I love chocolate chip ice cream. No, I don’t mean chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream or even chocolate mint chip ice cream. I mean regular old chocolate chip. There is only one problem, finding it.
Every ice cream brand seems to have chocolate chip cookie dough. I just can’t eat that stuff. It is way too rich for my blood. But I can’t count on one hand the number of brands that carry plain old chocolate chip. One happens to be favorite; however, Baskin Robbins.
Recently, I stumbled onto some chocolate chip ice cream at Farm Fresh. It comes from Shoppers Value. I decided to give it a try. While it was inundated with tons of chocolate chips, it lacked a little something known as “taste.” It was bland, uninspired and far from delicious, at least to a chocolate chip connoisseur like myself.
Shoppers Value Chocolate Chip Ice Cream comes in a half gallon size. It cost around $3.99.
There are 16 servings per container with a serving size being .50 cup. There are 160 calories per serving. Of those, nearly half, or 70, are fat-related.
There are 7 grams of fat in Shoppers Value Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Five of those come from saturated fat. Thankfully, it contains no trans fat.
There are also 20 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of sugar, 75 milligrams of sodium and 25 milligrams of cholesterol in this ice cream brand. On the flip side, it also offers 3 grams of protein. Additionally it provides 15% of the daily-recommended amount of calcium and 4% of the required vitamin A.
Ingredients include coconut oil, cocoa, high fructose corn syrup, regular corn syrup, milk fat, nonfat milk, salt, sugar, sweet cream buttermilk and why. It also contains annatto, artificial and natural flavors, calcium sulfate, carrageenan, carob bean gum, guar gum, mono and digylcerides, sodium bicarbonate and soy lecithin.
While kids would likely still enjoy this ice cream, it isn’t flavorful enough for most grownup palates. Here is my summary review:
Taste: 2 stars. Sorry, but Shoppers Value Chocolate Chip Ice Cream doesn’t have much. It is not bad, mind you. It’s just not all that good either.
Freshness: 4 stars. The half gallon of ice cream I bought had obviously been partially thawed somewhere along the line because it contained a lot of ice crystals. Whether than happened in route to the grocer or at the store itself is unknown. Nonetheless, freshness was definitely a major issue. It might have tasted better had it been fresh, but I don’t know that I want to risk buying it again.
Variety: 4 stars. Shoppers Value does provide other ice cream flavors. These include, but are not necessarily limited to chocolate fudge swirl, mint chocolate chip, maple nut, Neapolitan, orange nonfat sherbet, strawberry swirl and vanilla. They also have orange cream bars and orange nonfat sherbet cups. They do not; however, apparently have a plain chocolate ice cream.
Nutrition: 3 stars. Ice cream, by nature, is far from being nutritional. It is generally full of sugar, carbs and cholesterol that can be unhealthy for a diet. Shoppers Value Chocolate Chip Ice Cream contains no more or less than other standard ice creams but it also has little in the way of nutritional value. This one is a trade off. It should be fine, eaten in moderation, but could become a problem if heavily consumed.
Packaging: 3 stars. The packaging is attractive enough, especially because the purple carton makes it stand out in the crown. Red and blue banners spell out important information on the front and a picture of the ice cream whets the consumer’s appetite. It’s just a pity the picture bears no resemblance to the actual ice cream.
Ease of storage: 4 stars. Shoppers Value Chocolate Chip Ice Cream comes in a half-gallon size that measures roughly 6.5″ by 5″ by nearly 4″. It is no easier nor harder to store in a refrigerator than other similar rectangular cartons.
Availability: 2 stars. It does not appear that this ice cream is wide distributed. I found mine at Farm Fresh quite by accident. I haven’t; however, seen it anywhere else.
Price: 4 stars. The price is comparable to other ice creams at just below $4 per carton. However, considering that it is supposed to be a value-oriented product, I’m surprised it isn’t priced lower.
Product purchase probability: 0 stars. No chance I’ll purchase Shoppers Value Chocolate Chip Ice Cream again.
Final rating: 3.6 stars. There is room for a lot of improvement.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor