This blog post is from vegansofLDN founder, Serena Lee.
On Wednesday night, I had the pleasure of hosting Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy launch event at their Soho Scoop Shop, and want to share with you my thoughts on the three new flavours! We were talked through the whole range by Ben & Jerry's Flavour Guru Andrea Ball, and had canapés by social enterprise Change Kitchen as well as ice cream cookie sandwiches by east London's Luminary Bakery. This was an exclusive 'first scoop' and the range will roll out nationwide later this month.
Ben & Jerry's have been making ice cream since 1978, and this is the first time they've brought out non-dairy ice creams in the UK. The US got them last year, and I've been waiting for them to cross the pond ever since!
The three flavours are:-
- Chunky Monkey: Banana ice cream with chocolate chunks & walnuts
- Chocolate Fudge Brownie: Chocolate ice cream with squishy fudge brownie pieces from Greyston Bakery in New York
- Peanut Butter & Cookies: Exclusive to the non-dairy range, this flavour has a vanilla ice cream base with chocolate sandwich cookies (extremely similar to Oreos in taste, but without palm oil) and crunchy peanut butter swirls
Ben & Jerry's non-dairy ice creams will be filling up freezers in stores nationwide towards the end of September. Find stockist info through the Non-Dairy page here; there’ll be a handy store locator up on the website soon too.
The RRP for the 500ml tubs will be £5.99 (correct as of 08/09/17).
I absolutely loved trying all three flavours - it's been at least four years since I've eaten Ben & Jerry's and I'd happily eat these every day forever if health didn't exist. The ice cream base is so thick, creamy and indulgent - exactly what you'd expect from Ben & Jerry's, and I couldn't taste the almond paste or the coconut oil; it just tasted ice-cream-y.
I'm not a fan of cold chocolate (there are two types of chocolate people: refrigerated chocolate people and room temperature/melted chocolate people), so my least favourite - although still really tasty - is the Chunky Monkey.
It makes me so happy that the Peanut Butter & Cookies flavour is exclusive to the non-dairy range, as it might tempt non-vegans to give the rest of the range a try. The peanut butter swirls are perfect.
My favourite, though, has to be the Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Usually, on my list of favourite ice cream flavours, chocolate is nearer the bottom - but there's something about the gooeyness of the brownie pieces in this pot that really does it for me.
Once you've tried the range, let me know your thoughts! How do you think it compares with the dairy tubs and which is your favourite flavour?
Thanks for reading!
P.S. Some Snapchat footage from the Non-Dairy launch event below :)