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      16.06.2010 20:00
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      ITS GOOD BUT IT AINT THAT GOOD

      Ben and Jerry's is an American company operating under the Unilever brand. They produce various ice creams, frozen yoghurts and sorbets.

      The first Ben and Jerry's ice cream parlour opened its doors in Vermont, USA in 1979. Since then, there has been an interesting selection of flavours and moreso with the ice creams. Don't expect any cheap plain vanilla ice cream here. No, I am talking about Cookie Dough and Brownies!

      *Product*

      The ice cream I shall be reviewing is Ben and Jerry's Baked Alaska Ice Cream. B&J describe this as being "Vanilla ice creamm with marshmallow swirls and white chocolate polar bears". Sound tempting? Yeah I though it might!

      *Packaging*

      The ice cream comes in a rounded cardboard tub with a push on lid. The tubs are similar to the ones that Lush use but slightly larger. The tub is bright and colourful.

      The brand logo, product name and description is on both the lid and around the tub. There are various images of polar bears and snow topped mountains giving the feel of being in Alaska! The ingredients, nutritional advice and details of how to contact B&J are on the back of the tub but the writing is rather small so if you really need to read this info, have the magnascope at the ready!

      *The Ice Cream*

      Of course this must be frozen. I would recommend removing it from the freezer for 10mins to allow to soften and scoop out with ease. Opening the tub will reveal a thick concoction of creamy off white ice cream speckled with little black dots. There are random swishes of colour and the polar bears are mixed through the ice cream.

      *Ingredients*

      Cream (28%),Water ,Sugar ,Condensed Skimmed Milk ,Glucose Syrup ,Free Range Egg Yolks ,Coconut Oil ,Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Pectin) ,Whole Milk Powder ,Egg Whites ,Vanilla Extract ,Butteroil ,Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin) ,Natural Flavours

      *Nutrition*

      100g (1/5 of a tub) will set you back the following :

      260 calories
      28g sugar
      15g fat
      10g saturated fat
      0.05g sodium

      *Availability and Price*

      This doesn't come cheap. It is available in supermarkets in the frozen section. A 500ml tub will set you back approx £4.00.

      *My Opiniion*

      We have had some lovely hot weather recently. As a result, ice cream and ice lolly sales must be soaring! I personally don't buy ice cream that often as we rarely eat it at home and usually prefer to pop round to the nearby ice cream shop where the choice is amazing and so well displayed.

      I was doing my shopping last week in Tesco and as hubby had piled the trolley high with various World Cup snacks, I decided I deserved a treat too! I scoured the frozen section looking for a nice pack of eclairs or a cheesecake and spotted Ben and Jerry's at £2.50 a tub reduced from £3.99.

      I personally have never tried this brand before but had read mixed reviews. I ummd and ahhd for a bit and decided I would get the Baked Alaska. I like Baked Alaska so this appealed to me. I am not a fan of milk chocolate in ice cream so most of the other flavours were a no go. I took this home and opened it that night. I have opened it again tonight for this review.

      The tub is attractive and certainly stands out compared to Tesco own brand. My normal Mackays ice cream looked bland in comparrison to this interesting tub. The thought of white chocolate and marshmallows was too much to handle and I had to have some. Removing from the freezer, the ice cream was solid so I had to resist for an extra 10minutes. My spoon then went through with ease. I carefully scooped some out into a bowl and settled down with my dessert.

      The ice cream itself is lovely and thick. The creamy colour with random black dots which I can only imagine is being the Vanilla extract made this look expensive. It didn't look cheap and the vanilla scent was strong. I could just see some different colour sweeping through the ice cream which is the marshmallow swirls. They didn't overload it though which disappointed me as I love marshmallows! I couldn't actively see any polar bears and I thought this was a total con til I started eating.

      Yummy is how I would describe it! The soft ice cream melts quite quick with the marshmallow becoming more evident as it clings to the ice cream. It is sweet and deliciously creamy. The marshmallow certainly adds a tasty kick. My first polar bear appeared on my spoon within a few spoonfuls. It had a thick and creamy exterior which simply melted in your mouth and went down very well with the other parts of the ice cream. There were plenty polar bears and they were just right.

      The ice cream is very moreish but can become rather sickly after a while and considering how much it costs to begin with, this is best kept for a nice treat. My excuse was PMT and this was my haven. I would say that I am impressed though not to the sound of £3.99 for a tub..its good but it ain't that good!

      Thanks for reading oh and did you see that sugar level..talk about toothachingly painful :(

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        06.06.2010 19:56
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        very tasty ice cream.. with plenty of variety!

        what more can i say.. HEAVENLY ICE CREAM!!

        A personal opinion, that Ben & Jerry's is 'the' best ice cream ever. I have chosen to do a review on this particular flavour- Baked Alaska.

        Originally from the US, Ben & Jerry's have many many flavours of ice creams, sorbets and frozen yoghurt.

        Through research, I have found out that Ben & Jerry's is sold worldwide in 25 different countries.

        Baked Alaska is a soft vanilla ice cream with marshmallow swirls and white chocolate polar bear shapes. This ice cream was created to try and help raise awareness for climate change, whilst pigging out on something tasty!! I love just sitting infront of the television, in my pyjamas, with a duvet and eating the ice cream out of a tub.. very relaxing and chilling.. and very comforting when your upset!!

        Since 2000, Ben & Jerry's themselves dont run the company anymore, and instead have an anniversary called "Free Cone Day".

        Other flavours that are made by Ben & Jerry's are: Phish Food, Caramel Chew Chew, Cookie Dough, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Fairly Nuts, Chocolate Macademia, Half Baked, Chunky Monkey, Strawberry, Vanilla, Vanilla Toffee Crunch, Cherry Garcia, and Strawberry Cheesecake.

        A very easy product to recommend!- apart from its price.. usually about £4 for a tub.

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        02.05.2010 18:19
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        I will stick to other flavours

        Even though I am still waiting for the summer to come, it was really hot the other day and I ended up in a supermarket looking for something that would help me to cool down. Ben & Jerry's Baked Alaska went straight into my basket as I haven't tried it before and it was on offer.

        It comes in a standard B & J's 500 ml cardboard tub with a picture of polar bears and thermometer in the front. I thought it may be a good ice cream for a hot day but in fact it isn't any different to other ice cream (OK, apart from the flavour).

        We are promised vanilla ice cream with Marshmallow swirls and white chocolatey Polar Bears. Indeed, inside the cardboard tub you will find a white ice cream, tasting quite nice. As it is white, I hardly noticed the Marshmallows swirls; the white chocolatey Polar Bears do appear every here and there. You won't find an amazing amount of them which may be a bit disappointing; they are also quite hard (even if you defreeze the ice cream for 10 minutes). Apart from that, the chocolate is sweet, smooth and delicious. The ice cream itself is a bit of a disappointment; I am not a vanilla ice cream expert (normally I would choose chocolate) but compared to other Ben & Jerry's ice cream, this one isn't that rich and smooth. It is still nice, sweet and simply tasty but for this price I would expect something more. I am sure Ben & Jerry's can do better than this.

        Funds from the sell of Baked Alaska are going to support Ben & Jerry's Climate Change College mission in Alaska to 'help freeze' the melting glaciers. I think this is a very good incentive to buy this ice cream but I will be put off by the price (about 4 quid per 500 ml!) and I prefer other flavours. Baked Alaska is only available in 500 ml cardboard tub. One serving of 100g will provide you with 260 calories and 15 g of fat (including 10 g of saturated fat).

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          12.02.2010 22:12
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          I would recomend that you try this and see what you think

          This ice cream from ben and jerry's is quite tasty It is vannila ice cream with marshmallow and white chocolate polar bears! It sounds delicious and it is, but i woudn't go as far as saying its amazing.

          The price of this ice cream in most supermarkets is roughly £4.00 (or maybe even higher) this is a lot of money for quite a small pot of ice cream.

          The vanilla ice cream is quite average, and there are quite a few pieces of white chocolate in it. Also, the marshmallow isn't very noticable.

          Even thought i have said that, it is still nice, and VERY addictive. Once you have a bit, you end up eating the whole tub!

          Ben and Jerry's sell a wide range of ice cream, another which i have tried is cookie dough. This is very nice, but i brought it once and the tub says to store below 18oc, and if you do not stick to it, the piecies of cookie dough, turn crumbly instead of being quite soft, not making it very enjoyable.

          Overall, i would recomend that you try this ice cream, but maybe only the small tubs first, as it is quite expensive. (ooh, look out for supermarkets doing good offers on it though, as one of them normally has it on offer)

          Hope this helps x

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          22.01.2010 15:35
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          It Does Taste Surprisingly Like The Desert!

          Mmmm. My mom bought me a big tub of this yesterday when I was feeling lets say "a little hungover" lol in an attempt to make me feel better. She knows have much a love Baked Alaska and as she said she couldnt find my usual Cookie Dough this was the one she thought I would like the most. And she was totally right! It doesnt exactly work as a hangover cure but it certainly made me feel better for the time I was eating it.

          A Bit About The Product[According To The Tub]:
          Baked Alaska is a mouth watering blend of distinctive creamy vanilla ice cream with an enticing marshmallow swirl complete with yummy white chocolate polar bears. That alone was enough to leave my mouth watering lol.

          Actually a great thing about this particular flavour is every time you buy a tub some of your money goes towards helping with climate change in Alaska so I use that cause as a sort of justification when Im stuffing my face with it.

          Nutritional Information:
          Based on a serving size of 100g (About 1/5 Of A Tub):
          Calories: 260
          Fat: 15g
          Carbohydrates: 29g
          Sugar: 28g

          So as with all Ben & Jerry flavour's this is actually quite bad for you. But is anything that taste absolutely amazing ever good for you?! So eat this in moderation and not as an everyday snack because I think I'd be the size of a house in about a week!

          The Taste:
          Now I absolutely love Baked Alaska desert and it is one of my all time favourite's so I was intrigued to see whether all the flavours could be transferred to a frozen ice cream. And I was actually quite shocked to find this tasted exactly like the desert it is meant to taste like, even though it didnt have any of the usual meringue in it (Im assuming this was substituted for marshmallow)! The ice cream to me didnt taste very vanillary (!!) at all but it did taste like gorgeous white chocolate very sweet and proper creamy which is just what I needed in my hungover state! The little chocolate polar bears added a different texture to the ice cream which was really nice and the chocolate really melts on your tongue and is the perfect treat for someone who is a chocoholic and has a massive sweet tooth like me!

          Now the marshmallow that is said to be in this ice cream I couldnt really taste it but if Im honest I dont really remember what marshmallow tastes like anyway. But maybe the white chocolate flavour just overpowered all the others either way it was very nice all the same.

          I did find that after a few scoops that it did start to become a bit sickly and too sweet so I would say that a small amount of this will be enough to satisfy even the biggest chocoholics cravings and any more than that and I think you might start to feel a bit sick.

          Overall Opinion:
          As Bridget Jones' Said In "The Edge Of Reason" - "I am enjoying a relationship with 2 men simultaneously. The first called Ben, the other, Jerry." And I think I will be in that relationship with this flavour for quite some time to come, it's getting serious lol.
          I highly recommend that people try this because it is delicious, I dont think this will become my favourite B&J flavour but it is very nice all the same and I think the whole Climate Change idea behind it was a very good idea for drawing people in.

          A tub of this will set you back around £4 for a 500ml tub, but you are paying for quality I think and you can get it in pretty much every supermarket.

          Thanks For Reading

          x-0 Salz 0-x

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            08.11.2009 18:15
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            An exquisite, scrumtious, enjoyable treat!

            Ben and Jerrys Baked Alaska

            Divine, indulgent, creamy, delidious, gorgeous, heavenly...it must be ben and jerrys!

            Baked Alaska is a mouth watering blend of distinctive creamy vanilla ice cream with an enticing marshmallow swirl complete with yummy white chocolate polar bears.

            This delectable, delightful and divine ice cream is simply heaven.

            The vanilla ice cream is made with dairy cream and milk that is soo creamy it is practically irresistable..well it is to me anyway!
            The delicious white chocolate polar bears are made from fair trade chocolate giving it almost an excuse to buy and eat - to support fairtrade!
            The marshmallow swirls, to be honest, are hardly noticeable. I think I got one taste of marshmallow but the fact that it says they are there still makes it a god send!!

