28th July 2021
Carte D'Or is certainly a familiar face in the world of vanilla ice cream, but we tasted them alongside eight own-brand supermarket products to find out which your family will be fighting over this summer.
Our taste testers scooped their way through Carte D'Or vanilla ice cream in March 2020, rating it alongside eight own-brand ice creams from popular supermarkets Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, Morrison's, Sainsury's and Tesco. This guide will help you to decide whether it's worth splashing out on a premium ice cream brand or saving your pennies.
All vanilla ice cream prices correct as of March 2020. Please note availability and supply will be changeable while supermarkets concentrate on maintaining essential stocks.
17p per 100ml
Opting for budget brand Aldi's vanilla ice cream could save you a whopping 50% per 100g compared with Carte D'or (£1.50 rather than £3.50 per tub). But does buying cheap mean you'll end up buying twice?
19p per 100ml
Our testers were impressed with the appearance of Asda's vanilla ice cream, even if some were put off by the visible vanilla seeds. Find out whether it scored highly for taste, creaminess and texture too.
35p per 100ml
Carte D'Or is certainly one of the most popular ice cream brands out there, but how does it measure up when compared to cheaper supermarket options?
25p per 100ml
Co-op's vanilla ice cream certainly looks appealing in the photo on the tub, but what did our taste testers make of it?
19p per 100ml
Iceland is famous for stocking a wide range of frozen foods, but how good is its vanilla ice cream compared with other supermarkets out there?
22p per 100ml
Another popular budget option, Lidl's vanilla ice cream scored highly for its smooth texture. What did our tasters think of its creaminess and flavour though?
22p per 100 ml
Morrison's claims its ice ceam is made with real Madagascan vanilla but did it leave a bad taste in our testers' mouths?
22p per 100ml
Our tasters commented that Sainbury's vanilla ice cream looked like a premium product thanks to its rich colour. How did it measure up on texture, aroma and taste?
22p per 100ml
Tesco's vanilla ice cream is the same price per 100ml as budget supermarket Lidl. If you're trying to cut back on your spending, which one is the better option?
If you're looking for an alternative to supermarket ice cream, you may want to try your hand at homemade vanilla ice cream.
Here's how to make vanilla ice cream:
Top tip: placing a container in the freezer before you start making your ice cream means your mixture will freeze quicker once you've decanted it.
Here are what some top chefs suggest adding to give your vanilla ice cream that little bit extra:
With an increasing number of people opting to eat a plant-based diet, it's no surprise that vegan ice cream has rocketed in popularity in recent years.
Essentially, vegan ice cream is exactly the same as normal ice cream but without the addition of any animal products. That means no dairy, so cream and milk are off the menu.
Instead, most vegan ice creams attempt to replicate the creamy texture of dairy ice cream with plant-based milks such as coconut, almond or soya.
A lot of popular brands are now trying to cater to vegan consumers with dairy-free ice cream ranges, including Haagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry's, Breyer's and Halo Top.
There are several different ways to make your own vegan vanilla ice cream at home, but perhaps the most popular way is with coconut milk.
This recipe will be a lot easier if you have access to an ice cream maker, but if not you can just pop the mixture in your freezer for 6-8 hours, stirring it once per hour to incorporate air.
If you're reaching for a bowl of vanilla ice cream, chances are you already know that it's not the healthiest food on the planet - even though it is very tasty.
It would be understandable to presume that one ice cream is just as calorific as the other, but there's actually quite a significant difference in calories from one brand or supermarket to the next.
To make things even more confusing, some tubs are measured in millilitres, while others use grams. This means that it can be quite difficult to compare one to the other.
Calories per 100g
Calories per 100ml
As you can see, Lidl's Best Buy vanilla ice cream had the highest number of calories per 100ml and Iceland's vanilla ice cream had the highest number of calories per 100g, only 1kcal ahead of Carte D'or.
For ice cream, millilitres and grams are not interchangeable. There are a few online conversion calculators out there, but there's no real way of knowing how accurate these are.
Ice cream is high in sugar and fat. So long as you stick to the recommended serving size, which will be outlined on the tub, there's nothing wrong with occasionally enjoying vanilla ice cream as part of a healthy balanced diet.
The products were assessed by a large panel of consumers who regularly buy and consume vanilla ice cream.
The make-up of the panel broadly represents the demographic profile of adults in the UK.
Each vanilla ice cream was assessed by 60 people.
The panellists rated the taste, texture, aroma and appearance of each prouct and told us what they liked and disliked about each one.
The taste test was blind, so the panellists didn't know what brand they were trying. The order they sampled the vanilla ice cream was fully rotated to avoid any bias.
Each panellist had a private booth so they couldn't discuss what they were tasting or be influenced by others.
The overall score is based on: