I did one of those Kroger curbside grocery pickups where you shop online and pull up in front of the store at a selected time to get your groceries. You’re getting this review because I somehow accidentally added it to be purchased when I was buying ice cream for another review of Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough ice cream.
In full disclosure, I never tried this ice cream before this review. I have, however, had other Edy’s Slow Churn products and I was not a huge fan of them. In the interest of providing you guys with a fair review, I did my best to eliminate my past preceptions about this type of ice cream for this review.
We wrote an article explaining slow churned ice cream which you can read if you’re interested in learning about how it differs from regular ice cream. In short, it’s a light ice cream made with 1/2 the fat and 1/3 fewer calories compared to regular ice cream. On the Edy’s website, it states this ice cream has “all of the creaminess and goodness of regular ice cream”.
So, is Edy’s Slow Churned Chocolate ice cream as good as regular ice cream with the same creaminess ?
Well, the answer is no! This ice cream tastes like store brand fudge bars that some people call by their brand name of Fudgsicles. While Fudgsicles are a solid occasional novelty treat, I personally don’t want a carton of it.
As a positive, this slow churned ice cream has a nice chocolatey flavor. However, its lack of creaminess is where it falls short. Nonfat milk is the most predominate ingredient to help keep the ice cream light but flavor is sacrificed because of it.
This ice cream has a more icy/watery taste as an end note before swallowing compared to the creaminess of premium ice creams that use cream as the predominate ingredient and have a higher milkfat percentage.
Overall, it’s decent for a light ice cream. It doesn’t have a pronounced artificial diet food flavors to it. I can certainly understand why this might be a popular choice for some people trying to keep their calories in check.
However, I would never serve this ice cream to guests at a party or similar occasions. It lacks the flavor and creaminess for that purpose and people who care will notice.
I give Edy’s Slow Churned Chocolate ice cream 4.6 stars out of 10. I likely would never buy it again even if it were on sale. Life is too short to be eating ice cream that is average at best when better ice cream can be consumed for a similar price.
Keep in mind that I am rating this ice cream against all other ice creams I’ve had through my multiple decades of life. I am not comparing it solely against other light ice creams.
That being said, it’s pretty good for a light ice cream and a case can be made to at least try it, especially if you are looking to reach daily calorie goals. Compare the nutrition facts below between this light ice cream and a creamy regular ice cream (Häagen-Dazs chocolate) and you may quickly become more convinced to try Edy’s Slow Churned chocolate ice cream.
Edy’s Slow Churned Chocolate Ice Cream
- Serving Size: 2/3 Cup
- Calories: 130
- Total Fat: 4.5g
- Saturated Fat: 3g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Cholesterol: 15mg
- Sodium: 50mg
- Total Carbs: 22g
- Dietary Fiber: 2g
- Total Sugars: 16g (added sugars: 11g)
- Protein: 3g
Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Ice Cream
- Serving Size: 2/3 Cup
- Calories: 330
- Total Fat: 21g
- Saturated Fat: 13g
- Trans Fat: 0.5g
- Cholesterol: 100mg
- Sodium: 65mg
- Total Carbs: 28g
- Dietary Fiber: 1g
- Total Sugars: 25g (added sugars: 19g)
- Protein: 6g