Ben and Jerry’s New Greek Frozen Yogurt

I recently got the opportunity (thanks, Feisty Foodie!) to sample Ben and Jerry’s new Greek Frozen Yogurt before this new product was released to the public. Now that the products are on the shelves, I figure I might as well let the cat out of the bag…

This stuff is almost stupidly good. 
Scratch that…it is stupidly good.

Ben and Jerry’s flavor developers (that’s right, they play with and eat ice cream for a living), explained how though Greek Yogurt is naturally lower in calories and fat and higher in protein than regular ice cream, this dessert isn’t supposed to be a health food. This is meant to be a different version of a frozen dessert, as rich and decadent as ice cream with the natural tanginess and health benefits of Greek yogurt (yogurt that has been strained to become thick and creamy). Greek yogurt is already used in cooking savory foods, so moving it over to frozen yogurt seemed a natural step, especially considering that Greek yogurt’s texture just lends itself to an indulgent dessert.
All that is fine and dandy, but let’s get down to taste, shall we?

Strawberry Shortcake -Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Topped with Shortbread Pieces
Hands down, my favorite of the day. Possibly my favorite pint of Ben and Jerry’s ever. This tastes exactly like frozen strawberry cheesecake – rich and creamy, with a delightful tang from the yogurt. The strawberry flavor is bright and fresh tasting, not at all fake or syrupy tasting. The chunks of strawberries are juicy, and the pieces of shortbread crust are buttery and retain their crunch. This would be fantastic served in between two shortbread cookies as a gourmet ice cream sandwich.
Who am I kidding…mine would never make it onto the cookies. I inhaled this.

Raspberry Fudge Chunk
Perhaps the most ice-cream tasting of all of the ice creams. The raspberries work quite well with the yogurt’s slightly sour texture, and the chocolate chunks are perfectly semi-sweet, rich enough to contrast with the raspberries and sweet enough not to be bitter. This is elegant, sweet but not crazy sweet, and the flavor pairing of raspberry and chocolate makes this refined enough for a dessert at a dinner party.

Banana Peanut Butter
Well, I’m not a big fan of bananas, so this is not my favorite. Though the texture is great, it’s really quite banana-y…something lovers of bananas would certainly enjoy. What I do like are the thick ribbons of frozen peanut butter that run rampant through the pint. Creamy, nutty, and smooth, the people at Ben and Jerry’s know what the best part of this ice cream is and they don’t skimp on it.
Actually, peanut butter is the best part of life. 

Blueberry Vanilla Graham Cracker
Sweet vanilla and slightly tart blueberry yogurts join with a sweet, crunchy, pleasantly decadent-tasting graham swirl. Why do crushed up cookies taste so great in frozen desserts? This is a more tart frozen yogurt than the other fruit-based options, and would be ideal in a milkshake or topped with some freshly whipped, lightly sweetened cream.
What shocks me is how delicious these are. They don’t taste like frozen yogurt, the really taste like ice cream – rich, indulgent ice cream. The kicker is that the ice creams are all around 200 calories per serving, while standard ice creams can be near 300 calories per serving. Though this isn’t a diet treat, it’s hard to ignore that fact. That strawberry shortbread frozen yogurt is the stuff I dream of – I have actually already gone through a pint of my own since I tried the stuff. I actually like it more than some of the other Ben and Jerry’s standard ice creams. These have a less cloyingly sweet taste, and are more about fresh, creamy flavors. I highly recommend them.
And, I mean, if you try it and don’t like it, don’t worry. You can always send the leftovers to me.
*Note: I attended this event free of cost.  I was not paid or required to write a review, and my opinions are my own and, I feel, impartial.*

Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    I am addicted to their Oatmeal Cookie Chunk, which is super fatty and high in calories so I rarely buy it.

    Will need to try some of these flavors for a little less calories. Although, you're right, I wouldn't call this "diet" stuff. Their low-fat froyos are usually pretty good to save a few cals.

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