How big is ice cream?

Ben & Jerry’s, what are you trying to tell us?

Because Ben & Jerry’s has big warnings now on some pints: “still 16 oz.”  In lower case.

On other flavors, it says “Still a pint!”, in case you’re not mathematically inclined.

I like big ice cream, but not too big. If you go smaller, no promises from me, Ben & Jerry’s, just sayin’.

Little Ice Cream Cups

Speaking of, you know those mini ice cream tubs, that you can barely fit your sterling silver spoon into?  I rarely buy them, as I think the ice cream is different in them. For instance, you can’t fit big hunks of cookies or whatever in them, and I hate little mini chips. But when Von’s has them on sale for $1 each, I have bought a couple of them once or twice.

ice cream sundae adapted from vintage Hershey's recipe book *
ice cream sundae adapted from vintage Hershey’s recipe book *

Now that I have one in front of me,  Ben & Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt: Banana Peanut Butter, I can see that this was not a wise financial decision. A pint is 16 oz, and these mini-mes are only 3.6 oz, so 4.4 times $1 is $4.40 per pint, and I never spend that much for a pint! However, I’ve never bought their frozen yogurt before, so I did get to try this flavor, and it was very good! The sweet peanut butter taste (not too thick, not too peanutty was perfect with the tart banana flavor.  I would like to try this again. (I tried to look up the fat and calories, but it doesn’t compare to the bigger pints. Suspicious.

The Impulsive Buy didn’t like it as well. He writes so favorably about Ben & Jerry’s Blueberry Vanilla Graham Greek Frozen Yogurt, that I might have to try that one, too, but the fact that it doesn’t have enough graham cracker is a little warning. Junk Food Guy might be my doppelganger, same feelings as me. A Sweet Score seems conflicted. To me, that’s a sign that you should try it again.

So in general, I’m not buying any more mini ice cream cartons. But I do think the fact that I liked this sample, and will probably buy more,  is proof that all stores should give away samples. And even though I complain about our local Silver Lake Trader Joe’s all the time (and it deserves it) they did lengthen their hours for free samples until 10 PM, closing time,  as I requested. 🙂

* Picture is my take on an illustration from Hershey’s Index Recipe Book, 1934.


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