As a long time supporter of Friendly's, I have to ask, what have you done to your freezer aisle ice cream? This doesn't even seem like ice cream anymore. The container says "premium ice cream", but like Breyers (and Edy's for a time), you are moving towards the disgrace that is known as frozen dairy dessert. Why would you do this? I have many fond memories of your awesomeness from my childhood, yet here I am tonight, barely able to choke this mess down.
Friendly's Vanilla Bean "Ice Cream"
I first suspected you were up to no good when I grabbed a container of black raspberry a few weeks back, but something was not right with it. The texture was way too gummy and unpleasant. Sure, I realize you've beeen tweaking your freezer aisle recipes for years now, but this quart was not good. I was hoping it was a fluke. Now I know it is not.
I was trying to get a few photos for my nosh show post when I noticed something wasn't right. The ice cream was just.... unnatural looking. I don't know if you can see it, but this ain't right. Does it look right to you with the way it breaks apart? It's like stringy or starchy with tiny little air pockets everywhere. It almost looks spongy. I hate this word, but the mouthfeel was just all wrong. So very very very wrong. I shouldn't be able to watch my ice cream break apart strand by strand.
I'm sorry, but I am not buying this junk anymore. I've been trying to ignore it, but I can't anymore. I think I first noticed it on the cookies & cream flavor, but thought maybe it was partially the fault of the cookies. But then the black raspberry, and now this. No thank you Friendlys. Your "premium" ice cream is now offlimits until you get your act together.
Verdict? so disappointed
Buy Again? not til they fix it