8 TOP vanilla ice-creams

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Su­perValu Sig­na­ture Tastes Ge­lato 500ml €4.50

Lots of vanilla here and a hint of warm cin­na­mon in a creamy tex­ture from 27% cream and skimmed milk. Spices not in­di­vid­u­ally listed, but we dis­cerned cin­na­mon which didn’t over­power the vanilla and ap­pealed to the adults more than the six-year-old. Made in Co Ca­van. Mullins ice-cream, also in Su­perValu, is worth try­ing too.

Score: 9

Morelli Dou­ble cream vanilla 950ml €4.99

Dou­ble cream at 19%, sugar, dried glu­cose syrup, but­ter, inverted sugar, com­bine to make a de­li­ciously creamy, rich tex­ture with good vanilla favour. Made in North­ern Ire­land by the Morelli fam­ily who have Ital­ian roots. We bought in Tesco.

Score: 8.75

Dunnes Stores French Vanilla 900ml €2.50

Made in Fer­moy with Ir­ish cream, this is de­li­ciously full flavoured and creamy, with a lovely, nat­u­ral vanilla fin­ish. Adults and chil­dren loved it. Skimmed milk as usual, with 24.3% cream, sugar, glu­cose syrup, whey pow­der, egg yolk pow­der, vanilla bean seeds.

Score: 8.5

Tesco Mada­gas­can Vanilla 500ml €3

Pro­duced in Ire­land with Ir­ish and North­ern Ire­land milk, there is 24% cream and dried glu­cose syrup. Though the vanilla con­tent was not high, there was a lovely, nat­u­ral flavour. One taster said it was creamy and de­li­cious like a good, old-fash­ioned ice-cream.

Score: 8

Al­pro Vanilla 500ml €5

Suit­able for veg­e­tar­i­ans, this soy-based ice­cream has all plant-based in­gre­di­ents, in­clud­ing sol­u­ble gluco fi­bre, sugar, 6.1% hulled soya beans, rape­seed and shea fats. Tasted blind, the team did not no­tice much dif­fer­ence be­tween this and a cream-based ice-cream. When I en­quired from the com­pany, I was com­forted that the soy beans are grown in Europe and Canada, and that they are GMO-free (many in US are not). The prod­uct is made in Bel­gium.

Score: 7

Carte d’Or Light 1 litre €3

Sugar, glu­cose syrup, oligofruc­tose syrup, co­conut oil, whey solids, vanilla flavour­ings and vanilla pieces make up this creamy ice-cream. Good to see it is Rain­for­est Al­liance Cer­ti­fied. ‘Light’ on the la­bel refers to the 40% less fat per serv­ing com­pared to stan­dard Carte D’Or. The vanilla flavour has over­tones of toffee which tasters liked. Lots of forms of sugar here, and two tasters de­tected it was a lit­tle sweeter than some sam­ples, but did not ob­ject.

Score: 7

Frank’s Di­a­betic Vanilla 1 litre €3.38

Gluten free, suit­able for veg­e­tar­i­ans, made from re­con­sti­tuted skimmed milk (as many other sam­ples are), sugar is re­placed with sub­sti­tutes fruc­tose, mal­todex­trin and dex­trose which are found in other ice-cream con­tain­ing sugar. It is cer­tainly sweet and too sweet for two tasters. The vanilla flavour is mild. Made in Eng­land. We bought in Tesco.

Score: 6.75

Aldi Daisy’s Dairy vanilla ice cream 1 litre €1.99

Skimmed milk, sugar, 10% dou­ble cream, palm oil, palm ker­nel oil, glu­cose syrup and whey pow­der com­bine to make a rel­a­tively light ice­cream en­joyed by tasters. Very low vanilla flavour left it lack­ing. Pro­duced in Ire­land.

Score: 6.5

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