Bryers Ice Cream

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Breyer at one time made the best chocolate ice cream. It was chocolately, creamy, and just a pure pleasure to eat. Anymore it us flavorless, gritty, icy and just plain, plain. Why can't these companies just raise the price of some of these one time great products to maintain the quality?
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Venice09 on 02/13/2011:
If they raise the price any higher (by way of downsizing), no one will be able to afford ice cream at all!

I've been eating Breyers ice cream my whole life, and it was the brand I gave my kids because it was all natural, but I agree that it's not the same. It seems to just fall apart as you scoop it out. It doesn't taste as good either. The Extra Creamy chocolate is a little better, but I don't think it's all natural.

All the companies have come out with so many different varieties and flavors that they are losing sight of the ice cream itself. There's low fat, fat free, slow churned, extra creamy, sugar free, etc. And then there are all the novelty flavors. It's hard to find plain old ice cream, and many times I end up picking out the wrong thing because there's so much to choose from. Some of them aren't even ice cream and are labeled 'frozen dairy dessert', or something like that.
Alain on 02/13/2011:
You're right, Venice. It's hard to find just plain old vanilla, strawberry, or chocolate anymore!
GenuineNerd on 02/13/2011:
I agree...Breyers does tend to taste gritty with some flavors. Even the Giant Eagle store brand ice cream is better. I do like other brands such as Edy's and Turkey Hill, as well as local brands such as Pierre's and Ruggles. But Breyers, their ice cream is a bit too grainy...they must have changed their formula.
Starlord on 02/13/2011:
We love Blue Bunny ice cream. Great taste and texture and unbeatable price.
GenuineNerd on 02/13/2011:
Also, my favorite ice cream is plain old vanilla...the Valu Time brand that comes in the 5 quart plastic pail at Giant Eagle. That vanilla ice cream is very creamy, and is perfect for making milkshakes, and adding your own syrups and flavorings.
Venice09 on 02/13/2011:
Star, Blue Bunny recently became available in my area. I buy it when it's on sale, and it has two extra scoops!

Of all the brands, I think Turkey Hill tastes the most natural. I love the Skinny Minty. It's low fat and has just the right amount of mint. It has Grasshopper cookies, too!

I like some of Edy's flavors, like Cherry Chocolate Chip, Thin Mint Cookie, Ice Cream Sandwich, but the ice cream tends to be a bit doughy. Edy's also has an orange sherbet with dark chocolate chips that is excellent.

Oh, and Friendly's Forbidden Chocolate is pretty good, too.
madconsumer on 02/13/2011:
DB1105 I too have noticed this.

very helpful.
Anonymous on 02/13/2011:
There is nothing on this planet like Haagen-Dazs. The BEST, ever. I buy the single serving containers when they are on sale at $1/each, and it lasts me through two fabulous treats.
Venice09 on 02/13/2011:
I used to live within walking distance to a Haagen-Dazs store. Hand-packed Haagen-Dazs ice cream whenever I wanted it, even in the dead of winter. It was a blessing.. and a curse.
GenuineNerd on 02/13/2011:
Walmart is the only place I have seen Blue Bunny. Even their Great Value ice cream beats Breyers.
madconsumer on 02/13/2011:
I have never liked Blue Bunny Ice Cream.

haagen dazs is not all that either!
trmn8r on 02/13/2011:
Breyers has always had a unique texture, in my experience (several decades) - a bit "gritty" and not creamy. I never particularly cared for it myself.

They can't just raise prices, because a lot of customers will jump ship to another brand. I love ice cream, but I don't love paying high prices for it. I use 3 different brands. To some extent my choice is based on flavors, but price is a key factor.
yoke on 02/13/2011:
This is a great review. I thought I was the only one who felt this way about Bryers. I have found Stop and Shop brand to be very good.
Anonymous on 02/13/2011:
All the food additives and preservatives in icecream turn me off. After noticing that a bowl left overnight in the sink had icecream that never melted I started making my own using fresh, natural ingredients that makes for a smooth, rich, creamy treat that I can feel better about eating.
Anonymous on 02/13/2011:
Ingredients in Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream: Cream, Skim Milk, Sugar, Egg Yolks, Natural Vanilla. That's it. Mmmmmmmmmmm....
madconsumer on 02/13/2011:
here is bryers ingredients.

Milk, Cream, Sugar, Natural Tara Gum, Natural Vanilla Flavor.
madconsumer on 02/13/2011:
I do not like ice cream that contain eggs. not because I am allergic to eggs, but eggs can be so un-safe.
Anonymous on 02/13/2011:
I liked Breyers until I ate some of the "premium" ice creams, then Breyers just didn't do it for me anymore.
Anonymous on 02/13/2011:
I don't eat much ice cream but when I do I get Dreyer's, or Ben and jerry's.
FlitteringFirefly on 02/13/2011:
I love Blue Bell. I think it is only available in the south though. Too bad for yall up north, because it is divine.
Skye on 02/13/2011:
I love Bryers, but out here they have Dyers. Blue Bell is pretty good.

My all time favorite, which sadly, they do not have here in my state, are Carvel icecream shops.

Loved Carvel flying saucers.
GenuineNerd on 02/13/2011:
Dreyers is Edy's in the western US. I assume that many west coast supermarkets carry both Breyers and Dreyer's, causing some confusion. Carvel serves both hard ice cream and soft serve, and some supermarkets sell Carvel ice cream cakes. Carvel is mainly a northeastern US brand.
GenuineNerd on 02/13/2011:
Often eggs used in ice cream are pasteurized.
Anonymous on 02/13/2011:
I was at the store today and picked up some Blue Bell its pretty good.
Anonymous on 02/13/2011:
Ice cream with the fewest ingredients in it is the best--the ones with no stabilizers or other weird ingredients. If you have a few bucks lying around, buy one of the newer ice cream makers. You can buy cream and you may need milk, sugar and the flavor you want (chocolate, vanilla, fruit, whatever). Best ice cream ever. I have an old Waring that uses only table salt. The new ones may be beter. It makes about a half-gallon at a time.
Anonymous on 02/13/2011:
I only eat Pet ice cream. Do they sell that everywhere? Breyers doesn't seem to have any "substance" to it. It tastes like that Ice Milk stuff we used to eat when we were kids.
Skye on 02/13/2011:
PET, French Vanilla icecream is the best!
Anonymous on 02/13/2011:
I'm a sucker for good ol' fashioned chocolate ice cream. While sometimes I find myself in the mood for the quirkier flavors involving marshmallow, pecans, caramel ribbons, candy bars, etc...there are those select times when simplicity is the absolute best!
momsey on 02/13/2011:
Now I just want some ice cream.
Venice09 on 02/13/2011:
Breyers plain chocolate used to be the best, but I'm going back fifty years when we got it hand-packed at the corner store. The supermarket cartons were also very good, but now Breyers is my least favorite of all the brands.

Some of the ingredients in today's ice creams are scary, and the fact that they are dated over a year out makes me wonder. Who would keep ice cream for over a year, even unopened?
Anonymous on 02/14/2011:
I had some Ben & Jerry's today. That's the best I can do here in Singapore! Believe it or not, with all the flavors they have, their Vanilla is heaven!
Linda on 11/23/2013:
We just ate some Breyer's sugar free Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry. The chocolate was OK, but the strawberry was horrible! It had a taste I have never tasted before in an ice cream. Neither me or my husband finished it. We were afraid to and we are now worried that it will make us sick. Has anyone had this experience?
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