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The Daily Meal is trying to do something that has never been accomplished before: we are trying to rank the Ben and Jerry’s 42 original ice cream flavors and we need your help. We’ve compiled a simple survey to determine which flavor reigns supreme. Will it be the super-sweet, marshmallow and chocolate fish swirl of Phish Food? Will it be the classic cherry and vanilla combination of Cherry Garcia? Or maybe the new Ben and Jerry’s core flavors, featuring two ice cream halves with a core flavor center released in stores a few months ago have already won over a loyal fan base.
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Three years in a row at the top spot is no small feat. Will this gooey, gobbly, chunkalicious combination of fudge brownies and chocolate chip cookie dough continue to reign supreme in the coming year? Place your bets in the comments below. Until then, here&rsquos to a sweet 2016!
Want to see how 2015 compares to other years? Check out the top 10 flavors from 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018!
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This chocolate inspired interior, which, according to a recent Staista survey reigns supreme as America’s #1 favorite flavor, has us absolutely melting. The milk-chocolate tones of the wood-panel wall mixed with creamy beige accents make this deliciously designed decor ice cream-memory worthy.
Which Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Reigns Supreme? You Tell Us! - Recipes
Contrary to what you may have heard, fat is good.
One of the biggest factors in ice cream’s texture is the amount of “butterfat” (the fatty part of milk) that it contains. If there’s not enough butterfat, the ice cream tends to taste icy and not very smooth—which is fine if you’re making a sherbet or a sorbet, but not great if you’re aiming for your own version of Ben & Jerry’s. On the other hand, if there’s too much butterfat, it starts to taste greasy like lard, and it sticks to the inside of your mouth. Or in other words, it has bad “mouth feel”.
Another big factor that controls the texture is the amount of air in the ice cream. Companies with big fancy machines can control the amount of air they introduce into the ice cream, and adjust the mouth feel that way as well. But since our home machines add a fairly fixed amount of air each time, our main method of controlling the texture is by controlling the butterfat content.
- Homemade ice cream recipes often contain about 19% butterfat. See my post about Making an Ice Cream Butterfat Calculator for more info.
- Super-premium ice cream contains about 14-16% butterfat.
- Premium ice cream like Ben & Jerry’s and Häagen-Dazs is probably in the 12-14% neighborhood.
- Ice cream in the U.S. has to contain at least 10% butterfat and less than 1.4% egg yolks, according to the FDA’s regulations.
- Frozen custard is similar to ice cream, and is defined by the same FDA regulation as ice cream. It also must contain at least 10% butterfat, but must also have at least 1.4% egg yolks. It’s made with a machine that adds less air so it tastes more dense, and it’s served fresh at a higher temperature so it’s usually softer.
- Gelato isn’t regulated in the U.S., but is usually about 3-8% butterfat and often contains more stabilizers to compensate for a lack of cream and eggs. And like frozen custard, it’s also made with less air, and served warmer, than ice cream.
- Soft Serve is often around 3-6% butterfat. Dairy Queen, for example, is 5%.
- Ice Milk is about 3.5% butterfat, the same as whole milk.
- Sherbet is also defined by the same regulation as ice cream in the U.S., and must contain 1-2% butterfat.
- Sorbet usually contains no dairy at all, and is usually just frozen fruit juice, sugar, and water (and a great alternative for people that can’t eat dairy).
The percentages of butterfat listed above are by weight, not by volume. So if you took a gallon of 16% super-premium ice cream and pumped it full of enough air to make it into two gallons, it’d still be 16% butterfat by weight, but it’d taste entirely different (and terrible, probably). When you eat a super-cheap grocery store ice cream that tastes like you’re eating flavored air, that’s pretty much what it is. They’ve put too much air into it, so they can sell more of it without actually adding more dairy ingredients. Of course, the opposite can happen as well. If there’s not enough air in the ice cream, it tastes too dense, almost like a frozen block of cream. There’s a fine line between too much or too little air, and too much or too little butterfat.
The increase in volume of ice cream from adding air is referred to as overrun, and is calculated as a percentage of the original product. So if you started with a gallon of ice cream base and added the same amount of air to double it, it’d have a 100% overrun, which also happens to be the maximum allowed in the U.S. Some countries allow a maximum of 120% overrun.
Gelato and frozen custard are usually sold fresh, meaning they’re not stored like ice cream in a deep-freeze until they harden. This is partly because the butterfat content is low enough that the water in the mix would freeze into larger crystals, making it taste icy.
Most ice cream recipes I’ve seen use heavy whipping cream, light cream, milk, or half-and-half. The recipe I mentioned for the Sweet Cream Base uses 2 cups heavy whipping cream and 1 cup whole milk. Most of the butterfat comes from the cream, and the milk is mostly just to increase the volume. You could even use skim milk if you wanted, and then just increase the cream a bit to compensate for the lost butterfat. Or use half-and-half with less cream. That particular 2-to-1 ratio is just the one Ben & Jerry’s picked because it’s easy to make and it comes out to the amount of butterfat they wanted, which if I calculated correctly, is about 19%.
