iStock_000016067678Small.jpgIt’s been all over the news for the last week or so. Ben & Jerry’s has added four new Core flavors to their ice cream varieties. Each has a core inside the tub, adding a new dimension to the flavor. And those flavors promise to be pretty tasty, with a little something for every ice cream lover’s discerning palette. Reading the reviews and taste tests tells us that, for the most part, each of them has been found pretty appealing for a variety of reasons.

Of course we thought it would be appropriate for to put them through our own “taste” test … one of the nutritional variety. So let’s get to work and tell you what you can expect from each of the new Ben & Jerry’s sensations. Serving size for each is a half cup.

Hazed & Confused
This new flavor features hazelnut and and chocolate ice creams with fudge chips surrounding a hazelnut fudge core. Sounds pretty decadent, and it is:

Calories:                                 280
Fat:                                         16 g
Saturated Fat:                          10 g (or 50% of your RDI)
Cholesterol:                             55 mg
Sugars:                                   25 g

Of note: There are no controversial ingredients in this flavor. That’s a nice plus.

That’s My Jam
This one is features raspberry and chocolate ice creams with fudge chips hiding a core of raspberry jam. We should mention that some reviews say the jam core provides a “different” consistency to the ice cream that a few people found a little odd. But it certainly accomplishes the goal of adding a new dimension to the flavor. Here are the facts:

Calories:                                 260
Fat:                                       13 g
Saturated fat:                           9 g (or 45% of your RDI)
Cholesterol:                           55 mg
Sugar:                                   29 g

This flavor does contain carrageenan and natural flavors.

Peanut Butter Fudge
Showcases chocolate and peanut butter ice creams with mini peanut butter cups and a peanut butter fudge core. This was one of the best-rated of the four in all of the available reviews.

Calories:                                300
Fat:                                       19 g
Saturated fat:                         10 g (or 50% of your RDI)
Cholesterol:                           50 mg
Sugar:                                    24 g

No controversial ingredients are included in the Peanut Butter Fudge flavor.

Salted Caramel Core
Another big winner among reviewers, Salted Caramel Core mixes blonde brownies into sweet cream ice cream surrounding a salted caramel center. Definitely sounds like an indulgence.

Calories:                                270
Fat:                                      14 g
Saturated fat:                          8 g (or 40% of your RDI)
Cholesterol:                          75 mg
Sugar:                                  28 g

Salted Caramel Core does contain carrageenan.

While the nutrition facts aren’t by any means spectacular, we should mention that they’re fairly comparable to any other ice cream flavor with “add-ins,” like M&Ms, Peanut Butter Cups, Heath Bars and the like. They aren’t shocking, but that still doesn’t make them great choices. And in fairness to Ben & Jerry’s, even the flavors that do contain some controversial items have better ingredient lists than similar products from other brands. Final words: Ben & Jerry’s new Core products definitely offer a new dimension in ice cream flavors. Whether or not you choose to indulge should probably have something to do with the facts we’ve just detailed. And if you do make the decision to proceed, we’d like to recommend that you definitely DON’T eat the whole pint, no matter how much you love it!