Revered by ice cream lovers around the globe, Ben & Jerry’s ice creams have carved a spot for themselves in the ice cream hall of fame. However, with 42 years of ice cream making under its belt, it would have been impossible for the American giant to create all its flavors equally, so better get scoops at the ready for a list that will certainly come in handy when perusing the ice cream aisle. Here are the Top 10 Ben And Jerry’s Ice Cream Flavors Ranked Worst To Best
10. Milk & Cookies: The Newcomer
Vanilla Ice Cream with a Chocolate Cookie Swirl, Chocolate Chip & Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies. The appeal of this particular pint revolves around the Vermont, USA, ice cream brand being able to capture the experience of eating a crisp homemade chocolate chip cookie dipped in a big glass of fresh milk. As of 2019, the Milk & Cookies finally made its debut in Ben & Jerry’s top 10 flavors of the year, cementing the brand’s indisputable mastery when it comes to layering chocolate chip cookies in ice cream. Despite being one of the brand’s most classic recipes, before 2019, this flavor never managed to crack Ben & Jerry’s top 10 sales. With its universally nostalgic flavor, this ice cream can positively transport anyone back to their ABCs learning days, however, despite the what-you-see-is-what-you-get aspect of the recipe, the flavor of this pint is quite strong. One reviewer even described it as the most intense chocolate chip cookies flavored pint of the Ben & Jerry’s bunch. This also explains why Milk & Cookies did not make it further down our list.
9. Mint Chocolate: The Controversial
Peppermint Ice Cream with Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. This next flavor is often said to be polarizing. The ice cream equivalent of a pineapple pizza has often been dividing ice cream lovers. Either loved or hated, Ben and Jerry’s Mint Chocolate can hopefully help even the most hesitant ice cream junky get a scoop or two…or three. The distinctive taste of cooling peppermint laced with the sweetness of chocolate sandwich cookies is as sweet for some as it can be disarming, although everyone would agree: It has been a crowd favorite for several generations now. This odd combination of flavors first originated from England. Chocolate and mint being used as an ice cream flavor is attributed to Marilyn Ricketts in 1973, when she entered a culinary competition where the contestants had to provide an ice cream dessert that would be served at the British royal wedding of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips. Ben & Jerry’s original take on the recipe, adding chocolate chip sandwich cookies instead of plain chocolate brittles, is bold and tasty enough to at least pique the curiosity of the nay-sayers. Plus, the word is that it would have made Marilyn proud.
8. AmeriCone Dream: The Charitable
Vanilla Ice Cream with Fudge-Covered Waffle Cone Pieces & a Caramel Swirl. The extra creaminess of the vanilla ice cream that constitutes the base for the AmeriCone Dream coupled with a slew of fudgy chocolate infused waffle cone and a drizzle of caramel is, as one could expect, an explosion of flavors on the taste buds. Taking after the concept of the American Dream, there seems to be a sense of attempting to achieve some set of ideals when it comes to ice cream extravaganza. Despite its calorie count, it feels good to indulge in the AmeriCone Dream pint. Created by the host of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert, that particular flavor of ice cream was meant to support various charities via a dedicated fund: The Stephen Colbert AmeriCone Dream Fund. Raising well over $2 million USD since the ice cream’s inception in 2007, Ben & Jerry’s customers seem to have taken upon themselves to help with the charity effort, or maybe a pint of AmeriCone Dream is just that good. Either way, some charities supported by the Fund include causes like food and medical assistance for marginalized children, supporting veterans as well as their families, and environmental causes. The rich taste of this ice cream is definitely a steal but mostly it is the intent behind this specific flavor that explains why it ranks so honorably on our list.
7. Strawberry Cheesecake: The Challenger
Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream with Strawberries & a Thick Graham Cracker Swirl. So far, we have established that the cookie lovers had it good. It seems that Ben & Jerry’s have made cookies and more especially chocolate chip cookies their bread and butter, but what about the other type of cake aficionados? Well, even if, let’s say, the pound cakes enthusiasts are somewhat put in the corner (and everybody knows that no one puts baby in the corner), let it be known that the cheesecake fans have it as good as the cookies team. With the flavor of an authentic cheesecake on its bed of real graham crackers, the ice cream brand could have called it a day. However, it is the bits of real and extra sweet strawberries that truly makes it a great ice cream. It is so good in fact that years after years the Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream makes it further up on Ben & Jerry’s Top 10 flavors of the year. The well-deserved break from more traditional flavors, such as chocolate, puts this fruity moment in a whole different lane. Nothing is left to chance; the crunchiness, and the extra strawberry swirl will make ice cream lovers downright giddy. It seems that a new challenger has come to town and this lucky 7 is determined to be giving number 6 a run for its money.
6. The Tonight Dough: The Decadent
Caramel & Chocolate Ice Creams with Chocolate Cookie Swirls & Gobs of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Peanut Butter Cookie Dough. Slowly but surely becoming a favorite among Ben & Jerry’s customers, this pint is a real treat. Not only does the pint deliver on Ben & Jerry’s usual (but oh so understandable) brittles of chocolate chip cookies bias but it doubles the fun with peanut butter cookie dough as well. The caramel and chocolate ice creams also provide the perfect base for the salty-sweet combo brought out by the peanut butter, that so many ice cream lovers crave for. Following in the footsteps of the AmeriCone Dream, the Tonight Dough was obviously made with The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’s infamous host in mind, going as far as making a spin on the show’s name. Fans of Jimmy Fallon and of icy delicacies will be happy to hear that The Tonight Dough is also dedicated to an important cause: The SeriousFun Children’s Network. Whenever they are buying a pint of this ice cream, customers are actively donating to a nonprofit organization that vowed to host 30 camps and programs for children plagued by serious illnesses as well as to their families around the world. Such a taste layered with those good intentions could certainly melt even the coldest of hearts!
