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      24.05.2012 16:43
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      A cheap bargain ice cream, if you don't mind the bad quality

      Out of all things, I am quite picky about the ice cream that I consume, and I cannot stand the taste of cheap, inferior quality ice cream, which unfortunately this product was. However, it is very very cheap for ice cream, considering that the price of vanilla just keeps increasing these days, and I was therefore not too disappointed in something that I was not expecting much from anyway. If you don't feel like spending a lot on a simple cold treat, then this Sainsburys Basics Vanilla Ice Cream may be the option for you. However, though I do like to save as much money on my grocery shopping, ice cream is just something that is worth paying more for a better quality product; after all, since it is already so unhealthy, why not have better ice cream so at least you feel happy about ingesting so much junk? Also, better quality ice cream which costs more money makes me feel guilty, and then I do not tend to eat as much, which, I suppose, is better for me in the long run.

      PRICE:

      One 2 litre tub of Sainsburys Basics ice cream cost less than a pound- a fantastic bargain, even for a basic product. Compared to the £3 to £4 you usually pay for a tub of vanilla ice cream (when it is not on special offer) it is a very cheap price to pay. I decided to try it out anyway, since it cost so little it would not be too much of a waste if I decided that I did not like it.

      TASTE:

      The taste of this ice cream, to me, seemed to be quite artificial and fake, compared to the smooth creamy and scrumptious taste of good quality ice cream. The sweetness of this ice cream was severely unbalanced with the texture and creaminess of it; it was sweeter than I would have liked in comparison to the almost watered down texture of the ice cream. The texture reminded me unpleasantly of the outcome of mixing ice cream with a slushie, which marred the experience for me. The vanilla flavouring tastes artificial; it is quite evident that they used vanilla flavouring instead of real vanilla. However, for things such as making milkshakes, this is a perfect cheap choice for it, when the flavour of the ice cream is mainly blocked out by the flavour of the milkshake.

      QUALITY AND PACKAGING:

      The packaging is quite a meek ice cream tub, coloured with orange and white. It is quite obviously a value product, which you would expect from something of the price. Though the packaging does seem to be slightly flimsy at times, it manages to contain the ice cream in a hygienic way, which is a plus. The quality of this product is not completely commendable- the texture of the ice cream, for one, regularly has small ice crystals on it, giving it an unpleasant crunch as opposed to the creamy softness that you would expect from an ice cream. However, it is relatively good quality in comparison to other value and basic ice cream brands of which I have tried.

      CONCLUSION:

      If you don't mind not eating in luxury all the time, then this could be a good buy without costing you much money at all (2 litres is a large tub after all). Though it is not really the ideal product for me, I cannot really dispute of its quality compared against its price, and so I would say that it is a very good value product. It can also be lovely to make milkshakes with this Sainsburys Basics ice cream, perfect for a hot summer's day.

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      16.09.2011 16:21
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      A good, cheap, everyday ice cream

      Like many people these days I am having to watch the pennies, so have been trying out some of the cheaper products in all the supermarkets. My kids love ice cream and get through quite a bit, so I wanted to find one that tastes good without costing too much. I've tried Tescos Value brand, which is OK, but not as nice as it might be, so I thought I'd try Sainsburies Basics Vanilla Ice Cream to compare.

      The ice cream is sold in 2 litre tubs (which you can wash and reuse) and costs pretty much the same as Tesco at 70p. It is a soft-scoop ice cream and does come out of the freezer soft enough to use straight away. Texture-wise it is the same as Tesco's Value Ice Cream and much the same colour, fairly white. I can only assume that it may be made by the same manufacturer. The taste isn't too bad, creamy and sweet and is as good as Tesco's, so I would happily buy this regularly if I shop in Sainsburies instead of Tesco. My kids like it, and that is good enough for me. It is a fairly inexpensive, everyday ice cream.

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      17.04.2010 23:09
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      Yummy Vanilla Ice Cream On The Cheap!

      My sister was nagging for ice cream when I went shopping the other day, I'd only took a bit of cash out with me so I deffo didn't have enough for anything exciting. I didn't think I had enough for ANYTHING actually and that was the only reason I took a chance on this Basics Vanilla Ice Cream.

      It comes in a normal sized tub, I think it is a 1 litre tub of ice cream and only cost 69p. I wasn't expecting miracles with it being so cheap but the ice cream is deffo nicer than you think it's going to be. It's not rock hard when you first take it out of the freezer but I recommend you leave it out for a few minutes before you try and dig your spoon in, it bent the spoon I was using and even though it was a dead cheap camping spoon it just shows it's nto the softest ice cream ever! lol

      It's not bad just having this ice cream in a bowl on it's own but you're deffo better off to liven it up with some extras like chocolate sauce or sprinkles, anything just to give it a bit of something because it's a bit bland. It's got a soft texture when you start eating and melts good in your mouth but the ice cream hasn't got a creamy flavour and the texture is bland like the flavour. It's a nice colour ice cream but that's deceiving because it doesn't taste anything like as strong as it looks.

      We had an Aunt Bessies cherry pie last night and I wasn't in the mood for custard so had a scoop of this Basics ice cream with it and this way it was EXACTLY the same as any other vanilla ice cream. The pie was hot so the ice cream melted a bit and that brought the vanilla taste out a bit better and also gave it a bit of a creamier flavour.

