Toxic Ingredients in Soft Serve Ice Cream May Make You Think Twice Before Ordering

Posted on April 2, 2019 by


Editor’s note: This post gets a lot of attention as we transition into warmer weather.

Originally posted on July 23, 2013.

It is the summer and thoughts change from hot cocoa to ice cream. If you aren’t a hard ice cream fan, you may indulge in soft serve ice cream. It may surprise you, as it did me, the ingredients in “soft serve ice cream”. article states that “Some of the largest ice cream chains in the world such as Baskin-Robbins, Ben & Jerry’s, Dairy Queen and Haagen-Dazs all use the toxic ingredients in their flavors.

The list includes: ” milk, sugar, whey, and cream” plus:

Calcium Sulfate

Polysorbate 80

Magnesium hydroxide

Xanthan Gum

Corn Syrup Solids Corn syrup, corn syrup solids, and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are all made from corn, and bottom line, all are sugar and genetically modified)

Potassium Sorbate

Mono- and Diglycerides

Guar Gum

Sodium Phosphate 

Soy Lecithin or Soya Lecithin


Artificial Flavors, Dippings, Toppings
If you opted for, say, a soft-serve ice cream with strawberry syrup or chocolate syrup (or dipped in for hardshell), you’d have to contend with these ingredients: High fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar, E330 citric acid, E405 propylene glycol alginate, E412 guar gum, E413 tragacanth, E414 acacia, modified corn starch, E296 malic acid, E211 sodium benzoate & E202 potassium sorbate, artificial flavors, E129 FD&C Red No. 40, E133 FD&C Blue No. 1.

US Food Safety editor additions:

Vanilla Reduced Fat Ice Cream
Ingredients: Milk, Sugar, Cream, Nonfat Milk Solids, Corn Syrup Solids, Mono- and Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Dextrose, Sodium Citrate, Artificial Vanilla Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Disodium Phosphate, Cellulose Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate.

From Baskin Robbins:
Vanilla Soft Serve Cone

Nonfat Milk, Sugar, Cream, Whey Powder, Stabilizer/Emulsifier Blend (Mono and Diglycerides, Cellulose Gel, Cellulose Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan), Vanilla Extract, Vitamin A Palmitate.

Burger King had nutritional information but no ingredients listed.

An ingredient list on the Wendy’s website was not readily available although there was nutritional information.

Editor’s note:

From Wendy’s:

Vanilla Frosty®: Milk, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Cream, Nonfat Milk, Whey, Contains Less than 1% of Guar Gum, Mono and Diglycerides, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan, Calcium Sulfate, Sodium Citrate, Natural Flavor, Molasses, Annatto Extract (Color), Vitamin A Palmitate. CONTAINS: MILK (ALL OF UNITED STATES) AND SOY (ALASKA AND HAWAII ONLY).
From McDonalds:
Kiddie Cone:


Ingredients: Milk, Sugar, Cream, Corn Syrup, Natural Flavor, Mono and Diglycerides, Cellulose Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Vitamin A Palmitate.

Contains: MILK.


Ingredients: Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Tapioca Starch, Sugar, Canola Oil or a blend of Soybean Oil, Palm Oil and Soy Lecithin, Leavening (Baking Soda, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt, Annatto Extract (Color), Natural Flavor, Corn Syrup (Processing Aid).

Contains: WHEAT, SOY


From Baskin-Robbins:

Vanilla Soft Serve

Our smooth and creamy Vanilla Soft Serve is a sweet treat that’s so delicious you’ll want seconds. You’re only a swirl away from a “Yay!”


Nonfat Milk, Sugar, Cream, Whey Powder, Stabilizer/Emulsifier Blend (Mono and Diglycerides, Cellulose Gel, Cellulose Gum.


Enjoy the summer!


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