July 12, 2021
In honor of National Ice Cream Day on July 18, we dug deep into our customer order data to discover the most unique Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors loved by each state. Why Ben & Jerry’s, specifically? Well, it’s the top-ranked ice cream brand in the U.S. in terms of sales. But it’s also the undisputed king of creative flavors, so we knew we were going to get some interesting results. Once we determined that Strawberry Cheesecake was the top flavor in most states, we analyzed the data to figure out which Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors were uniquely popular in each state. These may not be the most ordered flavors in terms of overall volume, but they’re the flavors that each state is ordering more of when compared with the national average. So what’s the scoop on your state’s ice cream preferences?
Alabama, Florida, Louisiana & New Mexico
Four states—Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and New Mexico—have ordered more Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Truffles than the rest of the country. This obscenely decadent treat tastes like someone blended up a New York-style cheesecake and stuffed it into a pint of caramel-cheesecake ice cream and then was like, hmmmm… is this too cheesecake-y? Then solved that problem by adding some chocolate cookies for balance. And you know what? It works.
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Arizona & South Carolina
Since 1984, when it invented cookie dough ice cream, Ben & Jerry’s has been churning out unique cookie dough flavors. Two states, Arizona and South Carolina, keep ordering the Vermont creamery’s Sweet Like Sugar Cookie Dough Core. This two-ice-creams-in-one pint features almond-flavored sweet cream ice cream with shortbread cookies AND a cherry ice cream with cherry pieces. In the center lies a sugar cookie dough core.
What is a cookie dough core, you ask (clearly, you’re not from AZ or SC)? It’s a straight hunk of cookie dough in the middle.
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Arkansas is a little more traditional with its unique ice cream order; that is, if an ice cream studded with broken waffle cone pieces can be considered traditional. Americone Dream—the ice cream endorsed by late-night host Stephen Colbert—appears on Ben & Jerry’s list of 2020 top sellers. The mix of fudge-covered waffle cone bits and a caramel swirl is downright delicious. Plus, it helps support charitable causes through Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream Fund.
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Don’t let the vegan/non-dairy thing happening fool you. Non-Dairy Chocolate Fudge Brownie is utterly luscious, with hunks of fudgy brownies crammed into delectable chocolate almond milk ice cream. And don’t tell Wisconsin, but California’s favorite unique B&J’s flavor is basically proof that you don’t need dairy to make good ice cream.
Get a pint now: Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Colorado & Indiana
You know how some chocolate peanut butter ice creams fall short with their ratios? Well, Colorado and Indiana’s beloved Peanut Butter Fudge Core certainly does not have that problem. It stuffs approximately 1 bajillion mini peanut butter cups into both the chocolate and peanut butter ice creams that split the pint. Even better? There’s a peanut butter fudge core that runs down the center, adding an extra dose of chocolate peanut butter flavor.
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Connecticut, the state that brought us the first written constitution, the hamburger and Katharine Hepburn, loves a classic. And that’s especially true for its unique ice cream of choice: Vanilla Caramel Fudge. Unlike other B&J’s ice creams, this pint is chunkless and instead focuses on getting the basics just right. The result is this classic vanilla ice cream swirled with a generous amount of fudge and gooey caramel.
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Delaware & Pennsylvania
Delaware and Pennsylvania especially like Moo-Phoria P.B. Dough. Why? Like all of Ben & Jerry’s Moo-Phoria flavors, Moo-Phoria P.B. Dough contains fewer calories and less fat than regular ice cream. But it still overflows with chocolate chip peanut butter cookie dough chunks set into chocolate ice cream. And unlike other light ice creams, Moo-Phoria doesn’t taste gummy, icy or crushingly disappointing.
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District of Columbia & Michigan
OK, sure, D.C. is technically not a state. But it has the same unique Ben & Jerry’s preference as Michigan, rather than Maryland and Virginia—two states just a few miles away from D.C. And we find that fascinating. Both D.C. and Michigan like Pistachio Pistachio, the green pistachio ice cream studded with lightly roasted pistachios. Basically, it’s a suped-up version of the popular Italian gelato flavor.
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Georgia, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire & Texas
Four states order more Non-Dairy Peanut Butter Half Baked than the rest of the country—Georgia, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire and Texas. This pint ups the flavor of the original with chunks of peanut butter cookie dough added to chocolate and peanut butter ice cream made from almond milk. It’s the perfect treat for vegans, the lactose intolerant and the lactose suspicious.
Get a pint now: Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Peanut Butter Half Baked
Illinois, Maryland, Tennessee & Utah
Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch reigns in four states: Illinois, Maryland, Tennessee and Utah. The coffee ice cream sends a jolt of flavor to taste buds with the help of fudge-covered toffee pieces. Clearly, Ben & Jerry’s move to switch from Heath bars to more sustainable, Fair Trade Certified toffee pieces did not negatively impact this ice cream’s popularity.
