Monday, April 22, 2013

REVIEW: Ben & Jerry's Pistachio Pistachio


While in Vermont a few weeks ago at the Ben & Jerry’s Factory, we were shown a quality control demonstration of how pints were chosen at random and chopped into quadrants for further examination. One of the flavors we took a closer look at was their Pistachio Pistachio pint; a pistachio ice cream with lightly roasted pistachios mixed in. With Ben & Jerry’s Pistachio Pistachio on the left and Haagen-Dazs Pistachio on the right, the differences are glaring. Not only does the version from Vermont’s Finest include larger, whole roasted pistachios, but they also give you two more ounces per carton than Haagen-Dazs.


My initial introduction to pistachios had come in the form of Sicilian Pistachio gelato from Talenti and even though it hadn’t impressed me; the side-by-side comparison in Burlington had persuaded me to purchase the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream version. The fact that my fellow bloggers and I were able to share this pint after we examined the finer details didn’t hurt either. Since I already knew that my second experience with pistachios would prove better than my first, I wasted no time in ripping the lid right off. The 270 calories per serving in Pistachio Pistachio is right in line with most flavors from Ben & Jerry’s and more than reasonable considering there are nuts involved.


This super-premium ice cream doesn’t show any signs of the natural, light green coloring you’d expect; taking on the same shade as a your standard vanilla. Before I even broke the surface, I could already see three sizable pieces of pistachio poking through the top. My first impression of the base comes from its richer than normal flavoring that remains mellow from start to finish. Although this isn’t as complex as some others, that allows the consistency of this fat-filled flavor to be fully appreciated. It isn’t long before I begin running into all the lightly roasted pistachios that have been generously littered about.


Without the assistance of an accompanying swirl, these shelled, un-skinned (hence both the green and brown exteriors) nuts have been included in high quantities. Ben & Jerry’s pack as many pistachios as physically possible while still retaining a somewhat-reasonable ratio of ice cream to mix-ins. Some of the larger concentrations even resulted in up to 6 pistachios in a single bite. These have been lightly roasted in order to release some additional flavors, but still retain their natural, raw feel. The slightly crunchy pistachios ensure that each bite finishes with a taste of the actual inspiration behind this flavor. I’ll end this review with a quote that once graced this pint’s exterior, “Ahhhh, pistachio.... It's one great nut. That's why we filled this pint with a deliciously intense sea of pistachio ice cream loaded with sweet nuts you won't have to crack to savor."


Where I Found It: Ingles Markets
Grade: B

15 comments:

  1. sucks. not only is the ice cream not green, it has little flavor. worse than " melo"
    it does have a good amount of pistachios. but so what? people want the ice cream to have flavor too. or we'd just eat a bag of piscachios

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    2. I think your eye cones and taste buds have gotten reversed or something marc C! This pistachio fairly explodes with flavor. It is my favorite ice cream on earth. In fact, it's the only one that can get me really going.
      You must be a choc-o-holic or something. How boring.

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  2. I thought the ice cream was pretty satisfying, not great- but satisfying. Maybe because I'm used of having pistachio ice cream on a banana spilt rather just on a bowl.

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  3. I like this ice cream. This is the only ice cream I like. I am glad it is not green. I don't like artificial colours or flavours.

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    1. Hmmm. Sorry but you don't know what you're talking about. Just because ice cream is green, that doesn't mean artificial colors were used you fool. For one, many pistachio ice creams are flavored with pistachio paste, which is nothing more than roasted pistachios that are pulverized and then cooked down further to bring out more flavor and color. Many times, almonds are added in with the pistachio to enhance the nutty flavor of the paste. When the ice cream is made, the pistachio paste is a very rich and dark green, and easily tints the ice cream light green, in the same way mint does. Some cheaper brands may use a TINY amount of coloring. Ben & Jerry's is not green because the pistachios are LIGHTLY roasted. That means much, much less green color is extracted from the pistachios in the process. People like you are the most ignorant of all. You whine and complain about coloring and flavoring, but then consume something far worse, like low-cal "sweeteners", or pay 3x the price for "organic" foods, which are from the same exact fields as regular crops in many cases, but you idiots are clueless. Ben & Jerry's is overpriced, over-fatty, overrated nonsense to begin with, and they are also dishonest about ingredients used. Ben & Jerry's contains 4X-8X more butterfat content than normal ice creams. Those are the worst types of fat and cause heart disease. The founders of the company have suffered multiple heart attacks.

