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I ordered from Schwans

I did a search on Schwans. Everything was pretty old.
I placed an order online Saturday night. I was enjoying a few Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ales ( a topic for the beer board ), when I had the rare urge for ice cream.
Last year I had Edy's Toffee Bar Crunch, and it was gold. Now, discontinued. A search for toffee ice cream brought me to Schwans. I ordered a gallon, damn, I better like it, and feeling weird just having ice cream delivered, I also got some frozen pizzas and chicken strips. Haven't arrived yet. Anyone know what I'm in for?
Hey, the pictures looked really, really good.

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  1. A lot of their items were sold in Costco a few years ago. Root beer floats and personal size pizzas...under a different name but same manufacturing plant. It is really good stuff. Hella expensive from the delivery guy though. But I used to wait for him to show up every two weeks...

    1. The ice cream is fabulous, very creamy. Their butter pecan is the best I've ever had and I'm happy to see that autumn treat is back, too. My family's been ordering from Schwan's since I was a kid. Overall, I'd say most things you'd get from Schwan's will be a step or two above what you'd get in the average grocery store. If you stick to the items that are on the cheaper end, you're getting pretty good quality for the money, imo. Which pizzas did you get? I'm in love with the brick oven style pizzas.

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      1. re: spellweaver16

        yes. seconding this. the ice cream is phenomenal in every respect.

      2. Home delivery ice cream is Schwan's original business, but Schwan owns and produces a number of major supermarket brands including Freschetta pizza, Mrs. Smith's pies, etc. Some of the brands they built themselves, and others were acquired.

        http://www.theschwanfoodcompany.com/b...

        Thus many of the products they sell as Schwan's for home delivery are likely the same ones they package in the supermarket boxes. I don't know this for certain, but it just makes sense from a production standpoint. I think if you look through the pizza choices, for instance, they match up pretty well with some of their in-store products.

        1. I'm dying to hear how their pizza burgers are, if you're inclined to place another order, Bob.

          ~TDQ

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          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Hi TDQ,
            When I read your post my first thought was, how did I miss those? I spent a lot of time trying to find something to order with the ice cream. The answer was, I didn''t. If they have pizza burgers, they don't list them on the website.
            As far as all the "it's not worth the money" post, I'd be real shocked if it were, but the main purpose was the ice cream. I can find NO toffee ice cream at any grocery store here. Sometimes hops make me crave sweets.

            1. re: Bobfrmia

              No pizza burgers! Oh, say it ain't so! I'm so disappointed!

              ~TDQ

              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                Some of their items are regional. Like the cajun meat pies. I'd really like to try those, but not available in my area, alas :(

                1. re: spellweaver16

                  How do you know which items are regional? Can they tell you if you call the 1-800 number? In this case, the pizza burgers aren't even listed on the website (although, someone recommended Schwans to me for pizza burgers in a thread about a year ago...)

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    You can go to the website and enter your zip code, then it'll show you only the items available in your area. Or when an item IS regional, there'll be a box to put in your zip code to check availability on that item. It could be that they dont' offer the pizza burgers anymore.

          2. I was curious about Schwans after seeing their truck at my neighbors delivering every few weeks.

            I checked out their website, and the foods all looked by their descriptions like the Stouffers items I can find at the grocery store in the frozne aisle. I dont buy them at the store, and I couldnt see the use for having some delivered to my home.

            I can appreciate the whole time saving aspect of being able to pull a meal from the freeszer, but its not for me or my family, I gladly cook dinner after my 12 hour day of working and commuting over the choices I saw on their website.