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Ben & Jerry’s Pistachio Ice Cream

I previously reviewed Haagen Dazs Pistachio Ice Cream.

Ben & Jerry’s was on sale at the SWPL supermarket for only $3 per pint. I thought I’d give it a try.

Compared to Haagen Dazs which is crushed pistachios mixed into unflavored ice cream, the Ben and Jerry’s product is pistachio flavored ice cream with whole pistachios mixed in. It’s a little bit sweeter and you can definitely taste the pistachio flavoring. It tastes more like Chinese restaurant pistachio ice cream, minus the green food dye.

Haagen Dazs is a much harder ice cream. Ben & Jerry’s is softer. (As far as I know, my freezer temperature hasn’t changed, so the difference is in the ice cream).

Unlike Haagen Dazs which contains no weird chemicals, the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream contains “guar gum” and “carrageenan.”

I vote for Haagen Dazs as the more sophisticated and better ice cream. Too bad it’s not on sale.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 11, 2017 at 10:06 pm

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  1. You could probably get a full gallon of Hagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream for about $14.00 The best. Then flavor it anyway you want. You can use those flavored liquids they have in coffee houses.


    June 11, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    • A gallon! There are 78 calories in an ounce and there are 128 ounces in a gallon. Lolz. Mates, ice cream is poison, it’s death!


      June 12, 2017 at 8:41 am

      • I once knew a guy in at Berkeley who ran 6 miles a day specifically so that he could consume a gallon of ice cream each day. These were the days when most college students considered smoking dope to be the coolest thing you could do, but for this guy it was ice cream. Interesting family. He had a brother who was a teacher and married one of his students as soon as she turned 18.


        June 12, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      • A man burns roughly an extra 100 calories per mile of running. 600 calories does not even cover half a pint of premium ice cream.


        June 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      • Lion, You should add the Endomondo or Map My Walk app to your phone and track how far you walk in a day, week etc. Start it when you leave each building since they don’t work to well indoors because of GPS.

        I would be interested how far you walk since you don’t own a car.


        June 14, 2017 at 12:36 am

      • Last time I checked, it was possible to eat one or two ounces of ice cream a day, and keep the rest in a cold place for consumption over the next two to four months.


        June 14, 2017 at 11:20 am

    • Supermarket ice cream is prole regardless of brand.

      A rational person like Lion should only eat ice cream from the concession stands during the summertime intermittently.


      June 12, 2017 at 10:10 am

      • A rational person eats healthy food when he is hungry and is aware of its nutritional and caloric content. He is not concerned with where he buys stuff and what people will think of him. This is very simple.


        June 12, 2017 at 10:51 am

      • I guess Lion is not rational when he makes $96/hr and wonders why Haagen Daz is not on sale.


        June 12, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      • It’s only 90 an hour and after taxes more like 55

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        June 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      • Still, you should consumer better ice cream with $55/hr.

        And not to discount prole tastes, but the run in the mill grocery store isn’t too far off from a Whole Foods when it comes to price, unless one shops at a NAM market.


        June 12, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      • Lion has these cheapness about him which I don’t like. I don’t eat ice cream, but I want the best avocado, apples and tomatoes or whatever else I like. Even though you could say that an apple is an apple, so I don’t mind cheap apples that my Tajik buy either. But that’s because an apple is an apple, not because I’m cheap.

        $55 after tax? This is a riot. I’d told you to learn low-voltage, which you could realy rock at. $55 after tax is retarded. You are being fleeced.


        June 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      • Manhattan crap “prole” items are overpriced that Lion should not buy anything from supermarkets like D’Agostino, Gristedes, Morton Williams, and Food Emporium. With the same amount of money, he can shop in Whole Foods. I expect a lot of these supermarket chains to go out of business in Manhattan, simply because they are so overpriced where people are going to Whole Foods instead.


        June 12, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      • There’s a SWPL supermarket near me, it’s not a chain.

      • Why are you buying ice cream for proles, when artisanal ice cream are all over the place in Manhattan?

        You’re not living in Indiana, or Arizona in your case.


        June 13, 2017 at 9:29 am

  2. Carrageenan is seaweed.



    June 11, 2017 at 11:55 pm

  3. Carrageenan is not a weird chemical, it is a seaweed extract that is used as a thickener. Perfectly natural and used in Japan since 1400. This is definitely what made the icecream softer: the Ben and Jerry base paste is more diluted than Haagen Dazs and used carrageenan to thicken it up making it softer (and definitely cheaper as it requires less raw materials for each liter of products)


    June 12, 2017 at 12:09 am

    • Guard gum is also a natural thickening agent made from gust beans.


      June 12, 2017 at 8:53 am

    • For that matter, guar gum is produced from the guar bean, though it doesn’t have as long a history.

      A lot of food additives are produced by processes no stranger or more complex than, say, the production of pure chicken broth and made from relatively healthy base ingredients.

      Any time I’ve had homemade ice cream, it’s all crystalline — not very creamy. The creaminess is what makes ice cream enjoyable, and it comes from those additives. I’d much rather drink a cold glass of whole milk with honey (honestly, not a bad dessert) than eat a bowl of crystalline ice cream.


      June 12, 2017 at 9:33 am

    • Carrageenan has been linked to inflammation and cancer.


      June 12, 2017 at 10:51 am

    • Carrageenan & Guar Gum are probably the healthiest ingredients in there.
      Even though made from seaweed, from what I understand our bodies consider these soluble dietary fiber… improving digestion, blood lipid composition and cardiovascular health.

      So it’s actually good for you.

      It’s the butterfat & sugar that will kill you.

      Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

      June 12, 2017 at 3:27 pm

  4. Screw Ben & Jerry and their communist ice cream

    Jason Liu

    June 12, 2017 at 1:37 am

    • I don’t think Unilever is particularly communist.

      Peter Akuleyev

      June 12, 2017 at 8:58 am

      • Mood affiliation.

        I have a hard time swallowing it too, because I’m not a hippie progressive.
        I’m all about utility and good taste not expressing my ideology with consumption promoted marketers linking the brand to phony political (and polarizing) PR.

        Dear Corporate & Marketing Management:
        Please just just focus on product quality, service & customer satisfaction.
        If you want to do something nice, take good care of your colleagues and treat them fairly and pay them well.
        Leave politics to professional and amateur activists.


        Hungry Consumer.

        Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

        June 12, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      • Unilever is like Shell, a rare “Anglo-Dutch” company that tries to have both countries as its home base. As a big and very traditional corporation in an extremely competitive area, they are right-wing for Europe. As a company that is based in Europe and has to operate in 100+ countries, with a very big part of their money coming from third world NAMs buying toothpaste etc, they are somewhat left wing and PC compared to a typical large US-focused consumer corporation.

        As Lion has pointed out, the things that drive corporations to the left is they just sit around and manage easy profits from quasi-monopolies.

        But corporations in competitive and price sensitive areas of the economy do not have the luxury. These companies tend not to be based in NYC other prestige locations, but rather sunbelt suburban areas (e.g., Plano, TX, Marietta, GA) or midwest small towns (e.g., Benton Harbor, MI, Orrville, OH), because the costs are much lower there.


        June 12, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      • Unilever may not be communist but the hippies who founded Ben & Jerry’s were. That’s what the brand was known for.


        June 12, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    • Agree!


      June 12, 2017 at 3:18 pm

  5. I love this content. I remember one blog that started to post restaurant receipts and post a bowel movement diary to see how much abuse his readers could take.

    BJ dubbS

    June 12, 2017 at 7:53 am

  6. What supermarket is this?

    Anyway I love Breyer’s Ice Cream. Consumer Reports once did a taste test & Breyers came out on top. They use real vanilla beans in their ice cream, not extract, which imparts a slightly alcohol-y taste.


    June 12, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    • I tested Rocky Road from both Breyers & Dreyers Double Churned (aka Edy’s in the East).

      It wasn’t even close. Dreyer’s blew Breyer’s away. Sad because the Breyer’s brand is an old one I admired and recalled from my youth.

      And the Häagen-Dazs was quite a substantial leap from it’s Nestle sister, Dreyer’s.

      Ultimately, eat what you like. No arguing about taste. It’s easy; just trust your nose & tongue….

      Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

      June 12, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      • Breyer’s was bought out some time ago. They kept the name and packaging but dropped the premium ingredients and totally changed the formula to the point most of their varieties don’t even constitute “ice cream” under FDA guidelines ( Breyer’s calls it “Frozen Dairy Dessert” now). Sad because Breyer’s used to be one of the best. Turkey Hill’s “Natural” line (comes in special yellow and black packaging) tastes a lot like old Breyer’s.


