Today’s post is brought to you by Cooler Becky’s sweet tooth and the ever-increasing temperature and humidity of the state of New South Wales1.
As Mr Sun happily fries everyone to the pavement, keeping cool and hydrated is a priority. Since the heat is not completely oppressive, this really is the best time to go inside for a pint…
…of ice cream of course! Unsurprisingly, Australians eat about 18 litres of ice cream per year, coming in just behind the United States and New Zealand in ice cream consumption per capita. As a result, we’re pretty spoiled for choice here when it comes to cool desserts. Ice creameries and gelaterias are practically on every street. That being said, one of my favourite ice cream brands is sold in little shop in Manly.
Ben and Jerry’s is an ice creamery that is out to make a difference in the market. Not only is their ice cream delicious because of their refusal to use artificial colours and flavours2, but they’re also dedicated to being as eco-friendly as possible – using milk that comes from (apparently) happy cows and only buying products from vendors with low carbon footprints.
To top this off, Ben and Jerry’s is also very active in all sorts of social campaigns and charities. In 2005, they baked the World’s Largest Baked Alaska and delivered it to the US Capitol Building in protest of a vote by the US Senate proposing the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Much closer to home, however, the company has recently developed an all-Australian flavour called “Peanut Butter Cookie-burra Dough” and has promised to donate $1 for every scoop of Peanut Cookie-burra Dough sold to Mission Australia,
a charity run by the Uniting Church a non-denominational charity dedicated to helping all sorts of Australians in need.
All this, of course, wouldn’t mean a thing if their ice-cream didn’t taste good. Thankfully, Ben and Jerry’s products are usually tubs of pure indulgence created with a theme in mind. For your convenience, I have listed a few of my family’s favourites below…
- New York Super Fudge Chunk – Cooler Becky’s favourite. Dark chocolate ice cream with white and dark chocolate chips, pecans, walnuts and chocolate-covered almonds.
- Phish Food – A favourite of Cooler Becky’s Dad. Chocolate ice cream with marshmallow bits, caramel swirls and little fish-shaped pieces of chocolate. Apparently named after some band called Phish.
- Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream – Everybody’s favourite. Vanilla ice cream with little pieces of chocolate covered waffle ice-cream cone bits and caramel swirls. You can’t get better than ice cream cone mixed INSIDE your ice cream on top of an ice cream cone. It’s also a charitable ice cream – proceeds from its sale go to a charity that aids disadvantaged children, war veterans, and the environment3. Furthermore, it’s named after a comedian, giving this flavour triple points.
- Chunky Monkey – Cooler Becky’s Sister favours this flavour. Banana ice cream with chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Cherry Garcia – Cooler Becky’s Mum might like this particular flavour, if she wasn’t always vetoed by everyone else in the family. Cherry Ice Cream with Cherries & Fudge Flakes. Apparently named after the Grateful Dead guitarist, Jerry Garcia, which gives it two thumbs up in my book.
- Peanut Butter Cookie-Burra Dough – Malt ice cream with pieces of peanut butter cookie dough and swirls of peanut butter. In case you didn’t get the message earlier, buy this ice cream to support Mission Australia4!
To celebrate the grand opening of the first Ben and Jerry’s store in Australia, Jeroxie of Addictive and Consuming is giving away tubs of Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream to five of her readers.
It goes without saying that Ben and Jerry’s factors amongst Cooler Becky’s favourite ice cream stores. Their flavours are unique, their products are eco-friendly, they’re actually founded by a pair of guys named Ben and Jerry and they give away free ice cream5!
Put like that, what more would you need?
Ben and Jerry’s new store can be found at Shops 5 & 6, 25-27 South Steyne in Manly, NSW. They also have a number of stockists, which are listed on their website.
1This is in Australia, not England.
2Cooler Becky is especially appreciative of this. Artificial substances in food have the irritating effect of causing her to become hyper beyond all reason.
3Said war veterans, kids and environment are located in America, but charity is still charity! Especially if it is a delicious charity.
4But don’t buy it for Cooler Becky, she’s allergic.
5Incidentally, Ben and Jerry’s also has a yearly event known as “Free Cone Day” in which free ice-cream is distributed in celebration of the original founding date of Ben and Jerry’s. Cooler Becky isn’t sure exactly when this is but has been told that it’s sometime in late April or early May.