Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Review: Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom No Sugar Added Turtle Sundae Light Ice Cream

As the great movie Team America: World Police taught me, freedom isn't free and being that Independence Day is tomorrow, there's no better time to talk about something with freedom in the name and thankfully, freedom can be sweet. In the case of this review, freedom set me back $3.50 for a 1.75 quart container of this Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom No Sugar Added Turtle Sundae Light Ice Cream at Walmart to add to my growing collection. Each two extra scooped container has fourteen half-cup servings and each serving is a Splenda-flavored 130 calories (the Splenda helps this one have half the fat and one-third fewer calories).  Seeing that two extra servings line gets me thinking about something...does anyone actually ever limit themselves to only one serving?  If so, that's awesome and I commend them for that. As for myself, I don't know that I've ever been able to limit myself to less than two servings per sitting in my entire life. Good thing Blue Bunny was so considerate and included two extras so that I could stretch out the life of this container a bit more. Anyway...

I really don't feel like describing a container of a classic ice cream combination on my own, so I'll let Blue Bunny do it for me:  "Vanilla flavored no sugar added light ice cream swirled with a caramel ribbon, chocolate covered caramel turtles and pecans."  I can happily report that's what this container included, although the amount of turtles and pecans was slightly disappointing. What was not disappointing though was the caramel ribbon, as they did an excellent job of including plenty of that.

So, how did it taste?  Well, it tasted pretty much you'd expect the classic turtle sundae to taste. Despite the fact that this was light ice cream, it still retained some semi-creamy qualities, which was quite nice.  The caramel ribbon was ample and also brought a slight sweetness to each spoonful as well.  While there weren't a lot of turtles or pecans, those spoonfuls that did include them had great crunch and made for an interesting way to eat at least two servings per sitting (ha!).  Funny thing is though, that they caramel filling in the turtles was so unnoticeable that I didn't even realize it was that way until I just read the description listed above.  To me, they were just milk chocolate-esque crunchy bombs that made occasional experiences on my spoon.  Don't get me wrong, they were tasty, but I don't think they carried the flavor Blue Bunny was expecting.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Despite a couple of shortcomings, this ice cream flavor was still a winner in my book and gets a BUY IT rating.  It's a more than reasonable approximation of the classic ice cream sundae and since it is lower calorie, it's not as much of a belt buster either.  For those reasons alone, it's worth buying if you can get it at the right price and enjoy turtle sundaes.


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