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Shopping around: Vanilla ice cream

Tesco Finest Madagascan Vanilla Ice cream, 1lt

Published 07/07/2011 | 05:00

Well, even if the sun isn't shining, it's still summer, so it's ice cream time! We tasted five own brand varieties of vanilla ice cream. We scored on taste, ingredients, nutritional values and price.

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Price: €4.29

Verdict: The ingredients listed for this ice cream were best, with just seven ingredients. The taste was good too; you could taste the vanilla, and it was sweet but not overly creamy, even though it contains 27% whipping cream. Sugar content was middling at 11.7g per 100ml. This is made in the UK.

Score: 8/10

SuperValu Supreme Bourbon Vanilla Irish ice cream, 500ml

Price: €3.99 (€7.98/Lt)

Verdict: This was the second dearest but it has a good ingredient list and is Irish, made "with milk and cream from North Cork." It tastes nice and creamy, but contains the joint highest sugar content at 17g per 100ml.

Score: 7.5/10

Superquinn SQ Ultimate Madagascan Vanilla ice cream, 500ml

Price: €4.99 (€8.98/Lt)

Verdict: This tastes nice and creamy with a decent ingredient list although it is the dearest. It also has the joint highest sugar content at 17g per 100ml. We'd have preferred if it indicated where the ice cream was made, but the factory packing symbol at least indicates Ireland.

Score:6/10

Aldi Killeigh Farm Madagascan Vanilla ice cream, 900ml

Price: €2.29 (€2.54/Lt)

Verdict: This is the second cheapest price and Irish-made but we were disappointed with the ingredients. The main ingredient listed is reconstituted skimmed milk powder, unlike the main ingredient in the others, which was milk. The vanilla flavour isn't very strong and it's a bit sweet. Sugar content is lowest though at 10.6g per 100ml.

Score: 5.5/10

Lidl Eisstern Bourbon Vanilla ice cream, 1lt

Price: €2.49

Verdict: This was best on price but not on taste, and the list of ingredients is long. In fact, this ice cream tastes quite different to the others and a bit synthetic. Sugar content is second lowest at 11g per 100ml, and no country of origin is indicated.

Score: 4.5/10

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