While browsing the freezer section at a local gourmet grocery store, I came across a flavor, which for me at least, doesn’t turn up that often: Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla. A high percentage of the flavor combinations used by Vermont’s Finest include this particular ice cream, and although some ice cream connoisseurs have a problem with their chocolate, the complaints are minimal about their vanilla base. My craving for something simple and sweet, coupled with the fact that I hadn’t added their Fairtrade Vanilla to my ever expanding list of conquered Ben & Jerry’s flavors, meant this pint of vanilla ice cream was coming home with me.
Without the inclusion of any mix-ins, this pint of super-premium comes in at 230 calories per serving, which is still pretty high for a base-only option. With the lid removed, the off-white ice cream shows off those signature flecks from the whole vanilla beans that were used during production. According to their website, “This flavor's deep vanilla-richness comes from extract made with Fairtrade Certified® vanilla beans. Fairtrade ensures vanilla growers a fair price for their harvests, enabling them to protect their land & livelihoods, provide for their families, and invest in their future. Give a lick & discover the difference Fairtrade makes at www.fairtradeusa.org. Enjoy!”
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Along with other top-notch vanilla ice creams like the ones from Graeter’s, New Orleans Ice Cream Company and Blue Bell, the one from Ben & Jerry’s, when enjoyed all by itself, is plenty capable of holding its own. The slow-melting consistency of the high butterfat mixture allows for all the complex flavors to fully develop before everything breaks down. Of course this can’t compete with some of their more complicated flavors that contain vanilla already, but if you’re feeling like something sweet, uncomplicated and delicious, Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla could fit the bill. It’s also perfect for adding your own personal mix-ins that you have lying around. Considering I enjoyed this the same week I celebrated a birthday, oversized chocolate chip cookies, carrot cake and brownies were all at my disposal to use as flavor enhancements and I took full advantage.
Where I Found It: Walmart