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Brand: Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream

Cherry Garcia: Bigger Cherries, Smaller Chocolates

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on October 4, 2011

Last week I ranted about the disappointing changes to Dove Miniature Ice Cream bars.  This week I’m upset about changes to another old staple – Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt.

Yes, another of my long time favorite ice cream flavors is B&J’s Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt ever since my friend Jill introduced me to it in the 7th grade. It’s a fabulous flavor and you can feel good about yourself since it’s yogurt and not ice cream, right?

Well, it seems that there have been some changes, perhaps to make it healthier? Or maybe just to make it less tasty.

On the plus side – the cherries are almost all full size and there are more of them!  Way to go B&J’s! 

But, a major negative is that the chunks of chocolate are smaller and less frequent.  Maybe I’m generalizing from a bum batch – anyone else notice this change?

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2011 Free Cone Day from Ben and Jerry’s: April 12

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on April 5, 2011

Next Tuesday is Ben and Jerry’s Free Cone Day 2011.

Apparently Free Cone Day has now been in practice 33 years ago and just keeps getting bigger every year.

I’m always a huge fan of free cone day (usually the weather is nice, people are outside waiting in line, and happy!) Just be sure to bring a friend or an ipod because the line is long for free cone day.

Happy licking!

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Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry’s Today April 29, 2008

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on April 29, 2008

Just a reminder for everyone that today is Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry’s! This means waiting in a short line for a delicious ice cream cone.  Locate your local scoop shop store here.

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31 Cent Scoop Day at Baskin Robbins on May 2

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on April 19, 2007

I hope that everyone enjoyed their free ice cream cone at Ben and Jerry’s Free Cone Day.

Following in their footsteps, Baskin Robbins is having a 31 cent scoop night on May 2, 2007. It’s in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Mark your calendars!

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Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry’s

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on April 17, 2007

Today from 12 noon until 8pm you can get a free scoop of Ice Cream at your local Ben and Jerry’s.

Be sure to stop by and pick one up!  You can find your local shop here.
Also, if you’re feeling generous, put a few dollars in the bucket for whatever charity they’re raising money for at your location.

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Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice Cream Review

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on December 18, 2006

Last night I was at a friend’s helping him pack for his move to the Netherlands next week.  He had to run out and buy more packing tape and guess what- he came back with some ice cream!  It’s been a long long time since I’ve had Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey.  I used to order it accidentally thinking it was Chubby Hubby (they sound kind of similar).  I’ve never been a huge fan of banana flavored things.  I like bananas, just not anything that’s flavored like banana.  So, I haven’t purchased Chunky Monkey in awhile.  But, I actually really enjoyed it last night.  It won’t ever be one of my favorites, but it’s not as bad as I remembered.  The banana ice cream is smooth and there are lots of chocolate chunks.  The only disappointment was the lack of whole banana chunks.  I like chunks of banana and there just weren’t enough.  If you like bananas definitely give Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey a try.

  • Flavor: 4
  • Flavor Intensity: 4
  • Texture: 4.5
  • Originality: 4
  • Overall: 4

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Scoop 75: Ben and Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on August 9, 2006

As we just got back from a week long vacation in Cape Cod, I’m not completely caught up on my previous posts; but I promise to get them up in the next day or two.

Today’s ice cream is another Ben and Jerry’s flavor.  I feel the need to buy it when it’s on sale (which it almost always is these days).  Also, I feel less guilty about throwing away half a pint than I do about tossing a half a gallon of ice cream into the trash.  There’s just something inherently wrong with throwing away that much ice cream.  But, I don’t have much choice.  I can’t eat it all and my freezer is so filled with ice cream that I don’t have room for anything else.  Why don’t they make smaller sizes of Edy’s and Breyer’s and other brands that only come in half gallon sizes?  I wonder if those companies have small sample sizes that I can convince them to send me…   I’ll have to look into that.

Back to today’s flavor: Oatmeal Cookie Chunk by Ben and Jerry’s.  It says on the carton that it’s “by popular demand”.  I’m not sure if they mean “back by popular demand” or what they mean.  I know they carry it in their shops, but I haven’t seen it in a carton before.  It’s really good.  I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this.  The ice cream in cinnamon (which I have had a lot of lately at Circle Bistro and The Dairy Godmother).  There are chocolate chunks and pieces of oatmeal cookie in the ice cream.  (I probably didn’t need to mention the chocolate chunks, since as I have previously commented on Ben and Jerry’s obscene overuse use of chocolate chunks.)  The chunks of Oatmeal Cookie are soft and gooey.  And they are amazing.  When I recently had Oatmeal Cookie at The Dairy Godmother, their cookies were crispy, something Ben and Jerry’s probably couldn’t pull off since the ice cream has to be stored so long.  I really enjoy the gooeyness of the cookies.  This ice cream was an excellent surprise and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an interesting, but tasty flavor.  As usual, I have a gripe with Safeway and the ice cream; the texture was terrible!  When will Safeway properly store their ice cream so it doesn’t melt and refreeze into an icy mess?!

