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Ben & Jerry’s Honors Bob Marley With New Flavor (Photo)

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Holy smokes this looks amazing.

Ben & Jerry’s is known for constantly cranking out some truly epic new ice cream flavors (including dairy-free versions) for its fans to try, and this latest creation is no exception.

As a tribute to Bob Marley, and in partnership with the Marley family, the ice cream mavens have come up with “One Love” ice cream, which is a banana base ice cream with caramel and graham cracker swirls, as well as a generous helping of fudge peace signs.

It sounds delicious, but the taste isn’t even the best part.

As the Ben & Jerry’s website reports, a portion of the proceeds of this particular flavor will go to the One Love Youth Camp in Jamaica, which is a program run by the Bob Marley Foundation and Partners for Youth Empowerment for children.

“Bob Marley stood for more than just music — he advocated for social change and inspired millions to think about peace, love, and equality,” co-founder Jerry Greenfield said in a press release. “Ben & Jerry’s has long strived to champion love and social justice, and by partnering with the Marley family we’re happy to play a small role in supporting Marley’s vision for a sweeter world.”

What do you think of the newest concoction? 

Source: Ben & Jerry's / Photo Credit: Ben & Jerry's, Pexels

Tags: Ben & Jerry's, Bob Marley, ice cream, one love, one love youth camp
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Ben & Jerry’s Issues Recall On Mislabeled Ice Cream

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Whoopsie daisies!

If you are a fan of Ben & Jerry’s and recently bought a package of the Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pint Slices, you might want to think twice before indulging in them especially if you have food allergies. The company is voluntarily recalling a limited number of boxes of the treats due to potential presence of undeclared allergens on the outer product packaging.

Basically, Ben & Jerry’s makes four different Pint Slice flavors, all of which are ice cream bars covered in rich, chocolate coating.

Sounds delicious, right?

Well, they are! Unfortunately, however, some of the Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pint Slices were accidentally swapped out for Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup Pint Slices. Because there are some people who have allergies to peanuts, or at least severe sensitivities to them, the product is being recalled to make sure nobody mistakenly eats an ice cream slice and then runs the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

Ben & Jerry’s is hard at work with the FDA on the product’s recall.

What we know for now is that the pint slices were manufactured in the U.S. and distributed at retail stores nationwide, with the UPC code of 076840657940, best by date AUG1218LT2 and lot number AUG1218LT2.

Luckily, nobody has called in to report any illnesses — severe or mild — from mistakenly consuming the wrong product.

Ben & Jerry’s is just trying to have its customers backs, and is recalling the product “out of an abundance of caution,” the company said.

Be safe, everyone!

Source: Ben & Jerry's / Photo Credit: Pixabay

Tags: Ben & Jerry's, ice cream, ice cream slice, peanut allergies, recall
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Ben & Jerry’s Is Offering A Sweet Treat For 4/20 (Photos)

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It’s that time of year again, people!

No, I’m not just talking about springtime, although that is also here and very exciting if you’re anything like me and desperately in need of some sunshine and flowers.

I’m talking about 4/20.

If you celebrate the holiday, then you’re going to be extra pumped about this special Ben & Jerry’s limited time offer that’s coming to Scoop Shops on that day. But even if you have no idea what the significance is behind April 20, you still probably want to get your hands on one of these treats.

After all, who wants to pass up an opportunity to taste a new Ben & Jerry’s concoction?

The limited edition item is called a Chill-Aco, and the company describes it as a crunchy and crispy waffle cone shaped into a taco, which is then surrounded by a soft waffle cone wrap and stuffed with a nice and warm layer of gooey, sweet caramel in-between. Then, you just stuff that bad boy up with your favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors, and enjoy it anywhere.

“It’s a taco…it’s a burrito…it’s a waffle cone…it’s ice cream, cookie crumbles, caramel, and fudge drizzles — and it can be in your hands starting 4-20!” the chain promotes.

