It’s a wondrous and slightly anxiety-inducing experience to behold 20 different ice cream pints open before you—all perfectly thawed and ready to be sampled. This was the situation I found myself in when I visited the Ben & Jerry’s headquarters during a rare, sunny summer day in Burlington, VT. Along with other members of the media, I scooped and savored each flavor to my raging dopamine delight. Since that sugar-induced day, I’ve continued to enjoy a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy every so often in order to hone my humble yet very strong opinion of each flavor. Whether you’re curious yourself or trying to recommend the best dairy-free ice cream option to a non-vegan friend, here are all the Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy flavors ranked from fine to best (because let’s be honest, there are no bad flavors here). 

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20 Cherry Garcia

I have never truly understood the craze surrounding this cult flavor. I’ve sampled both the dairy version (pre-vegan) and the non-dairy version, and while I was pleased to note that they taste the same, the flavor itself never really excited my palate. If this chocolate-cherry combination makes you do backflips, this pint may be higher on your list. 

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19 Americone Dream

Sorry, Stephen Colbert, but this didn’t quite hit the mark. Fans had been imploring Ben & Jerry’s for a dairy-free option for years, and the brand finally churned it out. The flavor works in theory: a vanilla base swirled with a vegan caramel ribbon and dotted with chocolate-covered waffle cone pieces. Perhaps my sample was a dud, but the waffle cone pieces were soggy and I found myself avoiding the chunks, rather than seeking them out. 

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18 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

I welcome the controversy over this ranking, as I know this classic flavor is a favorite among millions. There’s a reason why the company launched its vegan cookie dough chunks, after all. Although this ice cream is tasty, the product is just shy of hitting that childhood nostalgia note for me. Yes, Ben & Jerry’s does claim to be the first to mass-produce Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, but others have run with the idea and made it better. 

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17 Chocolate Fudge Brownie

As one of the first non-dairy Ben & Jerry’s flavors launched in 2016, this pint made my heart pitter-patter with delight four years ago. However, that was before I realized what those Flavor Gurus (yes, that’s what they’re called) can really do. The Chocolate Fudge Brownie is a lot of … chocolate. Yes, it’s redundant, but when I pop open a pint, I expect a bit more variation in flavor. 

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16 Karamel Sutra Core

The first non-dairy flavor in Ben & Jerry’s Core line, this pint features chocolate and caramel ice cream dotted with fudge chips and filled with a gooey, caramel core. It’s perfectly fine, but Ben & Jerry’s chocolate base could use an upgrade. Perhaps it needs more cacao, perhaps it just gets in the way of other tasting notes. Either way, you’ll notice most of the brand’s chocolate flavors don’t rank as high for me.  

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15 The Tonight Dough

Inspired by the Jimmy Fallon-endorsed dairy version, this pint is created with a marbling of caramel and chocolate almond milk ice creams ribboned with chocolate cookie swirls wrapped around gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter cookie dough. Did I lose you with that description, because that’s what happens to these flavors—they get lost. While delicious on their own, each component muddles the rest. Jimmy, I’m sorry to say, but you can’t have it all. 

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14 Boom! Chocolatta

Another pint within the Non-Dairy Core selection, this flavor is Ben & Jerry’s first go at a vegan and gluten-free option. It’s fantastic for those with gluten sensitivities, but in full transparency, it tastes gluten-free. It’s the slight graininess of chocolate cookie chunks and internal chocolate cookie core that give it away. Further, the mixing of mocha and caramel ice creams doesn’t work. It’s not bad—not at all—but this is Ben & Jerry’s, and I hold them to impossibly high standards. 

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13 Peanut Butter Half Baked

The name of this ice cream certainly does not reflect the innovation behind it—the complexity of its components is not half-baked at all (sorry, bad pun). Peanut butter and chocolate ice creams are marbled together and studded with fudge brownies and peanut butter cookie dough. If the Chocolate Fudge Brownie is too one-note, this might be just a smidge too much. 

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12 Crème Brûlée Cookie

This caramelly treat is made with sunflower butter instead of the brand’s original almond milk base. The result is an exceptionally rich and creamy ice cream without a hint of sunflower flavor. While the texture is nothing short of divine, the taste is very sweet. However, if presented with a Burnt Caramel ice cream ribboned with salted caramel and globs of brown sugar cookies, I wouldn’t say no. 