            This ice cream may be heavenly but it will do nothing for your waistline!!
            With 260 calories and 10g saturated fat in just 100 grams this ice cream is DEFINITELY an indulgent treat!

            Fab Fact: It's perfect whatever the weather!!

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              05.11.2009 11:58
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              Girls just gotta have some

              Colourful Tub exciting flavours recyclable container. What more could I ask for?

              I first saw this icecream as usual going through my till and thought oh I just have to try that.
              Being reassured by my customer that it just is to die for I really needed to go in search of this icecream.
              Anyone would have thought I was Pregnant the craving was getting bad.
              I am not by the way! Just thought I would add that and at 54 just don't go there.

              It did not take me long to track it down as it was standing in the special offer department of the freezer section marked down at half price at £1.99 yippee it was on offer and I just had to have a tub.

              My favorite kind of food was on offer.

              So after paying my £1.99 and getting home I dutifully put icecream in freezer and waited patiently for teatime to arrive.

              We ate tea cannot remember what it was now as it melted into the background quite soon after I bought out the fruit and icecream.
              The men in my family did not care for it at all, as it was too sweet and had too many white chocolate polar bears in it for them. Tough!

              I however loved it and have to say revelled in it's white chocolate content and the sweetness of the white marshmallows melted into the icecream which was creamy and so so lovely. I let the chocolate pieces melt on my tongue and savoured the mallowy icecream making me want to eat the whole tub at once, but showing some restraint I just had a scoop or two and put the rest in the freezer for later on.
              Gorgeous very sweet but really nice. Sinfully so especially if you have a sweet tooth like mine.

              Ben and Jerry make a vast range of Icecreams and have succefully made a big name for themselves in the Icecream world with Flavours like Cookie Dough, PFish food, and there are several others Caramel Swirl, Cherry, and Strawberry cheesecake. Are some of the newer ones.

              Thank you Ben and Jerry I am with Bridget Jones on this topic you are terrific and so is your icecream.

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                24.10.2009 19:55
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                creamy vanilla ice cream

                I am currently pregnant and craving Ben & Jerry's ice cream day and night! I have now been through nearly all of the Ben & Jerry's flavours and found this 'Baked Alaska' to be one of my favourites, which is vanilla ice cream with marshmallow swirls and white chocolate shaped polar bears.


                **About Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream**

                This ice cream is part of caring dairy, Ben & Jerry's have lauched a programme of continous improvements to farming practices to protect cows, our environment and our farmers livelihood.
                The ice cream tubs are made from 90% renewable paper stock, to stop it leaking they have to coat it with polyethylene which renders it difficult to recycle in the normal fashion.
                The ice cream is also climate neutral, so they try there best to make there product as environmentally good as they can.


                **The Product**

                This ice cream comes in a 500ml tub which is the perfect size to hold in one hand and your spoon in the other! Why is it eating ice cream tastes so much better when you eat it from the tub rather than a bowl!!!
                On the front of the tub you will see a picture of cartoon polar bears infront of icebergs with a picture of the sun beaming down on them heating up the ice bergs and the polar bears!

                The tub has a plastic seal arounf the lid of the tub which easily tears off. The lid can be a little hard to pull off the first time you open it as the tub is full to the brim of ice cream! But thats a bonus really!
                The ice cream is a creamy colour with tiny black specks of vanilla seeds in it, you can only just make out the white chocolate polars bears as there the same colour as the ice cream.
                The ice cream is so soft and creamy and the taste is gorgeous creamy vanilla that just melts in your mouth! There are plenty of the little white chocolate polar bears to be found in the tub which taste very yummy. The only thing i cant see or taste is the marshmallow swirls, im sure there in there somewhere yet all i can taste is the vanilla.


                **The price and where to buy**

                At the moment Asda have a great deal on any two 500ml tubs for just £3!! Also morrisons have a deal on at the moment for £1.90 each. Both great prices as there normal price is £3.99 each! So i always stock up when deals like this come out as its such a yummy ice cream. All major supermarkets stock this ice cream. Also Odeon cinemas also sell this in the smaller tubs sizes to eat whilst watching a film.


                **Overall**

                A delicious ice cream for adults and children, it says soft in the freezer too not rock hard icey ice cream here just soft and thick. Go on try some you will love it!

