Walmart’s Ice Cream Sandwiches Don’t Melt In The Sun

Call me old fashioned but I thought ice cream is supposed to melt if it isn’t kept chilled! But Walmart’s store-brand ice cream sandwiche...

Call me old fashioned but I thought ice cream is supposed to melt if it isn’t kept chilled! But Walmart’s store-brand ice cream sandwiches don’t even melt in the sun, according to a report from WCPO Cincinnati. Local mom, Christie Watson made the discovery when her son left a Great Value ice cream sandwich out in the sun and it hadn’t fully melted, even though it had been sitting out in the sun for 12 hours on an 80-degree day. She decided to do a little experiment of her own and left a second ice cream sandwich out overnight and came up with the same results, WCPO reports. It’s definitely the weather to have an ice cream but how do you feel about eating one that didn’t melt?

 Christie Watson was confused as to why the sandwich kept its shape and consistency hours later. “I thought that’s quite weird, so I looked at the box, and it doesn’t say artificial ice cream. 

It says ice cream. What am I feeding to my children?” she asked, appalled. 

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Danit Marquardt said in an email “ice cream melts based on the ingredients, including cream. Ice cream with more cream will generally melt at a slower rate, which is the case with our Great Value ice cream sandwiches.”  

Wal-Mart’s website lists that the ice cream sandwiches contain milk, cream, buttermilk, sugar, whey, and corn syrup. It also contains “1 percent or less of mono-and diglycerides, vanilla extract, guar gum, calcium sulfate, carob bean gum, cellulose gum, carrageenan, artificial flavor, and annatto for color.” An experiment was conducted in which a Walmart ice-cream sandwich was left out in the sun with a Klondike bar and a pint of Haagen Daz. 

The results were he Haagen Daz melted into a puddle, The Klondike melted a lot but once again the meltless results for the Wal-Mart bar continued. Both the Wal-Mart representative and the reporter made sure to point out that the heat-proof ice cream sandwiches are frighteningly within FDA guidelines. This is true, but what we need to decide is whether or not we want to eat ice cream that refuses to melt like the “good old days” it’s a decision folks might have to start making. I mean who needs to eat “ice cream” that doesn’t melt? GROSS



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