        June 12, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    • I rate most ice cream sold in the supermarket freezing bins as prole, perhaps with a few local purveyors who stock their ice cream in more upscale venues like Whole Foods. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream is a good example.


      June 12, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    • I knew Breyer’s was overrated when I was in kindergarten.

      Häagen-Dazs along with Dairy Queen chocolate sundaes were my favorite.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      June 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      • TuJ proves once again why he is, remains, and ever shall be, undiscovered.

        I vouch for no other Breyers than its vanilla.

        “Breyers natural vanilla ice cream: milk, cream, sugar, tara gum, natural flavor. Period.”

        Dunno what tara gum is.

        I’ve often wondered what home made ice cream tastes like but I resist buying a machine because then I’d have to lost 50 pounds and not 10.


        June 13, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      • I guess post scarcity economics doesn’t apply to food, the same way it doesn’t apply to expensive real estate in our liberal centers.

        What separates the haves and have nots in America is access to decent and safe food. The majority of supermarkets in America sells crap laden with all kinds of STEM ingredients incomprehensible to the average prole and this includes ice cream. Worse, such crap is overpriced in many of the supermarkets located in Manhattan. A can of Chef Boyardees goes for $5 in a prole market that brands itself towards SWPLs. Who buys and eat this garbage in our day of age?


        June 13, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    • When I was in Manhattan, I shopped for prole items at NAM markets like C-Town and Fine Fare. Anyone who shops for prole fare in D’Agostino, Gristedes and Key Foods is an idiot, because they are paying a premium price, where you’re better off shopping at Whole Foods. I noticed Key Foods has upgraded much of their inventory to organic in order to entice the Whole Food followers. These 3 supermarket chains are never found in the hood, only in White areas where people pay an arm n a leg for groceries. What a ripoff!


      June 12, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      • A couple of years ago I did some merchandising assignments at Key Foods stores in Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau. Without exception the store managers were the nicest ones I’ve dealt with in any of the supermarket chains I’ve serviced. I have considerable respect for that company.

        Note: the most unpleasant managers, by far, were at Waldbaum’s. I was glad when they went out of business.



        June 13, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      • The Key Foods where I used to go has upgraded much of their inventory to attract the SWPL crowd. There is lot of organic fare and non-nitrate processed meats.


        June 14, 2017 at 9:01 am

  7. Oh man I just binged and bought 5 pints of Häagen-Dazs yesterday evening.

    On sale for $2.50 a pint + $2.50 coupon for buying 5 pints.

    I’m going to high butterfat fuel for jogging and cycling all summer.

    The Häagen-Dazs Rocky Road is really quite an upgrade from the Rocky Road from Nestle’s sister brand, the Dreyers (Edy’s for you eastcoast Yankees).

    I also picked up a buncha Talenti Gelato. We’ll see how that is…

    I’m getting spoiled buying superpremium stuff.
    My prole upbringing that demands I buy the store’s cheapo value house brand is wailing in protest. But that coupon is giving me a prole alibi for the indulgence.

    Next thing you know I’ll be shopping at Whole Foods or our local version of Dean & Deluca.

    Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    June 12, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    • Dean & Deluca and Citarella markets make Whole Foods look like a prole establishment.


      June 12, 2017 at 4:17 pm

  8. My favorite “ice cream” are the new low-cal ones. They use artificial sugar but real fat, but less than normal. Subtract out half the fat and all the sugar, and of course it does not taste as good. But a full pint only has 300-500 calories. They still taste wonderful and it is a great pleasure to chow down a whole pint of cold chocolate mint ice cream over the course of a hot day and only get hit with ~400 calories.

    The particular brands I get are Artic Zero when it is on sale, and is the very lowest of these products. If I have to pay full price, I get sugar-free coconut milk mint chip. I had given up eating ice cream entirely until I discovered these.


    June 12, 2017 at 4:05 pm

  9. I’m with Jason Liu. The leftists win all the cultural and political fights because conservatives have no stomach for the fight. Even the Lion, a smart and committed right winger, supports a famously left-wing ice cream company and watches hour after hour of TV, the product of famously left-wing Hollywood.


    June 12, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    • If there was any good rightwing TV I’d watch it.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      June 12, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      • Wheras ice cream is a poison for your body, TV is a poison for your mind. Mate, you need a detox ASAP! Save what’s left of yourself!

        I still can’t beleive that $55 after tax. You get to keep so little. This is a mess!


