Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Review: Edy's (Dreyer's) Slow Churned Fudge Tracks Light Ice Cream

Edy's is known as Dreyer's in some parts of the country (thus the two names in the review) and instead of going into a big long explanation, I'll just leave it to Wikipedia to explain why since it never lies.  Regardless, both of them are owned by Nestle.  Anyway, in 2005, Dreyer's/Edy's created their Slow Churned line of desserts that use nonfat milk and only a splash of cream to create a light ice cream that is half the fat and one-third the calories of traditional ice creams.  Healthy ice cream?  Well, not really, but the reduced calorie factor is certainly what got me interested in purchasing this Edy's Slow Churned Fudge Tracks Light Ice Cream at CVS on sale for $2.75.  Each 1.5 quart container has roughly twelve half-cup servings and each serving is 120 calories, so while not a "healthy" ice cream because no such thing exists, it is a "healthier" ice cream in the fact that it has fewer calories.

One of the big problems that I've encountered with these "healthier" ice creams is that they aren't as creamy and the ice cream is usually very thin and icy.  In the case of this Edy's container, the vanilla ice cream in the mix did not have that problem.  It was clearly thinner than a pint of premium ice cream, but it did not have the flakiness and rock hard texture that some ice cream-like products have.  In terms of the other ingredients in the container, it had a good sized fudge swirl and ample mini-peanut butter cups, which is what the container promised, so they were fulfilling that so far.  One thing I did find interesting is that this was basically Moose Tracks ice cream, but since that is a brand name that is specific to Denali, they couldn't call it that because of licensing.  So, call this a Moose Tracks knockoff.

Being that this was a Moose Tracks knockoff, it's not surprising to say that this tasted just like Moose Tracks too, except that it was done with Edy's light ice cream.  The light ice cream itself, while not as creamy as full power ice creams and also not as Rich & Creamy as the label states, was creamy enough that it made for a appetizing vanilla treat.  When you were able to get a spoonful of the thick and gooey fudge, it was even better.  Making that even better was when you were able to get a spoonful of the ice cream, the fudge and also the mini-peanut butter cups, which based on the amount of fudge and peanut butter cups in the container, was a frequent occurrence.  That being a frequent occurrence is always a good thing and when all three mixed together you got a semi-creamy, gooey chocolate and crunchy peanut butter and chocolate combination.  All in all, this was pretty solid and definitely better than the Dean's version of actual Moose Tracks that I reviewed previously.

Buy It or Fly By It?  There's nothing particularly special about this one, but the add-ins are ample and tasty enough that this gets a BUY IT rating.  It gets that rating because it delivered on what it promised and did it well and sometimes that's all you really need to do, especially when you are putting out a dessert product.


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