My first clue that Ben and Jerry’s was planning some new frozen yogurt formulations was in a special “Chunk Mail” survey, which asked how likely I’d be to purchase a tub of Greek-style frozen yogurt. I selected the option for “very likely” and a few days ago, I finally had the opportunity. My store had all four flavors in stock, but the Strawberry Shortcake sounded the most appealing.
I love strawberry ice cream, but this was much better than most grocery store versions. The berry taste is a bit more subtle, and the sweetness of the fruit is balanced by a yogurty base with a touch of tang. Compared to most tart flavors of soft serve frozen yogurt, it’s not as pronounced, but it is richer and more luxurious than most frozen yogurt (just like Greek yogurt is compared to the regular stuff).
The fruit was well blended throughout the tub, with little bits of crunchy frozen strawberry throughout. The scattered bits of fruit brought a nice contrasting texture, without being so distracting that you’d dig through the entire tub to get your next fix (I have that problem with a lot of Ben and Jerry’s flavors with candy pieces in them). Where this flavor lost me was the shortbread pieces. I get that putting shortcake in ice cream wouldn’t really work, but the cookie bits were too dry, and tasted stale rather than buttery and flaky. Of all the cookie mix-ins B&J’s has in their arsenal, this is the weakest.
Even so, it’s a tasty flavor, and when you compare the nutritional info with that of the closest ice cream flavor (strawberry cheesecake), there’s a good reason to (ahem) “go Greek”. Choosing yogurt over cream saves you 70 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving. The amount of sugar is about the same.