The clear winner in this blind tasting, Ben & Jerry's far outpaced the rest of the pack with a rich, creamy mouth-filling flavor that bordered on decadent. "Winner!" one taster exclaimed. "This tastes like vanilla ice cream. Cold, smooth, with custard notes." A second taster found this ice cream, which was peppered with little bits of vanilla bean, to be "very elegant," with a "soft subtle presence." A third thought it had so much flavor this that it was a vanilla that could be enjoyed without any toppings. A fourth taster, however, was wary and suspected "fake" vanilla: "Seems too good to be true." (The Organic Consumers Association filed a lawsuit July 9 in the District of Columbia Superior Court on July 9 against Ben & Jerry's parent company, Unilever, alleging "deceptive labeling, marketing, and sale" of Ben & Jerry's ice cream products "as humanely sourced and environmentally responsible." Laura Peterson, a Ben & Jerry's spokesperson, wrote in an email that the company doesn't "comment on pending lawsuits, but I can say we are proud of the work we have done with Vermont's family farmers over the past 35 years. There is much work still to do, and we are committed to building a resilient, regenerative dairy supply.")
$3.99 for 1 pint.