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Ben and Jerry are the single most fantastically great people ever to walk the face of this earth. They are saviours to dumped women and ice-cream obsessives everywhere, and I bow down to their magnificence. I have been hoping and praying for a Food category on Ciao ever since I arrived here, just so I could spread the good word, and finally, after all this time… it appears!
For the uninitiated, Ben and Jerry started making ice cream in their home town of Vermont after they realised that they didn’t have enough money to buy a bagel machine. Undeterred in their plans for world domination, they undertook an ice cream making course instead – a legend was born!
Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice cream is one of their classics and has been around for a long time. It is actually consistently among their best sellers in the U.S, along with Cherry Garcia and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. While it’s one of their more simple creations (some flavours have four, five or even more different main tastes) it’s just a perfect ice cream. Rich chocolate ice cream with small pieces of chewy brownie is about the most wonderful thing I can think of. The chocolate ice cream itself is very rich and not too sweet – a more adult, bitter version of that treat we loved as kids – and brownies are fantastic. For those who aren’t up on American culture, the brownie is a sweet chocolate cake (which often contains walnuts, although the Ben and Jerry version is nut-free) that has a soft gooey centre.
The major appeal to me of this ice cream is ‘discovering’ the bits of brownies as you eat. The smallish pieces are definitely big enough to be easy to taste, but are small enough so bits can get hidden in a spoonful of the rich chocolate ice cream. You do have to have a lot of self control not to dig out all of the brownies bits though! Believe me, the rest of your family don’t appreciate it!
Ben and Jerry’s ice cream is my favourite type of ice cream, but does (sadly) have some major disadvantages;
1) It VERY expensive. The price varies between £3.30ish to around £3.70ish for a 500ml tub. While this is comparable with Haagen Daz, it’s still fairly expensive for ice cream. However the taste is just fabulous, and if you live near an Asda, they seem to sell it consistently cheaper than else where (maybe it’s the Wal-mart connection!).
2) Ben and Jerry’s is about as far away from soft scoop as you can get. For those of you who are Mr Whippy fans and love ice cream that’s 90% air, maybe this isn’t for you. Basically, you should try and get Ben and Jerry’s ice cream out of the freezer at least 10 minutes before you want to eat it or you’ll find it’s impossible to get a spoon through it!
In comparison to many of their other flavours, I would say that Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream is perfect for Ben and Jerry’s virgins. Not as exotic as The Full Vermonty (which is maple ice cream with roasted pecans and caramel swirl) or as subjective as Cherry Garcia (mmm, cherry flavoured ice cream? Not my kinda thing!), Fudge Brownie is guaranteed to appeal to loads of people. After all, they aren’t many people who don’t like chocolate!
Ben and Jerry’s ice cream is not suitable for those with nut allergies – and I feel very sorry for you!