“ Type: Sorbets & Ice Cream „
It's getting to that time of year when in my view it is imperative to have a tub of ice cream firmly in place in the freezer. While I adore all the wacky flavours of Ben & Jerry's, in reality it is very expensive and if I do buy it, it usually disappears in record time. To try and make us become a little more restraint, I tend normally just to buy good old vanilla ice cream. I do love the stuff, and it's simplicity means thay you can pretty much eat it with anything. This week I was getting together with a group of friends for dinner and to make things easier for all, we each decided to bring a different course. I really got the easy option and landed dessert. After choosing a gooey chocolate cake I knew I needed some really decent vanilla ice cream to complement the decadent chocolate. While in my local Sainsbury's, I had a look at what was on offer and decided to go with Carte d'Or. It was slightly cheaper than the Haagen Dazs yet I knew from tasting it before that it was a premium brand with a fantastic flavour. I believe I paid £2.97 for a 1 litre tub, which is expensive but for a special occasion I am slightly more forgiving. That evening we had a lovely meal and everyone was feeling ready for something sweet. Out came the chocolate and the ice cream and we all helped ourselves to a generous scoop to go with our warmed up chocolate cake. It was truly gorgeous, this ice cream is fabulously cream and tastes really luxurious. It is flecked with dark specks of natural Vanilla and this ensures that it tastes truly fantastic. It complemented our chocolate cake fantastically, but equally I would be happy to dig into a bowl of this ice cream if it were served up on it's own. It really is a great vanilla ice cream, and while I can not justify buying it on a weekly basis, it is the one I will turn to on special occasions
I am a huge fan of ice-cream with a particular soft spot for Ben and Jerrys and Haagen Daaz but sometimes my mum buys different things which are on offer at the supermarket which soemtimes includes Carte d'or. Currently, Sainsburys are running an offer of £2.99 on BOGOF which is pretty good and now would be a good chance to try it out. This one, which is I suppose, the mainstay of the brand, is simple as flavours go but sometimes it is the basics of the range that it is most important to get right as if they can't get a Vanilla right then I wouldn't bother trying the speciality flavours. This comes in a 500ml cream coloured tub with a golden lid. On the lid is the company logo and a picture of the ice cream with some vanilla pods lying on top. It's not particulary eye catching but the colour scheme is good and representative of the product you are buying. The ice cream itself can be scooped out of the tub immediately on opening the freezer which is funny for me as I am used to having to wait ten or so minutes before it becomes scoopable. I think this may be to do with the fact that the luxury ice cream brands like Haagen Daaz use high amounts of cream in production. Perhaps this has a higher water content or something but it very convenient. It is a very appetising cream colour with little tiny dark brown dots of vanilla running through it which makes it look very authentic. I must say this ice cream is delicious. It is rich and creamy and melts slowly in the mouth. The vanilla taste is full and genuine and surprisingly so for a relatively cheap ice cream brand. It also doesn't fall apart when you touch it as I find with some ice-cream like Walls which is a bit dry almost and flaky, this though it does melt quickly at least is whole to begin with. I think this is lovely and will be trying more flavours.
I've tried various brands and prices of vanilla icecream in my search for one which offers a quality flavour without the expensive price and Carte d'Or Vanilla is just that, a good quality luxury icecream that knocks the socks of more expensive brands. It doesn't have that off-putting bright yellow look that you get with alot of vanilla icecreams on the market but rather a lovely creamy yellow colour, dotted with beads of vanilla to give it that extra flavour and depth, definitely earning it's place in the luxury brands hall of fame. I serve it when I have friends round to dinner and it invariably receives plenty of compliments. There are other flavours within the Carte d'or range, all of which are as yummy as the vanilla flavour so well worth a try but this one is particularly good as an accompaniment to any desert. At around £3.00 for a litre tub it works out cheaper than many other luxury brands also so it's a win win situation.
