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Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:03 am
by A440
Mr.BB wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:52 pm
Life is short, enjoy your ice cream, enjoy your life!
+1 I can give up many things, but ice cream is not one of them. Good ahead and treat yourself!

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:46 am
by Tdubs
dustinst22 wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:51 pm
I rarely buy ice cream, so when I do I'm willing to pay more for quality. Chunky Monkey a few times a year is worth the slightly extra cost.
Love my Chunky.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:32 pm
by gretah
If the ice cream has any kind of gum in it, I won't buy it. Real ice cream freezes hard. Remember that?

If you have an ice cream maker, it is super easy to make. Freeze part of the machine the night before.

Add a few ingredients, push the On button.

Soon you have real ice cream that is fabulous!

Lot of recipes on the internet and in the library cookbooks.

Alcohol inhibits freezing so add it 10 minutes before machine is done. I like to add Frangelico or Grand Marnier to chocolate ice cream.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:02 pm
by tesuzuki2002
Jags4186 wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:45 pm
https://www.talentigelato.com/

You’ll never go back.
That's good stuff!!! Expensive... but good. I pick it up on sale.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:03 pm
by dmncs
Random Poster wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:14 pm
Tillamook is my new grocery store favorite.
Tillamook is my go to if I need a full sized tub of ice cream. They don't sell anything smaller where I live. I tend to go with Ben and Jerry's (or Talenti) if I'm buying ice cream because if I bring it home I'm going to eat it and I'd rather bring home less and have higher quality.

The in-laws bought us an ice-cream maker as a gift this summer so I've been using that instead lately. Homemade sorbet is extremely refreshing this time of year and super easy to make.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:07 pm
by Cycle
We only get ice cream at ice cream stores. It's $1-$7 a serving, depending on which one we walk to. 3 options within a mile.

Having ice cream in the house would be a constant temptation.

I save my money on housing, transportation, free grad school, tax efficient savings. Ice cream expenses are in the weeds, for us anyways.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:17 pm
by Random Poster
dmncs wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:03 pm
Random Poster wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:14 pm
Tillamook is my new grocery store favorite.
Tillamook is my go to if I need a full sized tub of ice cream. They don't sell anything smaller where I live.
Funny that you say that.

In my dusty, remote, and barren West Texas town, the grocery store of choice only offers Tillamook in pints.

I never knew it came in any other size until I was in Amarillo wandering the frozen aisle and saw half gallons of Tillamook for sale (and in new-to-me flavors too).

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:36 am
by Caduceus
I used to eat lots of Ben and Jerry's but I've since come to find many of their offerings quite artificial in taste. I prefer the simpler Haagan Daaz versions these days - like the Haagan Daaz plain vanilla, which i think is really nice

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:09 pm
by LilyFleur
ohmygoodness. Ya'll are lucky if you can eat ice cream regularly and not gain too much weight.

To me, the only budget I'm worried about is the calorie budget, when it comes to ice cream...

I get a Baskin Robbins two-dip sundae once a year. Other than that, no ice cream for me.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:19 pm
by Calico
I am embarrassed to say the ice cream I buy is $12 a quart. It's one of my indulgences. I get it from a local creamery farm (they make it there). This stuff is so rich and full of butter fat that after you eat it, if you let the dish sit out, the melted leftover stuff separates.

The nice thing about it, is I don't eat much of it (And I can eat ice cream, it's one of my favorites). It's so rich I only eat about a 1/4 to 1/2 a cup at a time. I usually get strawberry, peach, or sweet cream (they use fresh fruit to make the fruit ice creams... like home made ice cream). The vanilla is okay too.

I don't like "things" in my ice cream (like chips, nuts, candy, etc). I like smooth ice cream. So I almost never buy Ben and Jerry's.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:40 pm
by rbaldini
catdude wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:44 pm
it's outrageously expensive.
Is it, though? If you bought a Ben and Jerry's ice cream quart every other week, it would amount to $143 per year. Maybe that amounts to a difference of ~$70 compared to alternatives. I bet that won't make a dent in your financial situation in the slightest.

People make the mistake all the time of thinking "oh no! this extremely cheap consumable is 3x more than a competitor! how foolish!", when, in absolute dollars, it's a triviality. Don't sweat the small stuff.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:25 pm
by johan_s
Yes, it is. Especially when it’s on sale for $2.99 a pint. Freezer gets much more tightly packed.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:28 pm
by Broken Man 1999
I would rather have custard, myself.

