BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Vegans rejoice: Ben & Jerry’s has created vegan varieties from two of its most popular flavors, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Chocolate Caramel Cluster. These additions expand Ben & Jerry’s line of nondairy offerings to 11 and comprise a quarter of the company’s full-time flavors.
Pints of the new vegan flavors are available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of about $5. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor will also be available at participating Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops. The company said there’s a chance it will introduce another nondairy offering this spring.
"Ever since we introduced non-dairy in 2016, our fans have been clamoring for more," said Sarah Fidler, flavor guru for Ben & Jerry’s. "The biggest challenge this time was creating a chocolate chip cookie dough flavor that stood up to the original. I think we nailed it.”
Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor features vanilla ice cream mixed with chocolate chip cookie dough and fudge flakes. Its Chocolate Caramel Cluster flavor—which was originally made for nondairy consumers, according to the company—combines chocolate ice cream with peanuts, fudge chunks and salted caramel swirls.
Burlington, Vt.-based Ben & Jerry’s, a subsidiary of Rotterdam, Netherlands-based consumer goods company Unilever, makes ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet. Its top flavors include Half Baked, Cherry Garcia, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Chocolate Chip Brownie. The company supports a variety of social issues, such as racial justice, democracy, GMO labeling, LGBTQ equality and fair trade.
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Half Baked has retained the title of Ben & Jerry’s top ice-cream flavor, according to the company’s annual rankings based on total sales. Every July, Ben & Jerry’s releases a list of its top ice-cream flavors in honor of National Ice Cream Month, and Half Baked has come out on top for the fifth consecutive year.
Half Baked is one of many cookie-dough-based options in Ben & Jerry’s repertoire. Others include Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and The Tonight Dough, which placed third and fifth on the list, respectively. New York Super Fudge Chunk is the only flavor besides Half Baked and its two cookie-dough counterparts that aren’t first timers on the list.
"Our co-founders were the dough-riginators," said Eric Fredette, flavor guru for Ben & Jerry's. "Way back in 1984, Ben & Jerry's took a fan suggestion and were the first to drop big chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough into a batch of creamy vanilla. The rest is ice-cream history."
Ben & Jerry’s has also released an inaugural list of its top five selling flavors of Pint Slices, 3-ounce single-serve versions that debuted last year. The top sellers were American Dream, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, The Tonight Dough, Cherry Garcia and Chocolate Fudge Brownie.
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This concoction rivals Americone Dream because its inspiration came from "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon. The Tonight Dough contains caramel and chocolate ice cream with chocolate cookie swirls, chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter cookie dough. The flavor is dedicated to SeriousFun Children’s Network, a community of camps for children with serious illnesses.
Ben & Jerry’s top product merges chocolate and vanilla ice cream with chocolate-chip cookie dough and fudge brownies. The fudge brownies are baked, while the cookie dough is unbaked—hence the name. Half Baked also comes in frozen yogurt and peanut butter versions, the latter replacing vanilla ice cream and chocolate-chip cookie dough with peanut butter ice cream and peanut butter cookie dough, respectively.