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[Intro music plays]
JOEL: Today, in this episode, we’re going to be tasting
Chocolate ice creams from four different brands
Two of them being lower, regular brands
And two of them being upper, uh, supposedly tastier brands.
Edy’s, which is also known as Dryer’s on the West Coast
And Breyers, which some people say is not even ice cream.
Häagen-Dazs, which is very good, right?
And Ben and Jerry’s, which…
Is known for being a very special kind of ice cream, I think.
JOEL: So those are the four, but before we start
How about: what is your favorite ice cream brand?
DAVE: Ben and Jerry’s.
JOEL: Ben and Jerry’s.
JAMES: Halo Top.
JOEL: Halo Top?
JAMES: Halo Top.
Joel: For those of you who don’t know, what is Halo Top?
JAMES: It’s um, reduced sugar; it’s made with different ingredients.
And so it’s about—instead of being a kajillion calories per pot, it’s 300 each.
It’s really nice, really nice.
DAVE: So it’s healthy nonsense?
JAMES: That. (Joel laughs)
TINA: Of those four, Ben and Jerry’s. But if you’re in Portland, or in LA, you’ve got to try Salt & Straw.
JOEL: Salted straw?
TINA: Salt and Straw.
JOEL: And straw.
JAMES: Sounds nice.
DAVE: I’d like to give a shout-out to Cold Stone also.
JOEL: Cold Stone.
DAVE: It’s not a brand you buy in stores. It’s like a store, but it’s good.
JOEL: You guys ready? (Mm-hmm.)
DAVE: I think it’s on my spoon. I can’t tell. (Tina laughs)
JAMES: Oh, there it is.
DAVE: We going?
[Ice cream eating noises]
JOEL: I can’t get it on my spoon.
JAMES: How the hell—how do you do this?
[Ice cream eating sounds]
JAMES (with mouth full): I’ve got it on my nose!
DAVE: This one’s really good!
DAVE: I feel like you started strong; that was really good.
TINA: Oh, yeah, that’s a good one.
JAMES: It tastes like a brownie.
JOEL: This is a very chocolatey—
DAVE: Yeah, that was real good
DAVE: Very—it was very dense, I feel like. Which leads me to believe it’s Ben and Jerry’s.
DAVE: My gut is telling me it’s Ben and Jerry’s
And as you can see, I got plenty of gut to tell me. (Laughter)
JOEL: Well it tastes rich, but does it taste…
Cheap or high-class? In the middle?
JAMES: I think something in the middle. I think it could be Häagen-Dazs.
DAVE: It could be Häagen-Dazs!
DAVE: It could be “the Dazs”, it could be “the Dazs.” (Yeah.)
DAVE: Is that German, Tina? Häagen-Dazs?
TINA: No, they tried to make it sound German. To me, it sounds “dan-ish.”
DAVE: Hmm. I would say that it’s “dane-ish.”
DAVE: It’s very good.
JOEL: Very good?
JAMES: Tasted like brownie. It was probably a bit rich—I wouldn’t, wouldn’t eat lots of it.
DAVE: Aww, I like it rich, baby.
JOEL: It’s pretty rich.
TINA: Pretty sweet and delicious.
JACKSON: Any guesses?
DAVEL Ben and Jerry’s.
JOEL: I would put it on Häagen-Dazs
TINA: Yeah, I think Ben and Jerry’s has more texture.
JOEL: All right, so now we have our second bowl of ice cream in our hands.
Any—anything to say?
JAMES: I can’t smell it.
JOEL: Alright, let’s dig in.
[Spoon clinks in bowl]
JAMES: Ah, it’s on the spoon this time. Handy!
TINA: Mmm! Texture!
JOEL: Mmm, there’s some fudge in here.
DAVE: Ooh, there’s brownies. Oh, this is Ben and Jerry’s!
JAMES: Like, crazy sweet.
JOEL: This tastes like something you get in a—.
TINA: It’s not Ben and Jerry’s.
JOEL: —ice cream shop.
[Ice cream eating sounds]
TINA: This… aftertaste?
JAMES (with mouth full): Oh, I’ve got like a big lump of like…
…oh, what is this?
DAVE (with mouth full): It’s brownie.
JAMES (with mouth full): No, what, whatta, what’s that?
JAMES: I thought this was chocolate… y’know, ice cream.
DAVE: Yeah, I thought it was plain chocolate ice cream.
JAMES: Oh, man.
TINA: Oh hang on—I got the brownie now.
DAVE AND TINA: This is Ben and Jerry’s!
DAVE: This is Ben and Jerry’s chocolate fudge brownie, uh…
TINA: Yeah, that is Ben and Jerry’s texture.
DAVE: I get this flavor all the time. It could be a different brand’s chocolate fudge brownie,
but it’s definitely the chocolate fudge brownie; I’m gonna go with Ben and Jerry’s.
TINA: That—that could be Ben and Jerry’s
DAVE: So I revise my last vote to be Häagen-Dazs now.
JAMES: I, um…
I don’t think it’s Ben and Jerry’s, but I don’t know what the other two ice creams are. Sorry.
I’m a pretty confident still that the last one’s Häagen-Dazs.
TINA: The aftertaste wasn’t Ben and Jerry’s for me.
DAVE: I think the aftertaste comes from the brownie.
JOEL: It does taste a little… lower, I think. It could be Breyers.