Broken Man 1999

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:32 pm
by fposte
rbaldini wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:40 pm
catdude wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:44 pm
it's outrageously expensive.
Is it, though? If you bought a Ben and Jerry's ice cream quart every other week, it would amount to $143 per year. Maybe that amounts to a difference of ~$70 compared to alternatives. I bet that won't make a dent in your financial situation in the slightest.

People make the mistake all the time of thinking "oh no! this extremely cheap consumable is 3x more than a competitor! how foolish!", when, in absolute dollars, it's a triviality. Don't sweat the small stuff.
That's my take. If it's within my food budget and I enjoy it, I'll get it, or local frozen custard, or local dairy ice cream. I really enjoy food, and I don't live in a restaurant-intense area, so I'm generous with my supermarket spending.

ETA: I see Broken Man has also mentioned custard. I like our local frozen custard better than the Talenti's of the same flavor, but I haven't found anything local to compete with Talenti's black raspberry chocolate chip.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:39 pm
by exoilman
Dottie57 wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:39 pm
Jags4186 wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:45 pm
https://www.talentigelato.com/

You’ll never go back.
I like both. But they are very different. B&J. Have great combos. Talenti is smooth with deep flavor.
+1

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:41 pm
by randomguy
fposte wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:32 pm
rbaldini wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:40 pm
catdude wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:44 pm
it's outrageously expensive.
Is it, though? If you bought a Ben and Jerry's ice cream quart every other week, it would amount to $143 per year. Maybe that amounts to a difference of ~$70 compared to alternatives. I bet that won't make a dent in your financial situation in the slightest.

People make the mistake all the time of thinking "oh no! this extremely cheap consumable is 3x more than a competitor! how foolish!", when, in absolute dollars, it's a triviality. Don't sweat the small stuff.
That's my take. If it's within my food budget and I enjoy it, I'll get it, or local frozen custard, or local dairy ice cream. I really enjoy food, and I don't live in a restaurant-intense area, so I'm generous with my supermarket spending.

ETA: I see Broken Man has also mentioned custard. I like our local frozen custard better than the Talenti's of the same flavor, but I haven't found anything local to compete with Talenti's black raspberry chocolate chip.
The other theory is that spending an extra 100 bucks (versus buying the cheap store brand at 1/3rd of the price) 50 times over a year adds up to 5k. Enough small stuff can add up to real money. In the end you have to decide if spending the extra money here maximizes your happiness.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:44 pm
by Texanbybirth
exoilman wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:39 pm
Dottie57 wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:39 pm
Jags4186 wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:45 pm
https://www.talentigelato.com/

You’ll never go back.
I like both. But they are very different. B&J. Have great combos. Talenti is smooth with deep flavor.
+1
Never had/heard of Talenti, but I'm going to swing by the store otw home and pick up some for my wife for today's Feast. Thanks for the suggestion!

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:47 pm
by JamalJones
It was worth it for me - many years ago...

The regional grocery store chain in the city I lived in during the early 2000s would have B&J's ice cream on special in the winter - 2 pints for $5!! I used to go once a week to buy those pints, then go home and eat them in one sitting!

I weighed 40lbs more back then. Not sure why though....

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:54 pm
by marcwd
willthrill81 wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:22 pm
Jags4186 wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:45 pm
https://www.talentigelato.com/

You’ll never go back.
I enjoy almost any frozen dairy treat, but that stuff is probably the most delicious grocery-store-bought I've ever had. :sharebeer
I thought that too for awhile. But then my grocery store started carrying Alden's....

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:47 pm
by fposte
randomguy wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:41 pm
fposte wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:32 pm
rbaldini wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:40 pm
catdude wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:44 pm
it's outrageously expensive.
Is it, though? If you bought a Ben and Jerry's ice cream quart every other week, it would amount to $143 per year. Maybe that amounts to a difference of ~$70 compared to alternatives. I bet that won't make a dent in your financial situation in the slightest.

People make the mistake all the time of thinking "oh no! this extremely cheap consumable is 3x more than a competitor! how foolish!", when, in absolute dollars, it's a triviality. Don't sweat the small stuff.
That's my take. If it's within my food budget and I enjoy it, I'll get it, or local frozen custard, or local dairy ice cream. I really enjoy food, and I don't live in a restaurant-intense area, so I'm generous with my supermarket spending.

