New dairy-free flavors from Ben & Jerry's
Mooove over, cream. Ben & Jerry’s
is about to release its new, dairy-free line, including classic flavors Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Fudge Brownie, along with two new ones: P.B. & Cookies and Coffee Caramel Fudge. Made with almond milk, the frozen desserts took an entire year to develop, according to a company press release. The pints will hit Vermont grocery stores in three to five weeks.
Since the non-dairy ice "cream" is not officially available yet, some nice folks from Ben & Jerry’s brought samples to the Seven Days
office. So, for Sugar High! this week, I decided to enlist help from a few colleagues in giving them a try. Most people in the office are pretty indifferent to free food. Just kidding! I think about half of them were crowded around my desk within minutes.
And we had a favorite: P.B. & Cookies. Testers agreed there wasn’t a noticeable non-dairy taste. Creamy and rich, it was packed with whole Oreo-type cookies and generous swirls of peanut butter.
Results otherwise were mixed. Read on for a few tasting notes from Seven Days
P.B. & Cookies
- “That’s really good. Can I have more?” Paul Heintz, political editor
- “Wow, I’m really happy. I would think about robbing a convenience store for this.” Molly Walsh, staff writer
- “It’s creamier than other vegan ice creams I’ve had.” Bobby Hackney Jr., designer
Coffee Caramel Fudge
- “You can really taste the almond milk in this. If you like almond milk, I think you’d love this.” Me, food writer
- “It doesn’t taste like normal coffee, but it’s good.” Paul Heintz
- “I like anything that says it’s coffee.” Katy Isaacs, proofreader
- "It's yummy and I don't taste the almond milk, just coffee." Pamela Polston, coeditor/co-owner
- “Super banana-y, creamy. Nice full flavor.” Me
- [Long pause] “Not so much.” Paul Heintz
- “I feel like I’m on a tropical island. It’s velvety, but it’s a little aggressively banana.” Carolyn Fox, special publications manager/proofreader
Chocolate Fudge Brownie
- “A little too icy for me. Overwhelming almond milk taste.” Me
- “Heavy cocoa-powder flavor. It’s missing a depth.” Carolyn Fox
- “It’s watery. Even the fudgy bite I had wasn’t chocolatey enough.” Katy Isaacs
- "It's like a health-food-store, soy-based ice cream. I can really taste the almond milk." Pamela Polston
Generally speaking, Katy summed up our appraisal of Ben & Jerry's' new product line: “I think if you were a non-dairy eater you’d be happy with this. But if you could have the real thing you would prefer it.”
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