Breyer\'s Ice Creams

Posted on: Tue, 03/04/2003 - 9:41am
mtal's picture
Joined: 04/11/2001 - 09:00

When I did a search about Breyer's, I noticed that a lot of people choose the natural vanilla flavor for themselves or their pa children. I've let my sons have the neopolitan & mint chocolate chip flavors but I'm reexamining my comfort zone and I'm wondering if I should just stick with plain vanilla. Has anyone spoken with Breyer's lately or had any experiences with them that they could pass on to me?

Posted on: Tue, 03/04/2003 - 10:40am
mchammond's picture
Joined: 09/21/2000 - 09:00

We use many varieties of the Breyer ice cream and have never had any problems. obviously we don't use any that contain peanuts but other than that, we have tried (or use) most. Vanilla, neopalitin and strawberry the most.

Posted on: Tue, 03/04/2003 - 11:19am
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

Partly I use the vanilla because of something I read a long time ago about how Breyers cleans their equipment. I don't even remember the details, something about how vanilla is the first flavor that's run on the clean equipment. But I think it's partly just "superstition" on my part--we've always used it and we've been safe so I stick with it.
I think that if a brand is safe, it's safe. I doubt the flavor makes a big difference.
Vanilla just "feels" safer. I have read that with some brands chocolate is about the worst because its strong flavor will mask other flavors and "leftovers" are dumped into chocolate. But Breyers absolutely doesn't do that so I don't think their chocolate is risky in that way.
I think we will soon be ready to branch out into some more flavors. It is partly psychological/emotional, not entirely rational. For now we use Breyer's vanilla and Hershey's chocolate syrup and my son is satisfied with that.
The only other ice cream I give him is Dean's mini ice cream sandwiches. He has always eaten them his whole life and they are nearly always in our freezer. That company does label very well and even has a cute little picture of a peanut on the flavors that are "may contain." But why do I trust the ice cream sandwiches and not the fudge bars? Completely irrational. Magic. Hocus-pocus. I can't really explain it!!

Posted on: Tue, 03/04/2003 - 11:08pm
mtal's picture
Joined: 04/11/2001 - 09:00

I sometimes think that's how I decide upon things too - by whether or not it "feels" safe. But, I have been wrong in the past - the recent Sunmaid raisins post made me realize that I'd better call companies about everything we eat. I think that might be what made me start questioning the flavored ice cream & the other foods I assumed were okay.

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2003 - 6:42am
docd3122's picture
Joined: 01/16/2001 - 09:00

About 1 year ago, I called Breyer's about their ice cream. I was told that all of their varieties were cross contaminated with nuts. I have avoided them ever since. Hopefully, they have changed their practices. I provide Edy's grand for my kids in the basic flavors only without problems.

Posted on: Thu, 03/06/2003 - 8:15am
wood145's picture
Joined: 09/10/2001 - 09:00

We always use Breyers Ice Cream, mostly the Vanilla or Chocolate chip. I guess this is a comfort zone issue. We almost never go out for ice cream, only once or twice a year and then we only let ds get the soft serve. I do feel comfortable giving him the Breyers.

Posted on: Fri, 03/07/2003 - 5:51am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I e-mailed Good Humor-Breyers last month to see if they used dedicated production lines, after I noticed their new peanut butter flavor ice cream in our supermarket.
Their response was no, but they do breakdown and clean the equipment after each flavor.
I used to give my son Breyers vanilla ice cream. Since he is only allergic to peanuts, not other tree nuts. I was not concerned with the ice cream being cross contamination with other tree nuts.
But that was until I saw the peanut butter flavored ice cream.
No more Breyers for us. Just don

Posted on: Fri, 03/07/2003 - 6:06am
Cindyi's picture
Joined: 11/12/2001 - 09:00

I always use Edy's Ice cream. They indicate if a particular flavor is allergen nut free! Your child is no longer limited to plain vanilla! You can sort their flavors by allergy parameters on their web site: [url=""][/url]
This company understands that ice cream is a kids food and that it must be safe. I stick with Edy's who understands, supports and labels for allergies!

Posted on: Fri, 03/07/2003 - 6:56am
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

Just to clarify. We've used Breyer's for years and I've always been aware they do not have dedicated equipment. This is not gambling with my son's life. When people have different comfort zones it is not because they are willing to gamble with their own child's life. It's because they have a different view of the risks involved. Nobody here gambles with their child's life.
The information about Edy's is really interesting. I'd never heard about that. Thanks.

Posted on: Fri, 03/07/2003 - 12:32pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Breyer's is all I do use and DS has eaten the vanilla and mostly chocolate w/out a problem.
I will have to check out that Edy's info though, I do try to purchase from companies who do their best to label, etc. Like Betty Crocker/GM, I trust their labels more than anyone else, and try to buy their products as much as possible....Cam looks for the "red spoon" while groc. shopping and then asks me to read the label...too cute how they pick up stuff.
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Posted on: Fri, 03/07/2003 - 12:44pm
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

I use Breyer's ice cream too.
Even Ben & Jerry's, which many people here use, does not have dedicated lines.


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