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As ice cream is one of my favourite foods (along with cheese and chocolate), I can see myself writing in this category quite a bit! This product is ice cream AND chocolate, so what more can I ask for?!
I had dropped into my local shop to buy bread, but decided to treat myself to this ice cream. An expensive treat, costing £3.99 a tub, but I deserve it!
Ben and Jerry's comes in a cardboard pot containing 500ml of ice cream. I like the cardboard containers, as they feel more luxurious and special than plastic containers. It makes me feel like I am treating myself more. Half of the tub is filled with lovely pictures of chocolate fudge brownies, giving you an idea of the joys you are in for! Below the pictures, the flavour is written on a purple background. Easy to spot in the freezer!
On the other half of the tub, the back, information is given in English, French and Dutch (for any multi-linguists out there). It gives their spiel about how and where they make it and a serving suggestion (with their chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream).
There is no nutritional information, but one look at the ingredients says 'not if you are on a diet!'. The first 2 ingredients are: cream 25.79% and liquid sugar!
When I opened the tub, the first thing I noticed was that it did not have the plastic covering that is on the Hagen Daas tubs. It opened straight onto lovely, brown chocolate ice cream. I am not sure whether I prefer this or not, as the plastic covering is extra packaging, which I disapprove of immensely, but it does make you feel confident about there being less contamination of the food.
I have to say that I couldn't smell much when I opened the tub. This may be because it was still frozen solid and nothing was escaping, not even the aroma! Later, when it had melted a little, there was definitely a choclatey aroma coming from the bowl.
I would advise that you leave the ice cream to defrost a little before serving. I was rather impatient (well it was chocolate ice cream!), and bent one of my spoons trying to get it out! (It did bend back again though!). I never have that problem with Hagan Daas! (Well I do occasionally, impatience again.) I find that the Hagan Daas softens quickly, allowing me to get at it quicker! Even when this ice cream did begin to soften, the edges could be scooped, but the centre was solid. It can be a very awkward way to eat ice cream!
It was worth the effort. I love very rich chocolate, and I wasn't disappointed. The ice cream melted into my mouth and the taste of chocolate oozed down my throat. It cooled and chocolatified my taste buds to ecstasy. The chunks of chocolate brownie were even richer than the ice cream. They were chewy, as brownies should be, and every time my teeth sunk into a chunk, the chocolate taste oozed out of it.
Half way through the bowl, the ice cream had softened, and this is when it is even better. I like ice cream soft, it seems to release its flavour so much more. This ice cream was no exception, it was very creamy and very chocolatey. Definitely for eating with your eyes shut, so that nothing interrupts the intensity of the chocolate!
I have never been a big fan of Ben and Jerry's, I usually prefer Hagen Daas, but this one has my thumbs up.