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Review: Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Updated on May 6, 2016

The Vegan Birthday

I recently celebrated my birthday just after going vegan. Which means, no gooey butter cake, no cheesy pasta dinner followed by choco-cheesecake…sounds pretty restrictive, right? At this point, I have never made the legendary banana nice-cream. I do have a recipe for incredible vegan brownies, but honestly baking was the last thing I wanted to do for my own birthday. Enter Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy ice creams.

Cost

For a pint of sugary, chocolate-y wonder, I paid about $5 at Walmart. This is $2 more than the dairy version, and if I were really going for the best non-vegan deal, I could get about a gallon of plain vanilla for the same price. But that gallon also comes with all that casomorphin-laden (and potentially digestive destroying) milk.

For what it’s worth, the Price Cutter up the road sells 2-pints of plain vanilla Rice Dream for $5, so cost is not necessarily prohibitive across the board.

Nutrition

Nutrition

Let’s not pretend any frozen brownie dessert is healthy.

Non-Dairy Chocolate Fudge Brownie has 200 calories per ½ cup servings, and 4 servings in one pint. The fat content is slightly less than the dairy version, and the dairy version has double the protein and 60 more calories than non-dairy.

But don’t fool yourself into thinking that more protein = healthy. It’s still ice cream. It’s not a health food, it’s a treat.

Taste

The most important part!

Ben & Jerry’s make their non-dairy ice creams with almond milk, so it does taste quite nutty. If you’re not a fan of almonds, you’ll probably appreciate rice or soy brands more. Other than the almond flavor, it’s the same as the dairy version, straight down to the chewy brownies and sweet, sweet chocolate.

The consistency does seem to be a little more frozen than dairy ice cream. Or maybe I’m just too impatient with my spoon. Once it’s out of the freezer for a few minutes it softens up and is a little easier to eat straight out of the carton (how else do you expect me to eat it?!).

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