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
Breyers Smooth and Dreamy Dark Chocolate Velvet Ice Cream
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