Ice Cream — Ben and Jerry’s,Haagen-Dazs, and Breyer’s

5 Sep

Ice crea-YUM! Writing about it right now makes me want to go grab a few scoops to enjoy.  What kind do I like to eat, you ask? Well, now I make my own ice cream.  I used to eat Ben and Jerry’s, Haagen-Dazs and Breyers until I found out this info:


I used to love Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream.  They came out with this delicious new flavor, Boston Cream Pie, that was irresistible.  I always respected Ben and Jerry’s for not using milk from cows that were injected with rBGH or rBST.  It says so right on their label.

I decided to do some more research about Ben and Jerry’s and GMOs.  If you do a google search for “Ben and Jerry’s GMO” the first link you get is about how Ben and Jerry’s is opposed to genetically modified salmon–the headline says “Who wants to eat genetically modified animals? Not us!”

Wow, since they don’t use milk from rBGH or rBST cows AND are against GMO salmon, surely they don’t use any GMO ingredients, right?


I started seeing ingredients that I didn’t know on their ingredients list.  This was a great concern.  Also, I saw corn syrup.  Since when does “premium” ice cream have corn syrup, basically a way to avoid using real sugar and to stretch the supply?

I also learned that Ben and Jerry’s sold out to Unilever (the company that owns Doves, Knorr, and other large brands).  You know those two guys on the back of the container, Ben and Jerry?  They started the company, and then made a ton of money selling out.

Ben and Jerry’s basically states on their website that there is no way of knowing that the corn and soy products found in their products are from GMO seeds.  In a report from 2000, they say:

“We found that it was virtually impossible to secure GMO-free assurances from suppliers.  In addition, there was no regulatory framework in the United States to guide the definition of GMO-free. Dairy was and continues to be our primary ingredient.  Since we opposed the use of rBGH, and due to some reformulation of other ingredients, our products met the definition of GMO-free in the European Union and Japan.”

So, Ben and Jerry’s, you are willing to “reformulate” your soy and corn GMO ingredients for Europe and Japan, but not for the US?  Thanks for such high standards.



You may have seen the Haagen-Dazs five line.  Way to go Haagen-Dazs, for getting rid of all of those nasty unneccessary additives.  Now, there are only five basic ingredients listed on the label: skim milk, cream, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla.

You may think that Haagen-Dazs is this fancy, premium ice cream import since it has a foreign name and is pretty pricey. Haagen-Dazs is actually distributed in the US by Dreyer’s. Sadly, the milk and cream come from cows who have been injected with the genetically modified bovine growth hormone (rBGH).



So, I thought Breyer’s ice cream was a great alternative–I knew all of the ingredients on their labels.  Then, I read about how they are using GMO fish protein to make an antifreeze to make light ice cream “creamier” –it can be found in their Light Double Churned ice cream.  So much for that one. Breyer’s is also owned by Unilever.


The main problem that I have with all that I have learned about these 3 brands? The fact that they try to sound like they are “healthy” or more natural–even though all three use GMO ingredients.  Also, I was disgusted to read this article about how GMO fish protein is used in some ice cream (including those made by Unilever, which means possibly Ben and Jerry’s and Breyer’s).

Now, after all that I have learned, we make our own ice cream.  It has been a delicious transition.  In addition to being quite yummy, I also appreciate knowing exactly what is in my ice cream.  We start with vanilla and create our own flavors.  We have done a mint cookie, cookies and cream , and I even created a vegan vanilla banana ice cream.  Recipes soon!

For now, go order an ice cream maker.  You can thank me later.

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