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      16.09.2011 08:18



      A good everyday icecream

      As a family, we eat a lot of icecream throughout the year. This summer in particular, when it was hot we got through so much of the stuff I could hardly keep up with demand.

      Standard icecreams can be pretty expensive to buy so when Tesco brought out this one at 70p for a 2 litre tub, I thought I would try it and see whether it was any good.

      The tub is pretty sturdy and the lids snap on and off easily. You can wash and reuse them too, so that's handy. The icecream is soft and has a good texture, is easy to scoop out, though the colour is a bit insipid. It isn't a creamy colour now like it used to be, which might put some people off, and is a kind off off-white. Taste-wise it is fairly sweet with a creamy taste, though again not like the more expensive icecreams that you get.

      These days, you get what you pay for and if you want something special then this is not the one to go for. If however you want a good, inexpensive everyday icecream then this is it. My family all eat it without complaint and enjoy it.


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      28.05.2010 20:38
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      Another one of tescos great values!

      Tesco value Ice cream!
      I tried this not knowing what to expect, as im not a big ice cream fan I didn't expect the soft scoop vanilla flavour to be 'that nice'.

      Well anyway, soft scoop is deffinately what this ice cream is! I had no problems getting this ice cream out of the tub!
      It really does my head in when I spend loads on a good ice cream... ben & Jerrys for example.. and not be able to get it out of the tub!
      I'd usual leave it on the side for a good 20 minutes before I risk bending any spoons attempting to scoop out the ice cream!

      Tesco value soft school however really impressed me when I was able to take it straight from the freezer and scoop at it straight away!

      This ice cream is white, I expected it to be a little yelllowish as vanilla usualy is, but this is white. The initial smell of the ice cream is pleasant, of a typical 'vanilla' smell.

      I bought it in a 2 Litre tub, not sure if they do any other sizes, but this a great sized tub to leave in your freezer as it lasts longer than one day haha.

      What is in it?....
      The nutritional table says 'One scoop' is 54 calories....My first thought was thats alright I suppose, but how big is one scoop?! Surely it depends on the size spoon or scooper you're using?

      Well anyway, i'm not one to care too much about calories (although I really should!)
      The values per 'One scoop'; .....
      7g of Sugar, 2g of Fat, 1.3g of Saturates and a trace of salt.

      Thats a lot of sugar! Which brings me smoothly onto the taste; ......

      Tesco Value Vanilla ice cream is sweet and creamy, I personally don't notice any bad points about the taste however as I did say.. I'm not a huge ice cream fan!
      My sister loves this ice cream! She would eat the whole tub in one day if we let her haha.
      The texture of the ice cream is very smooth and is great for mixing into juice with your spoon if you're one to play with your ice cream... which I never fail to do :)

      Many of Tesco values items lack in quality, this ice cream surely doesn't and I will deffinately be buying this again in the future and eating more of it throughout the summer!


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      25.05.2010 21:36
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      If Hell Did Actually Freeze Over, It Would Probably Taste Like This!

      Hurrah! Summer is here!

      I know this because

      1. I had to scramble around the attic for the fans that I carefully threw to the back of beyond sometime last Autumn.

      2. I am sunburnt. Ouch!

      3. I've started eating ice cream by the bucket load.

      Now, hidden at the back of my freezer, was a lonely tub of Tesco Value Ice Cream that I purchased a couple of months ago for reasons I am now unsure. I'd like to think it was forward planning but more than likely it was because it was cheap and err... um... well just because it was cheap I guess!

      So, when the sun burst through the clouds and the craving for ice cream took hold, I sprinted to the freezer my hot hands shaking as I chucked fish fingers and aunt bessies yorkie puds all over the kitchen floor in my quest for the prize.

      Was it worth it?

      Nah... not really.

      The fact that the tub fell apart in my hands as I wrestled with the lid, should have been a sign. My first thought when the packaging disintegrated, was that this would be an ideal excuse to eat the whole tub. At this stage in the proceedings, I was still positive about the product as it looked nice and creamy and smelt delightful.

