Saturday, September 12, 2009
Dreyer's/Edy Pumpkin: Limited Edition
Readers with a really good memory might recall that I reviewed Dreyer's/Edy's Pumpkin Ice Cream back in October of 2008.
So why the second review? Because back in 2008, the pumpkin flavor was still real ice cream. The 2009 product is a "Frozen Dairy Dessert." I am starting to wonder if Dreyer's/Edy's is going to stop producing actual ice cream entirely. This may be why my local Albertson's has Dreyer's products on sale at an insanely cheap price. (Hence all the reviews -- if I can try a lot of products without killing my pocket, I am in.)
The pumpkin flavored base is very sweet. It's sort of like pumpkin pie filling that someone spiked with extra sugar. It's not nearly as strong a pumpkin flavor as the ice cream version had. And it tastes less like actual pumpkin than versions of the past.
The cinnamon element which has always been there (and which of course would be in a real pumpkin pie) seems to be stronger. It's not a firey or spicy cinnamon, just a forgettable one (kinda like the cinnamon used in the Apple Pie flavor).
The texture is smooth, just like all the "frozen dairy desserts" are. But once again, because it doesn't have the higher fat content of real ice cream, there is no real creaminess. Or that nice, substantial mouthfeel.
If you ever had the old version of Dreyer's/Edy's pumpkin, you are probably going to be disappointed. The new version just doesn't have the same old pumpkinyness. It's edible...I can't go as far to say it's good, but I wouldn't call it completely bad either. A year ago, I said that the ice cream version was the perfect starter pumpkin ice cream. I certainly don't feel the same about this version.
No need to bother with this one.