2018 Ice Cream Tubs

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Canstar Blue’s annual ice cream tub review has seen 11 brands rated on taste, consistency, value for money, variety, packaging and overall satisfaction. Brands rated were Golden North, Bulla, Cadbury, Connoisseur, Peters, Sara Lee, Streets, Ben & Jerry’s and supermarket giants Coles, Woolworths and ALDI.

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Most Satisfied Customers | Golden North

Golden North has topped Canstar Blue’s customer ratings for ice cream tubs. The brand earned five-star reviews from shoppers on taste, consistency and overall satisfaction, as well as four stars for variety, packaging and value for money.

Golden North takes gold in ice cream tub ratings

On a scorching hot summer’s day, there’s nothing like an ice cream to cool you down! With non-dairy, gluten and nut free options becoming more widely available, almost no one will miss out on this special treat. But with so many options available, which ice cream brand hits the mark for value and taste?

Each year, Canstar Blue reveals the answers to these hard hitting questions. To find out, we surveyed more than 1,600 consumers who have bought and eaten ice cream in the last three months. There were 11 brands to make it into this year’s rating, but one topped the rest – Golden North.

  • Replacing Woolworths at the top of the grid ratings last year, Golden North was the only brand to achieve five stars for taste, consistency and overall satisfaction.
  • This year, the supermarket giant settled for three stars for overall satisfaction, along with Coles and Ben & Jerry’s. Nevertheless, Woolworths still rated five stars in terms of value for money, as did ALDI.
  • ALDI Monarc Indulge and Cadbury were the only brands to both score five stars for packaging.
  • Cadbury, Connoisseur, Sara Lee and Ben & Jerry’s achieved five stars for variety.

While price may be a factor in the ice cream tub you buy, it seems that having the right consistency and taste may just outweigh the cost, as well as the variety on offer from a brand.

Australia’s favourite ice cream flavour

When asked the other ground-breaking question – what’s your favourite flavour of ice cream? It was vanilla that took top spot, with chocolate coming in second:

  • Vanilla: 40%
  • Chocolate: 23%
  • Mint: 8%
  • Neapolitan: 7%
  • Strawberry: 6%
  • Banana: 3%
  • Other: 15%

About the winner – Golden North

Golden North is proudly South-Australian made and owned, producing ice cream for the past 90 years. Its products are boasted to be 100% Palm Oil Free, with most of its range also being gluten free. Its core ice cream range features boysenberry, café cino, chocolate, cookies & cream, rum & raisin, vanilla, diet plus vanilla, honey and lime flavours.

Meanwhile the Golden North Frozen Custard range with its “ultra thick and creamy egg based ice cream recipe” is available in flavours including Coney Island Sundae, Swirling Chocolate Ripples, Old Time Vanilla and Velvety Chocolate, for the chocolate fanatics!

If you’re after something fun, its Jamface by Poh range has some funky names such as Cherry Springer (cheesecake ice cream) or Fudgy Smuggler (chocolate fudge ice cream), both of which are stated to contain real berries. For a dairy, gluten and nut free option, it offers a coconut sorbet, while its Good ‘N Creamy range is ice cream with a low glycemic index, containing less than 3% fat. The core range is available in 2L, 5L and a whopping 10L tub, while most of the other ice cream tubs are 500ml.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and eaten ice cream (excludes ice cream from an ice cream store or café/restaurant) from a supermarket or grocer within the last three months – in this case, 1,687 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then alphabetically. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.