Thursday, October 9, 2008

Trader Joe's Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip: Beyond Compare

My initial plan for this post was to do a side-by-side comparison of Trader Joe's Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert and Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt. But then I threw the Ben & Jerry's carton away before I remembered to take a picture of the outside, and I didn't much feel like pulling a George Costanza. I'm not fond of touching garbage. Even if it is in pursuit of a donut and/or for the sanctity of my blog.

I contemplated purchasing another carton of Cherry Garcia, or just taking a quick picture during my next grocery store run, but then it hit me like the dodge ball the older girls used to pelt at me during dodge ball...

TJ's Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip "ice cream" is beyond compare. There is no contest -- it blows Ben & Jerry's cherries completely out of the bowl.

Not only is it packed with gobs more of the sweet cherries and dark chocolate chunks I crave, the consistency is much creamier. It's hard to believe that at 190 calories per 1/2 cup, the Soy Creamy version has only 30 more calories per serving than Ben & Jerry's. To spend an entire post even pretending to find merit in Ben & Jerry's weak attempt at a low-cal treat would be a waste of time. To borrow the words of a former superior, it is quite literally "dead to me."

TJ's Cherry Chocolate Chip is not. In fact, it is so alive that at 8:00 pm last Friday night, my craving for the lusciously sweet goodness was so strong that I surrendered my primo parking spot right in front of my apartment just to go pick up a carton. Of course, as luck would have it, my Trader Joe's was out. As was the other location I tried.

Fortunately, I had a small portion left in the carton in my freezer and was shockingly able to ease my ravenous hunger for indulgence with a puny half-cup serving. I suspect it might have been even less than that, but it was a striking moment: TJ's Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip is so satisfying, I can actually (gasp gasp!) adhere to serving guidelines!

Of course, I'd much prefer my serving to look a little like this:

Oh what a world it could be, if my life could always be a bowl of those TJ's Soy Creamy cherries...

15 comments:

Alessandra said...

Does Trader Joe's offer the soy creamy ice cream w/o "things" in it? I like my ice cream (or faux-cream, as the case would be here) without any accoutrements. I prefer plain chocolate or plain vanilla in my bowl.

Exceptions are, of course, made for rainbow sprinkles.

Diana H. said...

They have plain vanilla and chocolate, but the plain vanilla is horrific, and I've heard bad things about the chocolate flavor is well. It's really odd because the vanilla in the mango/vanilla flavor is delicious, but it's completely different on its own!

kellylavin said...

The Mango/vanilla kind is absolutely to die for...when you mix the two together, it taste like caramel, and yes, the vanilla in this mix is soooo good. I'd venture to say that its better than vanilla ice cream! But yeah, the vanilla soy creamy is not as strong of a vanilla flavor...it doesn't taste as rich. I am trying this cherry chocolate chip tonight - can't wait! IT does have a lot more fat than the mango/vanilla (I believe 3.5 g fat for 1/2 cup) and the chocolate and vanilla soy creamys are the same.

spycygrl said...

I bought this because Cherry-Chocolate is a fave flavor of mine and I don't do the dairy. It's sooooo good. And now my dairy-eating boyfriend keeps pilfering my Soy Creamy!

Kevin said...

Sooooooo good, indeed, Hell yeah, I'm pilfering that.

And how can you not like something that says in Spanish, "I Am Creamy"?

-Dairy-and-Soy-Eating Boyfriend

Lady Lisa said...

Diana, I just remembered about this post, and had to comment. I finally picked up a carton of the Cherry chip 2 weeks ago, and it is absolutely fantastic. I've been enjoying mine with chunks of TJ's almond windmill cookies. There's something about the combination of cherry, chocolate, and almond that let's me know all is right in the world. ;-) You're onto something Lady!

Kristin said...

I was just about to post on Facebook how much I LOVE cherry chocolate chip soy creamy from Trader Joe's. I even think it rivals Ben AND Jerry's regular ice cream. At 8 g of fat - yowza!! I couldn't decide whether to buy the Vanilla Soy Creamy which has been my favorite for a long while or the cherry chocolate chip. The Vanilla has only 4 g of fat and is really good alone. I like to add raw almonds to it. After this carton of Cherry Chocolate Chip Soy Creamy is gone, I'll go back to Vanilla. I love it and it won't tempt me to eat more than enough!!!

