[Review] Ben & Jerry’s Bob Marley’s One Love Ice Cream

One love, one heart ?

Let’s get our spoons, eat ice cream all night ?

My apologies to the reggae legend Bob Marley for ruining a classic tune, but the latest Limited Batch flavor from Ben & Jerry’s has me feeling…well, high. Now, let’s be clear: Bob Marley’s One Love ice cream is totally clean, no ganja here. I’m just feeling especially euphoric because One Love, a U.K.-exclusive since last year, has officially landed in the U.S.

These days, Ben & Jerry’s is known for its social causes as much as its ice cream, and Bob Marley’s One Love is no different. A portion of the proceeds from every pint sold will go to the One Love Youth Camp in Jamaica. Finally, a reason to feel good about eating an entire pint of ice cream in one sitting!

Ben & Jerry’s Bob Marley’s One Love ice cream is banana ice cream with caramel and graham cracker swirls and fudge peace signs. “Banana” and “fudge” in the same ingredient list conjures memories of Chunky Monkey, a longtime personal favorite of mine. But I’m intrigued to see how those two ingredients work with graham crackers and caramel instead of walnuts.

Yyyyep, that’ll work real good.

Trying my hardest to avoid those beautiful caramel pools sitting at the top of my pint, I dug a spoonful of just the banana ice cream. Just as I remembered from Chunky Monkey, the banana flavor is sweet without seeming too artificial. I won’t go so far as to call it “natural,” but it’s a light and really enjoyable flavor that I hope Ben & Jerry’s keeps utilizing in the future.

Okay, three sentences is long enough of a wait–let’s dive into that caramel. This swirl is thick. It’s rich, buttery, and salty, like someone melted a bunch of homemade soft caramels. The saltiness of the caramel swirl helps it stand out from the sweet banana ice cream, too. The graham cracker swirl, on the other hand, feels like more of an afterthought. It’s got a nice honey flavor and gritty texture, but similar to my experience with Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake, the swirl seemed too thin and got lost easily among the other mix-ins.

Fudge flakes have become a familiar component of Ben & Jerry’s flavors, so it’s fun to see the brand switching things up with fudge peace signs. The fudge peace signs provide the same chocolate flavor (somewhere between milk chocolate and semi-sweet) as the old fudge flakes, but with a denser chew. Better yet, they are plentiful–the picture above is about one-third of the way through my pint, and there are six fudge chunks in plain view.

Overall, Ben & Jerry’s Bob Marley’s One Love ice cream is a great combination of classic Ben & Jerry’s flavors, with a fun twist. The banana ice cream base is excellent, and the fudge peace signs are a nice upgrade over the well-known fudge flakes. I wouldn’t choose this flavor as my #1 love from Ben & Jerry’s, but it’s still a really good pint and I’m glad it finally made the trip overseas.

Disclaimer: Ben & Jerry’s generously sent me a pint of Bob Marley’s One Love ice cream to try. This did not affect my review (positively or negatively) in any way.

Item: Ben & Jerry’s Bob Marley’s One Love Ice Cream
Price and Place of Purchase: N/A
Nutrition Facts (serving size-1/2 cup): 290 calories, 140 calories from fat, 15 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 60 milligrams of cholesterol, 115 milligrams of sodium, 36 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 29 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein.
In a Nutshell: Great banana flavor complemented by addicting caramel swirl and fun fudge peace signs. Graham cracker swirl is good, but needed more of it. Bad reggae parodies.
Overall Score: 8 out of 10
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