Friday, May 24, 2013

Edy's / Dreyer's Slow Churned Salted Caramel Pretzel

[new for 2013, available May - August] So Edy's ( Dreyer's ) is rocking a set of summer flavors this year that are available now through the end of summer. We've got German Chocolate Cake Spectacular and Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel, both in regular and slow churned versions. Then we've got Take the Cake slow churned ice cream versus Three Stripes your out grand ice cream. So that's three of each or six total options. The light versions rock more of a monotone color pattern while the grand versions are, well, more grand in their coloring. It's a neat little design touch that's fun to notice, but anyway, let's check out of first offering.

yeah, no excuse for the bad picture, sorry

This is slow churned sunny Salted Caramel Pretzel ice cream. That's right, don't forget Edy's has listened to consumers and ditched frozen dairy desserts from their line up on top of improving their regular formulas. This one is vanilla light ice cream with a salted caramel swirl and pretzel pieces. They had me at caramel pretzel.

Ok, here's our latest pretzel friend scooped down about a half inch. The caramel swirl is starting to show in several spots but I'm not seeing a ton of pretzels. I'm so use to big pretzel hunks sticking out that this one is kind of surprising to look at.

So, this is a "1/2 the fat" light ice cream, so it is soft and melting fairly quickly, but it's still respectable. I need to stress again that I'm proud of Edy's for going back to light ice cream.... but that doesn't necessarily make it a winner. No no, that responsibility is left up to the very nice caramel flavoring. It's got a nice strong flavor that doesn't come off as cheap or imitation. I mean, it's like shockingly good. It's the sweet, robust flavored star of this treat.

The swirl is nice, but deep down you know I came here for the pretzels. The thing is, Edy's has taken an unexpected route with them. At no point will you get a huge chunk of pretzel. Instead these small bits hide in the ice cream, and I think they are hiding in the swirl too. It's weird because you try the swirl and you get this salty wallop of flavoring, often accompanied by a crunch. You start going "well, is the salt in the swirl, or is it a really salty pretzel bit in there". We've blown thrown this container and I'm still not sure what's what.

The point is this one works and was no match for the family. It's got a fine texture with a base that comes off as nice. You can't be sure if it's flavored vanilla or just covered up, but either way, it works, and that's what matters. This one has easily convinced me to the try the grand version, so look for us to try that later in the summer.

On Second Scoop: Ok, I need to snag the last serving of this one before my wife polishes this one off on me. I guess that's a ringing endorsement right there for the salty and sweet crowd. It's the ooey gooey abundant caramel swirl sprinkled with pretzel bits that brings that affect. My hope is to see this caramel swirl in other flavors... oh wait, their might be a similar swirl (with coconut) in the german chocolate cake spectacular. I guess we'll have to test that one too then!

Verdict?  family approved
Buy Again?  yup (try the grand version next)


14 comments:

Mary Balmer said...

Oh good lord. I have been waiting it seems like forever for a light version of the ubiquitous sweet-and-salty ice cream to be made! I can't wait to try this!

Adam said...

Saw this the other day and know I have to try it. I think edge has a caramel ribbon in one of their yogurt blends. Have you ever tried any? I hear you on lowfat meltage. That's why I use cones :)

Danielle said...

So glad Edy's changed their evil ways with FDD - I can't wait to venture further down the ice cream aisle and see what my store has!

Sam Todd said...

I love the slow churned Caramel Delight, so I definitely need to try this one...I had no idea it was coming out in a light version too, so thanks for the review!

JBow said...

I noticed yesterday at Winn Dixie that a number of the Breyer's Blasts also said "light ice cream" instead of "frozen dairy dessert." I wasn't brave enough, but since you eat ice cream like it's your job...

Dubba said...

there are a few blasts that are indeed "light ice cream" and they are just as terrible as the others

TheIcon said...

Must admit I don't understand the "Salted" craze. Can anyone really taste the "salt" If I took the salt out would you notice? I feel like 9.8 out 10 times no one would notice.

Dubba said...

I would be dumbfounded if you couldnt taste the salt on this one :)

TheIcon said...

I can't turn down an ice cream challenge :)

Total Foodie said...

I can't find this anywhere! *insert sad face*

Ms. Maddy said...

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this ice cream...please do not take it off shelves!!

Tami said...

We love the saltiness/sweetness combo in this ice cream. Even my picky almost 8 year old loves it. We get it every week from Walmart.

Suzanna Hershberger said...

i was super excited to try this ice cream. The flavors are well balanced and everything. My only complaint is once the ice cream part has melted out of your mouth and you are left with the caramel and pretzel bits it gets extremely salty. Which is usual for me. I love salty things! But this was too much. Next bowl i think I will add some waffle cones :-)

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one that thought the waxy coating on the pretzels (likely to preserve crunch) was odd and off-putting? And often a failure, because more of them are smooshy than crunchy anyway? Flavor is fabulous. Caramel is quite salty. Bits of pretzel are too weird.