Monday, June 8, 2015

Ben & Jerry's Mint Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Is Good, But Unexceptional!

The Good: Good flavor, Reasonably priced
The Bad: Mint is not as potent as it could be, Not one of the more nutritious flavors
The Basics: Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream is a good, but it's a tough sell to an ice cream maker!

A few years back, I received a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker (reviewed here!) and I have used it pretty consistently over the years. While the other people I know who have had such things use them once or twice, I have used mine a lot, despite the expense of making one's own ice cream. At the times I have shared my mint-based ice creams, I have made a lot of people very satisfied and the most common comment I get is that my ice creams are potently mint-flavored. That has made it tough for me to enjoy store-bought ice creams with more mild mint flavor. The Ben & Jerry's Mint Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream falls into that category.

This is a good ice cream, but for those of us who love mint, it is hardly minty enough.


Ben & Jerry’s ice cream comes in a pint container. The Mint Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream is a fairly chunky ice cream with an obvious additives. The chocolate cookie bits are present in virtually every bite.

At (locally) $5.99 a pint, the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is an expensive ice cream, especially compared to other, comparable, ice creams. Ben & Jerry's ice cream is made of decent ingredients, which does set it apart from many other ice creams.

Ease Of Preparation

The Mint Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream is a loaded ice cream. As an ice cream, preparation is ridiculously simple: one need only to open the top of the container, scoop out a half cup and consume! There is no trick to preparing or eating the Mint Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream!


The Ben & Jerry's Mint Chocolate Cookie ice cream has almost no aroma to it, even as it nears its melting point. This is an ice cream that does almost nothing to foreshadow its flavor with its scent.

In the mouth, Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie ice cream tastes like cookies & cream with a powerful aftertaste of peppermint. The mint ice cream makes it taste quite as cold and the peppermint is more mild than overt. It blends perfectly with the flecks of cookie pieces and the big pieces of sandwich cookies broken up into it.

This ice cream leaves a very sweet and slightly dry aftertaste in the mouth, though that aftertaste does not endure very long.


The Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream is a fairly heavy ice cream with a heavy additive (the cookie is pretty solid in this ice cream). The pint represents four half-cup servings. In the half-cup serving, there are 280 calories, 150 of which are from fat. The seventeen grams of fat represent 26% of the RDA of fat, with 50% of one’s RDA of saturated fat coming in the 10 grams of saturated fat in this ice cream. One serving has 80 mg of cholesterol (that’s 27% of the RDA!) and 120 mg of Sodium (5% RDA). The only other real nutrients are five grams of protein and 10% of the RDA of Calcium and Vitamin A in the Mint Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream.

Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie has decent ingredients. Made primarily of Cream, Skim milk, and liquid sugar! There is nothing unpronounceable in the ingredients list. The Mint Chocolate Cookie Ben & Jerry’s is Kosher, but not marked as gluten free. There is no allergy warning on the pint.


Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is both a frozen and a dairy product, so it is pretty obvious that it must be kept frozen in order to remain viable. Kept frozen it remains fresh for months; the pint I just opened would not have expired until April 8, 2016, though I'm sure it won't last that long because it is so good.

The Mint Chocolate Cookie ice cream is fairly light in color and it would be surprising if it left stains outside of light fabrics. As well, when the ice cream melts and gets onto fabrics, it will require one to wash it right out. On nonporous surfaces, the ice cream wipes off exceptionally easily.


The Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie ice cream is good, but as one who has made their own ice cream and made it with strong, flavorful peppermint flavor, it easily could be better. That makes it a tougher sell than it ought to be and that is unfortunate, especially from such a prestigious brand that usually makes reliably good ice creams!

For other Ben & Jerry’s ice creams, be sure to visit my reviews of:
Peanut Butter Fudge Core Ice Cream
Coffee Caramel Buzz Ice Cream
Limited Edition Cotton Candy


For other food reviews, please visit my Food Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2015 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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