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Most Satisfied Customers | Golden North

Aussies have rated Golden North as the coolest pick in Canstar Blue’s latest ice cream tub ratings, with five-star reviews in all categories. These include taste, variety & range, packaging convenience, texture & consistency, value for money, and overall satisfaction.

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How we rate ice cream tubs

Our review compares ice cream tubs on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which ice cream tub they think is best!

Canstar Blue surveyed 2,874 Australians for their feedback on the ice cream tub(s) they’ve purchased and consumed from a supermarket or grocer in the last six months.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their ice cream tub brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with an ice cream tub brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Taste: the ice cream tasted authentic and matched the flavour description on the packaging.
  • Value for money: the cost is reasonable for the quality and quantity of the ice cream tub.
  • Texture & consistency: the ice cream was rich and had the expected consistency.
  • Package convenience: the ice cream tub packaging made it easy to dispense and store.
  • Variety & range: the ice cream tub brand offered a variety of sizes and flavours.

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
  • Golden North
  • Peters
  • Bulla
  • ALDI Monarc
  • Connoisseur
  • Blue Ribbon
  • Coles
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Woolworths
  • Häagen-Dazs
  • Cadbury

Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.

1. Golden North

Golden North ice cream tubs review

Golden North is proudly South-Australian made and owned, producing ice cream for almost 100 years. Its products are boasted for being 100% palm oil-free and nut-free, with most of its range also being gluten-free. Its range includes flavours like classic vanilla, salted caramel, boysenberry, chocolate as well as some sorbet flavours including lemon and mango. Flavours also come in a number of tub sizes, including 1L, 2L and 5L, allowing you to choose how much you want to stock up on. 

  • Golden North was rated five stars for overall satisfaction, value for money, taste, variety & range, packaging convenience and texture & consistency. 

2. Peters

Peters ice cream tub review

From Drumsticks and Life Savers to Icy Poles and the classic ice cream party cake, Peters is behind some of the biggest ice cream hits in the world. Its Original ice cream tub range is no exception, with 2L tubs available in multiple flavours including vanilla, Neapolitan, Chocopolitan, Triple Delight and Rainbow. 

  • Peters maintained four stars in all categories, including overall satisfaction, value for money, taste, variety & range, packaging convenience and texture & consistency.

3. Bulla

Bulla ice cream tubs review

Bulla has a varied range of ice cream tubs including its Creamy Classics range, Murray Street Ice Creamery collection and Real Dairy line-up. Bulla’s Creamy Classics tubs offer flavours including mint choc, vanilla & boysenberry, cookies & cream, choc chip and vanilla & boysenberry. More unique alternatives can be found in the Murray Street Ice Creamery tubs, with options such as caramel maple & macadamias and blackberry swirl & brownie pieces.

  • Bulla maintained four stars across the board including taste, value for money, texture & consistency, packaging convenience, variety & range and overall satisfaction. 

4. ALDI Monarc

ALDI Monarc ice cream tub review

For a wallet-friendly sweet fix, German supermarket discount chain ALDI has its own line of homebrand ice cream tubs for a lick of the price of pints from other brands. The Indulge range includes flavours such as Vanilla Opulence and Triple Mudcake, and generally come in a 1L tub.

  • Monarc achieved five stars for value for money, with four stars for packaging convenience and overall satisfaction, and three stars for variety & range, texture & consistency and taste.

5. Connoisseur

Connoisseur Ice Cream review

Connoisseur is known for its extravagant and varied range of ice cream tubs with flavours like vanilla caramel brownie, raspberry and white chocolate and green tea with white choc to name a few. The brand offers several collections such as Plant-Based, Connoisseur X Koko Black and Crafted By Australia. Aside from tubs, Connoisseur also sells ice cream cookies and sticks, with its tub range coming in multiple sizes, allowing you to pick something for the family, or just you. 

  • Connoisseur was rated three stars for value for money, with four stars for variety & range, packaging convenience, texture & consistency, taste and overall satisfaction.

6. Blue Ribbon

blue ribbon ice cream tubs review

Blue Ribbon is a Streets brand that has held a spot in hearts for many years with its Classics collection as well as new additions including Blue Ribbon Crafted Ice Cream and Blue Ribbon 308-372 Calorie Tubs. You can find flavours like neapolitan, cookies and cream and classic vanilla, with most flavours coming in a 2L tub. 