Ben & Jerry’s officially recommends these flavor combos:

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Chocolate Fudge Brownie:

The Coffee, Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz & Chocolate Therapy:

The Phish Food & Triple Caramel Chunk:

My personal favorite, the Sweet Cream & Cookies & Coffee, Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz:

And finally the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Tonight Dough:

Which combo are you dying to try for the holiday?

Source: Ben & Jerry's / Photo Credit: Ben & Jerry's, Ben & Jerry's Athens/Instagram

Tags: 4/20, Ben & Jerry's, Chill-aco, holiday treat, ice cream
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Ben And Jerry’s Free Cone Day Is Around The Corner!

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It comes every year: Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day! Ben & Jerry’s fans can get excited that this year’s free cone day is just around the corner.

Foodbeast reports that Free Cone Day will take place on April 4 between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. Get ready! April 4 is Ben & Jerry’s anniversary, so it’s only fitting that they’re choosing that day to return some of the love we like showing them. The tradition reportedly began in 1979 after Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield completed one whole year of serving up frozen goodness in Burlington, Vermont.

More than a million scoops are expected to be given away during this time, and you can choose a scoop of any available flavor at your local Scoop Shop. The best part is that this deal is available worldwide, so you can celebrate your love for the great Ben and Jerry even outside of the U.S. 

In a press release, B&J CEO Jostein Solheim said, “We believe in having fun, and in thanking our fans with free ice cream for our anniversary every year. Through the power of ice cream, we are able to form strong connections and create positive social change together. Free Cone Day is one way to show our fans how much we appreciate them.”

That is most definitely a great way to show us we’re appreciated. The only question now is, which flavor will you choose? Will it be the classic Cherry Garcia, or will you kick it up a notch with something new? Maybe you’d like to use this opportunity to try out a flavor that you’ve been eyeing, but unsure of trying? What about some of that brand new Urban Bourbon? Go wild, it’s free!

The best part of this news is that some of the Scoop Shops will be teaming up with non-profit organizations in their local areas to spread their messages and help gather donations. Just when you thought April 4 couldn’t get any sweeter!

Do yourself a favor and stop by your nearest Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop on April 4 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Snag a free cone and maybe even throw in a donation for a good cause. Happy anniversary, Ben & Jerry!

Sources: Foodbeast, Ben & Jerry's / Photo Credit: Ben & Jerry's/Instagram

Tags: Ben & Jerry's, free cone day, ice cream, Scoop Shops
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Check Out Ben And Jerry’s Latest Vegan Flavors!

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Ben & Jerry’s has come out with two new flavors, and they’re vegan-friendly! How are they vegan? Almond milk, of course.

Metro UK reports that, though Ben & Jerry’s hasn’t officially announced their new vegan flavors, they can be seen popping up in stores already. The two that have been spotted so far are Cherry Garcia and Coconut Seven Layer Bar. Both are nondairy, and, as I said before, made with almond milk.

The Cherry Garcia is a flavor most of us already know and love. It consists of cherry ice cream with cherries and fudge flakes. The Coconut Seven Layer Bar, however, is something new. It is made up of coconut ice cream with fudge chunks, walnuts and graham cracker and caramel swirls. Sounds delish!

Ben & Jerry’s launched four new vegan flavors already, two of which were nondairy versions of our flavor faves — Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Chunky Monkey. The other two are also new: P.B. & Cookies and Coffee Caramel Fudge.

Chunky Monkey’s flavor is vegan in that it’s made with almond milk and other certified vegan ingredients. Chocolate Fudge Brownie is made with almond milk and vegan brownies (I’m not sure what those were made with instead, but they’re certified vegan and probably tasty so it’s all right).

P.B. & Cookies features vanilla ice cream with chocolate cookies and a peanut butter swirl. Coffee Caramel Fudge consists of coffee-flavored ice cream with fudge chunks and caramel swirls. Vegans can finally rejoice in that they are getting some fun new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors. I can’t imagine how frustrating it’s probably been to keep from partaking all this time. However, these flavors can be helpful to more than just the vegan audience. Many of today’s adults are lactose intolerant, so they can now finally indulge in some sweet flavors they’ve probably also spent a lot of time drooling over. Everybody wins!

