Would you eat plum-flavored ice cream if it had Pink Floyd’s picture on it?
Vermont’s own Ben & Jerry’s has built themselves a global premium ice cream empire on the strength of their unique and incredibly delicious flavors. They’ve also had brilliant branding with their flavor names over the years.
It was on June 19, 1987 that they introduced the world to the “Cherry Garcia” flavor, which is basically cherry ice cream with frozen cherries inside – but that much better when slapped with Grateful Dead-related branding.
They’ve come out with other rock-themed ice cream flavors, such as “Phish Food”, and they just introduced new flavors based on Saturday Night Live, so they’re still not shy about co-branding with showbiz. But why stop at the jam bands?
Here are some awesome ideas for rock-themed Ben & Jerry’s flavors that don’t exist, but really should at this point. Some of them could just be a re-branding of an existing flavor, while others we just made up out of nothing.
1. “Purple Haze”
Come on, how is there NOT a Hendrix Ben & Jerry’s flavor? Jimi enjoyed strawberry shortcake, so that can be incorporated. Unfortunately the “purple” part pretty much limits you to black raspberry ice cream, but mix that with some strawberries or blueberries (or both) and you might have something there.
2. “Comfortably Plum”
Believe it or not, plum ice cream does exist and has been made before. The Pink Floyd-themed Comfortably Plum doesn’t have to just be plain plum ice cream, though: throw in some frozen apricots and lemons, maybe add some chocolate swirls, and…I do believe it’s working. Good. That’ll keep you going for the show.
3. “Bohemian Raspberry”
This one’s easy: you can start with black raspberry ice cream. Then there needs to be some combination of brownies, fudge, chocolate chip cookies, or just plain chocolate. Add a cinnamon or caramel swirl and you’ve got something wild enough to represent Freddie Mercury’s freewheeling lifestyle.
4. “Eat a Peach”
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This one could be a simple case of re-branding. Simply change the existing “Peach Cobbler” flavor to this Allman Brothers-themed offering. Maybe change the “peach swirl” to chocolate or caramel to switch it up.
5. “Positively 4th Treat”
The idea behind this Dylan-centered flavor is the number 4: that is, 4 main ingredients or “treats”, to go with the ice cream (which can be whatever flavor you want). Ideally we keep them unique: something like fudge brownies, shortbread cookies, chocolate chips and caramel swirls would make a potent combo.
6. “Yellow Submarine”
Gotta keep it yellow for this Fab Four flavoring! Just stick to yellow or yellow-ish foods: lemon, banana, shortbread, pineapple, cheesecake…some kind of combo with those things. Frozen bananas within lemon ice cream sounds pretty delectable if you ask me.
7. “Cream of Clapton”
The only requirement for the Eric Clapton and Cream-themed ice cream is that it’s actually creamy. So it will have to be vanilla ice cream to stay that way, but you can add other ingredients like caramel and cinnamon to keep it smooth.
8. “Sweet Emotion”
Whatever goes in here, it has to be sweet! Orange or lemon sherbet would make a good base, while cinnamon or caramel swirls could add another dimension to it.
9. “American Swirl”
This could simply be another case of re-branding: Ben & Jerry’s already has the Americone Dream flavor, and it has a caramel swirl. Change the name, add a cinnamon swirl and you’ve got your Tom Petty flavor!
10. “Rocky Road All Night”
Ben & Jerry’s once released a limited batch of “Rocky Road-Ish” ice cream, and the main difference was the toasted marshmallow ice cream in place of chocolate. For KISS, just make it a standard Rocky Road, add in frozen marshmallows, and keep everything else the same. BOOM! How KISS hasn’t done this yet is beyond me.
11. “Gumball Wizard”
You know that ice cream you can get from the truck that has gumballs inside? That’s exactly what Ben & Jerry’s would do here. The ice cream and other ingredients can really be anything, as long as it contains the gumballs. It’s surprising that B&J does not have a bubble gum-type ice cream on its menu yet.
Can you think of any other clever rock-themed flavors for Ben & Jerry’s?