- Heavy whipping cream is about 36% butterfat, and is not the same thing as “whipping cream” (which is 30-36%). In Australia I believe it’s called “pure cream”, although you can also get “thickened cream”, which has gelatin added to raise the viscosity and make it easier to whip. In the UK it’s called “whipping cream”.
- Light cream is about 20% butterfat. I believe it’s “light cream” in Australia and “single cream” in the UK.
- Half-and-half is typically about 12% butterfat, but can be between 10.5 and 18%. It’s made from a 50/50 mix of light cream and milk. If you wanted to make your own half-and-half from heavy whipping cream and milk, I calculate that you’d need to use about one part heavy whipping cream to three parts whole milk. But 12% is the number that’s important, and the fact that it has about a third of the butterfat of heavy whipping cream. I believe half-and-half is called “half cream” in Australia and the UK.
- Whole milk is usually around 3.5% butterfat. Or in other words, about a tenth of the butterfat in heavy whipping cream.
- Skim milk has less than 0.5% butterfat.
Whole milk is what recipes usually mean when they say just “milk”. It has basically the same butterfat as raw milk straight from the cow. If you let raw milk sit for a while, it separates into milk and cream, which rises to the top. If you “skim” off the cream, you’re left with skim milk. If you add more cream to it, you get the creams listed above, with heavy whipping cream being pretty close to pure cream. If you mix the cream and milk together real well and basically smash all the little fat globules together, it’s homogenized, and won’t separate anymore. If you heat the milk to a specific temperature for a specific amount of time, it’s pasteurized, and won’t contain bacteria like salmonella anymore.
By the way, ever wondered what 2% milk is two percent of? Well, it’s not 2% of the butterfat in whole milk, because that’d be 2% of 3.5%, or in other words, white water. :-) It’s 2% total butterfat, just like whole milk is 3.5% total butterfat. 2% milk is about 5 grams of fat per cup (240 ml) compared to 8 grams per cup in whole milk. Drink up.
Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk
According to Ben & Jerry themselves, of all the dearly departed flavors "dancing through fans' happiest Ben & Jerry's memories," the one most fondly reminisced about is Oatmeal Cookie Chunk (2003-2012). Inspired by, and incorporating, one of the most humble, but beloved American confectionary classics, this flavor consisted of sweet cream cinnamon ice cream loaded with chunks of crunchy oatmeal cookies and fudge.
Unlike other B&J flavors, Oatmeal Cookie Chunk wasn't killed off due to lack of popularity. When the supplier of the ice cream's signature oatmeal cookies stopped making them, a long search for an equally delicious replacement proved cookie-less. Instead of making the flavor with an inferior product, in an admirable display of culinary integrity, Ben & Jerry's decided to send it to the Flavor Graveyard.
Since its demise, Ben & Jerry's have received outpourings of grief on a daily basis. In 2013, when HuffPost asked readers which Ben & Jerry's flavor they most wanted to resurrect from the grave, the overwhelming choice was Oatmeal Cookie Chunk. Perhaps nobody was as traumatized by the flavor's extinction as Utah native, Austin Dent. The "world's biggest Oatmeal Cookie Chunk fan," Dent not only started a Facebook fan page for the flavor, but took his fight for its return all the way to the White House. He also had the foresight to scoop up a few remaining pints and stash them away at a top-secret location, in anticipation of a special occasion.
Can businesses help repair society? (with Ben & Jerry)
Can business leaders use their power and resources to make meaningful change? Should they? Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the founders behind iconic ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s, help map the landscape between business and activism and introduce their new project, the Campaign to End Qualified Immunity.
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are the co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Most recently, they are the leaders of the Campaign to End Qualified Immunity, a new police reform and criminal justice campaign.
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Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield definitely are heroes in the world of people who care about business for social purpose.
When people talk about businesses being ethical, what they mean by that is that they’re not breaking the law.
They have not yet been criminally indicted.
That’s business ethics in America.
And I think we need to raise the bar a little bit.
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Today on the podcast, I’m just giddy because we get to talk to Ben and Jerry of Ice Cream Fame. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are in fact the co-founders of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, and definitely are heroes in the world of people who care about business for social purpose and have done a marvelous job. They sold the company sometime ago, but did a great job in making sure that the company did right by its employees, its community, the country at large, and its shareholders too. And it’ll be super fun to chat with them on whether business can be a force of good, or how business can be a force of good in societies.
Let’s start by getting your slates. Tell us your name, who you are, what you do. Let’s start with Ben, and then Jerry.
Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s, co-chair of The Campaign To End Qualified Immunity. I try to end qualified immunity and not eat too much ice cream.
I am Jerry Greenfield. I have the identical titles to Ben I’m the co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s and I’m the co-chair of the Campaign to End Qualified Immunity. And I’ve already eaten too much ice cream.
Well guys, thank you so much for joining us on this podcast. And we’re going to talk about a variety of things ending with your priority around ending Qualified Immunity, but you guys are icons in the world of business with a purpose, a double or triple bottom line, which you call the double-dip that prioritizes profits in people and I can’t remember which one of you said a business was an experiment over whether it’s possible to use the tools of business to repair society. And that’s what we really wanted to talk about. We’d love to have your updated views on whether that’s possible and the degree to which businesses must either be encouraged to required to do prosocial things. So Ben, why don’t we get your views? And then Jerry.