Being pregnant gives you a great excuse to eat ice cream all day long if you want and one of my favourite finds has been Carte D'Or Vanilla flavour. Generally I find vanilla a bit boring but this tastes so smooth and has such flavourful vanilla beans in it that it's anything but boring! Carte D'Or is a Unilever brand and according to the Unilever website Carte D'Or was first marketed in 1978, based on propositions that the flavours were natural and unadulterated and that it used ingredients of high quality. In 1990 Carte D'Or was launched in the UK & Ireland. Carte D'or Vanilla flavour is made with natural vanilla flavour from Madagascar. Apparently Madagascar is the largest producer of vanilla in the world so it is obvious that they are using premium ingredients in their ice cream. What I love about this ice cream is that it is very scoopable even when it has come straight out of the freezer. I hate it when you can't get your scoop into ice cream immediately but with this ice cream you don't need to worry. It stays nice and solid though in your bowl and doesn't melt quickly. What I also love is that you can see little flecks of the vanilla bean in this ice cream. I think that is what gives it its lovely creamy rich flavour. The ice cream comes in an oval shaped tub and weighs 500g. Of course, it's ice cream so it's not going to be the healthiest snack around. Per 100g there are 200 calories. A 500g tub generally sells for £2.99 but Sainsburys have it on offer at the moment for £1.49, a bargain in my opinion and a lovely tasting ice cream.
I'm sitting on my break eating this right now! Why not - the sun is out and that is a good enough reason for me to have a bowl of ice cream. It comes in an oval shaped container with 1litre/500grams of product inside. It boasts no artificial colours or flavours. Its appearance is an off white colour - slightly yellow. It has little dots of brown/black through it which I assume is the vanilla pod. Straght from the freeser it was really easy to serve, I used a spoon instead of a scoop. Its consistency is solid, but very creamy. It melts in your mouth, not in your bowl. The flavour is really pleasant. It is definately a vanilla ice-cream, not like so many flavourless ice-creams which calls themselves vanilla. It has been out of the freezer about ten minutes now and is still very solid. I believe I bought these because they were on a 2 for £3 offer. On that offer I think this ice-cream is certainly worth £1.50 for a litre. Ice-cream is a luxury item and this product is definately luxury in every mouthful.
Who needs an excuse to enjoy delicious ice cream? I don't! No matter what time of year be it raining or sunny outside I want ice cream as my treat! Preferably with chocolate biscuits or pieces of chocolate all chopped up and thrown in. I have been known to call my fiance and beg for him to take mercy on me and bring a delicious treat home and he always goes for something with a more luxurious feel to it when compared to what I'd usually buy (good job I'm going to hold the pursestrings when we live together!). Carte D'Or comes in a plastic tub which holds 1 litre of ice cream and to open the tub you have a small plastic piece which you need to break off and then you can use one thumb or finger to remove the lid. There is usually no ice cream on the lid to start off with but after a couple of servings I seem to find that there is ice cream all over the lid and this just means that I have to run the spoon along the lid to make sure nothing is wasted! This ice cream is biege in colour and is made with skimmed milk, sugar, water amongst other things and there are also pieces of vanilla bean pieces shattered throughout the ice cream and these are dark in appearance and there seems to be lots of them. This ice cream is lovely and creamy and fairly thick but it's easy enough to get a spoon in to dish some up. The taste of this ice cream is lovely and sweet and you can tell that there is lots of sugar contained within the ice cream but frankly I don't care because it's so tasty and yummy! I especially enjoy it with a little added chocolate sauce and the odd biscuit or two but then I have been known to overindulge from time to time ;) I would definitely recommend this ice cream as you can really taste the vanilla pod pieces within and this gives the ice cream a genuine vanilla flavour which far exceeds the cheaper ice cream you can purchase. I am rating this tub of vanilla flavoured deliciousness 5/5 and you can pick up a 1 litre tub for £2.94 from Tesco stores or www.tesco.co.uk and at 120 calories and 5.5g of fat per 100ml it doesn't hurt to indulge every now and again!
We're not normally a great ice-cream eating family but I must say when hubby came back from Tesco with a tub of Carte D'or Vanilla it just had to be opened & tested (for Dooyoo purposes you understand!) & it comes with a full recommendation from me. The Tesco receipt is showing that this 500g plastic tub cost £2.88 which is a fairly generous size. The tub's oval & has a good sturdy lid so I may use it after the ice cream's finished for storage. The details on the lid tell me that it's 'without artificial colours or flavours' & is 'made with natural vanilla flavour from Madagascar'. On the base of the tub are listed the ingredients & nutritional values, storage advice, recommended GDAs for adults plus a website www.LoveIceCream.com which I may well take a look at? I thought this ice cream, being so delicious, would be far more unhealthy than it is but 100g (recommended portion) contains only 100 calories & 4.5g of fat. It's easy though to eat far more than 100g & would be great served with hot melted chocolate - don't you just love seeing it harden when it hits the ice cream?! The tight-fitting lid ensure the contents stay fresh & there's also a peel-back cellophane cover which,when removed, shows the cream-coloured frozen dessert. It's a nice creamy texture - not the type you buy for £1 per litre from Iceland etc. It doesn't start to melt immediately after serving neither is it watery. It's a soft scoop ice -cream which means you don't end up with bent spoons (I have a few in my cutlery drawer!) but it's not quite the standard of Italian ice-cream nor of Ben & Jerry's, in my opinion, although it's delicious. There's a real flavour of vanilla which is quite strong but I like it very much & would recommend giving it a try for those who like sweet ice creams. It's also delicious with fresh fruit as the tartness of eg kiwi fruit counterbalances the sweetness making it a more healthy dessert. summary ~ - not the cheapest ice-cream around. - soft scoop so quick & easy to serve. - strong vanilla taste but rather on the sweet side for me. - well-designed tub with strong re-sealable lid & clear information provided. - recommended if you see it on offer?
