We analyzed our customer orders to find the best Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors in honor of National Ice Cream Day, July 18. Why Ben & Jerry’s specifically? It’s the most popular ice cream brand in America in terms of sales. It’s also an undisputed king among creative flavors, so we knew we would get some interesting results. After determining that Strawberry Cheesecake was the most popular flavor in all states, we analyzed data to determine which Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors were unique in each state. Although they may not be the most popular flavors by volume, these flavors are the ones that each state orders more of compared to the national average. What’s the scoop about your state’s ice cream preferences?
Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Truffles
The four states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and New Mexico have ordered more Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake truffles than any other country. This indulgent treat is like a New York-style cheesecake mixed with caramel-cheesecake cream ice cream. To balance it out, I added some chocolate cookies. You know what? It works.
Sugar Cookie Dough Core
Ben & Jerry’s has been creating unique cookie dough flavors since 1984, when it invented cookie dough ice cream. Arizona and South Carolina are the two states that continue to order Sweet Like Sugar Cookie Dough Core from Vermont creamery. This two-ice-creams-in-one pint features almond-flavored sweet cream ice cream with shortbread cookies AND a cherry ice cream with cherry pieces. The center contains a core of sugar cookie dough.
You may ask what a cookie dough core is (clearly, you are not from AZ and S.C.). It is a cookie dough core that has a single piece of cookie dough in its middle.
The American Dream
Arkansas’ ice cream order is more traditional than others. American Dream, the ice cream endorsed by late-night host Stephen Colbert, is on Ben & Jerry’s 2020 Top Sellers List. It’s a delicious combination of caramel swirl and waffle cone bits covered in fudge. It also supports charitable causes through Stephen Colbert’s American Dream Fund.
Non-Dairy Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Do not let vegan/non-dairy fool you. Non-Dairy Chocolate Brownie is delicious, with huge chunks of fudgy brownies packed into chocolate almond milk ice cream. California’s most beloved B&J flavor proves that good ice cream doesn’t require dairy.
Peanut Butter Fudge Core
Do you know how chocolate peanut butter icecreams can be inconsistent in their ratios? The Peanut Butter Fudge Core, a Colorado and Indiana favorite, doesn’t have this problem. You can stuff approximately 1 billion mini peanut butter cups in the peanut butter and chocolate ice creams. This makes it split the pint. Even better? The peanut butter fudge core runs down the middle, giving it an extra peanut butter taste.
Vanilla Caramel Fudge
Connecticut, the state which gave us the hamburger and Katharine Hepburn our first written constitution, is a lover of classics. This is especially true of Vanilla Caramel Fudge, the state’s unique ice cream. Unlike other B&J’s Ice Creams, this pint is not chunky and focuses instead on the essentials. This classic vanilla ice cream is topped with fudge and caramel.
Delaware & Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania and Delaware especially love Moo-Phoria P.B. Dough. Why? Moo-Phoria P.B. is like all other Ben & Jerry’s Moo–Phoria flavors. The dough has fewer calories and lower fat than regular ice cream. It still has chocolate chip peanut butter cookie dough chunks infused into chocolate ice cream. Moo-Phoria isn’t like other light ice creams. It doesn’t taste gummy or icy, which can be a problem for some.
D.C. technically is not a state. It does have the same Ben & Jerry’s preference for Michigan as Maryland and Virginia, which are just a few minutes away from D.C. We find this fascinating. Both D.C. and Michigan love Pistachio Pistachio. This green pistachio-flavored ice cream is studded with lightly roasted Pistachios. It’s a spicier version of the Italian gelato flavor.
Non-Dairy Peanut Butter Half Baked
Non-Dairy Peanut butter Half Baked is ordered by four states: Georgia, Missouri, Nevada and New Hampshire. The original flavor is enhanced with chunks of peanut butter cookie dough and chocolate-peanut butter ice cream made of almond milk. This is the perfect treat to satisfy vegans, lactose sensitive and lactose-intolerant.