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:
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.
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 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.
GrubGrade: 8.50/10 (Very Good)
Price: $2.99 (on sale)
Nutrition – Edy’s Fat Free, No-Sugar-Added Vanilla Flavored Chocolate Ice Cream
Serving Size: ½ cup
Total Carbohydrates: 20g
Sugar Alcohols: 3g