This is no ordinary ice cream...no no, this is luxury ice cream at its best! I'm normally more of a chocolate ice cream fan, but I was having friends round one evening and opted for the safe bet. Most people like vanilla, so I decided to go for the Carte D'Or one. My friends loved it! We ate the entire tub! The fantastic thing about the Vanilla Carte D'Or ice cream is that it's completely soft scoop. So you don't have to worry about digging away for hours and bending your spoon in half! The ice cream itself is very light and mousse like. It's rich and creamy and is made with Madagascan Vanilla, which is the vanilla capital of the world! It smells fantastic, enough to get my taste buds tingling the moment I opened the tub! I have mixed views on the packaging. The tub is quite big and bulky. Not your normal circle shaped tub, it's quite hard to store in the freezer if your tight for space. On the other hand the tub is very practical for dishing up as you don't have to dig down to the bottom of the tub as it's quite wide, making it easier to scoop out. The way the vanilla ice cream is marketed is very eye catching, vanilla pods, flowers etc. The great thing about this Vanilla Carte D'Or ice cream is that its so light that you can eat it on its own or as a side with cake or fruit. My treat is having it with golden syrup or even sprinkling chocolate powder over the top! This product contains; Per 100g 110 Calories 5g Fat Made by Walls a subsidiary of the giant Unilever multinational corporation. Usually £2.99 per litre but some big supermarkets have half price offers on or buy one get one free, so shop around!
I don't tend to buy tubs of ice cream very often, but in the run up to Christmas I decided that it would be a good idea to purchase a good quality vanilla ice cream to go with various hot desserts that we had planned for the festive season! I decided on the vanilla ice cream made by Carte D'Or, as this was a brand that I recognised and more importantly it was on offer at Tesco. The packaging looked nice enough, so in the trolley it went! The ice cream comes in a 500g plastic tub, which is clear so that you can see the ice cream inside. The lid has a really nice picture on it (not the one above though). It clearly states that it is made by Carte D'or and that it is Vanilla flavour, with a picture of vanilla pods to sell the idea to you. The packaging states that the ice cream is 'made with natural vanilla flavour from Madagascar'. In addition to this, the label on the bottom of the tub informs you that Madagascar is the world's vanilla capital! Well you learn something new every day! The ice cream itself is a pale yellowy colour with small black flecks of vanilla in it. It has a really nice consistancy to it - it is very easy to scoop out of the tub and you don't even need to leave it at room temperature for a few moments first, like i've had to with other ice creams i've tried! The flavour is very gentle and natural tasting which is lovely and not too overpowering which is great. Generally I tend to go for chocolate ice cream, but this has actually gone some way to converting me!! The ice cream really went well with everything we put it with including sticky toffee pudding, melting chocolate sponges and apple tart! I would really recommend this ice cream over other cheaper vanilla ice creams that I have tried. You may pay a bit more, but it is much more enjoyable than a more budget version and actually very tasty - I now realise that the cheaper ones are much more synthetic tasting and lack the smooth texture of this one. As it was on offer when I purchased it, it was very reasonably priced. Tesco are now selling it at it's full price of £2.89.
