Even though it is not exclusively a summertime treat, historically Ice Cream has been enjoyed by generations of Americans during the Summer season.  For over 100 years, Ice Cream has been the premiere frozen treat with numerous families visiting Ice Cream Parlors and patronizing Ice Cream trucks.

But the Ice Cream Industry has come a long way since Harry Burt founded Good Humor Ice Cream in the early 1920s.  Many of today's top Ice Cream Producers have discarded his vision of a product that is high quality and safe to consume for everyone to enjoy.

Today, many Ice Cream brands put different chemicals into their products that can cause health problems.  For example, various types of Corn Syrup have been used as a cheap alternative to Pure Sugar for the last 40 years in many products.  However, studies show that continued consumption of corn syrup has been linked to Heart Disease, Liver Issues, and Type 2 Diabetes.

Another product that some Ice Cream Producers add to their product is Carrageenan. Originally sourced from Red Seaweed, Carrageenan is an emulsifier used to prevent the separation of water from other ingredients and increase a product's shelf life. The problem is that Carrageenan causes Bowel Inflation and GI Track Bloating along with being a trigger for people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Which Of America's Worst Ice Cream Brands Are Sold in New Jersey

The website 24/7 Wall St has organized and ranked the Worst Ice Cream Brands in America based on user reviews and product ingredients. These are the Ice Cream Brands you should avoid that are sold in New Jersey:

Blue Bunny Ice Cream
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4. Blue Bunny
Originally marketed as a high-quality Ice Cream Product, today's version of Blue Bunny in supermarket freezers has cheap ingredients. Carrageenan is in all their products while the Chocolate Flavors contains High Fructose Corn Syrup and the Vanilla Flavors contains no real vanilla.

Friendly's Ice Cream
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3. Friendly’s
The popular Chain Restaurant was once synonymous with high-quality ice cream but since 2016 the manufacturing of the company's Ice Cream has been separately owned and produced. All Friendly's Ice Cream products contain either Cornstarch or Corn Syrup along with Carrageenan plus Mono and Diglycerides.

Breyers Ice Cream
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2. Breyers Frozen Dairy Desserts
Some of Breyer's Products no longer qualify as Ice Cream; According to the USDA standards for Ice Cream:

"shall contain at least 1.6 pounds of total solids to the gallon, weigh not less than 4.5 pounds to the gallon, and contain not less than 20 percent total milk solids, constituted of not less than 10 percent milkfat. In no case shall the content of milk solids not fat be less than 6 percent. Whey shall not, by weight, be more than 25 percent of the milk solids not fat."

This is why Breyer's can no longer call some of their products "Ice Cream" and instead call them "Dairy Deserts" thanks to Class Action Lawsuits for "False Advertising". The few Ice Cream Products they produce still contain Carrageenan and Corn Syrup while the Vanilla Products do not contain real vanilla.

Turkey Hill Ice Cream
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1. Turkey Hill
Originally produced and run by the Frey Family in Pennsylvania, Turkey Hill Ice Cream was the premier Ice Cream in the Northeast for decades. From 1956 to 2013, Turkey Hill was the go-to Ice Cream brand for many families and businesses.

However since Peak Rock Capital acquired the Turkey Hill Brand in 2019, the product quality has diminished. Thanks to unnecessary additives such as Carrageenan, Cellulose gum, Corn Syrup, and Cellulose gel, they also no longer use Vanilla Beans as part of the ingredients.

The next time you visit the supermarket, you will want to avoid those Ice Cream Brands.  Here is the list of the best and top-rated Supermarkets in New Jersey, did your favorite make the list?

The best supermarkets in New Jersey

These are the highest-rated supermarkets in each of New Jersey's 21 counties. The ratings are based on reviews left by customers on Google. To be included in the top, a supermarket had to have a substantial number of reviews (typically at leas a thousand).