      It was also easy to scoop out. So I filled what I was hoping to be the first of several bowls and retreated to my comfy chair.

      Now here is my major issue with this product:

      My ice cream smells of vanilla therefore what am I expecting to taste?

      Vanilla? Maybe?

      Hell yeah!

      Did it though?


      It was just a big frozen lump of chemical plop. On primary taste, it was mildly unpleasant but then when the after taste kicked in, man oh man it really wasn't nice. In fact, if hell did actually freeze over, it would probably taste like this.

      If only they could produce a flavour that matched the aroma of this ice cream. It promises so much and delivers so little.

      I was gutted and being distraught and in despair, I disposed of the remaining frozen plop in the kitchen bin and walked away. Returning an hour later to find a big pool of now warm liquid plop all over the kitchen floor. As the famous philosopher Homer once said... Doh!

      Sensible Stuff:


      Partially Reconstituted Lactose Reduced Whey Protein Concentrate (From Milk), Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil and Vegetable Oil, Dextrose, Whey Powder (From Milk), Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-glycerides of Fatty Acids), Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Sodium Alginate), Flavourings, Colours (Curcumin, Annatto).

      Nutrition per 100g

      Energy kCal 137kCal
      Energy kJ 576kJ
      Protein 2.8g
      Carbohydrate 18.7g
      Of which sugars 18.6g
      Fat 5.7g
      Of which saturates 3.6g
      Fibre 0.2g
      Sodium 0.1g

      Allergies Information Contains Milk, Lactose, Whey Powder & Whey Protein Concentrate
      May contain Nuts....

      And in my opinion, you would have to be nuts to purchase this! No amount of sauce and sprinkles is going to save this I'm afraid.

      Even at 70p for 2 litres, I still felt robbed. I'm giving it one star because no stars isn't an option.

      Take my advice.

      Spend more, enjoy it more.

      Thanks for reading.


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        18.04.2010 23:35
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        great, cheap and cheerful dessert

        Tesco do a have a great range of basic products which they call 'tesco value'. They are very cheap and include most daily foods that I tend to buy such as bread, milk, beans and ice cream.

        The value range quality can differ quite a bit from product to product. I have tried itesm items that are great and just as good as more expensive brands, whilst other times I haven't been able to eat or use the product. It really is down to each individual item. Overall though, you can save a lot and get pretty good products from the range.

        I have been using this brand of ice cream for as long as I can remember. I do like to have a scopp or two quite often and have, I am ashamed to say, tried many of the different ice creams out there.

        If you want a luxurious, deadly calorific treat, then there are much better brands out there, if you want a basic vanilla ice cream, I find this is just as good as more expensive brands. It is just sweet enough but doesn't taste like pure sugar and has a subtle vanilla flavour.

        It is soft scoop and you can serve it straight from the freezer, which is another plus point for me.

        I am a big fan of ben and jeeys ice creams, but let's face it, if you ate that everday your waist would very quickly expand whilst your bank balanced decreased at an alarming rate. I love the luxury brands, but luxury isn't really for everday and when they cost up to nearly £5 a tub, they have to be a treat, surely.

        This icecream is very reasonable at just 70p for a 2 litre tub which gives you a good 10-20 servings depending on serving size, possibly more. It's also much healthier than some ice creams with a serving being just 54 calories and 1.3g of saturated fat (a serving works out at roughly 40g which would normally be about a scoop of ice cream). I use this on weight watchers all the time and find I can enjoy a cheap, sweet dessert for just 1 point per scoop.

        I use this icecream for all sorts of desserts. My favourate low fat dessert is an ice cream float with diet coke and just 1 weightwatchers point (or 54 cals if your counting that way).

        I also use ice cream with a slice of cake or a pudding and in dishes such as a baked aleska for a rare treat.

        There are other cheap ice creams available but I like the flavour of this one best.


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          07.04.2010 13:55
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          Great for Children

          Tesco Value Ice Cream - 2 Litres for 70p

          I have tried quite a few of the Tesco Value products - some I have found to be very good and I have continued buying them - some has been truly awful and I have never bought them again.

