For me, this was the holy grail: Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream. My favorite flavor — vanilla — with chunks of raw cookie dough throughout. This is how much I love raw cookie dough: Once, on a road trip from New Jersey to Virginia, a college friend and I devoured an entire batch of it straight from the mixing bowl. Ah, the good old days.
Ever since I gave up dairy, I’ve been on the lookout for a non-dairy version of my favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor. So far, they’ve all been duds. Van Leeuwen’s tasted too much like coconut. Coolhaus’s, made from peas and rice, didn’t even taste like ice cream.
To my delight, Ben & Jerry’s has finally made a non-dairy CCCD! I don’t know why it took them so long, but the important thing is that it’s here.
Upon opening the carton, I didn’t see much cookie dough. But it’s in there. And it’s delicious. Yes, you can tell the difference between the non-dairy CCCD and the regular one; the vanilla base of the non-dairy, made from almond milk, is not as rich and creamy as the dairy version. But it’s still pretty damn good. And when you hit a chunk of cookie dough, which you will do often, it makes up for a lot. The vegan cookie dough tastes just like the real thing.
Now I don’t want to be greedy, but I really think Ben & Jerry’s should bring back the Peace Pop and make it non-dairy. They’ve already got the non-dairy ice cream… just shove a stick in it and dip that thing in chocolate! That wouldn’t be so hard, would it?