ETA: I see Broken Man has also mentioned custard. I like our local frozen custard better than the Talenti's of the same flavor, but I haven't found anything local to compete with Talenti's black raspberry chocolate chip.
The other theory is that spending an extra 100 bucks (versus buying the cheap store brand at 1/3rd of the price) 50 times over a year adds up to 5k. Enough small stuff can add up to real money. In the end you have to decide if spending the extra money here maximizes your happiness.
Sure, but that’s true of every expenditure that gets discussed here, from houses to cars to vacations, from coffee to watches to TP. There’s nothing special about ice cream; some of us budget for the kind we like in one category, some in others.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:01 pm
by randomguy
fposte wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:47 pm


Sure, but that’s true of every expenditure that gets discussed here, from houses to cars to vacations, from coffee to watches to TP. There’s nothing special about ice cream; some of us budget for the kind we like in one category, some in others.
which is why the whole discussion is useless. Nobody can tell you what luxury goods are worthwhile to you. You need to decide how much you want to spend on luxury and where the spending will maximize your happiness. Personally I think I get more happiness out of 3k of B&J than I would out of 3 hours in a first class airplane seat. Other people might feel the reverse. And I sure wouldn't want to bet on if B&J, Haag-Daaz, Talenti, or whatever would win a taste test. I also wouldn't want to bet on my tastes buds being the same as the rest of the population.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:28 pm
by fposte
randomguy wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:01 pm
fposte wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:47 pm


Sure, but that’s true of every expenditure that gets discussed here, from houses to cars to vacations, from coffee to watches to TP. There’s nothing special about ice cream; some of us budget for the kind we like in one category, some in others.
which is why the whole discussion is useless. Nobody can tell you what luxury goods are worthwhile to you. You need to decide how much you want to spend on luxury and where the spending will maximize your happiness. Personally I think I get more happiness out of 3k of B&J than I would out of 3 hours in a first class airplane seat. Other people might feel the reverse. And I sure wouldn't want to bet on if B&J, Haag-Daaz, Talenti, or whatever would win a taste test. I also wouldn't want to bet on my tastes buds being the same as the rest of the population.
So one could similarly say that to some of us, the discussion is worth the time for its enjoyment value :D .

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:39 pm
by NightFall
I'm of the opinion there is no bad ice cream. However, I'm quite surprised no one has mentioned Blue Bell ice cream (or I missed it). It's only available in half the US though. I'm a purest and measure ice cream by how well their vanilla tastes. For me, Blue Bell is quite literally the best ice cream in the country by a large margin.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:48 am
by chickadee
Do you like the Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla or Vanilla Bean? (or both)....

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:50 am
by NightFall
chickadee wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:48 am
Do you like the Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla or Vanilla Bean? (or both)....
Homemade vanilla... best selling flavor they sell. :)

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:54 am
by Texanbybirth
NightFall wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:39 pm
I'm of the opinion there is no bad ice cream. However, I'm quite surprised no one has mentioned Blue Bell ice cream (or I missed it). It's only available in half the US though. I'm a purest and measure ice cream by how well their vanilla tastes. For me, Blue Bell is quite literally the best ice cream in the country by a large margin.
I'm the only native Texan I've met who thinks Blue Bell is disgusting. It's a good thing I can stand up for myself because that opinion regularly gets me in a lot of trouble, but I've had 34 years worth of suffering Blue Bell at parties and family get togethers and BBQs to form it. I was over the moon when they went out of business (or bankrupt, or whatever) a few years ago, and I was sorely disappointed to hear they were coming back into business a couple years later. It might be one of the most over-rated products (in general) in history.

:sharebeer

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:25 am
by Random Poster
Texanbybirth wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:54 am
I'm the only native Texan I've met who thinks Blue Bell is disgusting. It's a good thing I can stand up for myself because that opinion regularly gets me in a lot of trouble, but I've had 34 years worth of suffering Blue Bell at parties and family get togethers and BBQs to form it. I was over the moon when they went out of business (or bankrupt, or whatever) a few years ago, and I was sorely disappointed to hear they were coming back into business a couple years later. It might be one of the most over-rated products (in general) in history.

