Thursday, July 27, 2017

What do you think of Kroger ice cream?

While some mid Atlantic grocery stores are just continuations of my local stores, like their Food Lion is my Hannaford, there are two stores I wanted to check out in particular: Kroger and Harris Teeter. Nick has reviewed several pints from Kroger during his travels southwards, but this was the first time I got to walk their aisles. Here are some of the more interesting things that I found. It's a wide ranging selection as they have options in premium, regular, light, FDD and even gelato.

Kroger Deluxe Ice Cream

These four seemed the most unique out of my options at this particular Kroger. I think Sweet Cream Funnel Cake caught my eye more than anything but opinions on my instagram post were fairly negative. Apparently funnel cake pieces and a white icing swirl aren't enough to save this one. S'mores would be an easy pick as would Chocolate Pretzel Blitz. Blueberry pomegranate chocolate chunk light ice cream seems different if not possibly terrible.

Kroger Private Selection Ice Cream

Now they also had jammed (frozen dairy dessert) and churned (light) pints, but here are a few pints from their "Private Selection" line up. When's the last time you saw a Pistachio & Honey flavor? You rarely see either flavor and here they are together. It was also a little surprising to see the Matcha Green Tea flavor and the Chocolate Hazelnut Mascarpone ice cream.

(Note: I forgot to track down Kroger's new Simple Truth Low Cow ice cream. It's high in protein and meant to compete with Halo Top.)

Kroger HemisFares Gelato

These clear square pints were hard to ignore amongst all the ice cream containers. Kroger debuted HemisFares in 2015 and it is aimed at foodies and millennials (their words, not mine). The gelato in particular comes from Italy and is made with milk from grass-fed Sicilian cows. You know, it would be funny if it was from the people who use to make (Target) Archer Farms gelato. I spied the flavors Cappuccino, Stracciatella, and Pistachio, but there should also be chocolate, strawberry, and hazelnut flavors.

Ok, that's all I have for now. No reviews, instead, I open the floor to all of our friends who have a Kroger in their area. What do you think of their ice cream or gelato? Any recommendations?


24 comments:

ubergigglefritz said...

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I love Kroger. I'm not sure if their ice cream will be up to your standards, but in general Kroger brand stuff is pretty good. I really want to try that smores. The Blueberry Pomegranate Chocolate Chunk was one of my favorites, but I don't really get gallons anymore...

Oh, and the private selection blueberry pomegranate sorbet IS the reincarnate of the lost version of the same flavor at Trader Joe's. LOVE.

I had no idea that Hemisfares was Kroger. I did not like the hazelnut gelato, but the strawberry was really good and with real strawberries on top.

Sue Story said...

The Kroger Deluxe is across the board lousy in my opinion. It always tastes like it has been refrozen. Private Selection pints always have a freezer burned taste. The bigger containers are good. There is a raspberry chocolate on is great. I haven't tried the gelato but the new low-cal halo knock off is really good. It's my new favorite vanilla bean. I didn't finish it in a sitting but I did drizzle chocolate fudge over it each time I ate it!

2c5751ca-f142-11e4-8c2c-73a49f720d67 said...

Evokes too strong an association with Nickelback.

0/10 would not buy

Dubba Scoops said...

Corey Taylor FTW

Anonymous said...

I think Kroger has decent ice cream. The honey pistachio is quite good. So is the hazelnut marscapone.

I agree that funnel cake was disappointing - but they had a lemon sugar cookie flavor that was awesome.

It's not super premium ice cream, and some of the flavors aren't my favorite, but that's true of most grocery store ice cream. I think they do a good job, overall.

I have only tried the hazelnut gelato (and didn't love it). I'll have to try other flavors.

Mandy Davis said...

I think the Low Cow is no where near as good as halo top, unfortunately. Too artificially sweet tasting, and gave me a bad bloated feeling more than I've ever experienced from Halo Top.

Dame said...

Personally I don't buy Kroger ice cream, all of it to me is really low quality ice cream even their deluxe lines. I also dislike that a one of their lines is not ice cream (jammed I think) isn't actually ice cream, and I found that out at home when the texture was all wrong.

I really only started trying them when Blue Bell was recalled and I have continued to try a flavor or two sometimes now that distribution no longer reaches all the way in Kentucky. Really I feel like there are worse store level brands out there, some of the flavors aren't terrible but I just find the texture lacking. I would much rather have walmart's brand than Kroger any day.

Karin said...

Ooh. Something to try. Been expanding my horizons since now I'm Midwest middle of nowhere lol.
But I've got a Dillion's I can get to ( Kroger family).
Adding it to my look list. Ty

Sascha Bartels said...

The mascarpone hazelnut is one of my favorite pints, from any company. I also had the hazelnut gelato, and I also did not care for it. Now I'll try the strawberry on Fritz's recommendation.

laurahn said...

One word: PUBLIX

Anonymous said...

funnel cake ice cream was disappointing... ice cream tasted weird to me... very artificial flavor tasting.... very sweet and can't describe the so called funnel cake...graham crackery??? blah

Anonymous said...

blueberry pomegranate choc chunk sounds weird... but is Delicious

Dubba Scoops said...