I think it’s very possible for business to influence the society. I mean, business currently influences the society in a big way. They control our elections through campaign contributions, they control our legislation through lobbying and they control the news we read through ownership of the media. I think what’s changed is that people now realize that business is the most powerful force in the society and that if there’s going to be any change that happens in society, business has a role to play and it’s pretty much business that’s either going to drive the change or it’s business that’s going to resist the change. And I think that consumers are looking at their businesses to use their power in the public good.
I think it’s a little hard to expect big public companies to be taking the lead. It’s been smaller entrepreneurial companies that have been doing it, but lately certainly since the murder of George Floyd, you’ve seen businesses and business leaders speak out as never before and particularly with the recent law suppressing voting in Georgia, you’re seeing more businesses and business leaders speak out about that. It partly comes from businesses wanting to do the right thing and as Ben says, a lot of it comes from consumers insisting that businesses be about more than simply making as much money as they can and thinking about their own self-interest.
I’m in violent agreement Ben with your assessment about the power of business to shape society, gives the question I have for both of you guys is two per question. The first is, do we want to live in a society where the CEOs of the biggest companies in America get to define the shape of the society? Is that a responsibility we want them to have? And a corollary that question is if we are somewhat dissatisfied with where we’re at today, what can the society do to either encourage or require business people to do more prosocial things?
I would say that business is currently controlling the shape of our society. So all they’re doing is they happen to be controlling it in their own narrow self-interest. It used to be that government was more powerful than business and government regulated business and controlled business, now business controls government. They decide what bills gets passed they decide who gets elected. If business really wanted to get this H.R. 1 passed, they could get it passed. How many billions of dollars a year do they spend on lobbyists in DC? It’s unfathomable if they started elevating that to the top of their lobbyists agenda instead of how can we make more money at the expense of the community, we could see decent election reform in our country.
To be clear to listeners H.R. 1 is the voting rights act that’s going through Congress.
But I mean, I’m a business person, I’ve started a bunch of companies, you guys are business people. I’m a huge believer in capitalism, but capitalism only is sustainable if capitalists effectively are required to operate their businesses in ways which sustain the society and the democracy and Ben you’re absolutely right, government used to be more powerful than business and certainly for the last 45 years, 50 years over the neo-liberal era it has not been, I think that we are at a moment right now with the Biden ministration where that may be changing radically, which I think is a really, really good thing. But I’m just wondering how you guys think about the tension between the society requiring good behavior and businesses being sort of left to their own devices to do that at their pleasure. Jerry, what do you think? It’s a hard tension, right?
I happen to believe in good government and looking out for the good of all. I don’t believe that people and capitalism should go unfettered and do whatever it wants. I’m a person who believes we’re all in this together and we all need to take care of each other, and that’s sort of a fundamental starting place for me.
You could say that business has modeled kind of the breakdown of society based on narrow self-interest. Business is the most powerful force in the society. The type of behavior that it is modeling is, make the society benefit your own narrow self-interest right. That I’m going to fight for my own narrow self-interest, I’m not really going to care about the interest of the community as a whole and so the most powerful element of the society has modeled that behavior and other people are following that model.
So the economists came up with this concept called homo economicus which was the idea that all people are perfectly selfish and rational. And then we extended that to our corporate governance idea which is, because of that the only purpose of the corporation can be to be selfish and rational. And surprise we end up with a society where people are not taking into account the broad long-term interest of the entire society. And here we are.
Well on the other hand, you have the rise of B Corps(Benefit Corporations) which are growing tremendously. If you look at a company like Ben and Jerry’s, which Ben and I no longer operates, so we’re not calling the shots there, but the company has been very outspoken about racial justice. It’s been outspoken about Black Lives Matter, and the company continues to do very, very well in the marketplace. And I think it’s because consumers are responding to that and when other businesses look at that, they’re going to say, yeah, there is value in standing up for people who are not getting justice in this country.
So Other than just relying on entrepreneurs and CEOs to adopt the kind of values that the two of you brought into your company, what can we do? Is it more regulation? Is it more incentives? Is it a combination of the two? How do we get more socially conscious companies out there and operate the economy in a way that doesn’t just benefit shareholders?
Well, for one, I think that the original concept [inaudible 00:11:20] business incorporating of getting a corporate charter from a particular state was based on the idea the business was working in the best interests of the community, of the society as a whole. And those corporate charters were not proforma, the idea was to look at how the business was behaving and decide whether you wanted to renew or revoke their charter. So I think we could back move to that. And the other thing is that consumers are incredibly powerful if they just use their voice and do it somewhat in unison, consumers change the way corporations behave.
Yeah. I think We need to change the way we look at businesses, it’s funny because when people talk about businesses being ethical, what they mean by that is that they’re not breaking the law. That is… Seriously that’s the threshold of an ethical business. And I think we need to raise the bar a little bit.
They have not yet been criminally indited.
