Ben & Jerry’s New Flavor Combines Caramel with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and We Can’t Wait to Try It

    Ben & Jerry’s New Flavor Combines Caramel with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and We Can’t Wait to Try It

    Filmmaker Ava DuVernay makes sweet history as the first Black woman featured on a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

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    Coming soon to freezers near you is a new flavor from Ben & Jerry’s that we can’t wait to get our hands on: Lights! Caramel! Action!. Made in collaboration with Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay, you’ll be able to find the new flavor in your grocery store beginning in January 2023.

    Known for its crazy ice cream flavors, Ben & Jerry’s has previously developed flavors based on celebrities such as Willie Nelson, Elton John and the band Phish (Phish Food ice cream, anyone?). DuVernay is the first Black woman to be featured on the famed Vermont ice cream brand’s pints.

    What’s in Ben & Jerry’s Latest Flavor?

    Get ready, because this new edition is a delicious flavor combo of salted caramel swirls, graham cracker swirls and gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough, all ingredients that DuVernay personally loves and selected. “Partnering with Ben & Jerry’s, a company that I’ve long admired for their commitment to social justice, has been a thrill ride,” she said.

    Lights! Caramel! Action! will be available in both dairy and non-dairy options. The ingredients are also fair-trade certified, non-GMO sourced, certified vegan, and made with almond milk or sunflower butter. And, we’re excited because this isn’t just a limited-time flavor release—Lights! Caramel! Action! will be a full-time addition to Ben & Jerry’s flavor line-up.

    What Else to Know About Lights! Caramel! Action!

    Proceeds from the ice cream will go to a good cause: DuVernay’s non-profit organization ARRAY Alliance. ARRAY Alliance is dedicated to elevating the work of artists of color, creating more inclusive environments in the entertainment industry, and providing mentorship to underrepresented communities.

    “Framing this up as a new flavor for the first Black woman to be a featured partner on our pints doesn’t do Ava justice,” said Matthew McCarthy, Ben & Jerry’s CEO. “We are humbled by this partnership, impressed by her work sharing not only the struggle but the joy in the justice, and we are inspired by her commitment and vision.”

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    Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce

    Pumpkin pie is the perfect southern comfort food that everyone has on their table at the holidays, but truthfully, I want those cozy flavors any time of year. This ice cream has just the right balance of spices and no matter when you make it, you’ll find yourself surrounded in the warmth and love that pumpkin pie has to offer. —Angie Forester, Memphis, Tennessee

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    Dish it out with the best ice cream scoop.

    Easy Chocolate Ice Cream

    This super simple chocolate ice cream is the perfect treat at a moments notice. It’s also a bonus that most of the ingredients are kitchen staples. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    Coconut Ice Cream

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    Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

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    Best Ever Vanilla Ice Cream

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    Rocky Road Ice Cream

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    Use a waffle cone maker to add another special homemade touch. Check out more unique ice cream flavors.

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    Mint Chip Ice Cream

    We have a milk cow, so homemade ice cream is a regular dessert in our household. This creamy version has a mild mint flavor. — Farrah McGuire, Springdale, Washington

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    Almond Butter Swirl Ice Cream

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    Best Banana Ice Cream

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    Toasted Hazelnut and Chocolate Ice Cream

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    Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream

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    Easy Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

    When I got my ice cream maker, a friend shared her dreamy freezy cheesecake recipe. For guests, I scoop this into tart shells. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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    Dark Chocolate Ice Cream with Paprika & Agave

    Pair this rich and creamy ice cream with a cup of hot or iced coffee. It’s mildly sweet with a hint of paprika. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    Praline Crunch Ice Cream

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    My state is well known for growing amazing peaches. This ice cream has been a family favorite for more than 50 years! —Marguerite Ethridge, Americus, Georgia

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    Blueberry Ice Cream

    The wild blueberries on our property spark recipe ideas. When my daughter and I made this ice cream at a Girl Guide meeting, it was well received. Even today, our 10 children, 19 grandkids and 4 great-grandchildren think it tastes great. —Alma Mosher, Mohannes, New Brunswick

    Old-Time Custard Ice Cream

    I think my most memorable summertime dessert for get-togethers has always been homemade ice cream. This recipe is so rich and creamy and is the perfect splurge on a hot summer afternoon. —Martha Self, Montgomery, Texas

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    Rhubarb Ice Cream

    You don’t need an ice cream freezer to make this rich refreshing treat. Years ago, we had a big rhubarb patch. A neighbor who knew I loved ice cream shared this recipe with me. —Jan Douglas, Dent, Minnesota

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    Pink Peppercorn and Sake Ice Cream

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    My mother’s family owned peach orchards in Missouri. I live in Tennessee, a top consumer of buttermilk. This summery ice cream combines my past and present. —Kim Higginbotham, Knoxville, Tennessee

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    Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Ice Cream

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    You have to give this novel ice cream a try. It’s actually made with corn, sweetly flavored by vanilla extract and maple syrup. I plan to make this surprising treat every summer.—Diana Burrink, Crete, Illinois

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    Pumpkin Ice Cream

    This recipe really captures the flavor of fall. It’s good with or without the gingersnaps.

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