Kristin said...

OH! I forgot to add - I hate the mango vanilla soy creamy because the mango tastes like sherbet, not ice cream. So, i LOVE the cherry chocolate chip soy creamy because of it's taste, but I LOVE the Vanilla Soy Creamy because it's really good and WAY less calories.

ghfranks said...

I agree with all that has been said here. The Mango-Vanilla is terrific, and I would have it more often except that every opportunity to eat it is a chance lost to have the incomparable Cherry Chocolate Chip Soy Creamy.

The sad life of a lactose-intolerant ice-cream lover is made bearable only by TJ's CCC S-C.

I wonder if I can get my medical insurance to pay for it?

kimberly said...

I love the cherry combine with chocolate or with any recipe, they are simple delicous. That is why This blogs catch my attention and i think it is very helpful, i am very curious to know different way to prepare the cherry. Actually i was looking for information about how to buy viagra by internet and i found this blog. Absolutely interesting. I must to say all this information is really amazing.

Chuck Bluestein said...

To go beyond calories, the dairy in Ben and Jerry's is not organic. That means that the bovine growth hormone in it that fattens up cows cause people to get fatter. Now the U.S. dairy disagrees (difference of opinions)but here is a fact. That hormone is illegal to use in all the other developed countries (like European Union) other than the U.S. Also it helps girls to begin menstruation at age 8 or 9. You can burn calories.

Looking for Heaven said...

I was addicted to Trader Joe's Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip. In January 2011, I went on the wagon. In early July 2011, I bought my first quart of TJ SCCC since my abstention, It was a little different than my recollection of the TJ SCCC that I was addicted to.
The differences were: Chocolate Chips, plentifull and tear drop shaped now seemed of mixed smaller size, softer, and less plentifull. Cherries as I recalled were sliced from cherry halves, and had a crispness to them, now they are flattened cherries in irregular halves and pieces, liked they were from smashed cherries, in smaller quantity. The Cherry Cream is as delicious as before, however there is a lot more of it. In summary I found the older TJ SCCC, had a lot more chocolate chips, more and firmer cherry slices, and less of the cherry cream, resulting in a much less chunky product, that I am no longer addicted to, the magic was gone.

Has anyone noticed these difference?

Signed:Looking for Heaven Again

mpsaylor said...

I love TJ's Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip. Haven't had any since I cut vegetable oils like soy oil out of my diet-- I'm going to have to start making my own vegan or non-dairy vegetarian ice cream. Diana, I actually liked the plain vanilla, too.

Dick Platt said...

My experience last night was almost identical to yours, Diana, of 2008. I went to TJs solely to get their SC CCC, but there were no cartons where I usually find over twenty. I panicked. Dazed, I just kept scanning over the other frozen offerings. I’m an old man now in my late sixties; so maybe there’s one or two remaining, but I don’t see them. Maybe they’re obscured, hiding behind some other item. Then despair started to creep in. Maybe TJs stopped carrying it.

It didn’t take me long to find a TJs crew member. My usually fluent manner of speech abandoned me. Once I uttered “soy” and “cherry,” he had to finish my question for me.

I then got back into my normal speaking mode. “There are none in the case. Is TJs no longer carrying it?” “Something that popular would certainly not be discontinued,” he said. “I’ll look in back. Maybe there are some there.” My heart leapt.

When he came back out, he informed me not to worry and that they would probably be back in the freezer the next day, if not the next morning.

It wasn’t until I drove home, disappointed but relieved, that I remembered I still had about a couple of mouthful’s left in my freezer. And as I think of that, I wonder at my self control to resist finishing off the whole container earlier in the day and that I was uncharacteristically kind to myself by leaving a teeny bit for a mini-treat before I can restock.

Patty said...

TJ's Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip, is it Non GMO soy? Said it's organic so I'm thinking it is but can't be sure. Anyone know. It sure is yummy.