Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review: Edy's (Dreyer's) Grand 3 Stripes You're Out Ice Cream

When I think of summer, I often think of fresh fruit and baseball, among other things.  It's only natural then that an ice cream company, like Edy's would try and take some of those things and match them together to make a limited edition summertime release.  With that, I picked up a 1.5 quart container of Edy's (Dreyer's) Grand 3 Stripes You're Out Ice Cream on sale at Kroger for $2.99 during a recent super sale to add to my growing Edy's catalog.  Each typical half-cup serving (there's twelve of them) come in with 130 calories per serving.  Now, I understand that fresh fruit (in this case strawberries and blueberries) are summertime things, but I've never really seen how baseball and berries fit together other than the summer tie-in.  Pretty strange that Edy's would try to brand those two together.

As you can see on the label above, Edy's puts this together as their vanilla ice cream interwoven with stripes of blueberry and strawberry swirl.  On the container itself, you can clearly distinguish those individual swirls.  As you can see in my inside picture above, that's not exactly the case once you get this open.  Instead, it's just a swirl that looks of one particular color, which in my case, appeared to be purple.  When I dug a little more into the container though, the strawberry swirl appeared, although it was more concentrated toward the center of the container (and not visible in my picture above) and was not as amply spread as the blueberry swirl clearly is.

That representation visually also carried over to the flavor as well as that swirl brought both a mildly sweet and extremely tangy punch to each spoonful that included it, which based on the abundance of how it was spread, was just about every spoonful.  While the strawberry swirl did have some slight flavor, it was mostly overpowered by that abundant swirl of blueberry and that brought a lot of tang to each spoonful.  Not so much that it was off-putting, but enough that it clearly was the dominant flavor.  The surprisingly creamy and flavorful vanilla ice cream did a decent job of muting that tang, so what I got was just a mix of moderately tasting fruit tang and smooth vanilla ice cream.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Just like baseball is sometimes accused of being boring, I found that this container of ice cream shared that same characteristic.  To me, while I suppose the flavor was fine, it just wasn't enough that I would ever reach for this again if I saw it in the freezer case so it gets a FLY BY IT rating.  Nothing about the flavor made me want more and the only reason I finished this container in the end is because I love stuffing ice cream down my gullet.  Maybe some people will feel differently but I just can't see any reason why a person would love this, but if you want to give it a shot, you better hurry since summer is almost over and this will start disappearing off the shelves.  In the end though, I'm still mystified by how they tied baseball to this.


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