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have you noticed ben & jerry's quality going downhill? espcially the classic flavors?

i had some chocolate fudge brownie today (purchased a pint at ralph's), and it was awful. not creamy, not chocolatey, and the brownies were hard, chalky, and dry. i was so disappointed. i haven't eaten it in years, so honestly maybe i remember it as being better than it was.

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  1. Can't speak for the classic flavors, but I tried their Boston Cream Pie flavor and it was awful.

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    1. re: Auriana

      Ugh, yes, that was really awful. Fake cake, bad texture and a lot of non-natural flavors. I hate to throw out such an expensive pint, but that's what I did.

      1. re: Auriana

        Boston Cream Pie was indeed awful. I was so disappointed, being such a big fan of BCP (as a cake.) I was also disappointed with Red Velvet and Cheesecake Brownie. Maple Blondie was only OK. The last good "new" flavor was Cinnamon Buns, IMO.

        Anybody tried Bonnaroo Buzz?
        (Yeah, I'm an ice cream addict.)

        1. re: uwsister

          Answered my own question - mediocre.

          1. re: uwsister

            I don't eat ice cream very often but I got super-excited when I saw the Boston Cream Pie flavor since like you I adore it as a cake. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought it was terrible. And I have to disagree with you about Cinnamon Buns, I had that a couple of years ago and was like "ew." The only B&J flavor I enjoy (on rare occasions) is the Vermont Peach Cobbler, mainly because peach ice cream of any stripe is getting increasingly rare.

          2. i haven't had any in years, so i don't know. i do wish they'd bring back totally nuts, though.

            1. I had a pint of chocolate fudge brownie last month that was pretty bad, but I thought it had something to do with a thawing/refreezing issue. There seemed to be lots of ice crystals in the ice cream, and the brownie pieces were hard and dry. I haven't noticed any quality issues with any of the other flavors, including Half Baked which has brownie chunks in it also.

              1. Ben & Jerry's has been bad ever since they sold to Unilever. The ingredient lists now have all sorts of crap in it.

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                1. re: zfalcon

                  Remember how they used to do those commercials about how they were two "real guys" and that they were just Ben and Jerry and not one of those "conglomerates eating conglomerates". They turned into everything they used to stand against and quality suffered.

                  1. re: zfalcon

                    Ben & Jerry's has ALWAYS had crap in it (guar gum, carageenan, etc.) Oh, and I loved the Boston Cream Pie flavor.

                    1. re: Jay F

                      Guar gum and carrageenan are naturally occurring thickeners (made from beans and seaweed, respectively). While I agree that they have no business being in ice cream, they're not preservatives or otherwise nasty:
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guar_gum
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrageenan

                      That said, I totally agree that B&J has gone way, way downhill. They're nothing like they were in the late 80s/early 90s, back when the ingredients list was usually fewer than five or six items long and included only the basic ingredients you'd expect to see. Now they're no different from any other mass-produced "good" ice cream.

                      1. re: Kitchen Imp

                        Gums et cet are typically added to ultra-pasteurized cream, because the UP process commonly used in the US dairy industry denatures cream. UP creams have a longer shelf life and are cheaper. They also have less flavor. Not premium eats, but cheap eats, as it were.

                        1. re: Karl S

                          Thanks for this - I'd always wondered why they're needed in cream (since presumably cream is thick already). Interesting!

                    2. re: zfalcon

                      I was sure it had sold out to someone, but did not know who. What a shame companies buy a great company and dumb it down with cheapo tactics.

                    3. yeah, and there doesn't seem to be as much "stuff" in it either. I don't buy it...