The Good: Not entirely un-nutritious, Inexpensive, Tastes fairly minty
The Bad: Brownie element does not add much flavor
The Basics: Edy’s Mint Brownie Ice Cream is average because the mint is accurate and yummy, but the brownie flavor is more a texture than a flavor.
As a fan of all sorts of ice cream, especially chocolate mint ice creams, I was pretty excited to see that Edy’s had a (relatively new) Toll House Mint Brownie flavored ice cream. Edy’s has good fundamentals and the Mint Brownie ice cream is well-flavored and hits the mark. Unfortunately for those of us who love mint ice creams, it does not do much more than that. The Brownie aspect of the Mint Brownie ice cream is too understated to use it as a key selling point.
Edy’s ice cream comes in a one and a half quart cylindrical container. The Mint Brownie Ice Cream is a smooth ice cream broken up by random sized chocolate Brownie bits. At (locally) $5.99 a half gallon, this Edy’s ice cream is an affordable, mid-range ice cream. This is a regular assortment of Edy’s ice cream, so it has been pretty regularly stocked since it was introduced to the market a few months ago.
Ease Of Preparation
Edy’s Mint Brownie Ice Cream is a very basic ice cream. As an ice cream, preparation is ridiculously simple: one need only open the top of the container, scoop out a half cup and consume! There is no trick to preparing or eating the Mint Brownie Ice Cream.
The Mint Brownie Ice Cream has almost no aroma to it. I was very surprised because the scent of mint is usually strong and helps to prepare the consumer for the flavor of the ice cream, but in the case of the Mint Brownie, it is such a mild scent, even as the ice cream moves toward room temperature, that it foreshadows a very weakly-flavored ice cream.
Fortunately, the (lack of) scent is deceptive. The Edy’s Mint Brownie ice cream is dominated on the flavor front by the peppermint flavor of the ice cream. The cold mint flavor is strong and distinct. The flavor is a beautiful mix of mint and cream that perfectly embodies the promised mint flavor. The brownie in the Mint Brownie ice cream is a bit more subtle. The brownie is initially more of a texture than a flavor in the Mint Brownie ice cream. It is only as the ice cream nears its melting point that the brownie becomes something that tastes chocolately instead of chewy. The lack of a distinct chocolate flavor makes the Mint Brownie flavor a bit more of a wash than it should have been.
This ice cream has a slightly dry, cool (vaguely minty) aftertaste that remains in the mouth for several minutes after it is consumed.
The Edy’s Mint Brownie Ice Cream is a generally smooth ice cream with a substantial Brownie additive. The one and a half quart container represents twelve half-cup servings. In the half-cup serving, there are 160 calories, 70 of which are from fat. The eight grams of fat represent 12% of the RDA of fat, with 20% of one’s RDA of saturated fat coming in the 4 grams of saturated fat in this ice cream. One serving has 25 mg of cholesterol (that’s 8% of the RDA!) and 40 mg of Sodium (2% RDA). The only other real nutrient is two grams of protein, though there is also 6% of the RDA of Calcium and 4% of the RDA Vitamin A in the Mint Brownie Ice Cream.
Edy’s has decent ingredients, too. Made primarily of Skim Milk, cream, and sugar, Mint Brownie is a decent ice cream! There is nothing unpronounceable in the ingredients list, though the last few ingredients are more preservatives and coloring agents than anything one might find in a grocery store.
Edy’s ice cream is both a frozen and a dairy product, so it is pretty obvious that it must be kept frozen in order to remain viable. Kept frozen it remains fresh for months.
The Mint Brownie ice cream is very light opaque green, and will certainly stain light clothing, and some darker clothing. When the ice cream melts and gets onto fabrics, it will require one to wash it right out. On nonporous surfaces, the ice cream wipes off exceptionally easily.
Edy’s Mint Brownie ice cream is good for the mint component, but does not live up on the promise of having substantive brownie bits in the ice cream. That makes it more of an average ice cream experience than one worth hunting down.
For other Edy’s ice creams, be sure to visit my reviews of:
Limited Edition Grapefruit Outshine Bars
Limited Edition Cinnamon Bun Fun
Mint Cookie Crunch
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