Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ideal Concept, Middling Execution - New Breyers Chocolate Mint Ice Cream Underwhelms!

The Good: Reasonably priced, Nothing bad in it, Chocolate flavor is not bad
The Bad: Not at all minty, Waxy chocolate bits
The Basics: Breyers Chocolate Mint Ice Cream is a great idea that fails to be executed in a satisfying manner.

For those who do not know my tastes from my many, many reviews, my all-time favorite flavor pairing is chocolate mint. In fact, my favorite flavors are actually dark chocolate mint, but I get excited for pretty much anything chocolate and mint together. So, when I went out to the grocery store and saw the new Breyers Chocolate Mint Ice Cream on sale, it was a no-brainer; I bought some right away.

Alas, though, this is not the most compelling blending of chocolate and mint flavors I have yet had.


Breyers ice cream comes in a typical half gallon container. The Chocolate Mint Ice Cream is a thick ice cream: the basic ice cream has noticeable layers of mint ice cream throughout the ice cream that represents the Mint component. There are also little chocolate flakes (like chocolate chips, but flat) in the ice cream. At (locally) $4.99 a half gallon, the Breyers ice cream is an affordable, mid-range ice cream. This is a fair value for the ice cream, but given that it is not an exceptional flavor, it seems a little more expensive than the better flavors!

Ease Of Preparation

The Chocolate Mint Ice Cream is a chocolate and mint ice cream with a minor chocolate additive. 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 Chocolate Mint Ice Cream.


Opening the container of Breyers Chocolate Mint Ice Cream, one is greeted with a very mild cocoa scent. This ice cream smells faintly of sweet milk chocolate, reminiscent of hot cocoa. There is not even a hint of mint in the ice cream's bouquet, even as it nears its melding point.

On the flavor front, the Breyers Chocolate Mint ice cream is very much dominated by the chocolate flavor. This ice cream does not carry any of its promised mint flavor and the chocolate flakes within the Breyers Chocolate Mint Ice Cream are unfortunately waxy, more of a texture than an actual flavor.

The Chocolate Mint ice cream has a strongly sweet aftertaste that does not last very long after the last of the ice cream is consumed.


The Breyers Chocolate Mint Ice Cream is a very dark ice cream with a light swirl of mint ice cream in it. The 1.5 quart container represents twelve half-cup servings. In the half-cup serving, there are 150 calories, 70 of which are from fat. The eight grams of fat represent 12% of the RDA of fat, with 25% of one’s RDA of saturated fat coming in the 5 grams of saturated fat in this ice cream. One serving has 15 mg of cholesterol (that’s 5% of the RDA!) and 60 mg of Sodium (3% RDA). The only other real nutrients are two grams of protein and 6% of the RDA of Calcium in the Chocolate Mint Ice Cream.

Breyers has decent ingredients. Made primarily of Milk, cream, and sugar, there is nothing unpronounceable in the ingredients list. The Chocolate Mint Breyers is Kosher and gluten free.


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; ours would have remained viable until September 6, 2018 had we not eaten it up well before then!

The Chocolate Mint ice cream is fairly dark frozen dairy dessert. As a result, when the ice cream melts and gets onto fabrics, it will require one to wash it right out. The chocolate ice cream and Mints will melt and stain. On nonporous surfaces, the ice cream wipes off exceptionally easily.


The Breyers Chocolate Mint ice cream is a decent idea - I've been hoping for a good chocolate mint ice cream to balance the Breyers Mint Chocolate Chip options for years - but the chocolate flavor completely overpowers the ice cream, making it a vastly harder sell than it ought to be for those who love chocolate mint.

For other Breyers frozen dairy desserts, be sure to visit my reviews of:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Girl Scouts Thin Mints Ice Cream
Blasts! Banana Split Frozen Dairy Dessert


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

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