:sharebeer
I don't hate it, but I do think that it has a particularly gummy mouthfeel to it, that the chocolate flavored offerings are rather weak on actual chocolate flavoring, and that the ice cream doesn't feel substantial in any way.

All in all, though, it works in a pinch, and if you sandwich it between two chocolate chip cookies, it serves its purposes.

I suspect its popularity though is more of a function of its relatively niche status, at least historically, and the whole "we're Texan; buy Texan" thing that goes on around Texas.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:31 am
by stoptothink
Texanbybirth wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:54 am
NightFall wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:39 pm
I'm of the opinion there is no bad ice cream. However, I'm quite surprised no one has mentioned Blue Bell ice cream (or I missed it). It's only available in half the US though. I'm a purest and measure ice cream by how well their vanilla tastes. For me, Blue Bell is quite literally the best ice cream in the country by a large margin.
I'm the only native Texan I've met who thinks Blue Bell is disgusting. It's a good thing I can stand up for myself because that opinion regularly gets me in a lot of trouble, but I've had 34 years worth of suffering Blue Bell at parties and family get togethers and BBQs to form it. I was over the moon when they went out of business (or bankrupt, or whatever) a few years ago, and I was sorely disappointed to hear they were coming back into business a couple years later. It might be one of the most over-rated products (in general) in history.

:sharebeer
No, that title belongs to Salt Lick BBQ.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:38 am
by SrGrumpy
rebellovw wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:10 am
Ben and Jerry's used to be great - now it is garbage. Really shocked at how bad it went down hill -found it it was bought. A real bummer - Cherry Garcia used to be my favorite.
I seriously doubt all this. They still make it in Vermont - where you can visit the plant. It's not like Unilever outsourced it to India. If you have ice cream from the alleged good old days vs. the "garbage" ice cream, maybe we can get a lab to run tests.

My personal fave, though, is Swensen's - though these days it's mostly found in Southeast Asia. It was all I ate in Laos.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:40 am
by dknightd
If you like it, and can afford it, why not?

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:38 pm
by Texanbybirth
Random Poster wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:25 am
Texanbybirth wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:54 am
I'm the only native Texan I've met who thinks Blue Bell is disgusting. It's a good thing I can stand up for myself because that opinion regularly gets me in a lot of trouble, but I've had 34 years worth of suffering Blue Bell at parties and family get togethers and BBQs to form it. I was over the moon when they went out of business (or bankrupt, or whatever) a few years ago, and I was sorely disappointed to hear they were coming back into business a couple years later. It might be one of the most over-rated products (in general) in history.

:sharebeer
I don't hate it, but I do think that it has a particularly gummy mouthfeel to it, that the chocolate flavored offerings are rather weak on actual chocolate flavoring, and that the ice cream doesn't feel substantial in any way.

All in all, though, it works in a pinch, and if you sandwich it between two chocolate chip cookies, it serves its purposes.

I suspect its popularity though is more of a function of its relatively niche status, at least historically, and the whole "we're Texan; buy Texan" thing that goes on around Texas.
It ranks below Kroger's store brand (not even Private Selection) in my household. With any luck, it will never touch my childrens' tongues.

I'm quite thankful for this thread, though, if only for introducing me to Talenti.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:14 pm
by One Ping
whodidntante wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:13 pm
My guests and my bad days appreciate whiskey.
:thumbsup

A little Talisker Distillers Edition with just the teensy-est drop of water ... and then gently warmed to around 115°F to bring out the aromatics .... aaaahhhh ....

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:23 pm
by SC Anteater
catdude wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:44 pm
So lately Ben & Jerry's ice cream has been on sale at the local grocery store... I've bought the stuff several times. I love it. The thing is, at the regular price (around $5.50 for a 16-oz tub) it's outrageously expensive. I imagine that, ounce for ounce, it's 3 or 4 times as expensive at other brands of ice cream. But when it's on sale (say $3.50 for 16 ounces) I think it's worth spending the money. What do y'all think?

