped it into the trolley.
I got home and had my tea, then got it out of the freezer and waited patiently for it to melt, which may i add seemed like ages! Upon opening it there's a slight chocolatey smell but it's not very strong and doesn't smell like anything special. I dug my spoon in after 10 minutes of waiting for it to melt and noticed it was slightly hard still. I put a large scoop into a bowl and sat down infront of Eastenders. The yoghurt is the same texture and appearence of icecream, with a chocolatey colour to it and small white bits. The white bits are actually melted marshmellow, which are extremely sweet and somewhat over the top, but when blended with the chocolatey taste very nice. On the packaging it says that there's caramel in it, but i was unable to taste or see any. Another unique point to this product is the chocolate fish, which i'm guessing is why it's called 'phish food'. They're alot smaller than i expected and taste very sugary more than chocolatey but go with the taste of the icecream well. They're very hard and don't seem to melt, so they're quite crunchy. I found because of the coldness of the ice cream on my tounge, slightly numbing it, it was hard to taste them to there full potential.
The texture isn't great, and more like a sorbet then an icecream. In my opinion it's not very creamy, either.
It's similar to the regular phish food, but you can definetly, in my opinion, tell it's bein artificially sweetened, as it has a 'splenda' taste to it at times.
For the much lower amount of fat in it then the regular, it's definetly nice to have as a treat while you're on a diet, but if you're not bothered about calories, it's no competition to the original full fat phish food.
There are few words in the pantheon of supermarket shopping that get me going. "Ben & Jerry's on offer" is probably top of the list. In recent months dairy products have seen a little bit of a rise in cost. A 500ml tub of B&J would have cost you about £3.99, now that's risen to about £4.20, a lot for a small tub of ice cream.
However those magical words pronouncing Ben & Jerry's was on offer was all I needed to make a special trip to our local Asda. I never shop there and it's not exactly up the road. However two tubs for £3 was a cracking deal and the ol' B&J is my kryptonite. I'm not a huge Ice Cream lover but there's something in those tubs that tickles my tastebuds into overload.
One of the flavours I picked up was Phish Food, I decided to go for the frozen yogurt version as I wanted to lower the calories and I'd already tried the full fat phish.
Coming in a lime green tub with the fun pics on the front, the frozen dessert is pronounced as fairtrade and kind to the environment in its production. Hence the change in colour from the usual B&J colour scheme.
Phish food is a chocolate flavour yogurt with swirls of marshmallow and caramel whilst also being infused with small chocolate shaped fish. An interesting concoction for the frozen dessert connoisseur.
But it is with a heavy heart that I have to admit this was not in the same class as my usual B&J experiences. I found this one a little watery in its mix and the taste was not to my liking. It had that sweet sickly taste to it, you know the one where if you let it hit the back of your throat it would feel a little burning. It's certainly not overpowering but having had the full fat phish, this certainly wasn't in the same realms of taste. You pay over £4 full whack for a tub of this because it is a great brand and a great tasting product. Sadly for me this didn't reach the standards I've come to expect from the brand.
So I have to ask was it worth going down the frozen yogurt route to save a few calories? In this case no as the taste wasn't great. I've had Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt before and it was good so I can only surmise that Phish food doesn't compliment frozen yogurt in the same way it's full fat brother does.
To sum up, (let's face it there's only so much you can write about a tub of dessert) this is one B&J I would actually leave on the shelf. As I've said I've got a weakness for this stuff but if this was the only flavour left on the shelf then I think I'd actually leave it there. I certainly wouldn't pay over £4 for it and would stick to the full fat version or plump for the cookie dough tub.
The Nutrition Stuff for you food techs (Per 100ml)
Carbs 34g (29g Sugars)
Fat 4g (3g saturated)
Found it on offer @ Tesco: £ 2.50. It's frozen yoghurt so thought it'll have a lower calorie count than the ice cream version.I threw away 3/4 of the tub. It is EXCESSIVELY sweet. I'm a big fan of Ben & Jerry, I finish whole tubs of Cookie Dough, Fudge Brownie, Fairly Nuts etc, but that one was way too sugary. It's like the lack of fat [which contribute to taste] has been compensated by additonal sugars. You'll literally get diabetes on the spot! [caramel & marshmallow are pure sugars]. Unlike Cherry Garcia frozen yoghurt which contains 650 kcal per 500ml tub, this one has around 950 kcal per tub, quite close to the ice cream version of Phish Food which has 1100 kcal. The calorie difference is insignificant.I wouldn't recommend this if you kinda dislike ice cream which are too sugary.
I love Ben and Jerry's ice cream but because I seem to be constantly on a diet, it is not exactly the best thing to have!
Ben and Jerry's now do a range of their flavours as frozen yoghurts and Phish Food is definitely my favourite.
The frozen yoghurt has a chocolate base with caramel, marshmallow and dark chocolate fish shaped pieces. I think that apart form the fact that it is a bit softer than normal phish food, you would not be able to tell that it is frozen yoghurt. There are plenty of chocolate fish and marshmallow swirls which are always a good bonus in a spoonful!
It is quite sweet if you have too much of it, but perhaps you aren't meant to eat as much as I normally do!
The nutritional information is:
Per half a cup:
Total Fat 3g
Saturated fat 1.5g
Although still not the lowest fat dessert available, it is a healthier alternative to Ben and Jerry's ice cream but to get the benefits should be eaten in moderation which I think is quite difficult to do!
