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Old 12-15-2018, 05:53 PM
 
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It's 14 fluid ounces, which is a measure of volume, not weight. It's the amount of space it takes. A fluid ounce is 1/16 of a pint.

One fluid ounce of water weighs one ounce. Since many of the ingredients of ice cream weigh less than water, the carton of HD probably weighs less than 14 ounces.

What they have done is decrease, by volume, the amount of ice cream you are buying. That's what jay noticed in a previous post.

The same thing happened to gallons of ice cream a while back. "Gallons" of ice cream no longer contain a gallon.

Rather than increase prices, they choose to decrease the size of the containers.
I’m not arguing that the containers are a bit smaller. They look smaller.

But I do wonder if the ice cream is less dense also, due to whipping more air in the mix for a given volume. If the butterfat percentage is what is always was, it sure doesn’t feel like it.
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Old 12-17-2018, 12:03 AM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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You nailed it! I avoid ice cream that contains tara gum or carrageenan, not to mention HFCS.

I used to love Breyer’s ice cream. When Dreyer’s bought them (confusing some people with the rhyming names, I bet), they added a bunch of kiddie-type flavors that were more like mixins than real flavors. I steered clear of those and bought the old standbys that were not yet adulterated, namely vanilla bean, chocolate chip, mint chocolate chip, strawberry, butter pecan. Those had the original recipes...at that point.

Recently I was going to buy the downsized “half gallon” size of Breyers classic flavors. Not having eaten it in literally years, I examined the ingredients list. THICKENERS had been added. Blasphemy. Decided to buy one of the Haagen-Daaz flavors that (knock on wood) still have not been blasphemized. <———-the word I really want to use also begins with B and has a short “a” sound but the censors might bleep it.

I digress. Dreyer’s had bought HD back when they bought Breyer’s. I think they intended to gradually deteriorate the quality of those earlier versions, to make people switch to Dreyer’s, which is nowhere near as good.

Unfortunately, HD does not seem to be as good as its earlier self. Even the purest flavors (5 ingredients, no tara gum or carrageenan or HFCS) lack the superdense and smooth texture of earlier HD. They supposedly have 20+% butterfat, but I think they must whip more air into the mix now. That would account for weighing 14 oz instead of 16 oz for a pint volume!
Breyer's ice cream was bought by Unilever, not Dreyer's. Dreyer's is owned by a different parent company, Nestle. The same ten or so global corporations own just about everything we consume, but these two products are not related or owned by each other. Here's a link to a great visual on which corporations own which brands:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/...n_1458812.html
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Old 12-17-2018, 10:37 AM
 
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Breyer's ice cream was bought by Unilever, not Dreyer's. Dreyer's is owned by a different parent company, Nestle. The same ten or so global corporations own just about everything we consume, but these two products are not related or owned by each other. Here's a link to a great visual on which corporations own which brands:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/...n_1458812.html
I distinctly remember reading at that time that Dreyer’s was buying Breyer’s and Haagen-Daaz. This will require more digging...or maybe the reporter got it wrong.
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Old 12-17-2018, 10:58 AM
 
Location: North Oakland
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I distinctly remember reading at that time that Dreyer’s was buying Breyer’s and Haagen-Daaz. This will require more digging...or maybe the reporter got it wrong.
Nestle owns Haagen-Dazs and Dreyer's/Edy's.

https://www.nestle.com/brands/allbrands/haagen-dazs

https://www.nestle.com/brands/allbrands/dreyers

https://www.nestleusa.com/brands/ice-cream/edys

Unilever owns Breyer's (and other) ice creams:

https://www.unileverusa.com/brands/?category=408118
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