JAMES: It was like an enormous chunk of brownie
Which I don’t really associate with Ben and Jerry’s.
DAVE: See I do associate it with Ben and Jerry’s—I get it all the time.
JOEL: Okay, we now have our third ice cream bowls in our hand—third out of four.
All right, I guess… cheers?
DAVE: No words of wisdom on this one?
JOEL: No words of wisdom, I can’t—
JAMES: It’s chocolate.
JOEL: It’s chocolate. Let’s dig in.
JAMES: Tastes cheap, this one. Like real cheap.
Yeah, but it tastes like foam.
DAVE: This tastes like soft-serve.
DAVE: Did you say it tastes like foam?
JAMES: Foam, yeah.
DAVE: When do you eat foam?
JAMES: Yeah, you’re shaving; you get a bit in your mouth.
TINA: You know, British—
DAVE: OH, you mean foam like shaving cream?
JAMES: Yeah, what—what what the hell is foam?
DAVE: Foam is like uh, I was thinking like um…
Like you’re sitting there chewing on like shipping peanuts?
DAVE: Yeah, that one sucked.
JOEL: Aw yeah, that one was pretty—
DAVE: Relative to the other ones, it sucked.
JACKSON: So it’s unanimous?
JOEL: That’s bottom-barrel; that is Dryer’s.
DAVE: I’ve never heard of Dryer’s, so let’s go with that. I know it’s the same as Edy’s or whatever, but…
JAMES: What about you, Tina?
TINA: I didn’t think it was too bad
It was less sweet and less pronounced taste; it was more subtle.
[Over each other]
JOEL: It’s pretty artificial
DAVE: Hence, bad.
JOEL: I feel like it was pretty artificial.
We are down to the last of the last.
You guys have any last words?
Let’s dig in. Cheers!
DAVE (with mouth full): Mmm, wait a second…
TINA: Oh my god… I’m eating my hair. (Giggles)
JAMES: That one’s more of a proper ice cream.
JOEL (with poor British accent): Is it?
JOEL: Mmm, I don’t like this one.
DAVE: Shut up, Joel.
DAVE: This, to me, tastes very much like the first one.
JAMES: No, no it doesn’t. You’re mad.
DAVE: Yeah, that’s true.
TINA: My least favorite.
DAVE: So I’m gonna say—
JAMES: That was your least favorite?
DAVE: This is Breyers.
It’s slight—it’s slightly higher than Dryer’s.
JAMES: Is that really the two names of—Breyers and Dreyer’s?
TINA: It tastes watery.
JOEL: I didn’t like that one.
TINA: It’s very watery.
DAVE: You guys are crazy; that one was really good.
JOEL: I would eat it, but it’s like…
[Over each other]
JOEL: I don’t know how to explain it.
TINA: I can’t even finish it.
JOEL: Um… Let’s rank these, starting with…
Dave, how about, um, saying…
DAVE: The favorite?
JOEL: Oh, yeah. Okay. Let’s do that one.
JOEL: What was your favorite? And what was your least favorite?
DAVE: I think the favorite was the second one—the one that had the little brownie chunks in it
And my least favorite was the third one that tasted like water.
TINA: Yep, nope.
JOEL: Hmm. Okay, James?
JAMES: First one was my favorite. The third one was disgusting.
DAVE: Disgusting was a stretch; it’s still chocolate ice cream, bro.
JAMES: No, it’s disgusting.
JOEL: And how about… Tina?
TINA: First and second are a tie; not sure. Maybe the second is the best because I love the brownie.
… and the texture.
And the last one—the fourth one—was just watery-tasting. I hated it.
JOEL: For me… I like the first one the best, and I disliked the last one the most.
TINA: Also, I ate my hair. [Laughter]
JOEL: Let’s take off our blindfolds and see what the order was.
JAMES: Which way around?
JOEL: Dreyer’s first?!
JAMES: Oh man, now that is interesting!
JOEL: Hold on!
JOEL: Häagen-Dazs last?!
DAVE: See I—oh man, I said that Häagen-Dazs is good and everyone like shot me down.
[Mumbles imitating others]
JOEL: Wait, hold on.
JAMES: No no, that’s the fourth one.
DAVE: That’s what I—I said on the last one, I went
“Oh, this one was good” and everyone was like “No, you’re wrong! It’s… poop!”
JOEL: Wait a minute…
JAMES: I still hated the cheap one.
JOEL: But we all knew this one.
DAVE: Dude I literally buy this all the time.
That’s like if I go to the ice cream store, it’s either that—it’s half-baked or that.
JAMES: So which—out of Dreyer’s and Breyers, which one is cheapest?
Or like considered lower-quality?
DAVE: Edy’s and Breyer’s are about the same.
JAMES: That one was just awful… Just terrible.
DAVE: Yeah, the Breyers was much worse than the Dryer’s.
Or Edy’s, as it were.
As expected again, Ben and Jerry’s…
But it’s not really fair. You should have got a plain chocolate Ben and Jerry’s.
I don’t know if that even exists…
JOEL: No, we looked for one.
DAVE: Yeah, I don’t think that’s a thing. I don’t think they do plain, but…
TINA: I never eat “Haggen”-Dazs…
DAVE: So the moral of the story kids… Put stuff in your ice cream; makes it taste better.
JOEL: Anyway… That’s—those are the results of our blind taste comparison for chocolate ice cream.
Thanks for watching Tech Geeks Try Stuff. We’ll see you in the next video.
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