My favorite varieties of B&J's are strawberry cheesecake, and peanut butter cup. Yummy. YMMV... If you have a favorite, please let us know!
I love B&J chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. No other brand's version tastes as good. But, it's gotten too expensive. I can occasionally find it on sale for $4.49 but that's still too much for me, so I've sadly given it up. But I'm bummed about it.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:30 pm
by testing321
I think the question is, does buying better ice cream or wine motivate you to consume more or less? If the latter, spend more on better.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:35 pm
by Texanbybirth
testing321 wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:30 pm
I think the question is, does buying better ice cream or wine motivate you to consume more or less? If the latter, spend more on better.
What if it's the former? :)

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:39 pm
by testing321
Texanbybirth wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:35 pm
testing321 wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:30 pm
I think the question is, does buying better ice cream or wine motivate you to consume more or less? If the latter, spend more on better.
What if it's the former? :)
That's a tough one.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:16 pm
by rebellovw
SrGrumpy wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:38 am
rebellovw wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:10 am
Ben and Jerry's used to be great - now it is garbage. Really shocked at how bad it went down hill -found it it was bought. A real bummer - Cherry Garcia used to be my favorite.
I seriously doubt all this. They still make it in Vermont - where you can visit the plant. It's not like Unilever outsourced it to India. If you have ice cream from the alleged good old days vs. the "garbage" ice cream, maybe we can get a lab to run tests.

My personal fave, though, is Swensen's - though these days it's mostly found in Southeast Asia. It was all I ate in Laos.
It tastes terrible now - I'm not making this up - you can use google. I actually did search as I was so shocked at how terrible it was - how much it had changed - I thought - am I imagining this? Found out I wasn't.

it used to melt nicely - almost a sweet cold milk - now it melts thick and goopy warm mess - it doesn't at all have the texture of quality ice cream.

Thanks Unilever!

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:24 pm
by protagonist
catdude wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:44 pm
So lately Ben & Jerry's ice cream has been on sale at the local grocery store... I've bought the stuff several times. I love it. The thing is, at the regular price (around $5.50 for a 16-oz tub) it's outrageously expensive. I imagine that, ounce for ounce, it's 3 or 4 times as expensive at other brands of ice cream. But when it's on sale (say $3.50 for 16 ounces) I think it's worth spending the money. What do y'all think?

That depends on four things:
1. How much you like Ben and Jerry's compared with other brands.
2. What are your alternatives. (Where I live there are many high-fat "gourmet" alternatives to B+J's, some locally produced).
3. The bottom line....how much is your budget strained, and in the long run, will spending $5.50 on a pint of ice cream make a difference that matters.
4. If the money does matter, would you get more pleasure out of eating B+J's a third as often as you would eating your ice cream that sells for 1/3 the price? (That is actually an unfair comparison, because the cheaper ice cream probably contains much more air and much less fat/calories, and thus you would eat much more of it in one sitting).

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:06 pm
by audioaxes
i love ice cream but not a big fan of Ben and Jerrys. My rule of thumb on grocery store ice cream is $3.50 or less for a pint of gourmet ice cream and $3.50 or less for 2 quarts of Breyers or similar quality ice cream. On occasion I do splurge on a couple that I think are truly comparable to what you could get at a gourmet ice cream shop.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:14 pm
by straws46
Two things about this thread made me smile. Just thinking about B & J Phish Food and RadAudit's post.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:15 pm
by Texanbybirth
Tried Talenti double dark chocolate with my wife last night. Wow, that stuff is good.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:19 pm
by Starfish
Texanbybirth wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:38 pm
Random Poster wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:25 am
Texanbybirth wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:54 am
I'm the only native Texan I've met who thinks Blue Bell is disgusting. It's a good thing I can stand up for myself because that opinion regularly gets me in a lot of trouble, but I've had 34 years worth of suffering Blue Bell at parties and family get togethers and BBQs to form it. I was over the moon when they went out of business (or bankrupt, or whatever) a few years ago, and I was sorely disappointed to hear they were coming back into business a couple years later. It might be one of the most over-rated products (in general) in history.

:sharebeer
I don't hate it, but I do think that it has a particularly gummy mouthfeel to it, that the chocolate flavored offerings are rather weak on actual chocolate flavoring, and that the ice cream doesn't feel substantial in any way.

All in all, though, it works in a pinch, and if you sandwich it between two chocolate chip cookies, it serves its purposes.

I suspect its popularity though is more of a function of its relatively niche status, at least historically, and the whole "we're Texan; buy Texan" thing that goes on around Texas.
It ranks below Kroger's store brand (not even Private Selection) in my household. With any luck, it will never touch my childrens' tongues.