      My sister has been scoffing it in wafer cones since I brought it and she doesn't give a crap how cheap it is, kids don't usually anyway but my sister is a bit weird with plain vanilla ice cream so the fact that she likes this one shows how good it is for the price. I know this sounds nasty but this is perfect ice cream to buy for the kids while you keep all the Ben & Jerrys for yourself! lol That's not as nasty as it sounds either because the kids I've given this ice cream to have all loved it and I dout if any of them care that it's Sainsburys Basics!!!

      Recommended.... wicked with hot cakes and pies and decent on it's own as well!!

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      17.04.2010 08:35
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      good price and value

      I bought this ice-cream for my grandchildren for when they come to visit soon, as they love sweets and cakes and I like to give them a treat and I thought I would give this one a try and see if they like it and I have already had a couple of servings as I cannot resist sweet things.

      It comes in a white plastic tub with the orange and white colours of the Sainsbury's lower priced range of products, and inside it is a white ice-cream which is soft and light and easy to scoop out of the tub and it has a replaceable lid.

      The tub is a good size approximately 8 inches by 3 inches rectangle shape and for 2 litres it was priced at only 70p and I thought it was an excellent price.

      The flavour is a nice one considering the lower price and the taste of the Vanilla can be tasted as I thought it may not have that much of a flavour but it is perfectly fine.

      It is ideal for a pudding and can be placed into a dish or little glass or plastic serving cups and it can be used with wafers or cornets to add that little bit extra flavour and also with chocolate flakes in the ice-cream on cornets.

      It is goes softer a few minutes after it is in the dishes and easy to eat, it melts perfectly and is soft and smooth tasting in the mouth.

      It is not suitable for nut allergy sufferers because of the methods used in the manufacture of this product.

      Per 100g it contains 134 calories, 2.g protein, 19.7g carbohydrate, 17.5g sugars, 5.1g fat, 0.2g of fibre.

      I think it is a nice tasting product and for the very low price it is ideal for large families and if you are on a low budget like myself it can save you a lot of money and go a long way.

      I recommend it for anyone to give it a go and although it is not the branded kind it is not bad for a lower ranged one in my opinion.

      I rate it 5 stars.

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        07.03.2010 21:15
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        A great value tub of ice cream

        It's nice to have a treat once in a while, but ice cream can be soo expensive, especially when my wife likes the Ben and Jerry's tubs, which she normally devours in minutes. So since going on a economy drive, we decided to give this a go, and its got to be said, we were both impressed.

        Naturally, we didn't get drawn to this by the eye catching designed packet-because its not. If anything, it's a little off putting, with the Sainsburys Basics style logo and design all mover it, It does little to suggest that a nice tasty ice cream is hiding in the tub-but it is.

        The tub is 2litres, and it says it soft scoop. Most ice creams, especially cheaper ones, tend to be anything but soft scoop; and you normally have to leave them out the freezer for 5 minutes before you can even attempt to take a scoop as its soo hard. This was actually soft to scoop out though. The ice cream is quite yellowy looking, and looks light and soft, almost fluffy looking.

        The taste is what you would perhaps expect-just plain vanilla flavour ice cream. Certainly nothing unpleasant or cheap tasting, just a nice plain flavoured ice cream, which goes well with most types of desserts, or simply served on its own. It has a nice sweet taste and it tastes of vanilla without being too strong. It must be said the ice cream can look a little icy-that is it looks a little watered down, but that doesn't come across in the taste.

        Overall, I would have to say for the money, you would struggle to get a better value for money vanilla ice cream.

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        13.10.2009 15:24
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        A cheap and tasty ice cream, very impressive!

        I really fancied ice cream and sauce the other day so quickly had a nose at the ice cream freezers in sainsburys. As I am at the moment using most of their basics range I decided to see if they had their own basics ice cream and luckily for me they did. Sitting there in a 2 litre white and orange plastic tub was Sainsburys basics Vanilla Soft Scoop ice cream.

        As I've said the tub it comes in is the usual basics white and orange nothing spectacular and it is a little thin and flimsy but I'm not eating the tub right! It clearly tells us on the tub that it's Vanilla, Soft Scoop - Simple Flavours do Puddings Favours with a picture of a bowl of ice cream next to it with two flakes by the looks of things.

        An 85g serving contains;
        114 calories
        4.3g fat
        2.7g saturated fat
        0.15g salt
        14.9g total sugars

        Now I know it says 'soft scoop' on the tub but for the price I paid I was actually expecting rock hard ice cream that bends your spoon when you dip into it but I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the tub.

        It looked a fluffy ice cream, practically white in colour. It was surprisngly soft to put my spoon into and scooped out smoothly for me to dollop into my dish. It had a sweet vanilla scent and took me seconds to get my full bowl of ice cream. It was smooth, light and fluffy when tasting it - very sweet and definitely tasted of vanilla too. Being such a light and puffy ice cream it was so easy to just scoop loads out and I have to admit my tub didn't last me all that long. The ice cream was tasty enough on it's own, a sweet vanilla taste not too sickly nor too sugary it was just right and the fact it was a light tasting ice cream rather than heavy and way too thick it was very enjoyable. I did buy a sauce to pour over it though and they both tasted lovely together it made a cheap and tasty dessert.

        This ice cream is perfect for parties too if you are holding your own, easy to scoop out allowing you to make a few bowls quickly so not too keep those impatient kids waiting lol! It works well with any flavoured sauce.

        One thing I did notice though was it melted alot quicker than other ice creams but it is a thin and fluffy ice cream I was sort of expecting this.

        For anybody who likes a bowl off just your normal vanilla ice cream adding your own toppings and sauces this is definitely worth a try. It's cheap and very tasty!

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