          I usually buy Mackies Ice Cream - it is made in Scotland and costs around £2.98 for 2 litres - not cheap. I did not expect the Tesco Value Ice Cream to compete with my usual brand but I thought I would try it and see if it was any good!

          It comes in a white plastic ice cream tub - this tub like other ice cream tubs is fully resealable with the plastic lid provided. The tub when empty can be washed out and reused to store other items. The tub has the usual Tesco Value Logo in red with a white background and blue writing.

          The ingredients:
          Partially Reconstituted Lactose Reduced Whey Protein Concentrate (From Milk), Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil and Vegetable Oil, Dextrose, Whey Powder (From Milk), Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-glycerides of Fatty Acids), Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Sodium Alginate), Flavourings, Colours (Curcumin, Annatto).

          Allergies Information:
          Contains Milk, Lactose, Whey Powder & Whey Protein Concentrate
          May contain Nuts

          nutrient per 100g
          Energy kCal 137
          Energy kJ 576
          Protein 2.8 g
          Carbohydrate 18.7 g
          of which sugars 18.6 g
          Fat 5.7 g
          of which saturates 3.6 g
          Fibre 0.2 g Trace
          Sodium 0.1 g Trace

          We tried this ice cream with fresh strawberries and I am going to be very honest - it was a whole lot better than I expected it to be. It scooped really well from the tub as it has a soft consistency and the colour of the ice cream is quite white - I was surprised by this because I usually find cheaper ice cream to be yellow in colour.

          The taste was fine - nothing as good as Mackies but we all ate it and enjoyed it - it tasted a bit like a watered down version of Mackies! It had a subtle vanilla flavour and it does not taste sickly sweet. I really quite liked it.

          All in all this is a good tub of ice cream to have in the bottom of the freezer - okay it is not the tastiest variety available but for 70p for 2 litres I really can't complain and I will buy this value product again!

          Really good for families with children living on a budget!


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          06.04.2010 11:56
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          value price

          The nicer weather is hopefully on it's way and I thought I would try some lower priced ice-cream to see if I could save some pennies and see if they suited my taste buds.

          I saw this one from the Tesco Value range and thought I would give it a try to see how it tasted, and for the very low price of 79p for 2 litres I thought it was very good value for money.

          It comes in a very basic white large tub, with the usual blue and red colours of the lower ranged food products, so it can easily be spotted in the freezers.

          It is very soft and white and it can easily be scooped out of the tub and placed into a dish or a cornet, and it contains per scoop 54 calories, 7g sugar, 2g fat, 1.3g saturates and a trace of salt, although it would depend on how big a scoop you actually use, I have a large one and so it would be more of the calories etc in my case.

          I did find it very soft but it did not have that much of a taste for my liking, it was quite bland and so I put some chocolate sauce over the top in a dish and it was not too bad.

          It is quite a large tub and so it would feed a family quite easily and for the price it is very cheap and would save a lot of money.

          It is very easy to scoop out of the container and although it is vanilla flavour, I could not taste that much vanilla.

          The texture in my opinion was not that good, it was quite rough on the palate when first eaten and it had a kind of icy feel on the tongue but after a few seconds it softened and was smooth.

          It was not for my liking and I will not be buying it again, but try it for yourself as it may suit you and your family and if you are on a budget it will save you some money.

          I rate it 2 stars


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            22.11.2009 21:36
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            Cheap and cheerful ice cream

            For a 2 litre tub of ice cream to cost well under £1, you would probably wonder and worry about what you were eating. The fact that it takes a buy one get one free offer to match the price with most ice creams with quality names associated with them makes you wonder if you're going to get a nice creamy ice cream, or some tasteless mush that doesn't scoop very easily and doesn't fill you with confidence.

            I'm happy to say that, although it isn't the creamiest or tastiest ice cream out there, this stuff is still quite nice and does the job. It's cheap, and carries the familiar Tesco Value packaging that is instantly noticeable in the store. Quite often, the range features good value products, and I consider this to be one of them.