I wonder if these almond milk flavors taste as good as the regular kinds? There’s only one way to find out! Time to start taste-testing ice cream.

Source: Metro UK (2) / Photo Credit: Ben & Jerry's/Instagram

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Ben And Jerry’s Ice Cream Slices Look Amazing! (Video)

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Ben & Jerry’s has finally recognized that we fans love their ice cream flavors so much, it’s hard to choose just one at a time. As a result, they’ve helped us out by offering us “Pint Slices.”

Delish reports that the reason for the name Pint Slices is because it looks like they took a knife and just cut across the top of a pint, then wrapped it individually for us. In the video below, you’ll see that B&J decided to do this for four popular flavor favorites. You’ll be able to find Pint Slices in Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Americone Dream.

According to Popsugar, each of the Pint Slices flavors are coated in a layer of dark chocolate, with the Americone Dream flavor having bits of waffle cone pieces included in the shell also.

Ben & Jerry’s has been on top of its game already this year and it’s barely 2017! We’ve now got three new flavors, including the Urban Bourbon, which is made with burnt caramel ice cream with almonds, fudge flakes and bourbon caramel swirls. The other two flavors are Oat of this Swirled (reminiscent of grandma’s oatmeal cookies) and Truffle Kerfuffle, which features vanilla ice cream with roasted pecans, fudge flakes and a salted chocolate ganache swirl.

I can only imagine it gets better from here! New flavors, new frozen, chocolate-covered Pint Slices … what’s next? I can only imagine that if these four flavors do well, we’ll start seeing some of the other flavors (like Cherry Garcia!) come out in slices.

When asked why they chose to create slices instead of popsicle-type bars with sticks, Ben & Jerry’s said they wanted to get as much of the ice cream and flavor into one “Slice” as possible, and that a stick just takes up space. Good thinking!

Currently, you can find the new Slices in Ben & Jerry stores, but they’ll be available soon in grocery stores as well, selling in packs of three for $4.99. You may even be able to find the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor sold individually in some areas, for $2.99.

Sources: Delish, Popsugar / Photo Credit: Ben & Jerry's via Delish

Tags: Ben & Jerry's, ice cream, Pint Slices
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Ben And Jerry’s Boozy Ice Cream Is Finally Here!

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We’re not getting just one new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor, but three! Only one is boozy, though, and that’s the Urban Bourbon that we got so excited over when rumors leaked about it earlier this month.

Remember when Cooking Panda reported that there had been rumors and sightings of this new flavor? From strange Walmart pages that didn’t go anywhere to Candy Hunting putting a picture of the new flavor on Instagram, we were onto good old Ben and Jerry.

Thrillist is now reporting that three new flavors are expected to debut in February 2017, hopefully just in time for Valentine’s Day! Urban Bourbon includes, as we explained before, burnt caramel ice cream with almonds, fudge flakes and bourbon caramel swirls. Again, they mentioned before that it was safe for kids to consume, so I don’t think you’ll be getting a buzz from it.

The other two flavors include Oat of this Swirled (clever!) and Truffle Kerfuffle. The Oat of this Swirled has a base of brown sugar ice cream and features fudge flakes and oatmeal cinnamon cookie swirls. I think it’s safe to imagine it tastes like spoonfuls of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

Truffle Kerfuffle includes vanilla ice cream with roasted pecans, fudge flakes and a salted chocolate ganache swirl. That’s different, and it sounds absolutely amazing. According to USA Today, this isn’t the first time Ben & Jerry’s has released an alcohol-inspired ice cream flavor. The company once tried a flavor called Tennessee Mud, which consisted of coffee ice cream, amaretto, Jack Daniels whiskey and almonds. Sounds tasty. I wonder why it didn’t catch on?

Another boozy flavor they tried was the White Russian, which already has my name all over it (one of my faves!). It consisted of coffee-flavored ice cream and Kahlua coffee liqueur, and it actually lasted for 10 years! It first became available in 1986 and lived to see 1996. Maybe if this new Urban Bourbon flavor is a hit, it will last a while too, and B&J will be inspired to come up with more boozy inventions.

