Breyers French Vanilla Ice Cream Review

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on November 10, 2006

Breyers Ice Cream was on sale again at Safeway: buy one- get one free. I couldn’t pass up a good deal. I bought some French Vanilla and some Mint-Chocolate Chip. You’ll have to wait for the review of the mint-chip, as today I’ll tell you about the French Vanilla.

Breyers French Vanilla is similar to Breyers Vanilla Bean in that it had vanilla bean specks and now our favorite tara gum. But, it tastes thicker, creamier, and custard-like. (And has a few more grams of fat and calories than the natural vanilla.) Not knowing what makes “French Vanilla” “French” I Googled it. Answer Bag had the answer:

“What is “french vanilla”? What is different about it from regular vanilla?”

Chef Ottevanger answered:

“The difference is lots more egg yolks.”

This makes sense when one considers that French Vanilla is actually “not a type of vanilla. It is a term used to describe an egg-custard base for ice cream.”


“French vanilla” is often used to designate preparations that actually have a strong vanilla aroma, and possibly contain vanilla grains.”

So, there you have it. French Vanilla has more egg yolks which would explain the texture feel and taste. It’s a good flavor to try if you’re in the mood for plain vanilla ice cream. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for malts, sundaes, etc. It’s too strong.

  • Flavor: 4
  • Flavor Intensity: 4
  • Originality: 1.5
  • Texture: 4
  • Overall: 4
  • Cost: 5.99 or free (buy one get one free sale at Safeway)

Breyers French Vanilla Ice Cream

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Robert W Sippel June 22, 2007 at 3:08 pm

I only like vannlla fudge swirule

Phillip Avery December 23, 2007 at 9:00 pm

Well said. I would be happy to read anything else you might contribute on this subject.

Jane March 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm

ok so i have to do a project on breyers french vanilla ice cream. do you know any good facts i can add like where it first came from and all that?
please let me know ASAP

Betty Miller May 12, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Why can’t I find my favorite, French Vanilla, anymore???/

ev June 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I am against Breyers-no expiration date mentioned. No one know how long they were on the shelves. Nonsensical.

Betsy Driebelbies October 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I bought 2 packages of ice cream, French Vanilla, in the past month and they were vanilla bean. Apparently they are mis -labeled.
Very disappointing, especically when you are looking forward to French.

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