Monday, October 19, 2009

Dreyer's/Edy's Fun Flavors: Peanut Butter Cup

I really should know better by now...

It's not like I haven't had enough of the so-called Fun Flavors to know that I am probably not going to be thrilled. Once again, let us all remember that the Fun Flavors line is "frozen dairy dessert" and not in fact real ice cream.

That said, the base of this particular "frozen dairy dessert" is -- well, I'm not sure what it is, as it is basically flavorless. If I had to guess, I suppose it was meant to be vanilla. Not offensive or unpleasant, but it's like eating cold nothing.

There are chunks of chocolate. And to be fair to Dreyer's/Edy's, while they may not have made real ice cream, they did use real chocolate. It's very sweet and tastes mostly like vanillin (fake vanilla), but it does have nice snap to it.

Swirling through the ice cream -- whoops, darn it, I meant frozen dairy dessert -- are ribbons of chocolate fudge and peanut butter. The fudge is OK, but nothing to brag about. I did like the peanut butter swirl. I would never eat it on its own -- it's too sweet, too thin, and not grainy enough. But it is hands down the best part of this dessert.

One thing I will also give to Dreyer's/Edy's is that while the Fun Flavors may not be actual ice cream, they have all had a consistently smooth texture that is pretty nice. But for a really knockout peanut butter ice cream, I am sticking to Ben & Jerry's. It's not that this is a bad flavor, it's just not good.

Bottom line, save this one for the kids. If nothing else, they'll love the intense sweetness. (How you'll deal with their sugar-induced hyperactivity for the next couple hours is your problem.)

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Anonymous said...

So why isn't Edy's calling it ice cream any more?

Gigi said...

The fast and dirty answer is:

The Fun Flavors line are called "Frozen Dairy Dessert" because it doesn't meet the legal requirements to be called ice cream.
Ice cream in order to be called ice cream needs to have specific percentages of actual dairy (cream etc) solids. Fun Flavors uses whey in place of cream.

Heather said...

Whey is a cheap alternative to cream. It's a cheese by-product.