Saturday, November 4, 2017

Brio! Probiotic Healthier Ice Cream Review

Fro-yo girl here. I first spotted Brio! at the new Grocery Outlet Bargain Market in San Gabriel, CA for $1.99 (for 14 ounces, regular retail price is $5.99). It’s relatively new and I hadn’t ever seen it before. Since it didn’t say ice cream on the packaging and it was probiotic, I thought it was frozen yogurt. However, I subsequently learned that Brio considers itself a healthier ice cream.

Brio starts with fresh, whole, organic, rBST-free milk from Wisconsin dairy farms. They then add premium, all-natural ingredients. It’s richer than frozen yogurt but lower in fat than premium ice cream. Brio is all-natural with probiotics, pre-biotics, anti-oxidants and omega 3-6-9s. It’s non-GMO, gluten free, with less sugar. One serving is ½ a cup, 150 calories, 7g total fat, 16g total carb, 14g sugars, and 6g protein and 40% fewer calories and 20% less sugar, and half the fat of super premium ice cream brands.

Flavors: Very strawberry, Madagascar vanilla, Café latte, Tropical mango, Vanilla caramel, Dark chocolate

* Madagascar vanilla: The color was darker and browner than I expected. The vanilla flavor was mild but the overall flavor was different and very pleasant. It tasted like caramelized sugar and grains (maybe the whey protein concentrate). It was sweet, creamy and smooth. The aftertaste was clean and buttery.

* Very strawberry: The strawberry flavor tasted like strawberries but with that same brown sugar/wheat flavor of the vanilla flavor.

I liked the vanilla flavor better because I think the brown sugar/wheat flavor complemented the vanilla more than the strawberry. For something that’s lower in sugar, it didn’t seem noticeably less sweet. It did feel indulgent. There was no tanginess, so it did taste like ice cream. I wanted to try other flavors, but the Grocery Outlet sold out of those.

Ingredients: Organic whole milk, natural fructose (sugar cane), whey protein concentrate, organic dried cane syrup, organic agave nectar, non-fat dry milk, organic canola oil, organic sunflower oil, organic inulin, pure vanilla extract, organic clarified butter, sunflower lecithin, guar gum, carrageenan, locust bean gum, probiotic (organic inulin, bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086)

To find Brio, check out their store locator:

4 out of 5 stars.

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