What’s America’s Favorite Ben & Jerry’s Flavor? You May Be Surprised
Ben & Jerry’s is the pint of ice cream that has always been there for us, whether we were getting over a bad breakup, celebrating the legalization of gay marriage, or reminiscing about our favorite Saturday Night Live skit. One thing’s for sure: it’s one of the most iconic ice cream brands out there. Last year, when we set out to determine once and for all what America’s favorite (and least favorite) Ben & Jerry’s flavors are, we had no idea the competition would be so fierce.
As the poll results stand, Ben & Jerry’s fans are so divided that the winning flavor and losing flavor are one and the same: Cherry Garcia. Named after the late great Jerry Garcia, it was introduced in 1987 and is one of the company’s oldest original flavors. In case you’ve been living under a dairy-free rock, Cherry Garcia is made with cherry ice cream, cherries, and fudge flakes. Apparently cherries and chocolate are divisive in the world of ice cream, since our more than 1,000 respondents simultaneously love and hate the iconic flavor.
Here are the top 10 flavors in ascending order:
#10 Chocolate Fudge Brownie
#9 Chubby Hubby
#8 Chocolate Chip Cookie
#7 New York Super Fudge Chunk
#6 Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch
#5 Americone Dream
#3 Chunky Monkey
#2 Phish Food
#1 Cherry Garcia
And for the five least favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavors…
#5 Banana Split
#4 Chunky Monkey
#2 Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz
#1 Cherry Garcia
For fun, we also asked our readers which flavors they would bring back from the Ben & Jerry’s flavor graveyard, where melted ice cream dreams go to die. As it turns out, people really really miss Heath Bar Crunch, Dave Matthews Band Magic Brownie, and Oatmeal Cookie Chunk.
We also asked Ben & Jerry’s fans to come up with some creative ice cream flavors on their own, and we got some pretty creative responses. Some of our favorite survey answers that we’d love to see in real-life pint form include cookie dough with a peanut butter core, green tea, Bailey’s Irish cream with cinnamon, apple pie with graham cracker pieces, chocolate-covered pretzel, and maple French toast.