Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Review: Breyers Strawberry Shortcake Frozen Dairy Dessert

I find the whole concept of frozen dairy dessert to be hilarious.  It's a dessert that wants to be ice cream but doesn't quite go far enough according to government regulations, so instead it becomes a frozen dairy dessert.  I don't know why that amuses me, but it does and I've certainly tried out several of them here on this blog in Breyers reviews.  One thing I do appreciate about them is that they are fairly low calorie compared to regular ice creams (especially premium ice creams), so that is a nice characteristic.  Today's review is of another frozen dairy dessert in this limited edition Breyers Strawberry Shortcake Frozen Dairy Dessert.  I picked up a 1.5 quart container of this at Meijer on sale for $3.00 and each of the twelve half-cup servings in the container is a fairly reasonable 130 calories.

The base of this container is a vanilla sweet cream flavored frozen dairy dessert mixed with a strawberry swirl and then chunks of yellow cake pieces.  I can confirm the fact that all of those were there and this entire container did have a mild smell of the namesake dessert.  The strawberry swirl amount was just adequate, but it was spread judiciously throughout the container.  The cake pieces, while there were not a ton of them, were also spread equally throughout the container as well.  They were about the size of a die, so when you got one, you know you wouldn't be cheated.

When I took my first spoonful, I went first for the sweet cream frozen dairy dessert and it was pretty much just like taking a spoonful of whipped cream and being that is what Breyers was going for I'd assume, that was a success.  Much like whipped cream, it was surprisingly fluffy too, so that was also a success.  I next went for some of the strawberry swirl and much like the sweet cream frozen dairy dessert, it did a solid job nailing that strawberry flavor too.  It wasn't overly sweet and it wasn't overly potent, but it was definitely strawberry.  Finally, I went for one of the cake pieces individually and yep, you guessed it, it tasted like a small chunk of yellow cake as well.  One thing about these cake pieces that was particularly nice was that they were soft and had some chewiness to them.  I continue to be marveled by how manufacturers are able to do that in a product that is frozen and Breyers had succeeded here.  Since I had tasted all the component individually, I then went for a spoonful that incorporated everything and this was pretty much just like a frozen version of the summertime strawberry shortcake treat.  I won't go so far as to say it was delicious, but I will say that it was satisfying and tasty.  Sweet, but not too sweet, and somewhat "fresh" tasting.  Basically, it was you'd expect from the namesake dessert.

Buy It or Fly By It?  No one will ever say that this is award-winning or the greatest thing ever, but this is a nice and tasty treat and I'll give it a BUY IT rating.  It's a frozen version of the delightful summertime tradition and if it's a hot day, this would do a good job cooling you off on a hot day with something emulating it namesake.  Not sure how long this will be available since it is tagged as a limited edition, but if you see it in the store, don't hesitate to pick it up.


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