I've tried to hide behind the fact it's a pregnancy craving but I would be lying. My obsession with Ben & Jerry's ice cream has been around for years. However over the last 9 months I have quite regularly decided to "treat" myself with a tub of Ben & Jerry's. One of my favourite falvours is Phish Food, but I was realy conscious that the Phish Food Ice Cream was extremely high fat and high calorie so was extremely pleased to find that Ben & Jerry's produce "Phish Food" frozen yoghurt.
***What is it***
Ben & Jerry's Phish Food frozen yoghurt is a 'chocolate dessert with marshmallows, caramel & chocolate shaped fish'.
The B & J's Phish Food 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 bright pink colour with purple.
On the front of the carton is the Ben & Jerry's logo, the Phish food emblem and the words 'frozen yoghurt' printed underneath. There is a blue strip at the bottom on which a brief description of the flavour. The front also has pictures of chocolate fish.
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. Although the Phish Food frozen yoghurt tastes delicious it 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.
***Phish Food Frozen Yoghurt***
The Phish Food frozen yoghurt is a very chocolately dessert perfect for those with a sweet tooth and chocolate lovers. As soon as you open the lid you are hit by a sweet chocolate aroma. The frozen yoghurt in the tub is a dark brown chocolate colour with swirls of caramel within and light pink marshmallow swirls within. There are also small fish shaped pieces of dark chocolate.
The texture of the frozen yoghurt is quite hard; probably firmer than the ice cream version of this flavour. Therefore you have to wait a minute or so before you scoop the frozen yoghurt out of the tub.
Taste wise the frozen yoghurt is delicious. The initial taste is a strong creamy rich chocolate flavour. As you eat more you then can taste the sweet caramel flavours which has a rich flavour. The marshmallow can also be tasted which adds to this sweetness. After you swallow there is a strong chocolate after taste. For some this may be too sickly but those with a sweet tooth is likely to be delicious. The chocolate shaped fish are made from a darker chocolate which adds to the richness and has a delicious creamy taste to them with a very strong chocolate flavour and after taste. I find the taste is addictive and with each mouthful I want more of the dessert.
The taste of the frozen yoghurt variety is no different to the Phish Food ice cream. The ice cream variety still has a slightly creamier taste which makes the ice cream more sickly than the frozen yoghurt.
**Nutritional information **
This is not a "healthy choice" by any means but eaten in moderation is a delicious sweet treat. In comparison to the B & J 's Phish Food ice cream which contains 300 calories and 17g of fat in the same size serving the B & J's frozen yoghurt is a smarter move for those conscious of calories.
Taste wise I can't tell the difference between the Phish Food ice cream and Phish Food frozen yoghurt. The chocolate taste is delicious and very sweet and creamy. The caramel swirls and swirls of marshmallow within the frozen yoghurt add to this sweetness. For some this could be slightly too sickly especially if eaten in excess. The chocolate shaped fish are delicious and add to the rich chocolate taste.
The main disadvantage of this product is the price at £3.98 for a 500ml tub this is extremely expensive. Especially since one tub is not likely to last very long due to the delicious tasting frozen yoghurt inside.
So for those that don't want all of the calories of Phish Food B & J's but still want the taste, try the frozen yoghurt alternative it's a top purchase.
I love ice-cream. Who doesn't?
Only thing is, ice-cream likes my hips and belly too.
I learnt to stretch my favourite Ben & Jerry's ice-cream into three if not four sittings.
And then the wonderful guys at B&J brought Frozen Yoghurt to England. And turn it into Phish Food - my fave!
The original (fat) version is chocolate ice-cream with caramel, marshmallow and chocolate fish.
The new (low fat) frozen yoghurt is chocolate 'dessert' with marshmallow, caramel and chocolate fish.
Spot the difference? No? Wanna try it?
I recommend you take the tub out of the freezer, and let it sit for a couple of minutes. If you can.
Take the top off, and enjoy the bits stuck to the lid. Yum.
The 'dessert' looks like ice-cream, and tastes like ice-cream. It has a soft, creamy texture. Swirled with soft caramel and marshmallow. Dotted with hard choccy fish.
I did try to count the fish, but needless to say, I failed!
Ok, it's time to compare and contrast I guess.
Being a fan of the original, a low-fat version has a lot to live up to. And it does. I honestly think, if I was blindfolded and fed both versions, I would struggle to tell the difference.
The first time I dipped into the yoghurt version, I thought if anything, it had more caramel. The second time (when I cleared the tub!) I didn't notice any extra caramel taste, so maybe the tub was a little unbalanced.
I do think it melts differently. While eating, it seems to be softer than the original, but as you reach the bottom, you get the impression if you left it much longer, it'd be more watery than anything. I guess that gives weight to the argument of three sittings, so it doesn't have the time to melt so much!
The caramel tastes just as it should, and as it does in the original. The marshmallow is also identical to my palette. The fish are chocolatey and plentiful.
The tub is slightly different. It has more of a pinky/red background. But you could easily grab this low-fat version when reaching for the original which is purple.
For all you fact fans, here are the nutritional values: per 100g (that's roughly 1/4 of the tub)
220 calories, 4g protein, 5g fat (saturates - 4g), carbs 40g (which sugars - 35g)
I'm converted - it means I can enjoy my favourite 'ice-cream' without it sitting so heavily on my hips!