Ah, Blue Bunny ice cream. I remember it from my childhood and last year I was able to relieve those memories when the company sent us coupons for free treats. They did the same this year and so I want to look at a couple of products in their "Sweet Freedom" line that has no sugar added to ice cream and novelty frozen treats as well as one standard ice cream novelty.
Sweet Freedom Fudge Bars that come 6 bars to a box. One of the very interesting things about these bars other than the fact that they do use only cocoa as their form of our Sacred Substance is that one bar has 6 grams of fiber in it. Actually cocoa has a lot of fiber in it so perhaps this is an example of how much they are using. Of course taste is the real test of how chocolaty anything is that only uses cocoa. One of the reasons that I personally find baked good less chocolate satisfying than just chocolate itself is that they tend to use cocoa more than cocoa butter or chocolate liquor or chocolate in another form.
Sweet Freedom Chocolate & Vanilla Swirl Ice Cream Bars. There are 8 bars per package and each bar is only 70 calories. Each of these compared to the previous Fudge bars is 10 grams lighter and looks substantially smaller. Sadly I didn't think to keep a fudge bar for direct comparison for a photo but now let's look at this variety.
Made with chocolate liquor and cocoa processed with alkali, these bars have 4 grams of fiber each. As you can see they are a swirled combination of chocolate and vanilla ice cream half covered by a chocolate coating. I thought the bottom half might melt quicker than the top but that didn't seem to be the case. The bottom ice cream base had only a very light scent while the coating had a much stronger chocolaty fragrance. Not surprisingly the top half makes a snap when you bite and the coating crunches while the ice cream only part is silent.
Champ! line of products and one of five ice cream cone varieties within this line. The Chocolate Lovers Ice Cream Cone is reduced fat chocolate ice cream in a chocolate waffle cone, the ice cream then is covered in a layer of chocolate and chocolate cookie crumbs. So four layers of chocolate in all! Unlike the previous two novelties this isn't low fat or low sugar and shockingly it only has 2 grams of fiber per cone. In terms of the types of cacoa products it uses, it has cocoa processed with alkali, cocoa, chocolate liquor, and cocoa butter along with a "chocolate fudge flavor" what ever that is.
There we go some deliciously cold treats as the summer continues but with less sugar and perhaps less guilt? Using chocolate in a few forms and a relatively short ingredient list is a good thing but I believe that Blue Bunny could do better with fewer chemicals. Why not just not add in substitutes for the sugar and see what you get? Probably a darker tasting chocolate but the ice cream could counter that well even made with skim milk. Blue Bunny, thank you for letting us reveal your products to the world. Sisters and Brothers, let us know if you've tried anything from the "Sweet Freedom" product line and what you thought about it.