Food Showdown: I Scream for (Slow Churned) Ice Cream!


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All of a sudden, the extent to which your favorite ice creams are "churned" is becoming important. Now we have slow churned, extra churned, double churned--what's with all the churning, and what does it really do?  Well, ice cream manufacturers have been experimenting with churning their mixtures longer, hoping to improve the texture and flavor of the lighter (low-fat) versions of their full-fat favorites.  Which of these two creamy flavors is lower in calories than the other: Edy's Slow Churned Rich & Creamy Chocolate ice cream, or Breyer's Half-Fat Creamy Chocolate?

The Winner: Edy's Slow Churned Rich & Creamy Chocolate Ice Cream!

The Edy's Slow Churned Chocolate flavor is lower in calories than the other slow-churned flavors, including its similar-sounding Breyer's competitor. The Edy's Chocolate ice cream contains 3.5 grams of fat and just 2 grams of saturated fat per 100-calorie (1/2 cup) serving.  Breyer's Creamy Chocolate is slightly higher in calories (110) than the Edy's variety. On a good note, it only contains just 3 grams of fat per 1/2-cup serving.  When selecting ice creams, look for keywords like light, low-fat, or even frozen yogurt, and make sure to measure out one serving size--just because it's ''light'' doesn't mean you should eat the whole carton in one sitting!

What's your favorite low-fat frozen treat?

