Battle! Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream has been getting a lot of press lately, with the new flavors (including Late Night Snack and Clusterfluff) drawing rave reviews as pretty much the best thing ever. I too have been taken by the storm of positive feedback, but have a sad secret to admit: I, ice cream junkie, have never had Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.

Really though, there’s a reason for this: Aggie Ice Cream. I’ve made mention to the Utah State creamery in the past and even done a guest review on On Second Scoop highlighting the flavors of the iconic Utah brand. With a virtually unlimited supply of Aggie Ice Cream, thanks to my college meal plan, I don’t bother to spend money out on ice cream, especially not when flavors like Toffee Crunch and Maple Nut are offered. But given that I’ve never had Ben and Jerry’s, and knowing that I’ve always held Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough as the best flavor, well, ever, I thought a head-to-head battle was in order. Lets do this thing!

Ben and Jerry’s

The first word that comes to mind is “rich.” The first time I dug in, the single serving container had melted a little because of it’s journey from the grocery store, but it comes off as exceptionally creamy. Actually, it’s kind of like a milkshake, but a thick one that’s just started to melt. It also tastes incredibly sweet – perhaps a little too sweet - and has what I’d call average size cookie dough chunks. Later, when I go back to take it out of the freezer and really dig in, I get the full effect of how much cookie dough and chocolate chunks are in the small (96 g) container. The flavor of the ice cream is actually kind of plain. It’s just vanilla, but there are plenty of dough pieces. The one thing I don’t like is that the dough pieces taste more “wheaty” than buttery, and don’t hold their own against my spoon. I like this ice cream, but I’m not as blown away as I hoped I would be. Yeah, it’s really good, but that’s the point of premium ice cream. It’s suppose to be fatty and creamy and rich. Once more, it’s kind of a letdown “on second scoop,” and at 99 cents for a small container, is pretty expensive.

Aggie Ice Cream

Like the Ben and Jerry’s, I made sure to eat this with a fair degree of melting as well as right out of the freezer. First thoughts are that in both cases, it doesn’t come across as quite as smooth as the Ben and Jerry’s, but it’s definitely packed with flavor. I’d say the molasses flavor is a little more embedded in the ice cream base than in the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. It’s really the flavored base which does it for me. I don’t get as much starch or chew from the cookie dough pieces, which taste a lot more like butter and molasses and brown sugar. Once more, I get plenty of flavor in every bite. Partially melted, it’s amazingly creamy. Like I said maybe not as much as Ben and Jerry’s, but it’s a really small detail.

Winner: Aggie Ice Cream

Really, these are both good ice creams. Ben and Jerry’s may be a little more creamy and sweet when melted and the cookie dough pieces a little more wheaty- and the Aggie Ice Cream a bit more flavorful with molasses – but at the end of the day, I could see where someone could hardly tell much of a difference. But the thing is, people talk about Ben and Jerry’s like it’s supposed to blow all other ice cream away, and judging by the price, you’d think it would. But that’s not the case, and I’m still partial to Aggie Ice Cream. Call me a homer, but when you can get a 1/2 pint of these for $1.29 at the local grocery stores, I’d take Aggie Ice Cream over Ben and Jerry’s any day.

15 comments on “Battle! Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

  1. JOHN RYAN DUNN says:

    homer ;)

  2. Tracy says:

    B&J cookie dough isn’t their best flavor. Try their cinnamon bun which is horribly addicting or my daughters favorite brownie batter. I really want to try the Late Night but will wait until its on sale to give it a try.

  3. skippymom says:

    What John said. giggle

    I have eaten plenty of ice cream that is as good, if not better then B&J- although I do like the business model.

    For the price – I would agree – I hope we can get Aggies here. My kids love the cookie dough.

  4. rob says:

    with premium ice cream you are paying for increased butterfat content, the butterfat gives it the creamy mouth feel but makes it more expensive to produce

  5. Rodzilla says:

    Glad you finally got around to trying them out. I’d still encourage you to give a few more B&J flavors a shot. I agree that they can be a bit over-hyped at times, not all of the flavors are hits..but with such a selection of flavors you’re sure to find at least a few that really stand out.

  6. B&Js is overrated… it is definitely good but it’s not like it’s that much better than the other options out there. Thanks for the review!

  7. Q says:

    Of the “super premium” ice creams, I think Haagen Daaz ice cream tastes better than Ben & Jerry’s but Ben & Jerry’s has more interesting flavors and combinations.

  8. Young says:

    B&J has a lot of varieties but none of the flavors that I have tried are anything to rave about. I recently had the Boston cream pie and it was just vanilla ice cream with little hardened specks of yellow cake. I much would rather go with baskin Robbins.. Does anyone know y baskin doesn’t sell their products in grocery stores??

    • Adam says:

      Hmmm. The Baskin Roberts I know of (shared in a DD space) sells ice cream in a freezer. Flavors sound great, but most of the time the only thing that can suffice is a fresh combo or the actual thing.

    • Fah Fah Fah says:

      Only new flavor that worked was Milk&Cookie,s and it was a pretty safe variation.

      That Jimmy Fallon crap is awful tho, fake potato chip? yuck.

  9. Daniel says:

    I’ve always loved Tillamook brand ice cream. It’s quite cheap when on sale.. MUCH cheaper than B&N, and the quality is excellent. Chocolate Peanut Butter is one of my favorite flavors of theirs.

    Is Tillamook sold elsewhere or just here in the pacific northwest?

  10. Ana says:

    I’m another ice-cream junkie who has never had Ben & Jerry’s until last September (but I live half way around the globe). One of the flavours I tried was the Cookie Dough and I thought it was quite good. I liked the cookie dough pieces. I know I certainly wouldn’t have wanted them to taste more buttery.

    But I agree with Q – I also think Haagen Dazs is better.

  11. Jason says:

    As a New Englander, you’d think I’d be a B&J’s homer, but overall, I agree that it’s a highly overrated brand.

    Where I would disagree with other posters is that Haagen Dazs is better – I find them both to be fairly “mass-market premium”, over-marketed brands. d

    Although I’m not a huge B&J’s fan – I do find cookie dough to be one of their best products (e.g. just comparing against their own product line), along with phish food. They have some real clunkers of flavors though.

    I’d be real curious to try out Aggie ice cream (even though I’m not a huge fan of molasses), especially since I stumbled on this trying to find ‘the best cookie dough ice cream’ on the googles.

  12. gary e. says:

    well…i know the varieties are limited…but Breyers is the best period!!! for instance…strawberry ice cream…
    milk, cream, sugar, strawberries…
    creamy and AWESOME!!!
    they ARE limited on the varieties tho, but would LOVE a cookie dough version of their’s…

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