Sources: Thrillist, USA Today / Photo Credit: Ben & Jerry's/Instagram

Tags: Ben & Jerry's, ice cream, New Flavors, Urban Bourbon
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Is Ben And Jerry’s Latest Flavor Boozy Ice Cream?!

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Ben & Jerry’s is well known for its array of creative and sometimes unusual flavors. Just take the White Russian and Economic Crunch, for example. What?

However, Thrillist thinks it might be onto something with the discovery of a new flavor coming soon called Urban Bourbon. While Ben & Jerry’s hasn’t announced or confirmed anything yet, spectators are getting excited for this new flavor to hit the shelves soon. Most notably, Candy Hunting on Instagram is making the bold and confident announcement.

The flavor is expected to feature “Burnt caramel ice cream with almonds, fudge flakes & bourbon caramel swirls,” as it says on the package in the picture above. Where is anyone getting this information when B&J themselves haven’t announced it?

Thrillist says the flavor is safe for kids, which I’ll admit is kind of a bummer. I was really hoping for a boozy ice cream from these guys to get us adults through the harsh winter months. Maybe someday.

Thrillist also reports that there’s a landing page on Walmart’s website for Urban Bourbon that currently goes nowhere, and that B&J have been caught applying for trademarks for the name. This is all pretty fishy, if you think about it. Why would Walmart be gearing up to sell a flavor that doesn’t exist? Why would Ben & Jerry’s trademark the name of a nonexistent flavor? And finally, how does Candy Hunting know so much?

The fact that there’s a picture of the actual pint that’s supposed to be coming soon is a clear sign that the flavor is in the works. Whoever let the cat out of the bag is probably feeling antsy right about now. Then again, maybe Ben & Jerry wanted the secret to leak out, so that we’d all be waiting in high anticipation! That could be a great marketing technique, you know.

Whatever is going on, keep your eyes peeled for this delicious-sounding flavor. If you trust the intel of Candy Hunting, it will be available to us in just a few months!

Sources: Thrillist (2), Candy Hunting/Instagram / Photo Credit: Ben & Jerry's/Instagram

Tags: Ben & Jerry's, Boozy Ice Cream, Coming Soon, ice cream
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Warning! Your Favorite Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Flavors Could Go Extinct, And Soon

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We here at Cooking Panda don’t mess around, and that’s why we’re hitting you with the hard facts.

Even though we desperately wish it weren’t true, Ben & Jerry’s has announced that in all likelihood, several of its delicious ice cream flavors are now classified as “Endangered Pints” and may soon be retired to its infamous Flavor Graveyard.

No, folks: This isn’t just a clever marketing ploy designed to make you shell out more cash into a dying business. In fact, many of the endangered pints are actually fan favorites (Cherry Garcia, anyone? How about Peanut Butter Cup? And let’s not forget about Half Baked, Phish Food, or Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough).

No, the reality is much more dire than the world’s waning interest in ice cream — that’s never going to happen. The fact of the matter is, these pints are endangered due to a little something called climate change.

“Climate change is really taking its toll on Mother Earth,” reads the company’s update on its website. Average global temperatures have risen sharply in the past few decades. Warming oceans are melting away the polar ice caps at unprecedented rates. And natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense.”

“For many, those impacts may seem a world away from daily life, but the truth is that climate change is creeping closer and closer to home. And it’s headed straight for your freezer.”

The ice cream kings then proceed to provide an eerily long list of favorite ice cream flavors that could disappear if unpredictable weather patterns render farmland incapable of producing common ingredients like cocoa or peanuts.

The pints in danger are as follows:

Pints including cocoa

Boom Chocolatta!

Cherry Garcia

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch

Chocolate Therapy

Everything But The…

Half Baked

Karamel Sutra Core

Milk & Cookies

New York Super Fudge Chunk

Phish Food

S’mores

The Tonight Dough

Vanilla Caramel Fudge

Pints including nuts

Peanut Butter Fudge Core

Peanut Buttah Cookie Core

Banana Split

Chubby Hubby

Chunky Monkey

Peanut Butter Cup

Pistachio Pistachio

Banana Peanut Butter Greek Frozen Yogurt

Pints including coffee

Coffee Caramel Fudge Non-Dairy

Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch

Coffee, Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz!