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11 Mint Chocolate Chance

Availabe in both Non-Dairy and dairy versions, Chance the Rapper made one thing very clear when he partnered with Ben & Jerry’s: the chunks have to be enormous. Given this direction, the Flavor Gurus came up with a mint-flavored sunflower butter ice cream dotted with boulders of vegan brownies. It’s a solid combination, but I do think a few other brands have done mint better (hello, NadaoMoo! Mint Chip). 

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10 Bananas Foster

This flavor grows on you, even if you don’t love bananas. It rounds out the trio of Non-Dairy Core pints, featuring a cinnamon-spiked banana ice cream, almond toffee pieces, and a luscious salted caramel core. No one will judge if you eat the core first. When perfectly thawed, it’s nearly impossible to stop eating.

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9 P.B. & Cookies

If you’re a fan of Oreos dipped in peanut butter, you need to try this flavor. It had its run in scoop shops and has since been retired to pint-only. I enjoyed this vanilla ice cream swirled with chunky peanut butter and studded with chocolate sandwich cookies, but if hard-pressed, I slightly prefer Oreos slathered with peanut butter and dipped in cashew milk. 

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8 Coconut Seven Layer Bar

While Jerry informed us that he could never get through a pint of this flavor, I thought it was outstanding. Just like the dessert, there’s a lot going on here, but it works. Coconut ice cream acts as the glue between the ample fudge chunks, walnuts, and streaks of graham cracker and caramel swirls. It’s a refreshing outlier to the dominant chocolate and cookie-based flavors. 

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7 Change the Whirled

The graham cracker swirls in this flavor are the star of the show. Made with caramel-flavored ice cream, it also features chocolate cookie swirls and fudge chips. The best part? Portions of sales are donated to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp to help advance the well-being and liberation of Black and Brown communities. Note: like Crème Brûlée Cookie, it’s definitely on the sweeter side.

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6 Chocolate Caramel Cluster

I am not the biggest chocolate-meets-caramel fan, but this flavor changed my perspective. The peanut bits add a crunch element and balance out the smooth fudge chunks and velvety chocolate ice cream. The whole flavor combination is brought together with a salted caramel ribbon. During the in-house sampling extravaganza, I went back for seconds of this flavor. 

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5 Mint Chocolate Cookie

Just shy of my top three is this marvelously minty sunflower butter-based pint. Relatively simple by Ben & Jerry’s standards, mint ice cream is dolloped with huge chocolate sandwich cookies. Yep, that’s it, and it doesn’t need anything more. 

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4 “Milk” & Cookies

Think cookies and cream, but exponentially superior in every conceivable way. Simple vanilla sunflower butter-based ice cream acts as the blank canvas for chocolate chip cookies, chocolate sandwich cookies, and chocolate cookie swirls. It’s essentially a sundae in a pint—just add vegan whip and a cherry. 

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3 Caramel Almond Brittle

This was unexpectedly my clear favorite until Netflix & Chill’d and Phish Food debuted. My tastes heavily lean toward chocolate and dough, but Ben & Jerry’s surprised me with this outstanding flavor combination. Silky smooth almond ice cream pairs perfectly with a salted caramel swirl and hunks of crunchy almond brittle. It’s perfect in every way. 

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2 Netflix & Chill’d

I’ve nagged on flavors that try to incorporate too many ingredients, yet this over-the-top flavor somehow does not exceed the “too much” barrier and delivers on the ultimate indulgence. I will forever be enamored with this peanut butter ice cream that is decked with fudge brownies and a salted pretzel swirl. How do they even create a swirl out of salted pretzels? My mind is blown, and my senses are overloaded with delight whenever I treat myself to this flavor. Hat’s off to you, Ben and Jerry, for continually pushing the boundaries of what vegan ice cream can be. 

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1 Phish Food

Like Cherry Garcia, I wasn’t a fan of this flavor in the pre-vegan days. I held my sample spoonful with low expectations, knowing that I had no nostalgia for this option and also knowing that Ben & Jerry’s chocolate base wasn’t my favorite. I was so wrong. Phish Food is the flavor to beat. The chocolate is rich, the fudge phish mouthwateringly decadent and tender, and the marshmallow swirl isn’t too sweet. When it’s all put together with a ribbon of caramel, this flavor is simply enchanting. You’ll stand at your kitchen countertop, digging through the pint to carve out your perfect bite, lost in your own pleasurable world until suddenly you realize half the carton is gone. It’s dangerous, but if you’re looking for a sweet escape, this is it.  

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