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                  19.10.2009 21:46
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                  Nice ice cream

                  Ben & Jerry's Baked Alaska is another favourite of mine from their excellent range of ice creams and while their products are not cheap you can sometimes get them on special offer which makes them a lot more affordable.

                  This ice-cream comes in the usual cardboard container with the lift off lid and the brightly, slightly zany splashof colours across it. The main body of this product is made up of a lovely creamy vanlla ice cream, I do think that Ben and Jerry's make excellent vanilla ice cream, some cheaper brands leave a horribly synthetic after taste but you do not get that with this particular ice cream.

                  Alongside the vanilla ice cream there are marshmallow swirls and white chocolate polar bear shapes. Now I'm not a big white chocolate fan but these are actaully quite nice and give the ice cream a bit of crunch to it. The marshmallow swirls make it a little chewy and sticky and the three flavourscombine really well however I do find that I cannot eat this in the same quantities that I eat other flavours as it is rather sweet. Mind you moderation is probably a good thing for my health and midriff.

                  Apparently some of the proceeds from this product goes towards helping fight climate change so you can feel a little better about the environment while you scoff this down. I bought this as part of a two for £4 offer at Asda.

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                  17.10.2009 14:34
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                  Gorgeous ice cream.

                  Anyone who shops at Morrisons at the moment will notice they currently have 500ml tubs of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream on offer at £1.90 a tub!

                  I always treat myself to Ben & Jerry's when I see it on offer anywhere, as it is my favourite ice cream, but at full price it is quite expensive.

                  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!

                  After my initial excitement at seeing my favourite ice cream range on offer, I was a little disappointed to find they did not have my favourite flavour - Strawberry Cheescecake.
                  For some reason my local Morrisons never seem to stock the Strawberry Cheesecake flavour and I have to buy it from Asda. However, I was not going to let this stop me buying some Ben & Jerry's and began looking for a new flavour to try.

                  I decided upon this Baked Alaska flavour. Tempted by the description of 'Vanilla Ice Cream with Marshmallow Swirls & White Chocolatey Polar Bears' - it sounded delicious!

                  The packaging also makes the ice cream look very appealing with its brightly coloured and very cute Alaskan scene on the front, with the wording 'If it's melted it's ruined'.

                  Opening the cardboard tub revealed a creamy looking, thick vanilla ice cream, with marshmallow swirls and sitting in the middle was a cute little white chocolate polar bear!
                  The ice cream tasted delicious - thick and creamy with plenty of little polar bears hidden inside. Children will love this (and also big kids like me!).
                  The white chocolate tasted delicious too, as did the marshmallow. I can not find any fault with this flavour at all.

                  It was very difficult to stop eating this I must confess, and I think it was every bit as nice as Strawberry Cheesecake. I will definitely be buying this again especially while it is on offer. It has also prompted me to try some of the other flavours too.

                  Ingredients :-
                  Cream 27%, water, sugar, milk, free range egg yolks, coconut oil, stabilisers, natural flavourings, egg whites and butteroil.
                  Suitable for vegetarians.

                  There are 220 calories in every 100mls, which is one fifth of the tub.

                  Over half a tub of Ben & Jerry's is milk and cream. Ben & Jerry's state they care where this comes from and are on first name terms with their famers and also the cows, through their sustainable dairy farming programme.

                  Because of climate change, Alaska's glaciers are melting, and so funds from sales of this Baked Alaska flavour support Ben & Jerry's Climate Change College mission in Alaska to help freeze the melt.

                  So, when you feel guilty or slip off your diet to indulge in some of this yummy ice cream, you can justify it by reminding yourself you are helping to support the Climate Change mission by eating it!

                  Go and get yourself to Morrisons while it's cheap!

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                    13.10.2009 23:30
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                    Good quality ice cream

                    Ben & Jerry's Baked Alaska ice cream is lovely. I first tried it when I was at the cinema. I would normally go with the usual 'cookie dough' or 'chunky monkey' but instead I thought I would try something different for a change, so I bought the Baked Alaska flavour. I have to say when I finished the small pot I bought in the cinema I felt like buying another pot because it was so tasty !