If a world without these Ben & Jerry’s flavors seems bleak and unappealing (which, let’s face it, it should) then Ben & Jerry’s encourages you to sign the petition on its website to become a part of the climate action movement.

Source: Ben & Jerry's / Photo credit: Ben & Jerry's

Tags: Ben & Jerry's, cherry garcia, climate change, endangered pints, ice cream
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Ever Wonder Why There’s No Grape Ice Cream Flavor?

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So you’ve probably read all of the fake stories and speculation about why there isn’t a grape ice cream flavor. Actually, I never wondered, because grape reminds me of chewable cold medicine I took as a kid. If you Google search why there’s no grape ice cream, though, you’ll find plenty of stories about how it’s illegal or has to do with girls and dogs…All of that is a bit crazy.

In an interview with Thrillist, Ben and Jerry’s PR lead, Sean Greenwood, discussed this topic in more likely terms. First, he debunked (kind of) the story about how Ben had a crush on Jerry’s sister, and attempted the grape ice cream flavor to impress her, but her dog licked the ice cream and died on the spot. Bro Bible reports that the tale goes as far as to claim that the federal government then banned the making of any grape ice cream or sherbet whether naturally or artificially flavored, because of its harmfulness to dogs. Wow, I’m sure glad chocolate wasn’t banned for this reason…See how crazy that is?

Anyway, the real reason is much simpler. “Grapes are a difficult fruit,” Greenwood explains, “because of the water content.” Cherries have high water content as well, about the same as that of grapes, actually. But the effect of making grapes into ice cream creates chunks of ice throughout the frozen dessert, making a creamy consistency difficult to achieve.  Since no one is really demanding grape-flavored ice cream, Ben and Jerry don’t plan on trying that flavor any time soon.

According to Thrillist, there was one brand who did try a grape ice cream flavor, sort of. Air Heads, better known for chewy candy, tried creating a grape flavor, but it didn’t really take off. According to Instagram, though, someone is figuring it out.

The way I see it? Challenge accepted.

Sources: Thrillist, Bro Bible / Photo credit: Kim Burke/Instagram, Jon Locklear/Instagram

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Ben & Jerry’s Creates Beer

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We have some delightful news for Ben & Jerry’s fans and beer drinkers alike: The well-known ice cream company has teamed up with New Belgium brewery to create what we are hoping is the most decadent beer ever.

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale is expected to debut in the fall on bar taps and in bottles nationwide, notes Popsugar.

This is not the first beer-ice cream collaboration between Ben & Jerry’s and New Belgium. The companies have worked together in the past on a salted caramel brownie brown ale that came out in 2015 as well as a corresponding ice cream version of the beer, which were created to be consumed together.

As they have in the past, Ben and Jerry are using this opportunity for some good ol’ philanthropy and plan to donate $50,000 of the beer’s profits to Protect Our Winters (POW), a non-profit organization that works to spread awareness regarding issues of climate change.

“We are excited to be partnering once again with the good folks at Ben & Jerry’s and POW,” New Belgium Director of Sustainability, Jenn Vervier, said in a press release. “The beer in development tastes amazing and we look forward to talking about climate change and climate action. With the upcoming election and a new administration, year two is even more important than the first round.”

The ice cream company was equally jazzed about the collaboration and hinted that beer drinkers were in for a real treat.

“Working with New Belgium Brewing and Protect our Winters to be able to impact climate was a highlight of 2015, and so, we’re doing it again,” said Jay Curley, Senior Global Marketing Manager of Ben & Jerry’s. “This new beer is delicious and unique and the issue of climate change is still increasingly urgent.”

We are so looking forward to tasting this beer. Fall can’t come quickly enough.

Sources: Popsugar, Cool Material, New Belgium / Photo credit: Popsugar

Tags: beer float, Ben & Jerry's, cookie dough beer, ice cream beer, New Belgium
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