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As you can probably tell from the name, a pint of Everything But The… ice cream has it all. There are:
- Chocolate and vanilla ice creams
- Peanut butter cups
- Fudge-covered toffee pieces
- White chocolate chunks
- Fudge-covered almonds
Iowa in particular loves this kitchen sink concoction, which we like to say is the ideal ice cream when you’re feeling indecisive. Now we’re just waiting for Ben & Jerry’s to make a similar ice cream with all of the cereal-aisle options…
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Kansas, Nebraska & Oklahoma
In search of heaven on earth? We’d argue that you just might find it in a spoonful of Salted Caramel Core. Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma seem to agree and keep adding this sweet cream ice cream with a river of salted caramel to their carts. Small blonde brownie pieces prevent the texture from being overly gooey—a concern for ice creams and lunchbox notes from moms.
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Kentucky & Ohio
While Cherry Garcia has solidified its spot at number two on the list of best-selling Ben & Jerry’s flavors, its froyo version is well-appreciated in Kentucky and Ohio. The cherry froyo, complete with chunks of cherry and chocolate, is as timeless as the original version AND the artist it’s named after, Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia.
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Maine & New Jersey
Cherry Garcia isn’t Ben & Jerry’s only ice cream flavor named after a famous musician. There’s also Maine and New Jersey’s preferred unique pint: Bob Marley’s One Love. The banana ice cream features caramel, graham cracker swirls and an homage to Bob Marley in the form of fudge peace signs. It’s so fun and delicious that we suspect it may never be overthrown—until B&J’s creates Bruce Tracks in honor of New Jersey’s favorite musician.
Get a pint now: Ben & Jerry’s Bob Marley’s One Love
It’s unclear why certain states prefer the ice creams that they do. That is not the case with Massachusetts, the home of the North End and some of the best cannoli in the country. This ice cream may not be quite the same as getting a fresh cannoli from Mike’s, Bova’s or Modern Pastry, but it works well when you don’t want to deal with the hassle of long bakery lines and indecisive tourists.
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Minnesota, Oregon & Virginia
Perhaps it’s the exclusivity (this flavor only exists as a non-dairy version), or perhaps it’s the tasty combo of fudge pieces, caramel and coffee. Whatever the reason, Minnesota, Oregon and Virginia keep ordering Non-Dairy Coffee Caramel Fudge. Like other B&J’s non-dairy ice creams, this one is made with almond milk. It contains Fair Trade coffee, too, so you can feel good about indulging… even if you feel a little guilty.
Get a pint now: Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Coffee Caramel Fudge
Surprised that New York’s unique flavor of choice is so, well, vanilla? You may have been expecting something a bit more off-the-wall like we were, but it seems New Yorkers love a tried-and-true flavor. Except, Ben & Jerry’s version elevates the classic by using both vanilla beans and vanilla extract to create the most vanilla-y version of vanilla possible.
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North Carolina & Washington
Kentucky and Ohio may love the froyo version of Cherry Garcia, but North Carolina and Washington can’t seem to get enough of the Non-Dairy Cherry Garcia. Like the original and the froyo versions, the non-dairy version of the Vermont creamery’s best-seller features cherry ice cream with cherry pieces and fudge flakes. Of course, the ice cream is made with almond milk instead of dairy, but that feels pretty perfect for an ice cream named after a man with an animal-conscious fanbase.
Get a pint now: Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Cherry Garcia
Is it crazy to pair cookies with chocolate milk? B&J’s doesn’t think so. Neither does North Dakota, which likes this Moo-Phoria flavor. It combines chocolate and vanilla light ice creams with chocolate chip cookies to create a treat that’s rich in flavor but light in calories. And yes, it contains actual chocolate chip cookies vs. cookie dough, which is oddly a rarity for cookie-flavored ice creams.
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Ben & Jerry’s created New York Super Fudge Chunk in 1985 as a way to stand out in the Big Apple. Now, nearby Rhode Island can’t get enough.
You may be tempted to think that it’s practically hedonistic, with its fudgey chocolate ice cream packed with chunks of white and dark fudge, pecans, walnuts and fudge-covered almonds. You wouldn’t be entirely wrong. But that’s what happens when a food critic for New York magazine writes a review in 1985 that says: “the chips and bits seem rather sparse,” and Ben & Jerry’s decides to go full-speed in the other direction and add all the things to the ice cream. We’re not mad, though, and neither is Rhode Island.
The missing states
You may have noticed some states missing from the list. First of all, congratulations, because your elementary school teachers taught you well. Second of all, the reason that some states are missing from our list is because we don’t deliver there—yet.
If your state is missing, tweet us @gopuff and let us know where we should expand next. We’ve been known to follow through.