        June 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      • Maybe “Ninotchka” is on YouTube?


        June 12, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      • I’d recommended good foreign films in the past, but looks like nobody took me up on it. I’m not doing it again. Lion’s taste in entertainment is scraping the bottom of the barrel, or at least that’s what I think.


        June 12, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      • Looking forward to the reboot of “Roseanne” on ABC. Roseanne Barr is a Trumpist and a prole Jew to boot, who unfortunately believes in the Comet Pizza story; nevertheless I’m a fan. Lol. Anyway I doubt ABC will let the new Roseanne deviate too far from liberal orthodoxy. I predict it won’t last very long.

        Kosher Kowboy

        June 13, 2017 at 10:58 am

      • God, I hate “Rosanne.” My own mother is fat, always yelling and complaining and making lame jokes. I didn’t need to watch that bilge, I was living it!


        June 13, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    • Conservatives are like the UK in the EU.

      If the Brits took time to make their case, sell it, and build a coalition through persuasion, horse-trading or extortion they might not have to compromise much and might get most of what they want.

      However once they get convinced there’s no way to win and losing is predestined because the majority opposes them, there is no point in bargaining no use for diplomacy.

      So instead of playing their game by their rules and always losing, take your ball and go home.

      Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

      June 12, 2017 at 9:02 pm

  10. Review Baskin Robbins and Dairy Queen next.


    June 12, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    • And Carvel – all of them are prole.

      I don’t understand Lion — he earns a nice hourly wage and lives in Manhattan. He should not be eating prole treats. He is wasting space and opportunity there.


      June 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    • MEH 0910

      June 12, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      • Green food dye, no thanks!

      • Prole — What a Manhattanite needs to do, is to walk a few blocks and get artisanal ice cream from a ice cream shop.

        Supermarket Ice Cream are for losers.

        Even a NAM understands it. He makes a good killing from SWPLs in the East Village.

        He’s probably the only black guy who owns a ice cream parlor.


        June 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

      • A lot of these artisanal ice cream and other product places source their ingredients from similar places as the supermarket goods do. They’re not better. They’re just packaged differently.


        June 14, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      • No, they do not. Artisanal ice cream isn’t mass produced like Bryers and Haagan Dazs, and their ingredients are usually milk, cream and cane sugar, unlike the run n the mill supermarket brand with lactose, high fructose, guar gum, carrageenan, zinc, and other metals like…ums and …ates…


        June 15, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      • Here’s Haagen Dazs’s ingredients for its vanilla ice cream:



        June 15, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      • Wow, that’s classic.

      • Tom — It’s non-vanilla flavors contain ingredients like corn syrup, pectin and soy lechtin.

        Now go stock on supermarket ice cream, because that’s your only option!


        June 16, 2017 at 8:40 am

      • No, they don’t. You can check out the ingredient lists for the flavored Haagen Dazs ice cream. Haagen Dazs uses basic natural ingredients to make their ice cream:

        “from our founding, the häagen-dazs® brand has always focused on taking simple flavors and the finest ingredients possible and elevating them to an extraordinary ice cream experience. with each new product and flavor, we strive to maintain those standards.

        over 50 years later, five of our flavors – chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, coffee and green tea – still have only five ingredients. cream. milk. sugar. egg yolks. plus the very best ingredient to bring that flavor to life. every bite is proof that when you start with something pure and simple, extraordinary things can happen.”


        June 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm

  11. When you come to think of it ice cream is truly disgusting. Can it be compared to a tomato or a banana? No way! Can’t beleive I ever ate that stuff.

    What ice cream does Trump eat?


    June 14, 2017 at 6:36 am

    • Why is it disgusting? It’s milk, cream, and sugar. It’s delicious!


      June 14, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      • It’s because of the mental association with obese women and kids and NAMs that ice cream conjures. Maybe it’s delicious, I dunno anymore because I’d lost my taste for it.

        Obviously ifbyou are in Gulag, ice cream is good for you. But if you are in NYC, you should go bananas.

        This is a You u rkov

        June 15, 2017 at 11:36 am

  12. I’m so prole I thought green was the natural color of pistachio ice cream. I didn’t know it was food dye. Pistachios are green so I just assumed it was natural. I do recall seeing and eating white pistachio ice cream before, at nicer places, but I though that was the unnatural color for presentation or something.


    June 14, 2017 at 3:35 pm

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