Summertime is the apex of ice-cream season. But heat can lead to a melted mess when you’re trying to enjoy an ice-cream cone.
We tested five major brands of vanilla ice cream: Baskin-Robbins, Ben & Jerry’s, Friendly’s, Häagen- Dazs, and Edy’s. Each was kept in the same freezer for a few days to make sure each faced the same conditions.
We used the same ice-cream scoop to keep the sizes the same. Each ice-cream cone was placed in the fridge to prevent melting while the others were prepared. Then all five were put in direct sunlight on an 87 ºF day. Watch them melt right in front of your eyes.
We reached out to each brand company for comment on why they thought their ice cream melted faster, or slower, than the competition. We received responses from Baskin-Robbin and Ben & Jerry’s. These are the responses we received:
“At Baskin-Robbins, we make our wide range of premium ice cream flavours using only the highest quality ingredients. As a frozen treat, we recommend that our guests enjoy their ice cream shortly after it is scooped.” -Baskin-Robbins spokesperson
“Ice cream should melt. Many factors can influence the rate at which it melts. As a super-premium ice cream, Ben & Jerry’s uses higher quality ingredients and less air, which means our ice cream is denser than others.” -Ben & Jerry’s spokesperson
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