French Vanilla Ice Cream

French Vanilla Ice Cream

June 5th, 2017—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed. 

Somewhere over the rainbow, some say there’s a pot of gold. We’d be happier to find a pot of Trader Joe’s French Vanilla Ice Cream. Why is this creamery confection better than gold? Perhaps most importantly, it has very low overrun, so it’s thicker and creamier than lesser quality ice creams. Overrun is the amount of air whipped into the ice cream; ours has very little air. Many commercial ice creams have as much as 100% overrun (yes, that’s allowed by law, and many manufacturers take advantage of it); Trader Joe’s French Vanilla Ice Cream has only 26% overrun. It’s also made with quality ingredients like milk and cream from cows not treated with rBST, egg yolks, and cane sugar. Finally, it’s positively bursting with real vanilla flavor, courtesy of vanilla extract and vanilla bean – there are visible specks of vanilla bean in every bite.

One of the attributes that makes our half-gallon of French Vanilla Ice Cream unique is the size of the carton itself. Used to be, ice cream came in half-gallon cartons. Then, somewhere along the way, ice cream companies made that container smaller. Similar looking, but smaller. They didn’t lower the price at the same time, though. Curious. At Trader Joe’s, ours is still a half gallon, and our price is about the same (or lower!) than what you’ll pay for those smaller cartons of lesser ice cream. The choice seems clear, right? (Or maybe it seems thick, rich, and creamy…)

We’re selling half-gallon cartons of Trader Joe’s French Vanilla Ice Cream for $5.99 each, every day.


Ingredients: Cream, Milk, Sugar, Egg Yolks, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Carob Bean Gum, Guar Gum.

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