And then you look at all of-
The absence of criminal behavior. Can you guys, as you reflect on your business experience, is there anything that comes to mind like businesses trade offs like every day you’re making trade-offs about product quality and wages, and can you think of a moment in your careers where you really were confronted with a challenge where you had to balance what would be good for the community or your workers against sort of your narrow self-interest or what the shareholders of the company wanted? Were there moments kind of really come to Jesus moments for you guys? I don’t mean to put you on the spot, but…
The thing that comes to mind for me was more about the first time Ben and Jerry’s took a position on the military budget for the country. So this was back during the Cold War in the late eighties, when the U.S. and Russia were in a huge military buildup and Ben and Jerry’s came out with an ice cream bar on a stick and decided to call the product Peace Pop and use the packaging to talk about the military budget and redirecting 1% of the military budget to peace through understanding initiatives.
The idea being that when people and countries got to know each other, they wouldn’t want to bomb the crap out of each other. And as I mentioned, this is the first time Ben and Jerry’s was considering taking essentially a political stand that could be considered controversial. It was very controversial within Ben and Jerry’s. People were concerned that the company was going to be seen as unpatriotic, soft on defense, that there were going to be… is it appropriate for a business to take a position on a [inaudible 00:14:55] program? The concern was consumers and stores would boycott us, distributors wouldn’t take the product in and Ben in his wisdom essentially forced it on the company.
And none of those bad things ever happened. Certainly not everybody agreed with the stand Ben and Jerry’s was taking, but even people who didn’t agree with it respected the idea that the business was taking a position on an issue that was not designed to [inaudible 00:15:31] make more money, but was designed to look out for the common good.
You sold the shit out of those ice cream bars though. Didn’t you?
They were really good, really really good.
But did you sell a lot of them?
We did. So the other interesting thing about this though in talking about this is, because we’re talking a little bit about ice cream. So we’re talking about the name of the product they were talking about, the message and whatever, but the other part of that is the product itself that it still has to taste good and not only was Ben having the company call out a Peace Pop, but he was the guy doing all the quality control on the product and eating an enormous amount of ice cream. I mean Ben, you should talk about all the variations of Peace Pops you were going through.
Yes. I sacrificed my body for my company. I used to weight 50 pounds more.
There’s a lot that goes, there’s the thickness of the chocolate, there’s the different types of chocolate, there’s the different melting points, there’s the inclusions and chunks. This is not a simple thing.
It must’ve been such an interesting time in the evolution of the business and a scary thing to have taken that stand and to have been ready for the trade-offs that might have been necessary. And who knows Safeway could have kicked you out, right?
They could have said, no, we’re just not going to carry your brand anymore.
But this is a good segue since we’re talking about politics. To get into your latest political endeavor, your Campaign to End Qualified Immunity, I guess, to start just explain what Qualified Immunity is and then you can tell us how you got into the issue and what you’re doing to try to end it.
Qualified immunity is essentially a get out of jail free card for bad cops. So based on this judicial doctrine, if a cop assaults me I am not allowed to sue that cop unless some other cop in the past has assaulted a person like me in exactly the same situation been convicted of it. And the reality is that there’s never exactly the same situation. So the courts just keep on throwing out these suits, the civil suits against police that have brutalized and killed mostly black people. Like millions of Americans, Jerry and I have been outraged about one that they’re doing it and two that they’re literally getting away with murder before our very eyes and we came to understand that a big part of the problem was this legal doctrine and so we are very focused on this very broad coalition now to end that legal doctrine. Our big obstacle is the fraternal order of police.
Right. And when did you launch this campaign?
Well, we started working on it soon after George Floyd was murdered and we just went public with it just a few months ago.
Right. And just to be clear, it’s unlikely as it is for a cop to be convicted of murder, it’s nearly impossible to actually sue the cops civilly for damages.
Right. And that’s where Qualified Immunity comes in, that’s what makes it essentially impossible. It’s a fundamentally unfair and unjust doctrine that disproportionally impacts black and brown people. It’s a simple matter of accountability for us being in business we understand that having accountability for ourselves and for our people is the key to getting desired results. And yet the police who are authorized to carry guns and to essentially kill people in our name, don’t have that same accountability. So what we’re looking for is not an anti-police measure as Ben said, Qualified Immunity only helps bad cops and so it’s not just that this is a bad policy, but all these victims are not able to get any justice or restitution and there’s real people involved. Ben has just come out with a book… Ben, why don’t you mention your book?
Above the Law is a book that gives 16 stories of individuals who have been abused or murdered by the police or had hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen from them by the police and had their cases thrown out of court because of this absurd judicial doctrine that… [inaudible 00:21:06] the basis of which is assuming that law enforcement officers do not know the law unless there was a previous cop convicted of doing exactly the same thing.
So to fix this, what do you have to do?
All you have to do is pass a law. I mean, Congress already passed the law and they passed the law virtually for the same reason. After reconstruction the problem was that police officers in the South were still members of the Ku Klux Klan, and they were brutalizing black people. And so Congress passed a law that said any citizen if their rights, constitutional rights have been violated by any state employee including the cops, they can sue that state employee. And so that was solving the problem. And then in the 60s, this was kind of at the same time as the Freedom Rides, I think there was a case that came to the Supreme Court that people wanted to sue the police for arresting them and the Supreme Court came up with this new theory or doctrine that said that no, you can’t sue the police.
