Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Ice Cream Review. Honest and real.
Ben & Jerry’s has finally started selling non-dairy ice cream! Although, they don’t call it ice cream, they call it a “frozen dessert.” Whatever, they can call it whatever they want, at least they’re on the right track. What took them so long?
What can you expect from my review of Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy ice cream?
No sugar coating.
No mincing words.
Here we go!
Ben & Jerry’s recently unveiled four flavors of almond milk ice cream.
Chunky Monkey – Coffee Caramel Fudge – P. B. & Cookies – Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Unfortunately, the P. B. & Cookies was missing in action at two of the supermarkets that I shopped, so I was only able to review the other three. My guess is that the P. B. & C flavor is either amazing and they can’t keep it in stock, or it’s not so good, so the stores don’t stock it. If I ever see it, I’ll buy it and update you. In the meantime, here is my review of the other three flavors.
I really liked this one. I was pleasantly surprised to find real bananas and nice big pieces of walnuts and chocolate chunks. The taste of the almond milk was subtle, and the flavor of the banana was perfect. The texture was creamy and silky, just like ice cream should be.
This flavor gets a thumb up.
Let’s just say that I won’t be buying this one again. It had a strange, almost chemical kind of aftertaste that I didn’t enjoy. It could be the coffee extract that they use to flavor the ice cream, or it might be the combination of the coffee extract and the molasses that tastes off to me. Whatever it is, it tasted artificial and I wasn’t into this one at all.
This flavor gets two thumbs down.
Winner! It would be really hard to screw up chocolate ice cream, but it’s been done. Thankfully, the folks at Ben & Jerry’s nailed this one. The texture is so rich and creamy. The chocolate is decadent and there are pieces of chewy vegan brownie from Greyston Bakery in every bite. It’s a good thing that I ate a healthy lunch before tasting this delicious ice cream, because if I had been hungry….
This flavor gets two thumbs up. Way up!
Overall, I think that Ben & Jerry’s has created a fantastic non-dairy option for vegans, for people who are lactose intolerant, and for those who are just trying to find alternatives to animal products— aka future vegans.
Having said that, my heart is with So Delicious dairy free products. The company is, and has always been vegan, and I love their ice cream, yogurt, and nog during the Christmas holidays. There isn’t one part of their company that exploits animals, and that’s important to me.
It’s hard for me to support a company that uses animals to make their fortune. And there’s also the issue of livestock farming and global warming. At the same time, I applaud Ben & Jerry’s for creating dairy free ice cream. They have a huge fan base, and I’m optimistic that a lot of their fans will try the almond milk ice cream and realize that they don’t have to give up flavor and texture if they give up dairy.
If you love Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, I recommend that you try their chocolate fudge brownie or chunky monkey almond milk flavors. They’re delicious!
Have you tried Ben & Jerry’s almond milk ice cream?
Are you excited that vegan ice cream is becoming more popular?
Have you tried the P. B. & Cookies flavor? If so, how was it?
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