As evidenced by my QIOTW post on the ice cream pint lock, I take my ice cream pretty seriously. No one knows ice cream better than Ben & Jerry, and you’d be hard pressed to find a greater variety of unique flavors than Ben & Jerry’s classic pints. I put together a list of my favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavors of past and present; I hope you appreciate how hungry I’m about to make myself.
Milk & Cookies
This is a classic, and it’s one I can pretty much always count on being in the freezer at any grocery store I visit. Rather than the usual cookies & cream, this mixture maintains a vanilla ice cream base and mixes chocolate sandwich cookie chunks with chocolate chip cookie chunks, giving Milk & Cookies a unique flavor and tons of texture. Ben & Jerry aren’t ones to skimp on the mix-ins, and this flavor is no exception.
This flavor was a Target exclusive that was available for several years but, sadly, was retired in favor of new Target exclusives. Voluntiramisu featured a smooth espresso-flavored ice cream base with a cocoa ribbon and generous chunks of ladyfingers. It had just the right amount of espresso flavor without being overpowering, and felt indulgent without being one of Ben & Jerry’s over-the-top mixtures of rich mix-ins.
Thanks to the seasonal pumpkin-flavored everything trend, this flavor is a bit easier to come by every fall. Pumpkin can be a tricky flavor to capture in ice cream, but Ben & Jerry totally nailed it, and the graham cracker ribbon puts it over the top. I dare you to try to take just one bite of this one.
I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to Ben & Jerry’s, so I’m not a huge fan of the new core flavors. However, Spectacular Speculoos is the one that managed to win me over. Rather than mixing the goodies in with the ice cream, this flavor has a Speculoos cookie “core” surrounded by caramel vanilla ice cream. It’s amazingly decadent and I don’t recommend picking up a pint of this flavor unless you’re prepared to eat it in one sitting.
Cake My Day
This flavor is a new limited batch for 2016, and I was itching to get my hands on it so much I swiped the last two pints from the freezer at Target last weekend. Cake batter ice cream mixed with vanilla cake pieces and buttercream & raspberry swirl…it’s the perfect mix of rich but refreshing. Ben & Jerry haven’t done too much exploring in the realm of cake batter and cake pieces, but this flavor makes me wish for a cake-based flavor in their regular offerings!
Obviously best ice cream flavors can be a hotly-debated topic since everyone’s tastes are different, so I’m curious: what are your favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavors? Let us know in the comments!