REVIEW: Good Humor Viennetta (2021)

Good Humor Viennetta Box

What is the Good Humor Viennetta?

After an absence of almost 30 years, Good Humor has reintroduced the Vanilla Viennetta to American grocery store shelves. Back in the ’90s, you couldn’t watch an episode of Murphy Brown without seeing a commercial featuring a sophisticated dinner party with a Breyers Viennetta served in elegant crystal champagne coupes. It was the classy ice cream dessert for people who knew the difference between a champagne flute and champagne coupe.

How is it?

Good Humor Viennetta Whole

The rectangular ice cream cake looks exactly as I remember, with layered waves of ice cream interlaced with thin chocolate ribbons. I feel the chocolate crack as I slice into it and then lay a slice onto my plate. I’m impressed the thinness of the chocolate layers allows the portion to retain integrity.

Good Humor Viennetta Cross

I fondly remember the times my parents decided to get something a little special for dessert and picked up a Viennetta. Nostalgia firmly in place, I take a bite.

It’s ok.

Good Humor Viennetta Chocolate

The vanilla ice cream (frozen dairy dessert according to the packaging) is pleasingly light and soft, but has an unremarkable flavor. The thin chocolate layers provide a delicate texture to the dessert, but leaves a waxy residue in my mouth. Overall, this is a disappointment.

Anything else you need to know?

Here’s something I didn’t know until I watched an old Viennetta commercial on YouTube: this product used to be produced by Breyers, and was said to be made with premium ice cream, not the current frozen dairy dessert. Perhaps my memories aren’t at fault, and this version of Viennetta is a poor knockoff? Does this mean that my pair of light up sneakers really were just as cool as I remember?

Conclusion:

If nothing else, Good Humor’s Viennetta is a testament to marketing and design. At its core, the dessert is nothing more than mediocre ice cream laced with waxy chocolate ribbons. But it looks very fancy, and a very effective marketing campaign 30 years ago means there’s a generation of people who will want to try it.

Purchased Price: $5.49
Size: 21.9 fl oz (650 ml)
Purchased at: Pick ‘N Save
Rating: 4 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1/6 cake/54 grams) 130 calories, 7 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 15 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar (including 9 grams added sugars), and 1 gram of protein.

20 thoughts to “REVIEW: Good Humor Viennetta (2021)”

  1. Thanks for the review! Kind of what I expected…I still might have to treat myself one day…or maybe I’ll let my childhood memories of this remain unmarred.

    1. Thanks for the description and I’m glad that good humor is different because the original viennetta was disgusting I would not consider it ice cream at the very least Breyers does not classify in making any good tasting ice cream so yay for Good Humor can’t wait to taste it I will now buy it because now I know it’s different

    1. “I hate you so much right now.” I’m so damn jealous!!!!!! I love mint and chocolate!!! Also, I really want to live in the UK!!! I freaking love it there!!!

    1. @Matt
      I think you’re right. Good Humor products are garbage now. I used to like the Strawberry Shortcake and Chocolate Eclair ice cream bars. I tried both for the first time in years and I didn’t like them much at all. Then I bought the Shoprite brand version of both and they tasted much better than the Good Humor versions.
      It sucks that all of these once good independent food brands have been bought out by larger food manufacturers like Unilever, Nabisco, and Kraft. Freakin large conglomerates buying out the smaller brands and messing with the original recipe ingredients in the process and discontinuing certain products.

  2. Back in the ’90s, Breyers and Good Humor were independent companies. Since then, Unilever purchased both, leading to the changes from “ice cream” to “frozen dairy dessert”. If I had to guess, they branded this as Good Humor instead of Breyers because Good Humor is all novelties, while Breyers is all cartons (and single cups).

    1. Where is California can I buy this ?
      I need this from my 90s childhood
      Which chain did the author get this ?

    2. Where in California can I buy this ?
      I need this from my 90s childhood
      Which chain did the author get this ?

  3. I live in the U.S. nd I ABSOLUTELY LOVE these I get one every week, from my local FamilyDollar Store, for my g’babies & I, & we have a fancy ice cream day, (as they call it)… lol nd I have to say the VIENNETTA has never failed us.. its ALWAYS so Delicious, & they always have the BEST Time.. Just hanging out with their Ella nd her fancy Ice Cream….

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