I'm quite thankful for this thread, though, if only for introducing me to Talenti.
Talenti is good and honest, but middle of the pack and nothing to write home about. Don't set your hopes too high.
It's much better than B&J though.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:25 pm
by Potential
bengal22 wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:46 pm
Graeter's, ,Cincinnati ice cream, is my go to treat. We are Bogleheads so we can enjoy the finer things not to prohibit them.
+1 on Graeter's. I've had it a few times and it was delicious. Free Pint coupon made it all so better too.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:26 pm
by centrifuge41
MJS wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:27 pm
Note that ice cream is sold by volume-ounces, not weight-ounces. Read the labels to compare grams (mass) per half-cup serving (= 4 volume-ounces) -- see how much ice cream ingredients you're buying (rather than air) with a premium frozen dessert product vs inexpensive. Sometimes there's a significant difference. And sometimes there's not.
Yep, this is important to keep in mind! A 16 oz super premium, like Ben & Jerry's, may have 2/3 the weight of a 1.5 gallon quart normal ice cream. While it may seem like you're getting 1/3 the ice cream, you're actually getting 2/3, so the price to ice cream ratio isn't so bad.

With that said, if you have Aldi/Lidl stores nearby, try their not-Ben & Jerry ice cream varieties. Some are surprisingly good.
Haagen Dazs is routinely sold for $2.50 at Safeway. Granted, it's not a real pint, as mentioned above. It's 14 oz.
I'm not a fan of Talenti. It's just not that good, and it routinely sells for $4.x... unless you have a Harris Teeter around that Bogo's the Talenti.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:17 pm
by Ice-9
Ice cream is something (1) I like but (2) I readily recognize is easy to abuse.

Therefore, my ice cream policy is as follows. Only eat ice cream:
(a) if out and about and it's convenient and fun to get a single portion at an ice cream (or frozen yogurt) place - often a "kid's size cone"
or
(b) if a really good ice cream like Ben & Jerry's is on sale and I haven't had it in a while (works out to maybe twice a year)

The super-economical gallon containers of ice-cream are absolutely off limits. I'd end up having some after every meal until it was gone.

The above may not be most economical in dollars per ounce of ice cream, but it keeps me in check, and I still get to enjoy ice cream from time to time.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:41 pm
by Starfish
Cost of ice cream is not in $ paid for ice cream but in diabetes, obesity etc.
Why would anybody buy those buckets of ice cream - except for a party - is beyond my understanding. What I want is the minimum amount of the best ice cream (and this applies to many other food products).

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:59 pm
by Broken Man 1999
I temper my intake of ice cream by eating the small cups DW keeps in the freezer for the grandchildren.

The portions are very small, so that doesn't shock my blood sugar levels as much as my preferred much larger portion. Regulates my intake nicely. I can enjoy ice cream without worry.

I use the same regulated intake of salty snacks by buying 1 ounce bags that parents throw in the children's school lunch boxes. I'm working my way through a box of 1 oz servings of Cheetos Flaming Hot flavor washed down by low-carb beer.

Broken Man 1999

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:00 pm
by protagonist
Starfish wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:19 pm


Talenti is good and honest, but middle of the pack and nothing to write home about. Don't set your hopes too high.
I agree with that assessment but there is a caveat.

They are the only ones I know with a screw-on container, which prevents the inevitable refreezing and freezer burn that you get even with high end ice cream. For that reason alone, if we didn't have so many good local homemade producers to choose from, I would buy Talenti over Ben and Jerry's or Haagen Dazs or most of the other premium commercial brands.

That has to be worth something. Why the others have not caught on is beyond me.

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:01 pm
by miles monroe
i rarely buy store ice cream as it is unhealthy, but when i do i almost always get B&J cherry garcia.

(i feel the need to say i hate the music of jerry garcia and the grateful dead.)

when i thru hiked the appalachian trail years ago there was a B&J store in manchester center, vermont. in addition to the normal offerings, they also sold "seconds" for an unbelievably low price. we ate so much while we were in town...

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:44 pm
by blaugranamd
B&J is really good. If you have Graeter's in your area even better. I prefer expensive ice cream mainly so that I will eat less. A small spoon eating a smaller amount keeps me from gorging myself fat. Same approach to beer, he the pricey stuff so I can't afford to be an alcoholic
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