Not every B&J release can be a Cherry Garcia or Chunky Monkey. The company’s website maintains a Flavor Graveyard, where it lists all the flavors that flopped. But which of the following are real ice creams that melted…and which did we make up?
In addition to the success of the Jerry Garcia-inspired Cherry Garcia, Ben & Jerry’s released another flavor based around a 1960s countercultural icon. Wavy Gravy (named after the hippie personality and Woodstock speaker of the same name), the ice cream consisted of nut-flavored ice cream, a chocolate-hazelnut swirl, and roasted almonds. Why all the nuts? Because Wavy Gravy is a “nutty” guy.”
Piece of My Heart
In addition to the success of the Jerry Garcia-inspired Cherry Garcia, Ben & Jerry’s released another flavor based around a 1960s countercultural icon: Janis Joplin. Named after her hit “Piece of My Heart,” the flavor was chocolate ice cream with little fudge hearts.
This flavor was released around Halloween for a few years in the early 2000s before being discontinued. It was white chocolate ice cream dotted with tiny bone-shaped pieces of white chocolate.
Not enough dinosaur-loving kids bought this flavor: sweet cream ice cream loaded with cookie pieces and dinosaur-shaped fudge chunks.
No actual turtles were used in this ice cream. It consisted of vanilla ice cream with chocolate-covered caramel/cashew clusters—the candy also known as Turtles.
No Soup For You!
Inspired by the “Soup Nazi” character from the sitcom Seinfeld, this ice cream was supposed to look like soup. Inside the caramel ice cream base were marzipan “noodles” and multicolored candy to look like chopped vegetables.
Peanut Butter and Jelly
A comfort food takeoff on the classic American comfort food of the PBJ: peanut butter ice cream, peanut butter chunks, and a strawberry jelly swirl.
Released in the summer of 1997 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, this flavor re-created The King’s notoriously favorite peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwich: peanut butter ice cream, chocolate covered bananas, and bacon bits.
Bangers and Mash
This British-inspired flavor was meant to emulate the classic British dish of sausage and mashed potatoes. It was vanilla ice cream with swirls of mashed bananas and bits of fudge shaped like sausages.
This British-inspired flavor combined vanilla ice cream with strawberries and shortbread pieces.
The real flavors are: Wavy Gravy, Fossil Fuel, Turtle Soup, Peanut Butter and Jelly, and Cool Britannia.
Check out the entire list of flopped flavors in the Flavor Graveyard.
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