So There’s a legislative solution, you can do it federally and there’s proposed legislation now you can do it at the state level. Colorado has ended Qualified Immunity, New York City just ended Qualified Immunity in, New Mexico there’s a built End Qualified Immunity that’s gone through both houses and is waiting to be signed by the governor. So you can do it that way. Ben mentioned that there’s a broad coalition of advocacy groups who are working together on this, the ACLU, the NAACP, Legal Defense Fund, on the libertarian side there’s Cato Institute, Institute for Justice, Americans for Prosperity. So it’s liberals, libertarians, lawyers, former police, athletes, business people all working together, the group we have the Campaign to End Qualified Immunity. You can visit the website. What’s that website, Ben?
Yeah. And we’ll put that website in the show notes for the podcast to make sure that folks can get involved they’d like to.
Yeah. So if people want to get involved they should go to that site and there’s some place to sign up.
Yeah. Put in your email address and then we let you know when there’s a law that’s in the legislature in your state or if we need a letter to the editor or when it’s time to let your federal representatives know that you support overturning this law.
That’s super exciting. So we always end our podcast with one question, which is why do you guys do this work?
Well, as I’ve always said, when you’re confronted with situations of injustice, you have three choices, you can ignore it, you can complain about it, or you can do something about it. I feel better doing something about it.
Yeah. Ben and I and many many other people we’ve had very privileged lives and not everybody has all the same privileges and benefits that we’ve had and it’s not right, first of all, but we all suffer when there is no justice in the world. The thing that I keep trying to figure out, which I certainly haven’t figured out yet is how to work on all these horrible things and bring love to it because I believe love is at the center of everything. And I just haven’t quite been able to bring it to everything I do and I’m going to keep trying to do that.
I think that’s a noble cause. Well guys, thank you so much for being with us. It’s been a real honor and pleasure to get to chat with you and meet with you and we wish you the best of luck on your campaign and you have my promise that I’m going to check into what our team is doing on that issue here in Washington State and we will Let you know.
Thank you so much. [crosstalk 00:25:55].
This has been great. Thank you guys.
Hi, I’m Ashley one of the producers here at Pitchfork Economics, well we had been in Jerry’s ear for this interview, Nick couldn’t help but take a chance at pitching his very own ice cream flavor to the guys. Here’s how it went.
Okay, Nick, this is your big moment.
For years, we have been hoping to influence the ice cream flavor at Ben and Jerry’s and we had this awesome idea for trickle down trickle, what was it Goldie?
It was Trickle Down Ice Cream, a very thin layer of high quality chocolate at the top-
And then vanilla. [crosstalk 00:26:38]
It’s very similar to the flavor called Bernie’s Yearning that we came out with for Bernie’s campaign. It had a disk of chocolate on the top and nothing in the bottom [inaudible 00:26:56] break it up and mix it around.
Yeah, there you go. I love it. Sound like neo-liberal delight, something like that.
Yeah, it turns out they already made a flavor like that, but it got the wheels turning in our heads about what other economics related ice cream flavor possibilities could be out there. So we asked you our listeners to call in with your best ideas.
This is Jeff in Minnesota. I have a couple ice cream flavors for you. This one is called Neoliberal Neapolitan. This throwback to the classic chocolate vanilla strawberry trio will leave you asking for more and more. To extensive lobbying efforts with FDA ingredients, long bans or meddling liberal agenda regulations have been made available again including all natural unpasteurized clean, deliciously sweet cyclamates, and eye-popping red [inaudible 00:27:50] . Negotiations for internationally source ingredients, ensure that the manufacturer is not subject to those pesky fair trade agreements, passing on savings that are sure to keep you smiling.
Hey, this is Brett Armstrong from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and my economic inspired ice cream flavor is Fudge the Numbers Raspberry Nut Ripple, featuring chunks of fudge and [inaudible 00:28:19], raspberry ripples, and lots of trickle down clown card nuts.
Hey, my name is Jonathan Allman. I’m calling from Las Vegas, Nevada, and I have an ice cream submission. It is the Candy Cane V and Crumble. The description is, the plain vanilla ice cream keeps interest rates very low. So it relies on peppermint candy pieces to stimulate consumption the hard chocolate wafers crumble easily multiplying with every spoonful. Also the container has a special feature, it has an extra wide lip that serves as a liquidity trap, if you leave it out too long. That’s the Candy [Keynsian 00:28:59] Crumble.
Hey, my name is Alona Raul and my ice cream flavor is the Rocky Road to Serfdom and sure enough that’s where neoliberal thinking has brought a lot of us.
Hey, Nick. This is Brian Tap from Des Moines, Iowa. I developed a flavor called Supply-Side Surprise which is a chocolate nutty ice cream and it’s on the top and down the side and is also is caviar and fused ice cream on the top. The surprise is the shape of the pint container although it appears to be full, but it has a convex bubble opening from the bottom revealing not that it’s a true pint of ice cream but more of a quarter cup.
My name is Ben and I had an ice cream flavor. Try some infrastructure delight. It has flavors galore. Those highway arteries that [inaudible 00:29:53 unplugging. This will unclog the most congested, one to lift those sagging muscles to the old age. You can gorge on the $400 billion for senior care provisions. And is your [R and D 00:30:08] sagging or you can reverse that trend with some infrastructure D. Do you crave to suck the CO2 out of the atmosphere? Well, infrastructure delight works like a vacuum. It’s got a crunchy taste and it’ll leave you with a feeling you’ve over indolged that is in fact it’s 100% healthy for your economy and it’s skilled free.
