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.
Here are Ben & Jerry’s top 10 ice-cream flavors of 2018 …
10. Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch
The ice-cream brand recently swapped Heath Bars for fudge-covered toffee pieces to stick by its commitment to source non-GMO and fair-trade-certified ingredients. The Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch flavor contains coffee ice cream and the fudge-covered toffee pieces.
8. Strawberry Cheesecake
Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry cheesecake ice cream is for “strawberry cheesecake lovers who’ve always wanted to have their cheesecake and scoop it too,” according to the brand. The mixture contains strawberry cheesecake ice cream combined with strawberries and a graham cracker swirl.
7. Americone Dream
"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert inspired Americone Dream, which contains vanilla ice cream with fudge-covered waffle cone pieces and a caramel swirl. Profits from sales of the flavor support charitable causes through the Stephen Colbert Americone Dream Fund.
6. Phish Food
Who knew ice cream could help the environment? A portion of Phish Food profits go toward environmental efforts in Vermont’s Lake Champlain Watershed. The flavor, inspired by the jam band Phish, combines chocolate ice cream with marshmallow and caramel swirls and fish-shaped fudge pieces.
5. The Tonight Dough
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.
1. Half Baked
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.