Well I'm probably speaking too soon but it looks like maybe Summer has arrived at last. The sun is shining, my daughters are playing outside and it's time to reach for the ice cream. Not any old ice cream you understand but Carte d'Or which is always a little bit special. It's always a little bit pricey as well, I have to add, but the reason we are having it is because it was on special offer at Sainsburys! At the moment we are eating the vanilla flavour ice cream which my youngest daughter calls 'banilla'! It comes in an oval shaped tub which is typical of all the Carte d'Or ice creams and has a very tempting picture of the ice cream and some vanilla sticks on the lid. It also states on the lid that it is made from natural vanilla extract from Madagascar - I assume that's good otherwise they probably wouldn't bother saying it! Actually if you turn the tub over and look at the bottom it tells you that Madagascar has the perfect climate for producing the highest quality vanilla and that only the best goes into Carte d'Or! On the bottom you also find the nutritional values - 120 calories per serving which I don't think is too bad and 1.5 grams fat. The tub is very easy to open and when you do you can see that there is a plastic seal which you need to remove. The ice cream is very soft and smooth and scoops very easily from the tub which I always think is a good thing. I love the appearance of this ice cream too. It's definitely not that very yellow artificial colour that you get with much cheaper ice cream. I would say it's almost beige in colour and another thing I like is that you can actually see little flecks of vanilla. This definitely makes it look very natural. Tastewise it is divine! It is so smooth and creamy and literally melts on your tongue. It seems to have just about the right amount of vanilla too! It's lovely to eat on it's own or to go with just about anything. It's particularly nice to have with a slice of hot apple pie so that it melts and collapses over it! Oh dear - I'm starting to drool now! It's lovely and cool for Summer - however long it may last! As I said at the beginning Carte d'Or ice cream is not cheap but then it is rather superior! In Sainsburys you can buy a 500 gram tub for £2.99 which is rather a lot. However, at the moment if you buy two tubs of any flavour you can get both for £4 which is a lot better. Even though this ice cream is a particular favourite of mine, I do tend to wait for the special offers and then we will quite likely stock up with a few tubs! All of our family definitely recommend this ice cream - it's delicious!
Carte D'or is one of the long time standing ice creams, and although it is very expensive, it is indeed a luxurious ice cream for those like me who go for the quality. Vanilla is still the most popular ice cream, it is so versatile and can be served with anything or eaten alone. At any time. This particular Vanilla is the king of vanilla, it is very pale in colour, no bright yellow to dazzle you when you remove the lid, very natural looking and the best bit is. there is real vanilla in it, little flecks can be seen, and these are in fact vanilla pod, which has been ground into it. This adds a whole new experience to the word vanilla. Most ice cream hasn’t seen a vanilla pod in its life and has only vanilla essence or flavouring to link it to its name. The result is a creamy, wonderful tasting product, completely natural in taste and very addictive too. Own up time! Yes I can eat a whole litre of this from the tub, with no problem, well except for the extremely high calorie intake of course! The packaging is good but nothing extraordinary, it comes in oval tubs at around £3.99, however some supermarkets sell it at around £3, so it pays to shop around. You can also buy it in tiny tubs too; complete with spoon and these are a whopping 99p, for a few mouthfuls. Get the biggie! Overall I recommend this to you, you won't be disappointed in taste at al, in fact you will want more..and more...
Most of todays ice creams are designed to make you feel naughty, they are sheer indulgence and packed full of all kinds of things that one time or other would have been classed as toppings. While these ice creams are great to eat sat in front of the TV (they even come in tubs which are designed to eat from!) they're not what you'd serve up to guests. Now enter Carte d'Or Vanilla ice cream. This is a truly sophisticated ice cream, it's rich and creamy, a lovely pale custardy yellow colour with tiny little black specs of real vanilla pod. No pretend flavouring here. This ice cream is delicious with a wonderful true vanilla flavour, you may believe you've been eating "Vanilla" ice cream for years but had it ever really seen a vanilla pod? My guess is no. Until eating this I always thought of Vanilla ice cream as plain ice cream, as it really seemed to have no flavour. It was the boring flavour only to be eaten as a last resource to any other flavour, and even then only with some sickly sweet topping on top (remember ice magic?). Well this Vanilla ice cream is no longer boring, it can really stand alone as a good ice cream but my suggestion is to wow your friends with it at dinner parties. Which I'm sure is what the manufacturer intended as this is not packaged in one of those tall tubs like Haagen Dazs, no it's a long tub, perfect for using an ice cream scoop to create lovely little round balls of ice cream. Which are great served with numerous desserts, fruit salad, apple pie, caramalised apple wedges or my favourite Crepes Mikado - translation pancakes folded over a scoop of Carte d'Or Vanilla ice cream, drizzeled with melted chocolate sauce. This ice cream is best served after being left at room temperature for 5-10 minutes, this makes it lovely and soft so it just melts in your mouth.