Streets has been churning out ice cream since 1968. While the original recipe has changed over the years, Australians still can’t get enough of this brand.
I bought a two-litre container of Blue Ribbon Classic Vanilla Ice Cream and got busy eating. Find out whether this tub is worth a spot in your home’s freezer.
Is Blue Ribbon Classic Vanilla Ice Cream any good?
Streets Blue Ribbon Classic Vanilla is delicious ice cream. The vanilla flavour is subtle, so most will enjoy it. It’s an excellent option for kids who are fussy with their food.
The texture is much closer to what you’d expect from a premium brand. It’s indulgent and smooth, although less so than products like Haagen-Dazs.
Blue Ribbon Vanilla ice cream offers excellent bang for buck. It provides a large pack size for families and large households for less than most premium pints.
Why is Blue Ribbon so cheap?
You may wonder why a sizeable two-litre pack of Blue Ribbon costs less than smaller containers like Connoisseur and Murray Street.
Using cheaper ingredients helps, but a big reason is the amount of air that gets whipped into the ice cream. Premium brands incorporate less air, providing a denser, more indulgent consistency. Cheaper brands add lots of air, which results in a lighter texture.
As you can see from the table below, for every 100ml, you only get 42g of Blue Ribbon ice cream. As a comparison, Haagen-Dazs has 86g.
|Grams per 100ml
|Connoisseur Ice Cream Classic Vanilla 1L
|Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream
|Bulla Murray St Ice Creamery Vanilla Bean 1L
|Aldi Indulge Vanilla Bean 1L
|Sara Lee Creamy French Vanilla
|Bulla Creamy Classics Vanilla 2L
|Peters Original Neapolitan 2L
|Bulla Real Dairy Vanilla
|Streets Blue Ribbon 2L
What other flavours are available in the Blue Ribbon range?
You’ll find the following additional products in Australian stores:
- Blue Ribbon Classic Chocolate Review.
- Blue Ribbon Light Vanilla Review.
- Blue Ribbon Classic Neapolitan Review.
- Blue Ribbon Choc Mint.
- Blue Ribbon Cookies and Cream.
What are the best alternatives?
Here are some tasty alternatives if Blue Ribbon isn’t available or you want to compare similar products.
Sara Lee Creamy French Vanilla 1L: Well worth including in your freezer, this tub has punchy flavour with a creamy texture.
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.
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.
Bulla Murray St Vanilla Bean 1L: This option has a nice-looking ingredient list with fresh cream, milk, and free range eggs.
Connoisseur Classic Vanilla 1L: This ice cream uses Madagascan Vanilla Extract. It’s a mild-tasting product that will appeal to a wide audience.
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.
Woolworths Vanilla Bean 1L: Like the Coles tub, it offers decent value for money for consumers wanting premium ice cream at an affordable price.
Elato Triple Vanilla 475ml: An option for those that want more vanilla flavour. You’ll also get less sugar without having to resort to brands that use artificial sweeteners.
- Excellent flavour and texture for the price.
- Easy to scoop.
- A mouth-watering shade of white.
- Will appeal to all ages.
- Australian made.
- A lot of air is churned into the tub.
- Some will prefer a punchier vanilla flavour.
The main dairy ingredients in this tub are reconstituted buttermilk and/or reconstituted skim milk. Cream and milk solids are also added to dial up the creaminess.
Ingredients list: Dairy ingredients (reconstituted buttermilk and/or reconstituted skim milk, cream [milk], milk solids), glucose syrup, sugar, gelatine, emulsifier (E471), vegetable gums (E401, E407, E410), flavours, colour (E160b).
Milk fat plays a vital role in ice cream’s texture and mouthfeel. More of it results in a creamier, smoother textured ice cream associated with superior ice cream.
Blue Ribbon has 6% milk fat, the same as Woolworths Vanilla Ice Cream 2L and higher than Peters Original Vanilla 2L, which is 4%. More expensive brands have much higher milk fat levels. Haagen-Dazs Vanilla has 16% milk fat.
Did you know? Ice cream products sold in Australia with less than 10% milk fat can’t label the front of pack “ice cream”.
No ice cream is good for you, so eat it in moderation. This tub has 7.7g of saturated fat per 100g and 18.1g of sugar.
Servings per package: 20
Serving size: 42g
|Quantity Per Serving
|Quantity Per 100ml
About the manufacturer
Streets is an iconic Australian ice cream manufacturer that started in the small town of Corrimal, NSW. Edwin Ted Streets founded the business in 1968.
The journey began with Ted selling his prized buttermilk vanilla ice cream to neighbours. Word quickly spread.
This local venture grew with support from his wife, Daisy, and his brothers. It developed into one of Australia’s most recognized ice cream brands and is now a favourite in Australian households.
Over the years, Streets expanded its range. It now includes flavours like chocolate, Neapolitan, and cookies & cream.
Unilever now owns the company.