Ice Cream Review: Breyers New! Smooth and Dreamy Dark Chocolate Velvet

I have to give Breyers credit. After my ho-hum review of their Fat Free Smooth and Dreamy Vanilla ice cream the company informed me that they had recently reformulated their low fat ice creams, and had even launched two new flavors to the “Smooth and Dreamy” line. Apparently, the new formula plays off the familiar “all natural” approach to ingredients while still creating a “creamy” product with 1/2 the fat of their regular ice cream. Sounds great, but this ain’t my first rodeo, and it takes more than fancy buzzwords and marketing slogans to convince me of a product’s worth.

Still, I was willing to give Breyers a chance, and by coincidence I noticed one of the two new flavored ice creams at Safeway the other day. Knowing the  freezer was getting low on the good stuff I thus decided to pick up a container of the new Dark Chocolate Velvet ice cream.

Rich, dark, velvety smooth. Dive into this dark chocolate dream with reckless abandon. You won’t regret a bit of it.

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a dark chocolate ice cream before, but after trying this new flavor out I have to wonder if  this won’t be the next “it” flavor in the ice cream world. Yes, it was that good. The health conscious crowd will love that it only has eight natural ingredients while keeping an impressive nutritional profile (110 calories, 3.5 g fat, 2g sat fat per 1/2 cup), while the flavor junkies among us will find its earthy and rich dark chocolate notes superior to just about any other chocolate ice cream on the market, regardless of nutritional profile.

Texturally, the ice cream had a much better showing than the last Breyers product I reviewed. When I opened the container for the first time there weren’t any ice crystals and my scooper met little resistance when I went to get my first scoop. Obviously this was a good sign, and revealed a smooth, more delicate texture than the fat free vanilla ice cream I tried two weeks ago. In terms of mouth-feel it was smooth and fairly creamy, and didn’t display any off tastes or inconsistency that sometimes comes with an overabundance of stabilizers. Likewise, I found that it did not melt as quickly as the fat free vanilla ice cream.

While the texture was solid for a low fat ice cream, what really set this product apart was its flavor. For comparisons sake I also sampled a low fat Dutch Chocolate product from Edy’s at the same time, and found its chocolate flavor dull and muted when compared to the rich, slightly bittersweet dark chocolate notes of the new Breyers ice cream. The flavor was very clean and tasted natural and fresh, with just the right level of sweetness to balance the richness of the dark chocolate . It reminded me a lot of a Hershey’s dark chocolate bar, except richer, smoother and creamier. It was, to be quite sure, better than any store-bought chocolate flavored ice cream I have had to date. Even if your the kind of person who usually finds low fat or reduced fat ice creams a waste of time, I highly recommend checking out Breyers’ new Smooth and Dreamy Dark Chocolate Velvet ice cream. You won’t be disappointed.

Pros: Rich dark chocolate flavor with bold, earthy notes. Good level of sweetness and outstanding mouth-feel for a low fat product. Only 3.5 grams fat per serving.

Cons: My fridge isn't big enough to stock up on the requisite number of containers I will need once the world finds out how good this stuff is. Brain freeze.

Price: 2.50 (on sale at Safeway)

Overall GrubGrade: 9.50/10

More Info: Breyers.com
Nutrition Facts:
Breyers Smooth and Dreamy Dark Chocolate Velvet Ice Cream
Calories: 110
Calories from Fat: 35
Total Fat: 3.5 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 90 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 18 g
Fiber: 4 g
Sugars: 13 g
Protein: 3 g

11 comments on “Ice Cream Review: Breyers New! Smooth and Dreamy Dark Chocolate Velvet

  1. SkippyMom says:

    Schweet! [pun intended] My husband will love this. It sounds delicious.

  2. Raiderd757 says:

    Drool Alert!!!

    I love dark chocolate, and ice cream is my favorite treat. I have got to try this!! I wonder how it will taste if I mix it in a bowl with some peanut butter?

  3. Jessica J says:

    Dark chocolate is my favorite, and I am so glad Breyers has this now! I am going to look for it the next time I go to the grocery store. I think it would be delicious with fresh raspberries or strawberries!

  4. Meg says:

    Sweeeeet I love Breyer’s 🙂

  5. Tracy says:

    I would have never bought this if I didn’t read the review. Breyers is on sale this week, and I was food shopping today, so I had to get this flavor. I’ve had the chalky “smooth” and dreamy before and it was terrible due to the texture. I just tried this dark chocolate and it’s amazing. You could make a cone out if it if you wanted, you couldn’t do that with the old version and the flavor is really great. Thank you for the review. I’ll only eat the low fat ice cream and this one even the kids will eat.

  6. I so need to try this, never had dark chocolate ice cream b4, and i’m a big dark chocolate fan.

  7. Rodzilla says:

    I went and picked it up after reading this review. I too am very impressed.

  8. Raiders757 says:

    Got a tub of this stuff the other day. I am one can never be convinced that any sort of reduced fat ice cream can be any good, but your review sold me on this idea. I have to say, it’s some good stuff. If I didn’t know it was reduced fat, I would be hard pressed to believe anyone if I was told so without seeing the box. Good find Adam.

  9. JJ says:

    What a great rec! I picked up a container and could hardly put my spoon down. I wanna try other flavors now to see if they can live up to it…

  10. diane says:

    I enjoyed you dark velvet ice cream. it is 3/4 gone and I am the one who is eating it. I have a question because of the fact that I am on medication: How much caffeine is in it? there are some things I think I need to know in life and that is one of them.

    I just love strawberries, so i love your strawberry ice cream. What is really nice is that it does not have that many ingredients in it and I understand what all the ingredients mean!

    diane

  11. jeyran says:

    thanks for you