I am now officially on a hunt to find the best tasting chocolate ice cream out there that won’t make me gain 20 pounds in a single sitting. So logically, I go into the grocery store and pick up a carton of what seems to be the most extreme and delicious flavor I can below 200 calories per serving: Edy’s Loaded Chocolate Fudge Brownie (for those of you in a different part of the country, Edy’s is also known as Dreyer’s). The carton design is so crazy I could barely even wait to go home and give it a taste (I mean seriously, it makes you think that brownies will actually be exploding out of the ice cream).
Needless to say, the best part about this ice cream was the carton. I was surprised, considering the fact that I had heard some rather exuberant reviews of it from friends. However, the ice cream failed to live up to expectations. Despite the low calorie content (120 per 1/2 cup), I would’ve felt better about splurging and digging into a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. While there was both a decent chocolate taste and an abundance of brownie pieces in the Loaded ice cream, I had a serious issue with the texture in every component. To best describe it, the ice cream simply seemed “off” to me. An inspection of the carton revealed why: this isn’t actually ice cream! Edy’s has labelled it a “frozen dairy dessert”, which may explain why it lacks the rich, dense creaminess that I expect when eating ice cream. The only creaminess it does have seems artificial and airy, not to mention that the stuff didn’t even seem frozen. It had been sitting in my freezer for quite some time, and the travel time between the grocery store and my house is about 5 minutes, yet the ice cream was way too easy to scoop to be real. I even dug way down in the carton thinking maybe the layer on top had melted a bit. It made no difference; essentially it was more like a glorified mousse. Likewise, the brownie pieces were less than stellar, not to mention too small. It was as if the brownies were overcooked before being mixed in, making them way to hard and chewy (but not in a good way). In the end, this is not an ice cream I will be buying again. When I want ice cream, I want real ice cream. I don’t want some sad imitation glop that in no way satisfies my need to sit down with the carton armed only with a spoon. Bad form, Edy’s. Next time get it right.
Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 1/2 Cup. 120 Calories. 35 Calories from Fat. 4g Fat. 1.5g Saturated Fat. 0g Trans Fat. 10mg Cholesterol. 55mg Sodium. 19g Carbohydrates. 1g Dietary Fiber. 13g Sugar. 3g Protein. 2% Vitamin A. 4% Calcium. 4% Iron. 3 WW Points.