By now, you’ve probably heard the news… world renown, commercial brand, Ben & Jerry’s released 4 vegan flavors of ice cream.  Lactose-intolerant and vegans everywhere rejoiced at the news and desperately searched their local grocery stores for their fix. (I found them at Publix!)
While the release of vegan flavors from this ice cream brand giant is an amazing thing in the vegan community, it doesn’t mean all of the flavors are worth a lick.
Plenty of dedicated vegan brands, like So Delicious and Luna & Larry’s, make top-notch ice cream that give the better-known Ben & Jerry’s a lesson in nondairy.
My top picks: Luna & Larry’s Salted Caramel & Chocolate, made with coconut milk and So Delicious’ Salted Caramel Cluster, made with cashew milk — okay, so I’m a bit of a salted caramel fan!
Here is my breakdown of the flavor profile of B&J’s nondairy line.
Chunky Monkey
I’m not all that familiar with the dairy version of Chunky Monkey, but the nondairy version fairs well.  It’s not something I would normally pick out — I prefer actual bananas to banana flavored ice cream, but the walnuts and fudge pieces do a decent job of breaking it up.
Coffee Caramel Fudge
An original almond milk flavor, this one, which I was most excited to try was the most disappointing!  There was no richness to the flavor or texture; in fact, there was a cardboard after taste that overpowered anything else.
Chocolate Fudge Brownie
I’m not much of a chocolate-on-chocolate person, and the quality of chocolate used in this vegan version was just okay.  It was a decent frozen treat, but I’ve had way better.
PB & Cookies
This was the winner by a long shot!  Peanut Butter swirls mixed with Oreo-style sandwich cookies in vanilla ice cream… yum!  Finally a flavor that didn’t feel like it was lacking due to it being nondairy.  This is also the only flavor they currently serve by the scoop in Ben & Jerry’s stores.  I hope B&J learn what they did right with this flavor and revamp the rest.
Have you tried the new Ben & Jerry’s nondairy line?  What did you think?  Or share with us your favorite vegan ice cream!

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Sandy Lo’s personal story is inspiring. She started, StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Recently, she has been seeing some tremendous momentum in book sales on Kindle. She has been included on the “50 Writers You Should Be Reading” list by The Authors Show, and “Dream Catchers”, “Breaking The Moon” and “Indigo Waters” reached the Top 100 Best Selling Coming of Age novels in Amazon’s Kindle Store. What makes this even more unique, is that Sandy relocated from NY to Nashville in order to write “The Watch Dog,” which is set in a fictional town outside of Music City. “The Watch Dog” reached the Top 10 Ghost Stories on Amazon. Aside from her writing projects, Sandy is also a freelance digital strategist.

2 thoughts on “Ben & Jerry's Vegan Flavors Reviewed!

  1. Hey Sandy – Kudos on the review and for being a salted caramel fan! I am a huge supporter of Luna and Larry’s and So Delicious. Another fave I would like to add to the list is the So Delicious Peanut Butter Zigzag made with Soy milk. Yummy! ?

    1. Hi Suzie! Thank you for the suggestion – ZigZag used to be my go-to, but I find that the soy based ice creams don’t do it for me like the coconut + cashew milk based varieties anymore. Keep me updated on any other good ice cream finds!!

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