5. Phish Food: The Addicting
Chocolate Ice Cream with Gooey Marshmallow Swirls, Caramel Swirls & Fudge Fish. This entry could legitimately stop after those words because hearing them is sinful enough, and for these reasons alone, Phish Food had to end up this high in our ranking. The clear nod to the brand owner’s Vermont, USA, roots is also a nice addition. The story goes as follows: The founders, Ben and Jerry, were neighbors to a local band named Phish ever since the band’s early years. Ben and Jerry approached the band and asked them if they agreed to them creating a Phish ice cream. The band was understandably delighted (after all this flavor was introduced in 1997 when the Ben & Jerry’s brand was already an American ice cream household name, plus it is impossibly flattering) and the pint was introduced as part of a special Phish benefit performance. Those who love rich flavor combinations have been praising this ice cream ever since, but despite all this deliciousness, Ben & Jerry’s would like to remind ice cream lovers to not “feed it to [their] actual fish, okay?”.
4. Chocolate Fudge Brownie: The Experimental
Chocolate Ice Cream with Fudge Brownies. Chocolate lovers all around the world have been eagerly waiting for this one. The Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream is a tasty chocolate avalanche in a pint and nobody (in their right mind) would complain about it, although, all of this chocolate has a decadent feel to it as the ingredient is also said to be an aphrodisiac. With being awarded as high as 4.7 stars on Influenster, it seems impossible to think that such creamy craftsmanship was first created almost by accident. The fudge brownie was revealed to be added as an experiment at first. While seeking out new flavors, Ben and Jerry witnessed some broken pieces in their brownies delivery and thought as they were tasting them that if they were already amazing on their own they ought to taste delicious in chocolate ice cream as well. It would have been difficult to prove them wrong with this kind of logic after all. Once they assessed that brownie pieces plus chocolate ice cream were a heavenly mix, they asked Bernie Glassman, the founder of Greyston Bakery—a Yonkers, New York, USA-based company whose mission is to end poverty while giving back to their community—to provide the brownies that would turn out to be everybody’s favorite fudgy nibs, setting the now-famous recipe apart from their competition. The boldness of this flavor made it just one place off the podium but ultimately, there are 3 more flavors ahead of it that turned out to be superior to this already hard-to-top ice cream masterpiece.
3. Cherry Garcia: The Well-Loved
Cherry Ice Cream with Cherries & Fudge Flakes. If the punny name did not give it away, Cherry Garcia was named after guitar legend Jerry Garcia. A serious contender for the number one spot on Ben and Jerry’s Top 10 flavors of the year, the cherry ice cream has honed a flavor combination that is still unmatched amidst the Ben & Jerry’s brand, as well as amongst other ice creams that are cherry flavored, and that is what makes it so good. While the cherry could have easily been overpowering on the tongue, while developing the flavor, they made sure that the actual bits of cherries had a sweet rather than acidic tang while still remaining more subdued in contrast to the other flavors. The pieces of dark chocolate coming from the fudge flakes ensure a memorable experience when tasting this otherworldly mix. There is a special dedication in the craft of that specific flavor that goes way back to the early years of the brand. One reviewer even confessed to consistently buying this ice cream since 1987 and swears to keep buying it as long as Ben & Jerry’s are willing to sell it!
2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: The Classic
Vanilla Ice Cream with Gobs of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Consistency is the keyword here. Bits of chocolate chip cookie dough are sprinkled everywhere in Ben & Jerry’s flavors’ catalog for a reason. It is because the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream walked so all these other flavors could run. The American ice cream brand has been churning it since 1984. Despite some minor tweaks done to the recipe, the taste holds just the same. Considered a classic flavor nowadays, the perfect fusion of vanilla ice cream and spoon-licking bits of chocolate chip cookie dough has won over ice cream lovers ever since its creation. It is a flavor so well-beloved by the public that it seems outrageous not to find a picture of the pint right under the definition of the term “crowd favorite” in the dictionary, so it is pretty harmless to claim that this flavor is here to stay. Pioneers in perfecting the art of edible chocolate chip cookie dough and its swift incorporation to ice cream, Ben & Jerry’s shared with the world one of their greatest contributions to modern-day ice cream. The inspiration for the flavor is said to have come from a fan that walked into the original Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop and suggested the flavor in 1984, but the ice cream was not launched before 1991. All of these reasons earn the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough to sit high and mighty as number 2 on this list.
1. Half Baked: The Reigning Champion
Chocolate & Vanilla Ice Creams mixed with Gobs of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Fudge Brownies. After 9 solid ice cream contenders, the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream king has finally arrived; make way! From the development process to the name that is perfectly on the nose, this pint is art in ice cream form and the numbers are there to back it up. The flavor is miles ahead of the others and has been sitting on the ice cream throne (or the very top of Ben & Jerry’s Top 10 flavors of the year) for several years now. It is with a one-two punch sequence that Half Baked was able to challenge every other pint. Created from swirling two popular flavors that appeared earlier on our list (Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough), the mix of chocolate and vanilla ice cream elevated by chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough and fudge brownies is sure to take ice cream aficionados to new ice cream heights. The name Half Baked comes from the fact that the fudge brownies are baked, while the chocolate chip cookie dough is not, thus creating a divine contrast of textures, all supported by creamy chocolate and vanilla ice creams. One scoop of this delicacy will surely make abundantly clear to anybody why this pint is reigning over the ice cream kingdom- or rather the aisle!