Hey` Nick. This is Rick from Salem, Oregon. Okay. I’ve got an ice cream for you. Neoclassical ice cream contains valuable fruits and nuts, but they’re only available by imposing taxes and cutting social programs. MMTP for routine releases these fruits and nuts up for all to enjoy without the need for austerity.
And finally, this next one might be our favorite submission because it’s exclusively for the podcast.
Hey Nick, hey Pitchfork team I’m calling about the ice cream flavor and I think it should be Pitched for Pistachio as one flavor option.
That anonymous listener didn’t really elaborate on the pistachio choice, but if we had to guess the meaning behind it, we’d say it’s because pistachio is a totally underrated flavor, maybe even a cult favorite, and it’s a little nutty. So yeah, that works for us. Thanks for all the great submissions. It’s safe to say you definitely delivered.
So one of my big takeaways from our conversation Nick, is how important corporate culture is and how founders can instill a culture in a company that actually outlives them or survives their involvement in the operations of the business. So that it’s the corporation is not just this faceless monolithic thing. It reflect the people who own it and run it and work there.
That’s right. And the values that they bring and inculcate not just the feelings of the employees, but also the processes by which they operate the business, for sure true. And there are examples in our country and around the world where fine people have run great businesses that make great products and do well by their workers and their suppliers and the community at large. But sadly, those folks are in the minority because lots and lots of people who start businesses aren’t fine people they’re selfish shitbags who don’t care about anything but themselves and which is not to say that’s how all business people are. It’s absolutely not true but look in every large group of people there will be some very kind and generous people, and there will be some shitbags that’s just in the nature of any human society.
And that’s why I’m much more hardcore, I think, than Ben and Jerry around corporate governance and standards because I don’t think we can leave it up to the kindness of strangers to make the society work well, I think we need to require people to do the right thing, because if we don’t a few people will do the right thing, but mostly the people who want to do the wrong thing will drag down the people who want to do the right thing because doing the right thing always involves trade-offs doing the wrong thing almost never does.
Bad behavior drives out good behavior because in the end you have to compete and if you’re competitors are paying parasite wages and causing all types of negative externalities to save money you’re faced with the situation of do the same thing to be able to compete on price or risk being driven out of business.
That’s right. And with all due respect to Ben and Jerry, if you sort of zoom out and I’m no expert in the Ice Cream industry, but it seems pretty clear that they used their niche and their commitment to social justice as a super effective marketing strategy too. If you have a tiny fraction of the market, those stands that they took, turned into winning differentiators for a huge proportion of the population who thought it was really cool and great and funny and important.
But also show that you could actually make money doing that-
That could be very good for business doing the right thing and making that your brand, but all that said, Nick, you’re right we can’t rely on a couple of good eggs like Ben and Jerry and the culture they create to change corporate culture in the large, in the aggregate. We need a strong government to do that.
That’s right. And government is simply the people, right? That’s what a democracy is and having the citizens of a country hold the businesses in the country to a prosocial standard is essential to having a high functioning society which is really important. And if Ben and Jerry weren’t fine people, they would not now be devoting their time and resources to ending another injustice which is Qualified Immunity. At the end of the day, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream used their sort of position in the market and their marketing strategies to generate positive social change but now Ben and Jerry are using their cred as business people and their celebrity to continue to make social change in a positive way, which is super cool. In the next episode of Pitchfork Economics, we’re going to speak with an incredibly smart commentator on economics [Anasof Rookie 00:36:31] on the mother of all economic booms and the end of neo-liberalism.
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Ben & Jerry’s Response To People Offended Over New Ice Cream Flavor: Get Over It
Last month, Opposing Views told you about the Florida couple who reached out to popular ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s complaining that their chocolate hazelnut flavor called “Hazed & Confused” had offended and concerned them.
Lianne and Brian Kowiak said last month that they stumbled upon the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor and were shocked to read the label. Their 19-year-old son Harrison tragically died during a hazing incident six years ago, so when they saw the name of the ice cream, it made them feel uncomfortable.
“I saw there was a flavor named ‘Hazed & Confused’ and I just paused and I was really upset and shocked when I saw it,” said Lianne. “When I saw this name, ‘Hazed & Confused,’ it frankly just struck a nerve with us.”
The Kowiaks immediately got in touch with Ben & Jerry’s to express that they felt the name promoted hazing and suggest that they call is something else, and initially, the ice cream company said they would look into it. Now, however, they’ve decided to keep the name, which they saw is a reference to the movie “Dazed & Confused” with the “hazed” part referencing the ice cream’s hazelnut flavor.
The Ultimate Ranking Of Halo Top Flavors
In the world of low-calorie, high-protein ice cream, Halo Top reigns supreme. The pints have as little as 280 calories, which makes eating the entire thing in one sitting a guilt-free situation. Depending on the flavor you pick, one half-cup serving of Halo Top can have as few as 60 calories. (For a frame of reference, typical pints of Ben & Jerry’s have about 250 calories per serving.) And while it’s low in calories, Halo Top is still pretty sweet since it’s made with organic stevia.
