Monday, June 11, 2012

Edy's is back!

I think it's been about 3 years since I regularly bought Edy's ice cream.  When they switched most of their flavors over to the "Fun Flavors" line, which meant that they stopped being called "ice cream" and became "frozen dairy dessert," I stopped buying it.  Now, I don't want you to think that I'm some kind of ice cream snob who made this decision based upon the names alone.  (I like a good generic vanilla as much as the next girl.)  I first noticed that Edy's all of a sudden seemed really weird and sticky, and it was only as I was trying to figure out why that I realized this change had been made.

Well, my boycott has finally been lifted, because Edy's has announced that they are doing away with the "Fun Flavors" designation and returning all their varieties to their old recipes.   It's taken a few weeks for the new stock to appear in my local Kroger, but most of the flavors are now in the Grands packaging again instead of the Fun Flavors kind.

I decided to be a doubting Thomas and actually do a taste test to see if Edy's is really up to snuff, so I bought a carton of Edy's Grand vanilla and another of Turkey Hill homemade vanilla, and my husband and I tasted them both side-by-side.  The winner, by a photo finish, was Edy's, so I can officially announce that they are back in the game again, tastewise at least.

One concern that I have is that although Edy's is now using real milk and cream again instead of whey, their products still contain several different kinds of gum.  (The vanilla ingredients include guar gum, carob bean gum, carageenan, and xanthan gum.)  Again, I'm not an ice cream snob who rejects all gums on principle, but with my sensitive stomach, the more gums you add to a product, the more likely one of them is to make me feel ishy.  Only time will tell how I feel about Edy's product along this axis.