@laurahn: one word: VIRGINIA

sorry, just having fun, but I was in eastern Virginia and it's my understanding that Publix has just recently invaded Virginia, in particular the Richmond area. I do hope to visit them at some point though.

ubergigglefritz said...

Sascha Bartels, it might have just been the frozen strawberries on top that made it so good, I don't know, ha, which you could replicate on another strawberry ice cream / gelato, but I enjoyed it =) The hazelnut is still in my freezer unfinished ;-)

I'll have to check out some of the new private selection pints...

Jeremy Scott said...

Kroger brand Ice Cream is not terrible. Quite frankly, Vivid Vanilla, which my Wife and I lovingly call "Porn Star" vanilla is our favorite of the vanilla's offered. It's not bright like a Bean vanilla, it's more deeply flavored with a caramel note...without tasting like caramel. Hard to explain for me. NOW, let's talk funnel cake......Maybe one of the most dishonest labels available. But not more dishonest than Libbys 100% pure pumpkin, which contains ZERO pumpkin, but this is close. First, the base....it literally tastes like whisky and rum. Straight up, so much so that I taste and I'm waiting for the ethanol vapors to strike. Wow...TERRIBLE. The swirl is waxy and leaves a film and the bites of funnel cake are no terrible and they're plenty. But, can't save the base. Definitely not sweet cream. I liked the chocolate pretzel because the base had a malt flavor. The chocolate is not terrible and the pretzels where salty, fresh and crunchy. For me though, too much of a chocolate waves throughout that were fair in taste. Dubba, you know when someone says "ewe, this is gross....taste it" because it is funny. Review the funnel cake...i think it'd be funny...but it most certainly is a MUST TRY...for all the wrong , fun reasons!

ubergigglefritz said...

Jeremy Scott, Vivid Vanilla is my favorite of the Kroger vanillas also! Lol. I just haven't had it in a while, because I don't buy gallons very much anymore, but now I'm in the mood to try it again. Maybe I'll check out their pint offerings to look for that one ;-)

Anonymous said...

I was shocked by how much I liked Low Cow Birthday Cake.

The lack of egg yolks and inclusion of monkfruit extract had me alarmed, but it still managed to taste like cake. The sprinkles were a little too big and bothered my teeth, but still. It grew on me.

I've tried Kroger's "Deluxe" Birthday Cake and Triple Brownie ice creams, and they both ended up in the garbage.

The "Jammed" Cookie dough FDD, that I currently bought and tried today will not end up in the garbage, as it's actually not half bad at all. This is coming from someone who usually hates FDDs.

I cookie dough blobs were real sweet and plentiful, and the base reminded me of Heath/toffee. So very sweet.

At 1 dollar to 1.39 a pint it's great for low income families with small children they want to treat.

I'm not sure I'd buy again though because there's much better.

Maybe if I'm craving cookie dough ice cream and I'm broke...

Anonymous said...

The Hemis Fares gelato tastes good, except for the use of corn syrup which makes it gummy.

Jan Ford said...

My mother and I enjoyed the Kroger Deluxe Butter Pecan Ice Cream. It had lots of pecan pieces in it and was very flavorful.

Anonymous said...

WHY did they discontinue the Private Selection Chocolate Hazelnut Mascarpone ice cream??? I vowed that when I die I was going to have a ladle of it in my mouth.

Anonymous said...

I like Matcha green tea and any dessert made with it. I am use to the Japanese made matcha green tea ice cream and I have matcha powder to make into shake or tea .So I am familiar with its taste and smell.
I saw a Private selection Matcha Green tea at a Ralphs nearby and decided to try it.Its in 1 pint size.Unfortunately, this one hardly taste like matcha green tea powder nor smell like one.Even though the ingredient has it, the question is how much they put in it and the quality . There is a hint of a bitter green tea taste though and its too sweet. The color is more of a mint green .

I don't recommend this flavor at all.

Anonymous said...

Local grocery store just made the switch from Roundy's ice cream to Kroger party pails. So far, my family is not impressed. 5 quarts usually lasts us roughly 1.5 weeks...one gallon of Kroger C&C is only half gone after 2 weeks.

Flavor: cookies and cream party pail
Tastes like: ground up ice cream sandwiches. No oreo-like flavor at all.
Texture: grainy (scratches throat on the way down). No "creamy" sensation achieved.

Kroger ruined a classic flavor. Bring back the Roundy's or I'm swithing to another store brand.

Dubba Scoops said...

Return it to the store to get your money back, then try to grab a fresher pail (check dates) and let us know if it was any better :)

Anonymous said...

I actually googled the Kroger Funnel Cake flavor to see if anybody else thought it tasted like bourbon as well; I agree with Jeremy on the oddly potent tinge of alcohol. I bought it on a whim to eat with pecan pie, and the adults in the tasting like the pairing a lot. I would not eat Funnel Cake on its own, but as a boozy partner to pie or cake, thumbs up! The quality of the ice cream is typical for the price range.