            It has 2 litres of vanilla flavoured ice cream, and it all tastes quite nice. There is a definite vanilla taste to it, and it isn't watery like I feared. Sure, it doesn't taste particularly creamy, and I don't necessarily prefer it to others such as Ben & Jerry's or Carte D'Or, but then these are quality brand names that you associate quite rich ice cream flavours with. This value ice cream isn't so creamy or rich, but it still carries a decent taste.

            Although the taste is nice, it does lack a certain something that other ice creams tend to have. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I think it was more to do with the aftertaste than anything else. Also, it isn't particularly smooth. I imagine this is a cream issue, as the creamier and richer ice creams would have the cream as a gelling agent and I get the impression this doesn't really. It makes it a bit rougher and icy in terms of texture.

            However, it's still very good value considering the price. Nutritionally, it's not going to break the calory bank. Each 100g of ice cream gives you 134 calories, with 17.5g of sugar. Okay, not great compared to a bowl of veg, but then if you're looking for something as part of a calory controlled diet, then ice cream probably isn't the best thing to be looking for.

            Overall, it's a decent ice cream. It doesn't cost much, at around 70p or so for the 2 litre tub. It tastes okay, although the texture isn't the best and it doesn't have the creamy consistency of some more expensive brands. It's decent enough, but nothing special.


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              21.11.2009 21:53
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              Great all round ice cream well worth the money.

              This is the one of the best ice creams around.

              Found in the freezer with all the other ice creams. It has the destintive blue and red label and in a white box with lid.

              Box contains 2 litres of ice cream and cost £0.70

              Cal Calories: 54kcal, 3% of your GDA per serving

              Reconstituted Whey Protein Concentrate, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Water, Whey Powder, Dextrose, Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Natural Flavouring, Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Sodium Alginate)

              ~Storage and Use~
              Stored in the freezer it freezes well and isnt too hard, although it is soft scoop it only needs a few minutes to soften up, Any good ice cream scoop will cope with this. I would say that it you couldn't take it straight from the freezer and scoop. It does take a few minutes.. but you could be getting the plates out while waiting.

              ~Colour and Texture~
              The ice cream is white and not bright yellow like some ice creams. As there are no colourings it is maybe a good thing.
              Texture is similar to any of the top brand products. Looks appitising enough in the box.

              Has a very acceptable taste and would definately compliment any dessert or equally delicious on its own. I would say that it isn't as smooth as some of the top brands but this maybe due to fact there isn't as much fat.
              It has a slightly icey texture and a bit rougher than the more expensive variety. I actually prefer it.
              It is not as sweet and sickly as some of the flavoured ones. It is just plain icecream.

              ~Value for Money~
              Definately recommend you give it a try. It is a great accompaniment to any dessert whether it is hot or cold. It's taste wont over power an apple crumble but compliments it well.

              This is a grea product to have in your freezer as it can be used in cones, or on its own or with a hot sticky toffee pudding...

              Definately try it you wont be disappointed.


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                30.07.2009 13:34
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                If you want to enjoy ice cream on a regular basis for a cheap price

                When it comes to eating ice cream, I used to enjoy the bigger and premium brands to enjoy as a desert or just to treat myself. I then choose to eat Tesco Value Ice Cream because of it being more economically efficient to consume in large quantities.

                At one point I decided to consume ice cream on a more regular basis to increase my daily intake of calories and to get my sugar fix. The packaging of the ice cream is very basic with a white background and simple label on the cover. The colours are very simple and plain, in the Tesco colour scheme of red and blue.

                Therefore if you were specifically looking for this ice in an aisle it probably wouldn't be the first one to catch your eyes. Sometimes it can be a challenge to just find it, because they are not placed in the convenient or obvious locations of the aisle because it is just a product in the value range.

                The size of the tub is also quite large at 2 litres, the plastic case does feel rather soft and flimsy. Therefore I find myself needing to take more care when holding/handling it.

                The taste of the ice cream itself is not cream or rich, it does not taste too sweet which is a good thing if you plan on consuming these daily. It is also light with no body, which makes it not ideal for serving to dinner guest.

                Its price is also rather light, at less than one and a half pounds or more if there is an offer.


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