After trying all of Halo Top’s 24 year-round flavors, we’ll admit that we understand what all the fuss is all about. Once you know which varieties you love, you have to snag ’em right away because the supermarkets just can’t seem to keep it stocked. (Seriously, that’s how hardcore Halo Top fans can be.)
The protein-packed ice cream brand also has its fun with seasonal flavor releases (like Gingerbread House and Blueberry Crumble), but when it comes to the classics, here’s our definitive ranking of Halo Top flavors from best to worst.
1. Oatmeal Cookie
Absolutely outstanding. Even if you’re not an oatmeal cookie fan, you’ll love this ice cream. It tastes like the real deal with just a hint of cinnamon, the perfect amount of oatmeal chunks sprinkled in and the balanced flavor of sweet cream. It’s undoubtedly one of the most unique flavors we’ve ever tried.
2. Black Cherry
Talk about a surprise. We didn’t expect to love Black Cherry as much as we did, but it’s extraordinary. Even if you’re not usually a fan of the fruity flavors, you’ll love this one. The pieces of fruit throughout the ice cream really are the cherry on top (pun intended).
It’s just oh-so-creamy, and the taste of pistachio strikes the perfect balance between being flavorful without being overpowering. Even if pistachio isn’t usually your thing, we promise this one will hit the spot.
4. Chocolate Almond Crunch
This fabulous flavor combines two of our favorite things: chocolate and nuts. The duo works perfectly together here. The amount of almond flavoring is just right and the almond pieces interspersed couldn’t be better.
5. Red Velvet
We didn’t expect to love the red velvet as much as we did, TBH, but it’s actually great. It has a mild chocolatey flavor, and we’re all about the cake pieces mixed throughout. If red velvet cake is your thing, you won’t be disappointed.
6. Peanut Butter Cup
Peanut butter lovers, rejoice! This flavor won’t let you down. As one of the creamier ones, we can imagine it would be amazing in a peanut butter pie. It’s a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of flavor with no surprises or hidden flavors. All peanut butter fans know it’s the worst when a PB-flavored food doesn’t live up to expectations, but this one won’t let you down.
7. Mint Chip
This one is incredibly refreshing. The flavor tastes authentic without being overpowering, and we love the chips. We wouldn’t complain if there were more chips (because isn’t that why we love mint chip in the first place? For the chips?), but if that were the case, the sweet treat wouldn’t be so low-cal. Sigh.
8. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
This one tastes like the real deal — we’re not kidding. Who would think a lightened-up version of the crowd-pleasing flavor could be so good? Where this one falls short is that there just aren’t enough chunks of dough… and we get it. Halo Top wants to keep it low-cal. But the heart wants what it wants, okay?!
9. Vanilla Bean
Okay, we know what you’re thinking. Vanilla? How can it be so high on the list? Well first, it’s not just vanilla — it’s vanilla bean. That makes a difference. It’s a well-crafted classic, so we wouldn’t be mad if this pint was in front of us on the regular.
10. Lemon Cake
We had really high hopes for this one, because has lemon cake ever let us down? While we liked the subtle lemon flavor (it reminds us of those Girls Scout cookies), we just wanted a little more from it. More lemon flavor or maybe some cake bits throughout would have been nice.
11. Chocolate Mocha Chip
This flavor had a great coffee taste to it but, otherwise, it didn’t stand out to us. Again, it’s one of those pints that has sparse chips throughout. It’s just torture at this point since we’re digging for more.
12. Sea Salt Caramel
For a flavor that has gained a lot of hype over the last few years, this one didn’t really live up to its promise. There were lovely ribbons of caramel throughout the pint, but after a bite, it reminded us of that butterscotch candy our grandparents gave us — sickeningly sweet and toothache-inducing. You can only have so much.
13. Birthday Cake
This pint’s on the sweeter side, but it definitely achieves what it’s trying to accomplish. If you love the taste of cake batter, you can’t go wrong with this flavor. We totally dig the speckles of color interspersed throughout the ice cream, but if you can’t handle the sea salt caramel-level sweetness, you definitely can’t handle this one.
14. Caramel Macchiato
For the Starbucks fan, Caramel Macchiato is like a sweet latte or a Frappuccino in a pint. If you’re that person who lives for sugary coffee drinks, it looks like you’ve finally met your match.
15. Cookies & Cream
In general, we love cookies ‘n’ cream, but this one just didn’t taste as authentic to us as some of the others out there. It’s still creamy and flavorful, but the aftertaste is more chemical than cookie. Don’t expect it to be as good as the traditional childhood favorite.
16. Candy Bar
The Candy Bar flavor is true to its name. You can expect chunks of a Snickers-like candy scattered throughout this sweet pint.
17. Cinnamon Roll
The cinnamon in this Cinnamon Roll pint isn’t subtle by any means. You’ll taste a creamy vanilla base with hearty swirls of cinnamon throughout. If you’re a Cinnamon Toast Crunch fan for life, you’ll want to stock up on this flavor ASAP.
