Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Almond Milk Chocolate Fudge Brownie: Chocolate Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert with Fudge Brownies
I have been in the south all my life. All I have known is Blue Bell or Blue Bunny. I have experimented West-Coast-Cali Ice cream with Halo Top but I have never ever, not even once, considered buying the East Coast’s Ben & Jerry’s. Mainly…because it was a whole $2.50 more expensive then our southern counterparts. Until now, when the Non-Dairy Ben & Jerry’s was marked down on clearance for half price. $2 for a pint of vegan Ben & Jerry’s? I’m interested.
Looking on their site, I have to give props to it’s structure and even the amazing flavors that they create! In my definition, Ben & Jerry’s is doing what most Ice Cream companies are not–they are taking all the toppings that a person wanted at Marble Slab—but doesn’t because it would be too expensive–and make a ice cream pint. Most of their flavors, I would personally categorize as “Kitchen Sink” flavors–no rules, no “does this combine well?”, just straight up–HEY LET’S PUT IT ALL IN! All with doing it within a responsibly sourced, economical, no-high-fructose-corn-syrup way. I almost parallel it with the Peace Tea company versus the southern Arizona Tea–still using HFCS. (To be honest I blame the south in their hard-core unhealthy ethics). Now that is my kind of ice cream. I have always been a hippie at heart.
I was such a newb to this and was not sure what to expect upon opening. I appreciate that there is a packaging wrap upon the top to where a person knows it has not been tampered with–something I believe Blue Bell needs to take notes on. Once the top was off the color density of the ice cream shocked me. I was in wow-ment. It definitely looked rich. Oh, how rich it was indeed.
If it looked rich, it tasted like a billionaire.
First bite was a bit hard due to the Almond Milk freeze, yet after a few minutes of thawing, the scooping became easier. This wasn’t even what I would call chocolate ice cream—brownie lovers rejoice because this was the purest form of brownie batter I have ever tasted. Each scoop had such an intense chocolate flavor coupled with a texture that was in between fluffy and doughy, cultivating an end result stimulation of authentic chilled batter of a brownie. I cannot even.
Although the actual brownie pieces were few and far between, it didn’t matter! The whole pint was the brownie itself, with no trace of almond milk flavor at that. I’ve never tried the dairy version, thus I could not compare, but something tells me the almond milk and vegan ingredients made all the difference as far as the texture.
Needless to say, after finishing off the pint, I concluded for the first time ever I had a “Go-To” flavor. I have never, ever in the history of ever said something like that or even had a want to have the same thing twice. Ben & Jerry’s has convinced me otherwise. Bravo, B(&)J, Bravo.