Luxury ice cream brands often offer outstanding quality but are usually expensive. For a treat that’s more budget-friendly, Aldi’s Indulge ice cream tubs are worth considering.
This review looks at the Indulge Vanilla Bean Ice Cream 1L to see if it’s worth being in your freezer.
Is the ice cream any good?
A one-litre container of Indulge Vanilla Bean Ice Cream offers excellent value for money. Deliciously creamy, smooth ice cream contains tiny flecks of vanilla bean. They bring plenty of vanilla flavour to the tub, but not so much that it’s too intense.
The number of vanilla ice cream brands in Aussie supermarkets in overwhelming. Indulge holds its own against most of them, with comparable flavour and texture to more premium offerings. After factoring in price, it has to be one of the best deals in the freezer section.
Is there a downside to this ice cream?
The biggest issue with this ice cream is understanding the main ingredients. Aldi group Cream, Milk Fat, Skim Milk Concentrate, and Milk Solids under one name, “Dairy Ingredients.”
Brands sometimes use this trick to push ingredients like water or sugar further down the list. Indulge Chocolate Ice Cream does the same thing, as do some other popular brands.
- Creamy, rich vanilla ice cream.
- Excellent value for money.
- Made in Australia.
- A long list of ingredients for a basic ice cream flavour.
- Hard to work out the primary ingredients in this tub.
What alternatives are there in supermarkets?
Bulla Murray St Ice Creamery Vanilla Bean 1L: A more expensive tub, thanks to fresh cream, milk, and free-range eggs. Deliciously creamy ice cream with dairy notes.
Connoisseur Classic Vanilla 1L: The ideal alternative for those wanting a similar product without vanilla beans. It’s got 34% cream, which produces a super-creamy consistency.
Woolworths Vanilla Bean 1L: A similar-priced option with a strikingly similar ingredients list. If you can’t get to Aldi, this one will work well as a replacement.
Maggie Beer Rich Vanilla Bean 1L: A super-premium product with more vanilla bean content and higher rations of cream and milk. Keep in mind you’ll get half the ice cream, but it’ll cost roughly double.
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The dairy ingredients in this tub are cream, milk fat, and skim milk concentrate. Milk solids are also included to add body to the frozen dessert, producing a softer texture that scoops easily. Vanilla bean seeds make up 0.03% of the container.
Ingredient list: Dairy Ingredients [Cream (Milk), Milk Fat, Skim Milk Concentrate, Milk Solids], Water, Liquid Sugar (Sugar, Water), Glucose Syrup (Wheat), Emulsifier (471), Stabilisers (412, 415, 410), Natural Vanilla Flavour, Vanilla Bean Seeds (0.03%), Burnt Sugar, Natural Colour (160a).
Milk fat plays a vital role in the texture and mouthfeel of ice cream. More of it results in a creamier, smoother texture associated with superior products.
Indulge Vanilla Bean contains 13.0% milk fat. That’s much higher than family-pack ice creams like Peters, Coles, Woolworths, or Streets Blue Ribbon. It also places it in a similar category to premium brands like Murray Street and Connoisseur, and super-premium brands like Haagen-Dazs.
No ice cream is good for you, so eat it in moderation. Indulge Vanilla Bean has 9.6g of saturated fat per 100g and 17.6g of sugar.
Servings per package: 10
Serving size: 66g
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