[Review] Ben & Jerry’s Limited Batch One Sweet World Ice Cream

I’ve got one simple question to start this review.

Flo Rida: yes, or no?

I’m not talking about the state of Florida, which is both a “yes” for its beautiful beaches and a “no” because of its horse vs. alligator fights among other things. Nope, I’m referring to Flo Rida, the rapper, singer, and songwriter (all three are debatable).

Naturally, a lot of people don’t like the guy because he’s like the human version of Axe body spray. But believe it or not, some people really love Mr. Rida, like this appropriately titled Facebook group:

Rules to live by.

No matter what side of the Flo Rida fence you’re on, I think it’s time to set aside our differences and rally around something everybody loves: ice cream!

Flo Rida sucks.

Ben & Jerry’s One Sweet World is here, and it’s based on the company’s belief that “the world is sweetest when we stand together as one.” They’re inviting us to look beyond trivial differences (like whether you like Flo Rida), and dig deeper to understand issues of racial justice in America. You can learn more at their website.

Similar to Bob Marley’s One Love, Ben & Jerry’s One Sweet World is a recent transplant to the U.S. after being available exclusively in Europe. It’s pretty close in name and composition to Dave Matthews Band One Sweet Whirled, which now resides in the fabled Flavor Graveyard. The only differences: the DMB version had coffee flavored fudge chips and a plain caramel swirl, compared to this version’s fudge chunks and salted caramel swirl.

I’ll get right to it: the coffee caramel ice cream reminds me of a bottled Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino. It’s sweet, creamy, and features both caramel and coffee prominently. It probably goes without saying that your enjoyment of this flavor will depend on how much you like coffee, since the coffee flavor stands out a bit more more than the caramel. But having said that, it’s not overpowering by any means.

The marshmallow swirl is the same one used in Marshmallow Moon, and it is great. It’s dense, creamy, and sugary–all the things a marshmallow swirl should be. The salted caramel swirl is rich and buttery, but I didn’t get any saltiness from it. Instead, it kind of just tastes like the caramel swirl in One Love. And speaking of One Love, the shaped fudge chunks (this time, shaped like ampersands instead of peace signs) add a great chocolate flavor and denser chew compared to the measly fudge flakes from past Ben & Jerry’s flavors.

Here’s where One Sweet World stands out for me: unlike Marshmallow Moon, your enjoyment won’t depend on whether you get just the right spoonful. The marshmallow and salted caramel swirls are tasty and plentiful to be sure, but even if you don’t get any mix-ins in a particular bite, the coffee caramel base is delicious enough to stand on its own. So if you’ve got $4 laying around and you’re not sure how to spend it, I’d recommend buying a pint of One Sweet World. Or, you could go buy a few Flo Rida tracks on iTunes. I won’t judge.

Okay, maybe a little bit.

Disclaimer: Ben & Jerry’s generously sent me a pint of One Sweet World ice cream to try. This did not affect my review in any way.

How Much It Cost and Where I Bought It: N/A
Just the (Nutrition) Facts:

Serving size—1/2 cup

270 calories, 110 calories from fat, 12 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 95 milligrams of sodium, 38 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 28 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein.
In a Nutshell: Coffee caramel base is fantastic. Didn’t get any saltiness from “salted caramel” swirl. Flo Rida fan groups on Facebook.
Overall Score: 8.5 out of 10
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