Chill Out With Fair Trade Ice Cream

I was thrilled to learn today from Co-op America that fair trade ice cream is now available! No, this is not ice cream imported from developing countries (it would be awfully melty by the time it arrived here!). I’m talking about delicious cold stuff that uses fair trade ingredients like coffee, vanilla and, of course, chocolate! According to Co-op America, brands of fair trade ice cream include certain flavors of Temptation Organics, Blackwell’s Organic, Ben and Jerry’s, and Stonyfield Farms. I love that fair trade ingredients are finding their way into so many good things, so there’s less reason to feel guilty eating it (although I think it’s safe to say the calorie count is no different!). I haven’t seen this good stuff in any stores around me, although I’m going to start looking.

The first person to tell me where they found fair trade ice cream, what flavor and how they liked it gets a special gift from Bambootique.



  1. KarenP said,

    July 13, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    I picked up a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Fair Trade Vanilla at Wilsonville Thriftway tonight to go with the blackberries we bought at the farmer’s market today. Yum! Smooth and creamy, good vanilla flavor, a few flecks of vanilla bean seeds. Ingredient list: Cream, Skim Milk, Liquid Sugar (what is that?), Water, Egg Yolks, Fair Trade Certified Vanilla Extract with Vanilla Bean Seeds, Guar Gum, Carageenan.

    1/2 c. serving has 230 calories, 130 from fat. 14g Total Fat, 9 g. Saturated Fat, 0g Trans Fat.

    It was $3.89 for a pint, so not the cheapest ice cream out there but let’s face it, that just encourages us to eat small portions.

    Now my dilemma is, what is the best choice. Fair Trade vanilla that is made in Vermont and shipped across the country in freezer trucks, or locally-made ice cream such as Tillamook that is not Organic or Fair Trade, but probably has a much less negative environmental impact. I think at this point, until I find a fair trade option made more locally, I’ll stick with Tillamook, Umpqua, or Julie’s Organic. Maybe I just need to write those companies and encourage them to go fair trade!

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