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I found this ice cream and it is what Breyer's used to be. It taste great! Just made with cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, and vanilla bean.

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Breyers was bought by Unilever. Everything has changed. Yes, all the new ingredients are "Natural" but when I eat ice cream it should be ice cream and not fillers. I am very unhappy about this. I noticed the Breyer's Vanilla had Tara gum now =(. My DD wanted cookies and cream. I looked at the ingredients and there was corn syrup, corn starch, baking soda, locust bean gum, tara gum, corn syrup, etc. SO we skipped it.

I looked in google and I found this FYI. Also, I can't find the ingredient list on Breyer's website any longer.

On top of that it is $5.99 for half gallon now and it is not pure ingredients like it used to be, Milk, Cream, Eggs, Sugar, Vanilla. I wouldn't mind paying that much for the old ingredients. I think when we stopped buying so much when they decreased the half gallon size, it hurt them and they sold, and or added other ingredients. Edys and Turkey Hill all have fillers so we stuck with Breyers. Now we have no oce cream to eat. --

Label changes signal that Breyers ice cream flavors we had thought to be MSG-free in the past may no longer be free of MSG.

For years, the Truth and Labeling Campaign has received reports from readers of our Web site who have had MSG-reactions from ice cream that contained "carrageenan." We recommended to these people that they use Breyers natural ice cream that is packaged in a black box, limiting their selections to vanilla, strawberry and peach. We also indicated that most people were able to tolerate Hagan Daaz vanilla and strawberry ice creams.

Recently, Good Humor-Breyers, producer of Breyers ice creams, eliminated "vanilla" from their list of ingredients and replaced it with "natural flavors."

We suspect that Good Humor-Breyers replaced "vanilla" with "vanillin" in order to save a little money, but even if they are now using "vanillin," an apparently safe ingredient for MSG-sensitive people, the term "natural flavor" is a suspect term for MSG-sensitive people and, in more cases than not includes some processed free glutamic acid (MSG). The content of "natural flavor" can change at any time without notice since congress has declared flavors and flavorings to be proprietary, and do not require disclosure by food companies.

Because of concerns of MSG-sensitive people, we contacted Good Humor-Breyers in early June to voice our concerns regarding their change in ingredients and to explain that we no longer could recommend Breyers ice creams to readers of our Web site. We also pointed out that most MSG-sensitive people would not use a product that included "natural flavors."

We were assured by the representative of Good Humor-Breyers to whom we spoke that we would be contacted by someone to discuss the issue and to, at least, assure me that the Breyers product remained safe for MSG-sensitive people. To this date, we have received no call from Breyers.

We can no longer recommend that MSG-sensitive people use Breyers ice creams. We believe that all MSG-sensitive people should contact Good Humor-Breyers and express their disappointment that the company has demonstrated their lack of concern for consumers who are MSG-sensitive, a group, which based on peer reviewed studies numbers more than 25% of the population.

You may contact Good Humor-Breyers by E-mail, Snail mail, or by telephone:


Snail mail

Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream

Attn: Consumer Response

P.O. Box 19007

Green Bay, WI 54307-9007

Phone: (920) 499-5151

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Have you ever considered making your own icecream? its actually very easy, much cheaper than buying real icecream (the cheap stuff has got to be full of junk!) and you get 100% control over whats in it that way.

I have a very cheap icecream machine, and it works a treat, you freeze the bowl in the freezer overnight, then plonk ingredients in it, and turn it on, and in about 20 minutes you have icecream.

you can make it without a machine too, just freeze ingredients in the freezer, taking them out to stir well every now and then..... and you can even make icecream in a ziplock bag, which might be something fun to try out with your daughter!

Here's how- its all over the internet, including variations using instant pudding mix, half and half milk and cream, and probably soya or rice milk too- so if you don't like this version, try another one!


1/2 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)

6 tablespoons salt


Put milk, vanilla and sugar into a pint or quart-sized freezer bag. Seal well.

Fill a large, gallon-sized freezer bag with ice. Add the salt. (We used rock salt.)

Put the smaller bag into the larger bag and seal.

Shake and mix until the ice cream thickens, about 10 minutes.

You can also let the kids gently throw the bag back and forth to help mix the ice cream. The bag gets very cold, so you might want to use towels to hold it.

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That's funny, just the other day i was thinking about the old Breyer's commercials in which they had children trying to read aloud all of the chemically-sounding ingredients of their competitors.

The point, of course, that Breyer's used only a few "all-natural" ingredients.

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Originally Posted by Veggiescrapper View Post

Glad I could help! Yes I considered making my own and started to look for a machine today! What brand does everyone have and do you like it? Thank you for the recipe!!
I have a cuisinart ice cream maker and love it. It was around $50 and I bought it when you got a second bowl free. It's been great.
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