If I were to break down Ben & Jerry’s Limited Batch One Sweet World and figure out what each component represents, I’d say the tan coffee caramel ice cream symbolizes the dirt of the Earth.
The marshmallow swirls are the clouds.
The ampersand fudge chunks represent, um, um, um, the sign that brings all countries together?
And the salted caramel swirl is, um, um, um, the primordial soup that life came from?
Okay, so all my examples don’t quite work, but One Sweet World does work as a sweet treat.
The flavor made its debut in Europe last year and it took its sweet time to show up in this part of the world. It’s the second Ben & Jerry’s flavor we’ve seen in the U.S. this year that was introduced in Europe, the first being the delicious Bob Marley’s One Love.
One Sweet World has a wonderful symphony of textures — the creamy ice cream, the gooey salted caramel swirl, the snap of the fudge chunks, and the squishy marshmallow swirl. Oh, I love that squishiness. I hate to admit this, but I found myself poking at the spongy swirl a lot just so I hear it. Yes, I’m weird like that. My spoons must feel so dirty.
While I’m in the admitting mood, I have to say I enjoyed the textures a little more than One Sweet World’s flavor. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it as much as Ben and Jerry loved smoking weed back in the day. But I wish the coffee stood out a bit more. When eaten without mix-ins, a hint of coffee comes through. But with the salted caramel swirl or fudge chunks, it gets a bit lost, and I have to concentrate to taste it.
A spoonful with the ice cream and swirls is like a caramel iced coffee that’s heavy on the dairy and syrup. It’s still tasty, but, again, I wish it had more java flavor.
The marshmallow swirl doesn’t have as strong a flavor as the other ingredients, but if I think about it, I would’ve enjoyed One Sweet World less without it. Thankfully, there was a lot in the pint I purchased, so every spoonful was a little squishy. IT’S SO SQUISHY!!!
In the end, Ben & Jerry’s One Sweet World is one sweet flavor. It could’ve used a wee bit more coffee flavor, but that’s a personal thing and the marshmallow swirl almost made up for it. I’m glad this pint made its way to the States. But now, Ben & Jerry’s, how about bringing over this flavor next?
(Nutrition Facts – 1/2 cup – 270 calories, 110 calories from fat, 12 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 95 milligrams of sodium, 38 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 28 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.)
Purchased Price: $6.99*
Size: 1 pint
Purchased at: Ben & Jerry’s online store
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: It tastes like a caramel iced coffee that’s heavy on the dairy and syrup. So many great textures, especially the squishy marshmallow swirl. Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” keeps popping into my head when I type One Sweet World.
Cons: I wish it had a bit more coffee flavor. My attempts to figure out what each component represents.
*I purchased this from Ben & Jerry’s online store because it takes awhile for new flavors to end up in Hawaii.