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    Read food labels before buying - 2/2/2018   12:23:44 AM
  • 46
    When I do have ice cream, I always go with the slow churned version. Thankfully, sweets is not my problem. I am more of a salary/starchy snacker. - 12/3/2017   3:25:12 AM
  • 45
    Be careful with Bryers. It is not ice cream. It says so on the container. It says "frozen dessert". It will not melt. It is a bunch of chemicals. Go to YouTube and type Bryers will not melt in the search box. And watch and see for yourself.
    I blend frozen fruit in a blender with some rice milk or other milk and protein powder ..that is my ice cream substitute. - 10/1/2017   9:52:41 PM
  • 44
    My favorite was Edy's slow churned ice cream until I tasted Halo top. Now that is my favorite. - 10/1/2017   9:43:25 PM
  • 43
    I only buy slow churned or freozen yogurt. I've found that Edy's is the lowest in fat and calories even compared to some frozen yogurt - 12/31/2014   7:50:00 AM
    This looks amazing... It's fustrating that the serving sizes are usually way smaller than what an average person would eat, becuase you don't realise just how much you've just eaten. - 11/22/2014   10:12:30 AM
  • 41
    I agree, Eevee. Always gotta check first! - 12/15/2013   12:59:21 AM
  • EEVEE1
    You really need to read the labels. I have noticed that some frozen yogurts have been higher in calories than the less expensive ice creams for the same serving size, and the ingredient list is usually betteron the ice cream (usually Chapmans for me) - 6/25/2012   8:58:14 PM
  • 39
    Since this is something I rarely want.....when I have it...I have the real thing! - 6/23/2012   1:39:40 PM
  • 38
    Homemade ice cream that is vegan, Carob flavor. - 6/22/2012   1:53:26 AM
  • 37
    Ice cream is one of my downfalls, too. I love it! I like the Skinny Cow Fudge Bars for snacking. Don't do it every day or every week, but if nutrition allows, sometimes after dinner. I like the slow churned ice creams. They taste pretty good to me, but don't eat them very often. - 6/19/2012   5:40:58 PM
  • 36
    Well, now I really want ice cream. It's my uncontrollable food (along with marshmallows) so I just don't have any in the house. If I do give in to temptation and buy some, at least now I know which would be the least damaging to go for. - 6/19/2012   9:32:18 AM
  • 35
    Edy's slow churned chocolate and dulce de leche are my favorites... so creamy and rich tasting without the extra calories. - 6/18/2012   11:04:09 PM
  • 34
    Both are GMO. I'll pass on ice cream made with fish genes. - 6/18/2012   5:31:37 PM
    We love ice cream but Hubby is a diabetic and we don't like the sugar free ice cream so we have cream but just a small amount now and then maybe six times a year that way we can still have the full flavor of reg. ice cream.I love the choc.sandwiches they are the best!. - 6/18/2012   11:13:12 AM
  • 32
    I agree. Compare the ice cream shops instead of the labeled brands - 6/18/2012   11:04:46 AM
  • 31
    I can read labels. how about comparing some of the ice cream shop brands? their information is harder to come by (for you too, I guess). - 6/18/2012   9:20:30 AM
  • 30
    Good news - this is one of my favorite ice creams - 6/18/2012   6:31:13 AM
  • 29
    Good news - this is one of my favorite ice creams - 6/18/2012   6:31:12 AM
  • 28
    not my thing. - 6/18/2012   12:37:55 AM
  • 27
    Breyers' Smooth and Dreamy Dark Chocolate is my favorite and is awesome! - 6/17/2012   10:01:49 PM
  • 26
    I prefer frozen yogurt. Turkey Hill or Kemps at the grocery store. But the best is from Sweet Frog (cafe). - 6/17/2012   9:56:46 PM
  • 25
    I don't eat ice cream, slow churned or other wise. - 6/17/2012   9:50:57 PM
    I try not to have ice cream in the is my downfall. If we do buy it, I make sure it's a flavor I'm not too fond of. I usually eat Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches. Very yummy. - 6/17/2012   9:32:58 PM
    For me the answer is ONLY take out as a special summer treat that way it's already portion controlled.! - 6/17/2012   8:01:33 PM
  • 22
    I'm not a big fan of sweets but it is nice to have something cold & delicious. Especially with it being summer now & all :) - 6/17/2012   7:41:26 PM
  • 21
    at least there is some nutritive value to ice cream, so it is one of my preferred desserts. I have a sweet tooth! - 6/17/2012   7:16:11 PM
  • 20
    I'm not a huge lover of ice cream but I do like cold snack now and then. I like to put a Dannon Light & Fit yogurt - any flavor and let it freeze for a couple of hours. It's only 80 calories and taste a bit like frozen yogurt! - 6/17/2012   7:01:30 PM
  • 19
    Blue Bunny brand for me. I don't eat low-fat versions of anything. Low fat means low taste by my standards. - 6/17/2012   2:12:29 PM
    okay, but which one tastes better? If you're gonna use up calories on ice cream, might as well make sure it tastes great! - 6/17/2012   1:16:30 PM
  • 17
    I love ice cream! But, would eat too much. So I have a bowl of fruit - right now it is cherries and add about a tablespoon of vanilla ice cream - just enough to coat the fruit and to satisfy my craving!! My boys always have to have their ice cream on our "dinner and a movie" night so it is always in the freezer - but I just avoid it!! - 6/17/2012   1:03:13 PM
    For those of you on the west coast Edy's is the same as Dreyer's. They just call it something different on the west coast. - 6/17/2012   12:44:06 PM
    We just don't care for sugar free ice cream,the flavor is lousy so we just don't eat ice cream very often but I do keep cream just in case we or I get a snack attack.We may experiment with sugar free brands this summer but sure have been disappointed in the past. - 6/17/2012   10:35:41 AM
    Blue Bunny is our favorite. - 6/17/2012   9:47:40 AM
    The ice cream I prefer is Blue Bunny Chocolate--it has half (3g) the fat AND is sugar free, but you'd never know it. I also like the Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches--these are delicious and the calorie count is fantastic. - 6/17/2012   9:10:22 AM
  • 12
    Thanks for the tip. I look for slow churned, light, sugar free...I appreciate your recommendations. - 6/17/2012   8:18:58 AM
  • 11
    Turkey Hill Light Chocolate Pretzel - 6/17/2012   7:00:30 AM
  • 10
    I've just use the store brand that is only 90 calories per serving - 6/17/2012   5:27:48 AM
  • 9
    Turkey Hill Heart Smart is the lowest calorie I can find. The vanilla is 70 per serving. Flavored varieties are usually 110 or 120.
    - 6/17/2012   3:39:46 AM
  • 8
    I dont eat a lot of ice cream but when I do I either like something from Chapman's or Foothills Creamery. - 6/17/2012   12:47:00 AM
    Looks delicious - 6/16/2012   6:36:13 PM
  • 6
    We love the chocolate coconut frozen dessert from Trader Joe's. It's super creamy, plenty chocolatey, and best of all, dairy-free. HOWEVER, it is by no means a "health food" (macronutrients about on par with regular ice cream) so I wouldn't go devouring a pint a day, ya know? - 6/16/2012   1:16:08 PM
  • 5
    I rarely eat icecream, but when I do I go for the highest quality available. I'm far more concerned about the chemicals and additives than the number of calories per cup. That said, I never touch Edy's. - 6/16/2012   12:55:49 PM
  • 4
    Sounds good - 6/16/2012   11:39:23 AM
  • 3
    I love ice cream, and the creamier, the better! I find that the "churned" varieties are always at least as good as the traditional ones - that's one case where reduced calorie doesn't equal reduced taste! - 6/16/2012   11:12:44 AM
  • 2
    I love the slow churned Ice cream from Edy's they have a ton of delicious flavors and when I'm reaIlly "just dying" for chocolate it fills the bill. I don't eat a lot of it, but i've got fudge tracks and caramel delight in my freezer right now. - 6/16/2012   10:54:50 AM
  • 1
    right now there is a limited edition of ( Dreyers? I think ) BlackBerry slow churned that is only 90 calories. its really yummy! - 6/16/2012   10:47:11 AM

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