It's been a while since we've seen any Edy's entries into our ever-growing collection of reviewed ice creams. After we ran through their standard offerings, we usually only look to Edy's if we need a low-calorie fix or if they release some new seasonal flavor. That was until Edy's decided to stray from their monotonous methods of providing ice cream to the masses and venture into the world of frozen custard.
Edy's claims, "It may look like ice cream, but one scoop and you'll know that it's something completely new. Edy's Frozen Custard is rich, extra thick and creamy and made with wholesome ingredients like fresh milk." While using fresh milk should seem obvious in ice cream production, there's a plethora of mystery ingredients that go into your ice cream made my most large-scale manufacturers. Of course by looking at the ingredients list of Salted Caramel Pretzel, the quart we settled on, it certainly doesn't seemed shortened by the use of fresh ingredients. Per Edy's website, this flavor is, "A perfect combination of sweet cream frozen custard, chocolaty covered pretzels pieces and a generous swirl of salted caramel."
As predicted, the sweet cream frozen custard base feels nothing like the Edy's products we've tried in the past. This one took a good while to melt down to eating consistency, and even then had a heavy feel on the tongue. The taste was simple, subtle and seemed to only focus on feel as well as providing a vehicle for the mix-ins. This strategy would have been a sound one if only the mix-ins were up to par. The salted caramel wasn't very salty, felt far too artificial, and the majority of the pretzel pieces were soggy. The enhanced consistency was a nice touch, but this is still the same Edy's we've been giving C's to for years. And at 240 calories per serving, you can do much better.
Where I Found It: Ingles Markets