24. Cinnamon Buns
This classic flavor -- and the first entry in our tier of "second-bests," -- is probably more of an acquired taste than most in this section. With caramel ice cream, a cinnamon swirl, and chunks of cinnamon dough, it's like a Cinnabon melted into a cup that was then promptly stuck in a freezer. It's a cinnamon bun rush to the dome. I dig it. Most people dig it. But be wary if you aren't into the pastry flavor. It's could be a very sticky situation.
23. Peanut Butter World
Ben & Jerry's tends to do peanut butter right. Peanut Butter World is yet another (welcomed) take on the iconic duo of chocolate and PB, this time with a base of chocolate ice cream and a peanut butter swirl. Is it good? Obviously. But, it's hard to rank this one a higher when there are other, better peanut butter and chocolate combos waiting in the freezer. Chalk this placement up to fierce competition and a bloated playing field. About as bloated as you'll feel after eating a pint of this, actually.
22. Banana Split
I have long been a major fan of what Ben & Jerry's has done with banana-flavored ice cream (more on that later, obviously). And here, they combine their banana recipe with strawberry to create their approximation of a banana split. It's a lot to handle, and probably another example of the boundary-pushing ice cream makers doing too much to nail an abstract flavor. Still, it is Ben & Jerry's riff on a banana split. Which is obviously something you should be interested in.
21. Milk and Cookies
For everyone who has ever dipped a chocolate chip cookie into a big glass of gleaming, white, creamy milk -- and then wished that wholesome, life-affirming experience could be translated into a self-contained, frozen form, today is the first day of the rest of your life.
20. Mint Chocolate Cookie
Take everything I said about No. 21, and add "but instead, Thin Mints."
19. Bourbon Pecan Pie
This Texas-only flavor is one of the most surprising, most elusive of all B+J's flavors. The buttery bourbon ice cream and whiskey swirl give it a surprisingly sophisticated, developed taste that honestly sets it apart from every other single flavor on this list. It might feel the most like a true small-batch ice cream you'd get at a local scoop shop. But alas, it's availability in only one state (that state being Texas, no less) ensures it can rank no higher on this list, despite its weighty qualifications. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the let-downs.
Critics might assert that Half-Baked -- long a Ben & Jerry's staple -- should certainly rank higher on this list. I say there's a handful of flavors (some new!) that do what Half-Baked does, but marginally better. That being said, we still have to pay our respects to the pint and more importantly the name, as it's the first instance of B+J's directly tipping their hat to one of their core audience segments: the stoney-bologna snacker.
17. Pistachio Pistachio
I would have never, ever, under any circumstances, thought a pistachio-flavored ice cream would crack my top 20, let alone escape the confines of Tier V. I was wrong. And this is why we taste test, people.
S'mores are the culinary equivalent of Monopoly. While they are undeniably enjoyable, the set-up, clean up, and overall struggle and strife of making it all happen limits it to special occasions or extreme bouts of boredom. Ben & Jerry's s'mores ice cream takes away the hassle, freezes it, and hands you a spoon. Now, if they could only figure out how to consolidate a game of Monopoly into a pint... without my sister cheating like a rat, of course.
15. Everything But The…
This "kitchen sink" of Ben & Jerry's flavors and accoutrements is less a gimmicky novelty, and more a hedonistic tour into a veritable B+J's Hall of Fame, all inside a cardboard pint. It has everything. Which is almost too much. This is for the most hardcore fans.
14. Glampfire Trail Mix
One of the better-named options on the list, this new(ish) flavor is like S'mores-light, with an added dose of roasted almonds and a crunchy pretzel swirl. If you are the kind of person who exclusively attends outdoor fire pit sessions for the snacks and the snacks alone, walk -- don't run -- to your nearest ice cream provider. Really, "roughing it" is overrated. Especially when you need a freezer nearby.
13. Chubby Hubby
You may ask yourself, "Why did Chubby Hubby, a perennial Ben & Jerry's favorite, fail to crack the upper echelon of flavors?" There is a simple answer: vanilla malt ice cream. It adds an unnecessary wrinkle to an otherwise banner flavor. Why couldn't they just go with the classic vanilla? Some conundrums are destined to remain frustratingly unanswered. Put this up there with the JFK assassination.