  • Blue Ribbon was rated four stars across all categories, including taste, value for money, texture & consistency, packaging convenience, variety & range and overall satisfaction. 

7. Coles

Coles ice cream tub review compared

Compared to other supermarket chains, Coles has a wide variety of ice cream flavours and sizes to choose from in its own range. There are a few unique combos like ultimate peanut butter cups, choc honeycomb, rum & raisin, honey caramel & macadamia, salted caramel fudge and cookie dough chocolate ripple. Flavours are available in multiple tub sizes, ranging from 500ml to 4L containers. 

  • Coles was rated four stars for overall satisfaction, value for money and packaging convenience, with three stars for taste, texture & consistency and variety & range.

8. Ben & Jerry’s

Ben and Jerry's tub review

As one of the most well-known and popular brands of ice cream around the world, it seems people can’t scoop up enough of Ben & Jerry’s creative concoctions like Netflix & Chill’d and Half Baked. It has several ranges to choose from, including its regular ice cream pints and core pints, a non-dairy range, and a ‘Topped’ line-up. However, Ben & Jerry’s doesn’t have the largest containers available, but for some, that’s well worth it for the flavours. 

  • Ben & Jerry’s was rated four stars for taste, variety & range, packaging convenience and texture & consistency, with three stars for value for money and overall satisfaction. 

9. Woolworths

Woolworths Ice Cream

Woolworths is another supermarket to offer its own homebrand line of budget-friendly ice creams. It has a couple of flavours to choose from, including Hokey Pokey and peanut butter & salted chocolate, with tubs of 1L or 2L available, depending on the flavour. Woolworths also has a Plantitude range for those craving plant-based or dairy free ice cream.

  • Woolworths achieved four stars in value for money and packaging convenience with three stars in all other categories, including overall satisfaction. 


Haagen-Dazs ice cream tub review

‘Try me once, love me forever’ is a pretty fitting motto for Häagen-Dazs, a popular go-to pick for sweet tooths around the world. The brand says its range of ice creams always starts with four simple ingredients, namely real cream, milk, eggs and sugar. Rather than large tubs, the brand offers several 475ml pints in flavours such as cookie dough, mango and raspberry, strawberry cheesecake and Belgian chocolate. 

  • Häagen-Dazs received four stars for taste and packaging convenience, with three stars for variety & range, texture & consistency, value for money and overall satisfaction.

11. Cadbury

Crunchie ice cream tubs review

Cadbury may be the king of the chocolate bar aisle, but did you know they’ve got a stake in the freezer section too? The range includes ice cream versions of Aussie favourites such as Cadbury Crunchie, Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramello and Cadbury Dairy Milk Marble, with most flavours coming in a 1.2L tub. 

  • Cadbury received four stars in packaging convenience and three stars across all other categories, including value for money and overall satisfaction. 

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What is ice cream?

Ice cream is a dairy based confectionery treat or dessert that comes in a number of flavours. The earliest records of ice cream being enjoyed date back to ancient China but the dessert was popularised in Paris and has since become a much loved dessert across the world. Ice cream is also enjoyed alongside other frozen desserts like gelato and sorbet which are a dairy free alternative frozen confectionery.  

How is ice cream made?

In technical terms, ice cream is a colloidal emulsion made with milk fat, ice, water, milk protein, sugar and air. A batch of ice cream is homogenised to get that smooth consistency, is pasteurised by heating at 82 to 85 degrees celsius for 15 seconds and then is quickly cooled to kill bacteria. Although a majority of ice cream comes from milk, other ingredients like chocolate, fruits and nuts to name a few make up the rest of the recipe. Many people nowadays use ice cream makers to create their favourite flavour of ice cream at home, with the machine doing the majority of the heavy lifting. 

About our consumer experts


Kate King: Home & Lifestyle Content Producer

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Producer Kate King. Kate holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries from QUT majoring in Journalism and Media and Communications, and has written for a number of publications over the past five years.


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Samantha Howse: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the brands that previously rated best in Canstar Blue’s ice cream tubs ratings:

  • 2022: Golden North
  • 2021: Golden North
  • 2020: Golden North
  • 2019: Golden North
  • 2018: Golden North
  • 2017: Woolworths
  • 2016: Countdown Signature Range

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