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    2. Wrong wrong and wrong. The stupidity of your comments over such a long paragraph are just amazing. First of all this is America, many ice creams are NOT flavored with pistachio paste, they are all virtually colored with artificial colors and flavors. Now some brands do not. Ben and Jerrys uses no artificial colors or flavors and neither does Haagen Dazs. B and J is now certified non GMO as well.nOrganic absolutely 'means something' and there are pretty stringent standards for products to be certified USDA Organic and have the green seal. And then the part that made me burst out laughing was the retrograde theory about saturated fats causing heart disease HAHAHAHA I hate to break it to you but that theory has been utterly 100% dismantled over the past decades. Milk fat does NOTHING but provide a natural fat. It never caused heart disease and never will.

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  4. This is the only ice cream that really gets me going. I LOVE it! And it puts all other brands of pistachio ice cream to shame! Ben and Jerry, PLEASE don't ever retire this flavor! (and yeah, who cares if it's not dyed green!!??It explodes with pistachio flavor!)
    Layer it in angel food cake and refreeze it. When it comes out cover it with pureed fresh strawberries and chunked whole strawberries for the best birthday cake on earth. A few blueberries and raspberries are good on there too!
    Thank goodness there's something this good for those of us who AREN'T just boring choc-o-holics.

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  5. Baskin-Robins offers a green colored, flavored "ice cream with almonds" and dares to call it Pistachio. Cold Stone charges an arm and a leg and only gives you a green colored, flavored ice cream with absolutely no nuts of any kind (unless you want to pay extra, of course!). I love pistachio nuts and would love to have a good source for Ben & Jerry's Pistachio Pistachio. Way to go guys! Keep up the good stuff.

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  6. Ben and Jerry --this ice cream gives me LIFE !!!!!! HAVE mercy !!! Did someone say "green" ? Honey Bye ..... artifical coloring --- LAWD !!! This ice cream is DA BOMB! Hands down ...Im addicted -- I need ICA --Ice Crea Anonymous !!! Carry on ......!

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  7. This was the second B and J flavor that I ever tried. I love Pistachios and really wanted to give this unique ice cream a try as I was still unsure of all the other mixed-in varieties of some of the other flavors. And to be honest I have to say I loved the nuts in there. Very different. But I just can't put my finger on what the base ice cream taste like. It reminds me of a type of cookie I had gotten from Meijer's years ago. But could not tell you what it was other than it was a bit peculiar and I guess Pistachio-y. If it had a vanilla bean base that would have really set it off to say the least. But yea still gets a B for me.

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    1. It tastes like benzaldehyde, which is a natural flavoring.

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  8. I have been eating pistachio ice cream since I was a kid. This is the BEST I've ever had.

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  9. I read the review, and the comments and I wanted to give it a chance. Because since I got New York, I am craving pistachio ice cream and I tried many. This one totally sucks, I am sorry. Seriously, what pistachios? I think these Ben and Jerry people should learn the difference between bitteralmod flavor and pistachios.

    The ice cream itself tastes like bitteralmond, maybe you know it as amaretto, and it has some pistachio pieces on it. I guess it was the worst pistachio ice cream ever.


    If you really want to know how does pistachio actually taste like, maybe you can get some sicillian pistachio butter from amazon or something like real turkish baklava, please without almonds or this ridiculous amaretto taste. Do this favor to your palate people.

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  10. The pistachios themselves were tasty...The ice cream was completely devoid of flavor. I want a refund.

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