Saturday, August 18, 2012

REVIEW: Ben & Jerry's Phish Food

With a magnitude of musician-motivated flavors, Ben & Jerry's adds to their free-spirited reputation with Phish Food, inspired by the genial jam-band, Phish. Alongside Cherry GarciaWillie Nelson's Country Peach Cobbler, Imagine Whirled Peace and Bonnaroo Buzz, along with limited edition offerings of Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road, Magic Brownies and Bohemian Raspberry, Phish Food rounds out a musical lineup that could keep crowds cheering for centuries.

This whimsical, underwater seascape sits around, "Chocolate Ice Cream with Gooey Marshmallow Swirls, Caramel Swirls & Fudge Fish." This is one of those flavors, as many others in the Ben & Jerry's lineup, that can't be bad. With classic combinations like chocolate, marshmallow, caramel and more chocolate, this is guaranteed to taste great. Removal of the top revealed a mouthwatering melody of chocolate ice cream with slight suspicion of the marshmallow, fudge and caramel lurking below.

I've always swallowed Ben & Jerry's chocolate base hook, line and sinker, so I wasn't surprised with my fondness with Phish Food after the first bite. The chocolate ice cream remains commendable across Ben & Jerry's entire lineup and this is no exception. It's smooth, decadent and just rich enough to come up short of overpowering. But it's not long before other parts of the orchestra begin operating their instruments.

After just a few scoops off the top layer, I find myself neck-deep in delicious debris. The marshmallow swirl swims spastically around this ice cream aquarium. It shares the same sticky consistency as the interior of a fire-roasted mallow. Stringy and sticking to my face, I seek out the marshmallow swirl, trying to incorporate a bit into each bite, which isn't hard considering the amount of this stuff. The caramel rip-curl wasn't quite as prevalent, but came into play just about the time it had slipped my mind. Then came the feeding frenzy of hunger-eating, fudge fish.

Reminiscent of other fudge flaked flavors, the fact that these were fish-shaped slightly sets this apart. Sure, they're just chocolate, but this school of cocoa chunks in this container are an improvement over the standard rectangular bars. It doesn't effect the taste, but little touches like this are part of the reason we love the bizarre benevolence of Ben & Jerry's. The chocolate and marshmallow combination is a mouthwatering tagteam. Add in hints of caramel and chocolate candy and you've got a pint-sized predator. This classic cast of characters causes tastebuds across the country to clap at the conclusion of this ice cream. Ben & Jerry's attempted to increase the creativity with the band-inspired name and fish-shaped fudge, but I wish they would have been a bit more creative with the ingredients inside.

Where I Found It: Ingles Markets
Grade: B


  1. I think B&J chocolate base is pretty bland. The exception was flourless chocolate cake which seemed to be richer.

    Despite that, I still like Phish Food, I think it has the best marshmallow swirl around.

  2. I love your review. First, because Phish Food is my favorite flavor from B & J's. But, mostly because of your playful choice of descriptive adjectives. Who cares if the chocolate is the right flavor for the base or not, it's the combo that sets it apart: the marshmallow with the chocolate. To me, it's simply the best, and all 'round fun ice cream. BTW-I ate the fudge chunks so quickly I never noticed they were 'fish' shaped. I guess I'll have to go purchase a pint to prove it to myself. Thanks and two thumbs up on your review.

    1. Thanks for the compliments and for sharing! Phish Food will always be one of Ben & Jerry's best.

  3. A B?! With all due respect, you must be out of your goddamn mind. This is the best thing to grace the human tongue since the discovery of taste buds, straight up.

  4. Bought this flavor recently and I absolutely love it! This is the second time I've had an actual chocolate flavored ice cream that was NOT bitter. The fudge pieces taste wonderful and actually a touch softer than in the Chunky Monkey which is another fave of mine. But overall, I found it really enjoyable. Like a frozen hot chocolate as I would totally have all of the flavors in this in a hot chocolate. And actually I'm pretty surprised that I liked it so well because I usually like more traditional flavors of ice cream and not ones with all the bells and whistles of extra bits and the like. But B&J has slowly been sneaking up on me.

  5. Looks so delicious. I'm going to buy this next time.

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