Front of pack shot of Coles Vanilla Ice Cream 2L.

Review Of Coles Vanilla Ice Cream 2L

Family-sized packs of ice cream are a great way to reduce the weekly shopping bill. One option to consider is the Coles Vanilla Ice Cream 2L, a popular choice in many Aussie households.

The tub is sparse on dairy ingredients, but does that mean the ice cream tastes bad? Keep reading to find out if it’s worth your money.

What’s in the pack?

Coles Vanilla 2L is an economy pack with roughly 55% less fat than the brand’s regular ice cream. It competes with other budget-friendly, reduced-fat products like Woolworths and Peters Original ice cream.

A scoop of Coles Vanilla Ice Cream resting on the top of the container.
It’s got 55% less fat than the brand’s regular ice cream.

Is this ice cream any good?

Coles Vanilla Reduced Fat Ice Cream is a no-frills, basic ice cream. It won’t match the premium taste of premium brands, but it has a pleasant, mild flavour that many will enjoy. This tub is perfect for kids and adults who don’t want too much punchy vanilla flavour.

A soft texture makes the contents easy to scoop, even after it’s been softened at room temperature several times. You won’t need an iron wrist to scoop perfect balls of ice cream for that waffle cone.

A top-down photo of a partly-eaten pack of Coles Vanilla Frozen Dessert 2L.
The ice cream scoops easily.

Some will enjoy the ice cream on its own, it’s best served with other desserts or topped with sauces and sprinkles.

While Coles Ice Cream is excellent value for money, it’s a little icier and less smooth than Peters Original Vanilla. Spend a little more, and you’ll get a better frozen dessert.

This ice cream’s flavour, consistency, and appearance are similar to the Woolworths product which is the same price.

A bowl of vanilla reduced fat ice cream by Coles.
It’s icier and denser than Peters Original.

What are some similar products to try?

Woolworths Vanilla 2L: The same container size and price, it competes head-on with the Coles product. These two tubs are very similar in flavour, texture, and appearance. Read the review of Woolworths Vanilla Ice Cream 2L here.

Peters Original Vanilla 2L: The same pack size but a little more expensive. This product is a step up, offering ice cream with a smoother texture. Read the review of Peters Original here.

Bulla Real Dairy Vanilla 2L: It costs a bit more for the same-size pack, but you get fresh milk as the main ingredient rather than water.

Bulla Creamy Classics Vanilla 2L: A superior quality ice cream, but it costs more. If you can wait for this product to go on promotion, you’ll pick it up for roughly the same price as the Coles tub.

A unscooped pack of Coles Vanilla 2L.
If you can afford it, there are some better options in supermarkets.


  • Reasonable flavour and texture.
  • An affordable frozen dessert kids will enjoy.
  • Great for mixing into shakes and smothering with toppings.
  • Less fat than most brands.
  • Australian made with mostly local ingredients.


  • The main ingredients are water and sugar.
  • Contains palm oil.
An open container of Coles Vanilla Ice Cream with the lid leaning against the side.
The ingredients aren’t great.


The main ingredients in this ice cream are water and sugar. The dairy includes cream and milk solids.

Ingredient list: Frozen Dessert [Water, Liquid Sugar (Sugar, Water), Cream (Milk) (14%), Milk Solids, Maltodextrin, Emulsifier (471 (Palm Oil)), Thickeners (410, 412, 407), Natural Flavouring, Natural Colour (Carotene (Palm Oil))].

Milk fat

Milk fat impacts ice cream consistency. Higher levels result in a creamier, smoother mouthfeel.

Coles Vanilla 2L has less than 10%, which means the front of pack can’t be labelled “ice cream”. The Woolworths equivalent product and Peters Original also have less than 10%.

Bird's eye image of a scoop resting on the top of a pack of Coles ice cream.
It’s got less than 10% milk fat.

Nutrition Information

No ice cream is good for you, so eat it in moderation. This product has 4.4g of saturated fat per 100g and 21.2g of sugar.

Number of servings: 20
Serving size: 47g

 Quantity Per ServingQuantity Per 100ml
Fat, Total3.0g6.4g
Dietary Fibre

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