Sunday, April 21, 2024

Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy "Milk" & Cookies

[New Recipe for 2024] Yes, I'm back again with yet another non-dairy flavor. I think I'm getting closer to finding one that I could actually slide in to my regular rotation...  maybe....

Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy "Milk" & Cookies
vanilla non-dairy frozen dessert with chocolate chip cookies, chocolate sandwich cookies & chocolate cookie swirl

Sunday, April 14, 2024

DQ Picnic Peach Cobbler Blizzard

[New for Spring 2024] When you heard about the new peach blizzard at DQ, could you imagine what it would taste like? After trying it today, I can say that it probably tastes like how you imagine. At least it did for me.

Dairy Queen Picnic Peach Cobbler Blizzard
soft serve, peach topping, and buttery cobbler pieces

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Sonic Oreo Big Scoop Cheesecake Blast & Sundae

[New for 2024] Wait, has it really been six years since my last Sonic review? (Ha, that review was about an Oreo product too!) Maybe we stopped by but there was nothing worth blogging about? I do check the menu on occasion but nothing ever really grabs my attention. Anyway, we had a little free time so we headed down to Sonic and tried....

Sonic Oreo Big Scoop Cheesecake Blast & Sundae

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Cherry Garcia

[New for 2024] Hello! Yes, it's another B&J's review, but we'll make it quick because I'm still recovering from the flu (I havent eaten ice cream in five days if you can believe it, and I'm not positive when the urge will kick back in). Anyway, let's take a quick scoop of....

Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Cherry Garcia
cherry non-dairy frozen dessert with cherries & fudge flakes

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Blue Bunny Cookies 'N Cream Crunch Mini Bars

[New for 2024] There is a new mini bar from Blue Bunny which joins the current line up of strawberry shortcake (review here), vanilla caramel crunch, and chocolate cookie crumble.

Blue Bunny Cookies 'N Cream Crunch Mini Bars
Sweet Cream frozen dairy dessert with a swirl of fudge dipped in white confectionary coating and cookie pieces

News: Unilever to spin off ice cream business

Did you hear the news that Unilever will be spinning off all of it's ice cream business? It's true, though the headline often says ice cream spin-off and a cutting of 7500 jobs, but those jobs are at Unilever, not the ice cream businesses (not that some jobs cant be cut later). This includes Ben & Jerry's, Breyers, Magnum, Klondike, Good Humor, Cornetto, etc. The spin off will probably be completed in 2025.

Various news sources are spinning the news different ways. One side is spinning it because Ben & Jerry's is too progressive, and another take is that Americans are eating less ice cream, but I think the most common answer is that it's all about profit, and the ice cream business just doesn't have that big a profit margin, despite how much air and lower quality ingredients that they might spin in to our favorite treat.

Does anyone remember some new stories from a few years ago that mentioned Unilever might spin off the weaker ice cream brands like Breyers, Good Humor, and Klondike? I can't seem to find those articles now.... wait, here is one article at least! There were rumors that they were contemplating selling off about a third of the business back in late 2022.

Could this spin off lead to a revitalization of any of these brands? Maybe. I won't hold my breath, but I can hope. I definitely feel like some of these brands have been unusually quite recently compared to their non-Unilever competition, and technically this could explain why. 

If you have any thoughts, leave them in the comments below.