Monday, December 31, 2012

A Surprising Bit Of Healthy Yuck: Breyers CarbSmart Vanilla Ice Cream Is Just Gross!

The Good: Very nutritious, Inexpensive
The Bad: Irksome aftertaste
The Basics: Breyers CarbSmart Vanilla Ice Cream might be healthy, but it is not the type of health food one wants to live very long to have to eat all the time!

My wife tried the Atkin’s diet again recently. Determined to reduce her carbs, she picked up the Breyers CarbSmart Vanilla ice cream because it only had 13 grams of carbs. I think that it was this ice cream that got her to break her diet. It is that unlikable an ice cream.

Breyers’s CarbSmart Vanilla Ice Cream is an incredibly simple ice cream with no additives. It is clearly a diet food and the CarbSmart Vanilla flavor is subjugated to the taste of the Splenda in this.


Breyers ice cream comes in a typical half gallon container. The CarbSmart Vanilla Ice Cream is a smooth, creamy ice cream: the basic ice cream unadorned or mixes with any other additives. At (locally) $5.99 a half gallon, the Breyers ice cream is an affordable, mid-range ice cream. This is a poor ice cream that prioritizes health benefits over authenticity of flavor.

Ease Of Preparation

Breyers CarbSmart Vanilla 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 CarbSmart Vanilla Ice Cream.


The CarbSmart Vanilla Ice Cream smells just like vanilla bean. In fact, this smells incredibly inviting and anyone who loves vanilla is likely to want to taste this based on its aroma.

Unfortunately, the Breyers CarbSmart Vanilla ice cream is sweet, dry, and . . . very dry. This ice cream has a slight bitter/dry flavor that those who might be familiar with fake sweeteners, like Splenda will recognize instantly. The hint of vanilla bean flavor fades ridiculously fast in favor of the somewhat dry, bitter Splenda aftertaste. On its own, this ice cream ends up tasting almost nothing like vanilla and it has a strong aftertaste that makes it unpleasant. That aftertaste does not fade and it leaves the mouth very dry.


The Breyers CarbSmart Vanilla Ice Cream is a very light, smooth, ice cream with no additives. The half gallon represents twelve half-cup servings. In the half-cup serving, there are 90 calories, 50 of which are from fat. The six grams of fat represent 9% of the RDA of fat, with 18% of one’s RDA of saturated fat coming in the 3.5 grams of saturated fat in this ice cream. One serving has 20 mg of cholesterol (that’s 7% of the RDA!) and 45 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 of Vitamin A in the CarbSmart Vanilla Ice Cream.

Breyers has decent ingredients, though. Made primarily of Milk, skim milk, and cream, CarbSmart Vanilla is a decent ice cream! There is nothing unpronounceable in the ingredients list.


Breyers 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 (my half gallon had an expiration date of January 28, 2014).

The CarbSmart Vanilla ice cream is very light, opaque white, and will certainly stain some clothing, at the very least. 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.


Breyers CarbSmart Vanilla ice cream is a poor ice cream that might be healthy, but is such an off flavor of vanilla that one will not want to eat it.

For other Breyers frozen dairy desserts, be sure to visit my reviews of:
Blasts! Oreo Cookies & Cream Mint
Blasts! Heath Bar
Blasts! Mrs. Fields Mint Fudge Brownie
Blasts! S'mores ice cream
Blasts Klondike Krunch ice cream
Blasts! Chips Ahoy! ice cream
Smooth & Dreamy Creamy Vanilla


For other food reviews, please visit my Food Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2012 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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