Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review: Edy's (Dreyer's) Grand Sunny Salted Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream

Unless I'm doing a specific week dedicated to a particular product manufacturer or theme, I usually like to spread out the reviews.  But, since yesterday's Edy's review and today's review are of limited edition summer-related products and summer traditionally is considered over after the upcoming Labor Day weekend, I've got to abandon my typical tactics and post a review of today's Edy's (Dreyer's) Grand Sunny Salted Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream before it disappears off the shelves.  Like yesterday's review, I got this one on sale at Kroger for $2.99 and each container contains the classic twelve half-cup servings.  Each of those servings scores out at 150 calories, so for a full-powered ice cream, albeit one made with skim milk, that's not so bad.  As with yesterday's baseball themed review, Edy's has decided to tie what is seemingly a basic flavor combination to summer by calling this "Sunny."  I'm still not sure how that works, but I'll play along.

As the container shows, this "sunny" combination is a base of vanilla ice cream mixed with a salted caramel swirl and pretzel pieces spread throughout.  As you can see in the photo of the inside of the container above, the aforementioned caramel swirl is well-spread throughout the container and is especially gooey, which is the best part about well done caramel.  It also had a strong caramel swirl, so in terms of appearance, Edy's wins in this respect.  There were also several, but not a ton, of cracked up pretzel pieces, so it was quite easy to observe that Edy's did well in delivering what it promised from a visual presentation standpoint.

In terms of flavor, it also did quite well in delivering.  The vanilla ice cream itself was creamy, which was quite nice since it was made with skim milk and thus less fatty and the flavor itself had a nice cooling vanilla tilt to it.  One thing that was especially surprising about this product was the fact that the caramel actually did have a hint of salty flavor to it.  I point that out because it is a common occurrence where manufacturers will promise a salty component to the caramel but not even come close to delivering.  That was definitely not the case with this and the fact that the saltiness knocked out some of the sweetness made for a fun flavor combination.  Also making this fun were the pretzel pieces that were spread throughout that added some crunch to a gooey package and that crunch was especially important because it broke up some of softness of the pre-existing package.  The pretzel pieces also brought another slight hit of saltiness too, which helped balance out the sweet characteristics of the cooling vanilla ice cream and the semi-sweet/semi-salty caramel swirl.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I still don't get the sunny connotation on this, but the flavor of this put me in a sunny mood, so it gets a BUY IT rating.  I was actually very pleasantly surprised by how well this delivered its flavor and I found myself really, really enjoying each spoonful as I made my way through.  This is a limited edition flavor, so it won't be on the shelves much longer, but if you do see it, you need to most certainly grab it.  Also, if I was Edy's, I'd take the limited edition and "sunny" combination off of this and just re-package it as a regular part of the flavor rotation because this would be a really good one to add.

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