We were so excited for s’mores. Who doesn’t love the combination of chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers? Sadly, this one had an icy, gritty texture that left a strange dryness on your tongue. The taste was fairly artificial with no fun additions we were hoping for (like marshmallow chunks). Ugh.
Like Fudgsicles? Then this flavor’s for you. It’s not as creamy as some of the others, and it’s a little icy, to be honest. But if you’re into that sort of thing, you can’t go wrong. We compare it to the taste of a chocolate smoothie — a really, really cold one.
20. Pancakes & Waffles
It turns out that there is such a thing as too much syrup. Pancakes & Waffles is a little too sweet in our opinion, but if you enjoy the strong taste of Aunt Jemima in your ice cream, this one might be for you.
Guys, we couldn’t with this flavor. We love strawberries and we’re all about strawberry season, but the pint tastes like strawberry milk in ice cream form. It’s just too sweet and icy for our liking. If you want to go fruity with Halo Top, Black Cherry is the way to go.
22. Chocolate Covered Banana
Chocolate and banana are a usually a successful duo, but Halo Top’s pints taste a little too much like that fake banana flavor you get from banana Laffy Taffy. Bring on the real banana chunks and then we’ll talk.
23. Mochi Green Tea
The Mochi Green Tea flavor gave off too many perfume-like vibes. There’s a fake floral taste that lingers in your mouth and overwhelms the rest of the ice cream. TBH, we’re disappointed that we couldn’t get our green tea fix from this pint. Guess we’ll have to find our mochi elsewhere…
24. Rainbow Swirl
We’re going to have to pass on the Rainbow Swirl. This colorful pint tastes like fake sherbet at every turn — like a combination of cleaning products and chalk. We’re open-minded when it comes to experimenting with Halo Top, but Rainbow Swirl has to be the least appetizing of them all.
Product Review: Ben and Jerry’s Fair Goodness Sake (German Chocolate Ice Cream)
If I happened to get stranded on that infamous desert island one day, and only one dessert was available, let it be German Chocolate Cake. The Practical Cook’s Mom kindly made one for my birthday, and that recipe is coming later. For now, let us behold the instant gratification that is Ben and Jerry’s Fair Goodness Sake Limited Batch Ice Cream.
Ben and Jerry's Fair Goodness Sake Ice Cream
Don’t worry, Gentle Readers, I have taken it upon myself to taste this confection, to spare you from any upset. I pronounce it, tasty. There are chunks of cake, and a nice coconutty chew. If you don’t like coconut, don’t come knocking. The chocolate flavor is light, as is befitting the German chocolate part of the equation, and there is a nice balance in the force.
German Chocolate Ice Cream
Would I buy this again? Probably, but I’m not sure it’s safe to have it in my house. It is good, very good, but my love for the baked good greatly outweighs my love for ice cream. And to be even more candid, I tend to prefer vanilla based ice creams (Butter Pecan, things with a salty element to balance, or my all-time fave of Black Walnut with sliced bananas mixed in). My favorite chocolate is Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter. So that’s the context of my taste test.
Good, but I’m not shouting from the rooftop. Calorically speaking, I’d rather save it for one perfect chocolate chip cookie, or some Geer Street fries.
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The New York Times is making a name for itself in the realm of sensationalism lately.
First came the heavily criticized article accused America’s favorite macaroni and cheese of being laden with “potentially harmful chemicals.” Now, the Times is taking on Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream over a sensationalized report claiming 10 of 11 of the company’s flavors contain traces of a common weed killer.
The report was commissioned by the Organic Consumers Association, which bills itself as an advocate of “health, justice, and sustainability.”
But let’s be clear: the Organic Consumers Association isn’t concerned about the dangers lurking in your dessert.
If it was, the group would have noted that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes that humans can consume roughly 220 micrograms of glyphosate per pound of body weight every day without ever experiencing negative health effects.
According to Dr. John Fagan, the chief executive of the independent laboratory that tested glyphosate at the association’s request, a 75-pound child would need to consume 145,000 eight-ounce servings of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream (the flavor found to contain the most glyphosate) every day to hit the EPA’s safety limit. For adults, the number of servings jumps to 290,000.
Which goes to show that just because something is “detected,” doesn’t mean it’s dangerous.
Now, don’t get us wrong, a diet composed entirely of ice cream sounds like the ultimate fantasy. But even ignoring the fact that the human stomach can only hold about 16 servings of Chocolate Fudge Brownie at a time, someone who subsisted on an ice cream-only diet would perish from scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) long before residual glyphosate ever caused a health concern.
But why would Organic Consumers Association bother raising the alarm when there’s no fire?
For an organization self-admittedly funded by “several thousand businesses in the natural foods and organic marketplace,” forcing a $132 million brand to go organic offers a pretty strong financial incentive. And we don’t use the word “forcing” flippantly. The group recently blogged about “Why Consumers Need to Force Ben and Jerry’s to Go Organic.”
But for consumers who already pay almost twice as much per serving for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s vanilla compared to the average retail price of ice cream, the added cost and negligible health benefit might be enough to convince them to get their frozen fix from Breyers.
The New York Time’s latest slogan may be “the truth is more important now than ever,” but as far as nutrition science goes, clickbait headlines still reign supreme.