Review: Edy’s Fat Free Vanilla “Flavored” Chocolate Ice Cream

It’s that time of the year again.  With spring upon us and summer fast approaching, I find myself looking more and more to the freezer for my afternoon snack fix.  Lately I’ve been hooked on overloaded bowls of frozen cocoa pebbles mixed with cool-whip (and that’s the real deal, hydrogenated stuff there kids), a combination which I must say exceeds “very good” and approaches “freaking amazing.”  That being said, it’s really not that good for me, so you can imagine how excited I felt when I found the perfect “healthy” alternative in the supermarket the other day; Edy’s Fat Free, No-Sugar-Added  Vanilla Flavored Chocolate Ice Cream.  Yes, that is the entire title of this product.  We even have photographic evidence:

With a title longer than some epic poems, this stuff better have been good...

With a title longer than some epic poems, this stuff better have been good...

What can be better than replacing one chemically laden food concoction with another?  I’m not sure really, but I should note that most “light” ice creams can be hit or miss when it comes to texture and creaminess, and knowing this I was not expecting much from the 1.5 quart carton I picked up for $2.99 at Giant Food.  It should also be noted that I’ve had bad experiences with similar Breyers varieties in the past, and have noticed that the Breyers nonfat and light ice cream tend to ‘crystallize’ too easily in the fridge and end up turning into an inconsistent mess that resembles a somewhat creamy (but not really) snowcone.  Likewise, Turkey Hill’s fat free products (while solid in flavor) often exhibit that trademark gumminess seemingly only found in nonfat ice cream, no doubt the result of an ingredient list which contains more stabilizers than the former Mir space station.  

Xantham Gum can be your friend if you let it.

Xantham Gum can be your friend if you let it.

Amazingly however, this Fat Free ice cream seemed to avoid each extreme, instead exhibiting a remarkable creaminess for being a non-fat product.  Not that it would be mistaken for the real thing, but I found it to have the consistency of a really good frozen yogurt without that annoying “melts in four seconds on a sunny day” physical property that has long plagued yogurt makers everywhere.  I got some good licks into my cone, and generally enjoyed the chocolaty-vanilla flavor of the product.  I do admit that the flavor does come across as low quality and artificial, which if you’re a simpleton like myself really isn’t much of an issue (remember, I’ve been channeling cocoa pebbles and cool whip for several days on end here).  Still, the relative creaminess of this product is enticing enough to overlook its average flavor, although one does wonder if perhaps this apparent consistency is too good to be true…

This is nonfat, right?

This is nonfat, right?

This product is not listed on the Edy’s website, although the exact same flavor is listed as being produced as a low-fat variety in Edy’s “Yogurt Blends” line.  I’m not sure if that means this product is brand-spanking new or perhaps just really, really old; but if you can find it I’d go ahead and at least give it a try.  No it may not rival the creamy and delicious aspect of real-deal, full-fat ice cream, and granted it will leave your taste buds wanting more if you’re into that whole “au natural French vanilla bean and honey” combination- but considering the competition out there for similar products I’ve found this to be amongst the best non-fat ice creams ever.  That may not be saying a whole lot in terms of overall awesomeness for an ice cream, but hey, man can not live on frozen cocoa pebbles and cool-whip alone.

  • Pros: Great consistency and texture for being a fat free ice cream.  Actually has element of “creaminess” without the annoying “melts in four seconds” physical properties of nonfat frozen yogurt.  Only 100 calories per serving.  Unlike some sugar-free ice creams is not overloaded with sugar alcohols.  Tastes like the awesome combo of frozen cocoa pebbles and cool whip without all that hydrogenated oil stuff.
  • Cons: Can’t seem to make up its mind about whether it wants to be a chocolate or vanilla ice cream, instead settling for something vaguely “chocolate flavored.”  Has an artificial taste and sweetness that may not agree with the more refined palate, but does fine for us chemically-charged kids who balk at au natural anyways.  Presence of sugar alcohols means you should probably put this down by the third inning of that O’s meltdown, as emotional (aka unrestrained) ice cream eating will incur you to test the infamous “Excessive consumption…” warning associated with sorbitol.
Raising a cone to "Chocolate Flavored"

Raising a cone to "Vanilla Flavored"

GrubGrade:  8.50/10  (Very Good)

Price:  $2.99 (on sale)

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Nutrition – Edy’s Fat Free, No-Sugar-Added Vanilla  Flavored Chocolate Ice Cream

Serving Size: ½ cup

Calories: 100

Fat: 0g

Sodium: 0mg

Cholesterol: 50mg

Total Carbohydrates: 20g

Fiber: 6g

Sugar: 4g

Sugar Alcohols: 3g

Protein: 4g

8 comments on “Review: Edy’s Fat Free Vanilla “Flavored” Chocolate Ice Cream

  1. Hahahahhahahaha, I JUST watched that episode last night!!! SO GOOD 🙂

    That’s incredible…1/2 cup, 100 calories! I’ve gonna have to get me some…although over here it’s Dryer’s 😛

  2. Raiders757 says:

    Fat free, huh? Good thing, so it may seem, when it comes to ice cream. Problem is, fat free ice cream normally tastes like crap. On top of that, it’s still not sugar free, and has other baddies included. In the case of ice cream, fat free doesn’t mean you can still eat all you want. It will still add to the waist line.

    To be exact, it’s better to just eat regular ice cream. Self control is best when it comes to one the greatest things man has ever discovered, not fat free.

    If your going to do it, go all out. That’s what I have to say to those trying to watch their fat intake, or on a diet. Why cut yourself short? Not on a diet? Then why bother with fat free at all? Either do it right, or don’t do it at all!

  3. Adam says:

    Haha, Sorbitol strikes again! Chill dude, it’s just a review!

  4. Jon says:

    Raiders, I don’t see your point. If a person is trying to lose weight, why not eat this and save 60-70 calories? Caring about 60 calories might seem excessive, but as a part of a diet that incorporates several calorie-saving alternatives, it helps.

    BTW, 6 grams of fiber seems really high to me. Does regular ice cream even have fiber?

  5. Adam says:

    Jon,
    I think that comes from polydextrose, which is also in most kids cereals (that I eat, at least) as a synthetic source of fiber.

    I hate to give the “moderation” speech, but that’s really what it’s all about. In terms of the merits of nonfat ice cream, it’s really about avoiding the saturated fat. When you eat the amount of red meat that I eat, cutting out the fat on an afternoon treat like ice cream ain’t that bad.

  6. Adam Bomb says:

    I bought a carton of Wal-Mart brand low fat, no sugar added butter pecan ice cream a while back. It just kind of sits there in the back of the freezer now, reminding me everytime I open the door exactly how subpar it was, and what a mistake it’s creation was. I’m glad your “diet” ice cream venture was more successful.

  7. “Breyers nonfat and light ice cream tend to ‘crystallize’ too easily in the fridge and end up turning into an inconsistent mess that resembles a somewhat creamy (but not really) snowcone.”

    I have to agree with you 100%!!! I had to throw my tub away after eating it twice because it turned into a “crystallized mess.”

  8. fitgirl says:

    I tried this ice cream and found it to be kind of…chewy….THEN I tried Breyer’s Smooth and Dreamy Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream. GOOD LORD! Yes, it has sugar in it but it’s half the fat of regular ice cream, low in calories, and still tastes amazing. Try it 🙂

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