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Friday, February 9, 2018

Trader Joe's Cherry Chocolate Chip Soy Creamy


It's a rare condition that I link to the same seven-year-old post twice in a single week, but that's what we're gonna have to do here. Because in that post, Mr. Shelly states that the Mount Rushmore of Ice Cream would include Ben & Jerry's legendary Cherry Garcia. At the very least, the Vermont-based, Penn State-educated duo set the bar for cherry-flavored frozen desserts with their famous offering. Russ and I are both far too young and drug-free to be considered true Deadheads, but I do appreciate the ice cream as well as its late, great namesake and his music. By the way, Ben and Jerry, when will Bob Weir get an ice cream named after him?

But seriously though, as I scour the web for some background info during my brief prep for writing this post, I am dumbfounded by two revelations: 

1) Ben & Jerry's offers a non-dairy Cherry Garcia made with almond milk, and... 

2) This particular product was available at Trader Joe's at least A DECADE AGO. See: this blogspot food review.


In cases like this, it's anybody's guess as to whether this product was discontinued and then re-released, or whether it's been available all these years, somehow eluding our sights there in the frozen aisle. This recent tweet made me assume it was a new product.

If it has been there all these years, quite frankly I'm shocked that we didn't hear more about it, because it's pretty fantastic. In some ways, the slight nuttiness of the soy milk blends with the chocolate and cherry flavors even better than traditional dairy milk does. I'm eager to try B&J's almond milk-based version now, as that might work even better still. But as it stands, I'd hold this Soy Creamy flavor in higher esteem than the vanilla flavor we tried a while back.

There are plenty of chocolate chips, and the cherries are pretty awesome. They're basically just sugared cherries—as sweet as maraschino cherries, but without the formaldehyde and radioactive Red 40. Plenty of 'em, too. The overall flavor is sweet, but not too sweet, with very little aftertaste.


Sonia is a little under the weather right now and admittedly can't taste very much. She did like the bit of flavor she could detect, and of course she enjoyed the texture. Four stars from her. As someone who generally prefers dairy milk over soy milk, I think this product is worth 4.5, especially if you're lactose-intolerant or vegan.

Bottom line: 8.5 out of 10.

20 comments:

  1. You need to try So Delicious cashew cappuccino ice cream...best non dairy!
    Nada Moo is pretty good too...

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  2. This really has been at trader joe’s forever. Unfortunately I really don’t like cherries, so that’s a deal breaker for me.
    The chocolate coconut milk ice cream at TJs is my favorite non dairy ice cream they sell, but i just buy ice cream in the summer- can’t deal with eating frozen things in cold weather.
    Ttrockwood

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  3. Yes! This used to be a freezer staple in my college years... which was about a decade ago. I thought it was "healthy." Haha.

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  4. Not sure I would like the combo of cherries and chocolate, but I agree that Bob Weir needs his own ice cream!

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  5. Why would Trader Joe's discontinue Cherry chocolate chip soy ice cream I went into the store the other day just to find out that you all have discontinue this product. Now, I just don't know what I'm going to do without my Cherry Chocolate Chip soy ice cream I strongly request that you reinstate the product or get a similar one... okay!😪💦☀️🍫🍒

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  6. It's been discontinued. June 2019 Sad!!!!

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  7. Whyyy???? Discontinued? It was always running low at the stores due to POPULARITY. I had to buy 3-5 at a time and store in freezer because they might be out the next time I went. This seemed to be the best seller of all the flavors around it. It's frustrating when it's the reason I went into the store. The 2nd time of being disappointed, I finally asked. The guy who looked it up couldn't believe it either. Said even he liked it and he rarely likes non-dairy anything.

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  8. count me in as heart-broken that there's no more soy creamy! better than ice cream and affordable - not like other dairy alternatives

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  9. I cannot understand why this was discontinued? It was our favorite desert. Someone probably made a mistake and was supposed supposed to drop the Soy Vanila. I hope that they realize that they made an error.

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  10. Well it was just discontinued again! Can’t believe it, My husband and I are totally addicted to it and buy two or 3 quarts at a time, doesn’t make any sense.

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    1. I am very addicted to the cherry chocolate chip one. Somehow the store stopped selling it so sad. 😢😳

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  11. I was crushed to find this out when I went to purchase!!! Why, TJ??!!!

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  12. Why would the store stop selling the cherry chocolate chip ice cream. Why??

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  13. Maybe they aren't going to make it for a while.

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  14. I have a neighbor who is distraught over this. Is it coming back by any chance???

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    1. I was told by an employee at Trader Joe's last week that she had heard TJ's will be bringing it back in the foreseeable future, due to high demand. No further details.

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  15. Damn idiots at Trader Joe's. We traveled 250 miles on August 10 just to buy Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip and other things we buy when we visit a city with Trader Joe's. We didn't buy anything after we found out the commie bastards have a war against Soy products. Bring back the Cherry Chocolate icecream or I will never buy from Trader Joe's ever again.

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  16. I can't believe it.... It's the favorite ice cream in our household and many of our friends are addicted. Why on earth would they discontinue such a marvelous product? Everyone should tell all friends to ask all their local TJ managers about this. Boo hoo.

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