Saturday, February 26, 2011

Aldi Product Review: Belmont Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream from Aldi $1.99

Belmont Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
My freezer was filled up to the max, but when I discovered that Aldi sold mint chocolate chip ice cream for $1.99, I convinced myself that I could find room both in the freezer and in the grocery budget.

Aldi stores have a couple of different ice cream brands, but I picked out the Belmont mint chocolate chip ice cream, because it called my name.

The creaminess is just right, and the chocolate chip mints have a perfect mint taste that leaves a minty flavor lingering on your tongue long after you have taken your last bite of ice cream.

The Belmont Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream had a very natural flavor and feel to it, and it felt like eating real ice cream. I am a big fan of the low calorie ice creams, frozen yogurt and anything to cut the calories, but once in a while it is good to get your hands on the real kind - the ice cream that take you back to childhood, when ice cream was ice cream with no artificial flavors, - preservatives and artificial sweeteners with names that I cannot pronounce.
I am usually a bit weary of store brand ice cream, and I will admit that I am rather brand loyal when it comes to Edy's and Breyers ice creams. However, I have only had a positive experience with the Publix store brand ice cream, which is why I even dared try the Aldi ice cream.

Aldi Product Feature: Belmont Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

The Belmont All Natural Ice Cream:

  • Cost $1.99 for 1.5 Quarts
  • Has no artificial flavors
  • Has no artiificial colors
  • Has no preservatives
  • Has no high fructose corn syrup
The Belmont mint chocolate chip ice cream comes in a 1.5 quart (1.42 L) container, which is the same as the new Breyers and Edy's brand ice cream containers that are sold for $5 - 6 per container unless they are on sale.  A serving size of 1/2 dcup contains 170 calories, 8 grams fat (0 grams trans fat), and it has 18 grams of sugar.

The ingredient list:
Skim Milk, Cream, Cane Sugar, Syrup, Corn Syrup, Chocolate Flakes (Sugar, coconut Oil, Cocoa Processed with Alkau Butter Oil, Soy Lecithin, natural flavor), Buttermilk, Whey, Natural Flavor, Guar Gum, Carob Bean Gum and Carrageenan.

Now, when I read an ingredient list I always like to pull it apart and figure out what is really in my food.

The following information was found at Wikipedia:

Carrageenans or carrageenins (pronounced kar-uh-gee-nuhn or kar-uh-ghee-nuhn) are a family of linear sulfated polysaccharides that are extracted from red seaweeds.

Gelatinous extracts of the Chondrus crispus seaweed have been used as food additives for hundreds of years. Carrageenan is a vegetarian and vegan alternative to gelatin.

Locust bean gum (LBG, also known as carob gum, carob bean gum, carobin, E410) is a galactomannan vegetable gum extracted from the seeds of the Carob tree, mostly found in the Mediterranean.
Locust Bean Gum is used as a thickening agent and gelling agent in food technology. The bean, when made into powder, is sweet—with a flavor similar to chocolate—and is used to sweeten foods and as a chocolate substitute. 

The Belmont Mint Chocolate Cream Ice Cream from Aldi Stores gets five out of five Aldi Spots. This is definitely NOT the last Aldi ice cream that I will try, and I know my kids will be very helpful in exploring new tastes.


  1. You had me on the mint flavor lingering your mouth......

  2. I've been cravin g ice cream but I've been putting off buying some beacause of the prices- but you can't beat less than $2!

  3. Cheryl, this is definitely the real kind...

    Chocoholic, I am so with you, it can be hard to find affordable ice cream sometimes. Publix had a BOGO sale last week, which made the price better, but there was no way I could fit two ice cream containers into the freezer:)

  4. Your review sold me!

  5. wow, I would never have thought of buying ice cream at aldi's. But after reading your review I would certainly consider buying it... well, that is if I had a local Aldi's - we have two, but they are 25 miles away, and across a toll bridge.

  6. oh man, I didn't know they sold mint choc-chip! I will def. be getting this next week! Also, their gelato (when they sell it) is AMAZING! Thanks for the review!

  7. js22, I was hesitant at first, but the Belmont Mint Chocolate Chip can definitely be recommended.

    M, I'll have to try the gelato, I have not had any since my visit to Italy five years ago.

  8. I love Ice Cream! Now that I live in Belmont and summer is coming, I think it's a good thing to stock up the fridges and cold storage with lots and lots of this stuff.

  9. Try the Aldi chocolate, too. Dark and really good!

    1. I totally agree!

    2. The chocolate bars are what dreams are made from,also the ice cream is great!

    3. Yeah, but did you notice that recently reduced the amount of chocolate?

  10. We bought the Belmont strawberry flavor. I usually don't care for strawberry flavored ice cream in general but when I tasted this brand, I was hooked. It is so delicious with real frozen strawberries! I am definitely trying the other brands.

  11. Love the Mint Chocolate Chip. And the price you just can't beat!

  12. Just bought my first carton and I agree, it is awesome in taste, ingredients and price!!

  13. Anyone know if this is gluten free?