                    This flavour has a lovely smooth and creamy taste. It's a vanilla flavour, but it doesn't taste like any ordinary vanilla ice cream, it tastes very luxurious. As you make your way through the ice cream you come across littlle white chocolate polar bears. The polar bears give the ice cream a nice blast of sweetness and are lovely and crunchy, which gives the ice cream a different texture.

                    On the tub it says that there is marshmellow in the ice cream, but I didn't realise there was any marshmellow in there until I read it and I couldn't taste it. The ice cream comes in the usual cardboard tub and it is quite expensive at £3.99 a tub. I usually buy it when it goes on offer in the co-op where it goes on sale for about half price. It is very high in fat and calories so I wouldn't recommend that you eat it alot or eat it if yo are on a diet. Overall it is a tasty and good quality ice cream, but I wouldn't pay £3.99 for it !

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                      13.09.2009 02:03
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                      Nothing wrong with this ice-cream flavour but nothing outstanding either!

                      I was intrigued with the name of this new ice-cream. Global warming is an issue close to my heart (funds from this flavour support the Ben & Jerry's Climate Change College mission in Alaska) but my real motivation was the white chocolate Polar Bears.

                      I enjoy most of the Ben & Jerry's range and even have a cook book of their recipes for various ice-creams, so was looking forward to this one.

                      I did enjoy it, I love white chocolate and found the ice-cream to have a creamy and tasty flavour and the white chocolate bears were plentiful and - I know I shouldn't have been surprised - bear shaped!

                      However I couldn't noticeably discern the marshmallow element of the ice-cream, it seemed to blend in with the rest of the vanilla.

                      With Ben & Jerry's you are paying a premium price for a premium product (even at the half price Tesco offer that I tried this ice-cream with, it certainly isn't cheap) and I think for that, I expect something a bit more - with more excitement and interest and something with a bit more to like about it.

                      Whilst I certainly enjoyed this ice-cream and didn't feel that I had missed out at all - I don't think I would choose this one again. Definitely not up there with Cookie Dough!

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                      07.09.2009 15:12
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                      A vanilla ice-cream that has something special about it

                      In my quest to try out and review all the Ben & Jerry's flavours I came across Baked Alaska for the first time. I wasn't too sure about paying such a lot for what amounts to plain 'vanilla' ice-cream, but being devoted to my reviews I gave in and paid up.

                      I was pleasantly surprised by the flavour. Baked Alaska tastes similar to any other good quality vanilla ice-cream, but it has delightful white chocolate polar bears hidden inside. This makes it taste heavenly instead of ordinary! On the tub is says that there are also marshmallow swirls, but I couldn't taste any swirls.

                      Of all the Ben & Jerry's flavours this is the tub with the most attractive packaging. It is the standard Ben & Jerry's 500ml cardboard tub with a picture of a polar bear in Alaska. The colouring is great as there is a warm sun and sky using various yellows and the cooler blues and purples for the landscape, with the standard white for the snow and the polar bear. They used a fun picture on this tub.

                      The back of the packaging also gives information about funds from Ben & Jerry's Baked Alaska being given to Ben & Jerry's Climate Change College mission in Alaska to help combat global warming.

                      Predictably Baked Alaska is not great for a diet. 100ml has 215 calories, with a fat content of 12g, of which 8g is saturates. A tub will cost £3,99.

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                      28.08.2009 15:34
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                      Not one of Ben and Jerry's finest products.

                      Whilst shopping in Tesco this week I noticed they were selling Ben and Jerry's 500ml ice cream tubs at just £1.99 instead of the usual £3.99. After perusing the flavours on offer, I opted for Baked Alaska because I'd already tried most of the other flavours and I thought the kids would love discovering the little white chocolate polar bears hidden within the ice cream.

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                      This particular flavour of Ben and Jerry's ice cream comes packaged in one of the instantly recognisable 500ml squat cardboard tubs bearing the brand name. The Baked Alaska tub is predominantly yellow and brown in colour featuring a melting polar bear alongside the clever tagline "If it's melted, it's ruined" - a reference to it's attempts to raise the awareness of climate change.