  • Flavor: 5
  • Flavor Intensity: 4
  • Texture: 2 (not to be blamed on the ice cream itself)
  • Originality: 4
  • Overall: 5
  • Cost: $3.00 on special at Safeway

Ben and Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk

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Scoop 61: Ben and Jerry’s Marsha Marsha Marshamallow

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on July 26, 2006

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha.  Can’t you just hear that screechy voice playing over and over in your head?  Maybe that’s just me.  I’m really not sure what Marsha Brady has to do with marshmallows or s’mores.  Honestly, the folks at Ben and Jerry’s are getting a little desperate with this one.  Does she really deserve an ice cream flavor named after her?

Well, it’s not one I would want named after me.  It’s not all that impressive.  It reminds me a lot of the chocolate ice cream I had at Larry’s—a lot of flair, but not that much different than plain chocolate ice cream.  The chocolate ice cream is so rich it overpowers everything else.  The marshmallow only dulls the chocolate flavor a little and adds an interesting texture.  The graham cracker isn’t bad, it’s just scarce.  And the chocolate fudge chunks.  Seriously, what is wrong with those people at B&J’s???  They put fudge chunks in everything these days.  I’m really sick of the fudge chunks.  Put them in Cherry Garcia, but let’s leave it at that.  To sum it up, if you want some good chocolate ice cream, with a variety of textures (in a good way), then you’d like Marsha Marsha Marshamallow.  But if you’re looking for something that tastes like marshmallows or s’mores then you’re on your own.

  • Flavor: 4
  • Flavor Intensity: 4.5
  • Texture: 4
  • Originality: 4
  • Overall: 4
  • Cost: $2.50 on special at Safeway

Ben and Jerry's Marsha Marsha Marshamallow

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Scoop 59: Ben and Jerry’s Pistachio Pistachio

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on July 24, 2006

The first time I had Ben and Jerry’s Pistachio Pistachio was during public speaking class in high school. One of the girls in our class did a “demonstration speech” which involved mixing Jelly Bellys and Pistachio Pistachio. I haven’t had Jelly Bellys in my ice cream since then, but I still enjoy Pistachio Pistachio on an occasional basis. In fact, it is the standard I hold all other pistachio ice creams to. Pistachio Pistachio is pistachio flavored, without being overwhelming. It’s sweet without being intensely nutty. It’s creamy and there is always at least one whole nut in every bite. When it comes to pistachio ice cream, this is without a doubt my favorite.

  • Flavor: 5
  • Flavor Intensity: 4
  • Texture: 5
  • Originality: 3.5
  • Overall: 4.5
  • Cost: $2.50 on special at Safeway

Pistachio Pistachio

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Scoop 57: Ben and Jerry’s Fudge Central

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on July 22, 2006

The chocolate fudge in Ben and Jerry’s Fudge Central is just like hot fudge. Except it’s not hot. But it is this awesome “core” in the middle of the ice creams that is rich and gooey and fudgey. The chocolate ice cream with white fudge chunks and the the vanilla bean with chocolate fudge chunks surround the fudge core. I preferred the chocolate ice cream to the vanilla though. The vanilla ice cream was overpowered by all the chocolate. While the vanilla may not have been the best part, it was still good. And I couldn’t have been happier with all of the textures and flavors. Honestly, I could have just eaten the fudge core; though mixing it with the ice cream made it even better.

  • Flavor: 4.5
  • Flavor Intensity: 4
  • Texture: 4
  • Originality: 4
  • Overall: 4.5
  • Cost: $3.00 on special at Safeway

Fudge Central

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Scoop 34: Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie

June 29, 2006

According to the website, Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie is one of the most popular flavors. I understand why. This ice cream is awesome. It is extremely fudgy in flavor and brownie-like in texture. The texture is rich and dense, yet still creamy. (It’s very hard to describe; but trust me, it’s good.) I [...]

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Scoop 33: Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough

June 28, 2006

Today I picked up 3.5 ounces of Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough ice cream. That’s less than a half a cup. The package is extremely cute and it even comes with a mini spoon. I don’t know why there aren’t more brands and flavors available in single serving sizes because really this is the greatest [...]

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Scoop 26: Ben and Jerry’s Dave Mathews Band Magic Brownies

June 21, 2006

Need more proof that Ben and Jerry’s caters to the young adult population? Ben and Jerry’s Dave Mathews Band “Magic Brownies.” This ice cream flavor name employs a popular band, a good cause, and of course, the mood altering dessert to gain attention. The ice cream is good and the cause is even better. Who [...]

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Scoop 22: Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked Frozen Yogurt

June 17, 2006

Tonight I decided to try something different, frozen yogurt. To put it lightly: it was a terrible idea. I’ve had Ben and Jerry’s frozen yogurts in the past, at least a half dozen times. So, I expected to enjoy Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked frozen yogurt at least a little bit. But, I didn’t. First, [...]

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Scoop 18: Ben and Jerry’s Black and Tan

June 13, 2006

Can’t decide between a pint of Guinness and a pint cup of ice cream? Try a pint Ben and Jerry’s new Black and Tan. While the name is extremely offensive to the Irish, Black and Tan cream probably wouldn’t offend their tongues. (As a side note, Ben and Jerry’s did issue an apology and it’s [...]

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