Ben & Jerry’s, the Unilever-owned dairy company known for profiling black and white cows on product packaging, now ranks as the number one producer of super-premium non-dairy desserts, made entirely without animal products.
The Burlington, Vermont, USA-headquartered ice cream maker has bolstered its certified vegan, non-dairy almond milk and sunflower-butter based offerings to 19 flavors in total. In 2021, Ben & Jerry’s unveiled a brand-new non-dairy flavor while adding four iconic offerings to the non-dairy lineup.
Leading the pack for 2021 is Change the Whirled, a flavor created in partnership with civil rights activist and former American football quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The product features a sunflower butter caramel base with fudge chips, graham cracker swirls and chocolate cookie swirls.
Next up is one of Ben & Jerry’s longest-running flavor partnerships. It began with Ben’s jam-band backyard neighbors: Phish. The rock musicians partnered with Ben & Jerry’s to create Phish Food ice cream, launched 24 years ago. Meanwhile, the flavor featuring a chocolate base with caramel and marshmallow swirls and schools of smiling chocolate phish happily swimming around has held a stronghold position on the company’s Top 10 list.
The idea for Karamel Sutra was sparked after a visit from New York Times writer Abby Ellin. In 2002, she interviewed the R&D team and suggested the punny name, which was noted by Ben & Jerry’s staff. Within the year a caramel flavor was unveiled – with Ellin’s moniker attached. The new non-dairy version features a chocolate and caramel base with fudge chips and a soft caramel core.
Rounding out the new additions are fun flavors from comedian/television show hosts in the late night/ice cream segment of the freezer. Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream, with a vanilla base, fudge-covered waffle cone pieces and a caramel swirl, has been in Ben & Jerry’s Top 10 ever since its inception in 2007.
Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Dough, also a Top 10 lister, was unveiled in 2015 for the first anniversary of Fallon’s Tonight Show. Tonight Dough features a combined caramel and chocolate base with chocolate cookie swirls, gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter cookie dough.
The new non-dairy flavors are available now at retailers across the USA at a suggested retail price of $4.99 to $5.49.