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                      Described as vanilla ice cream with marshmallow swirls containing white chocolate polar bears, this ice cream product sounded delicious and I couldn't wait to get the lid of and get stuck in. The container itself was filled to the brim (possibly too full if that's possible) with a creamy white ice cream that was so hard it was impenetrable, and I had to wait a few minutes for it to melt a little before I could begin digging it out.

                      The ice cream itself is pale and creamy in appearance with a multitude of tiny brown vanilla specks and is visually very similar to Carte d'Or vanilla ice cream. Once the ice cream in the serving dishes had melted a little, it was possible to see the cute little white chocolate polar bears - the kids loved this. However the marshmallow component was nowhere to be seen.

                      The predominant flavour of the ice cream was vanilla. Not a nice vanilla, but a sickly, overpowering vanilla- which tasted a lot like Carte d'Or. I must point out at this point that I hate Carte d'Or vanilla ice cream, hence the reason I never buy it. The little white chocolate polar bears, although delicious were very few and far between and I reckon there were no more than about a dozen in the whole tub. The marshmallow component of this product was conspicuous by its absence. I felt this element was vital, as the ice cream needed a contrasting texture and flavour to break up the sickliness of the vanilla. I also felt that the ice cream melted far too quickly in the serving dish resulting in a visually unappetising sloppy mush peppered with little bits of polar bear that had been amputated by the spoon.

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                      Nutritional Information
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                      Each 100ml serving contains a massive 215kcal, 23g of sugar and 12g of fat. Usually, the calorie content of luxury ice cream is somewhat mitigated by the fantastic taste but I'm afraid to say that this is not the case with Baked Alaska, and in my opinion is a waste of a calorie allowance.

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                      Overall verdict
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                      Extremely disappointing. Having sampled and enjoyed a lot of Ben and Jerry's creations over the years, both here in the UK and in the USA, I had come to expect a unique, superior quality product, but sadly, Baked Alaska failed to deliver. I would simply describe this ice cream as a rich vanilla ice cream interspersed with white chocolate bits. Nothing special, and certainly nothing worth the hefty price tag that normally accompanies it. In fact I feel somewhat cheated at the £1.99 I paid for it and would not recommend it to anyone. Go for Phish Food instead or make your own by adding a packet of Milkybar buttons to a tub of Carte d'Or vanilla ice cream - it will taste the same and it's cheaper!

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                        11.06.2009 17:30
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                        Tempting and tasty treat which costs a fortune but is well worth it.

                        I'm a fan of good icecream - I think most people are really. It's just that being an awkward sod I can't eat chocolate (it sets off my fibromyalgia) which means that most of the varieties of Ben & Jerry's icecreams are off limits to me. I can't remember when exactly it was that we found this, I do remember though that it was my husband who did so and was incredibly pleased with himself that he'd found a 'fancy' icecream that I could eat! I have to say I was impressed too - I think I'd all but given up looking to be honest.

                        How to eat it:
                        This is - as far as I'm aware - the only icecream in the Ben and Jerry's range which is best served reeeeeally reeeeeeally frozen. Most of them seem to be that little bit better for being allowed to rest when you take them out of the freezer before you eat them, this one - set your freezer to Arctic and wait! The flavours are just sooo much better this way! I like mine straight from the tub, but if you're going to be daring you could try bending a spoon or two scooping some out into a bowl.

                        The flavours
                        Ummm... well it's basis is a vanilla icecream, but it's really got to be one of the best vanilla icecreams you'll ever taste it truely has. Then there's the marshmallowy streaks that run through it - like little tiny rivers of marshy mallowy softness. And then there's the polar bears - well white chocolate ones anyway ;) These are in there and if you were daring enough to try scooping some into a bowl these were probably what bent your spoon - bears are tough you know! All these three flavours combine to give you a really creamy melty georgousness as you eat it, and yes if you don't watch yourself the tub will be empty reeeeeally fast!

                        The downside
                        umm well there had to be one I guess.... Here sadly there's two - well three really.... First the cost; like all Ben & Jerry products it's not cheap, you're talking £3-4 a tub from the supermarkets and possibly more if you're buying at a corner shop. Second is the calories; if you're like me and struggle with things sticking to your hips then this one is going straight there I'm afraid! Third.. there's always someone around who wants to share it! ;)

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                        Marshmallow swirls and polar bear pieces.