Sara Lee is a classic Australian brand loved for its cheesecakes and other baked desserts. Have you ever wondered how their ice cream range stacks up?
This review looks at Sara Lee Creamy French Vanilla Ice Cream 1L. Find out if it’s worthy of your freezer space.
Is the ice cream any good?
Sara Lee’s French Vanilla Ice Cream is a solid choice for vanilla lovers. It combines a classic, punchy flavour with a creamy texture, making it a worthy contender in your dessert lineup.
With a recipe featuring cream, milk solids, skim milk concentrate, and egg yolk, it offers an indulgent experience. Its 12% milk fat content is on par with other premium brands, ensuring a rich mouthfeel.
Like any brand, a tub of Sara Lee is not perfect. The ice cream contains a noticeable amount of air churned into it, which might not sit well with everyone. The vanilla flavour may be a bit overpowering for those who prefer a subtler taste.
- Punchy vanilla flavour.
- A simple classic with a pleasant texture.
- Easy to find in most supermarket freezers.
- Australian made.
- A lot of air churned into the tub.
- It may have too much vanilla flavour for some.
Are there better alternatives for the money?
Here are some tasty alternatives if Sara Lee isn’t available or you want to compare similar products.
Indulge Vanilla Bean 1L: Aldi’s deliciously creamy, smooth ice cream contains tiny flecks of vanilla bean. Possibly the best value vanilla ice cream in Aussie supermarket freezers. See the review of Indulge Vanilla here.
Haagen-Dazs Vanilla 457ml: A super-premium ice cream that’s delicious. It’s much whiter than most competing products, as no egg yolks or food colouring are added. At roughly double the price of Sara Lee, it won’t be for everyone. Here’s a review of HD Vanilla.
Bulla Murray St Vanilla Bean 1L: This option is a similar price and pack size with a nicer-looking ingredient list. Check out this review of Bulla Murray St Vanilla Bean ice cream here.
Connoisseur Classic Vanilla: A similar price, this ice cream uses Madagascan Vanilla Extract. It’s a milder-tasting product that will appeal to a wider audience. Here’s my review of Connoisseur Classic Vanilla.
Coles Irresistible Vanilla Bean: I love this product for its exceptional value. No one will complain if you bring this frozen dessert to the table. Review of Coles Vanilla Bean 1L.
Woolworths Vanilla Bean 1L: Like the Coles tub, it offers decent value for money for consumers wanting premium ice cream at an affordable price. This is what I thought of the Woolworths Vanilla Bean tub.
What do others think about this product?
There are hundreds of reviews around the internet for this product. I read them all and made a quick summary:
Reviewers consistently rated it five out of five stars, highlighting its exceptional taste and quality. Many noted its creamy smoothness, with a strong vanilla taste.
The ice cream is described as having a French style vanilla flavor that’s excellent. Some customers considered it very good value when the pack was on promotion.
While most reviewers praise the ice cream for its flavour and creamy texture, some note the presence of ice particles. Others felt that the ice cream was a bit ordinary, considering its price. Some suggested it was best paired with desserts like apple pie or fruit.
Australian consumers generally enjoyed the ice cream. However, a minority questioned its value for money and the intensity of the vanilla flavour.
What other flavours are available in the Sara Lee range?
Sara Lee has a small range of ice cream compared to brands like Connoisseur, Bulla, and Haagen-Dazs. Their flavours include:
- Heavenly Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream.
- Extreme Rocky Road Ice Cream.
- Rich Ultra Chocolate Ice Cream.
- Irresistible Hokey Pokey Ice Cream.
- Baileys Original Ice Cream.
This tub’s dairy ingredients include cream and/or butter, milk solids, and skim milk concentrate. There is also egg yolk, which makes the ice cream richer and more indulgent.
Ingredients list: Dairy Ingredients (Cream (Milk) and/or Butter (Milk), Milk Solids, Skim Milk Concentrate), Sugar, Water, Egg Yolk, Emulsifiers (Vegetable – 477, 471), Vegetable Gums (Guar, 407a), Natural Vanilla Flavours.
Comparison of milk fat by brand
Milkfat is a signal of better mouthfeel and creaminess. With 12% milk fat, Sara Lee compares to most other premium products in Aussie supermarkets.
No ice cream is good for you, so eat it in moderation. Sara Lee French Vanilla Ice Cream has 9.4g of saturated fat per 100g and 21.2g of sugar.
Servings per package: 10
Serving size: 62g
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About the manufacturer
Sara Lee has become a household name in Australia since its establishment in Lisarow, New South Wales, in 1971.
Renowned for its commitment to quality and authenticity, Sara Lee crafts various delicious desserts, ranging from frozen cheesecakes and pies to crumbles and ice cream.