Confession: We eat ice cream pretty much everyday. You just gotta have something fun to reward yourself for making it through the day, right?! Well, we have no problems with that. We love vanilla ice cream because the possibilities are endless. So it is about stinking time we put them to the test. We went with two brands that have all natural options and are pretty widely available. Here we go….
Breyers All Natural Vanilla
Cost: $3.99 for 1.5 quart container at Target (33 cents per serving)
Nutrition: Serving size 1/2 cup: Calories 130, Total Fat 7g, Sugars 14g
Taste: Not as sweet, tastes real, natural Texture: A tiny bit slushy, scoops don’t hold together as well
Blue Bunny All Natural Vanilla
Cost: $4.09 for 1.75 quart container at Target (29 cents per serving)
Nutrition: Serving size 1/2 cup: Calories 160, Total Fat 9g, Sugars 16g
Taste: sweeter, more intense vanilla flavor Texture: Creamy and smooth, perfect scoops
Cost Breakdown: When you break it down by serving Blue Bunny is the clear winner. A bonus is that you also get 2 more scoops per container. We’ll take ‘em!
Cost Winner: Blue Bunny
Nutrition Breakdown: It looks like we have another clear winner here. Breyers has less calories, fat and sugars than Blue Bunny per serving. The ingredients on both products are pretty much the same except that Blue Bunny has egg yolks and Breyers does not. This could be part of the reason for the higher amount of calories and fat in Blue Bunny’s ice cream.
Nutrition Winner: Breyers
Taste/Texture Breakdown: This is where it get a little…unclear. We’ve eaten both of these brands plenty of times but decided to do a blind taste test. Here’s how that went down: Dave choose Blue Bunny. Sarah chose Breyers. The conclusion that we came to was that if you want an ice cream cone, you gotta go Blue Bunny all the way. It scoops perfectly! (We’re guessing this is because of the egg yolk binding the ingredients together and making it oh so creamy.) But for anything else we could really go either way.
Taste/Texture Winner: Blue Bunny (by a hair)
Overall Winner: Blue Bunny
Friends, we really must say that these are two quality products. We will continue to buy both, depending on what is on sale. Unless of course we are having ice cream cones when we’ll reach for the Blue Bunny. That’s what really gives them the edge in this competition. Also, we love the fact that it’s made close to home!
What’s your favorite brand of vanilla ice cream? Are you a cone or cup fan?