Food of the Eighties, Fruzen Gladje
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It was an unusually smooth ice cream that was made by whipping before it was frozen. It had the most amazing texture. Sold only in pints. I remember sharing a pint with a friend the morning after the prom in 1987. I think it might only have come in chocolate and vanilla. The package said to let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before eating, to let it get just a little soft.
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Bruce - September 15, 2007 - Report this comment
I used to work for Fruzen Gladje, Copley Place in Boston, MA. I liked it better than Haagen Daz.
Ella - September 25, 2007 - Report this comment
FG was much better than any of its subsequent premium rivals that were available at the grocery store. I sigh just thinking about it.
mau loa - October 06, 2007 - Report this comment
Their choc. choc. chip was soooo good!
Alex - March 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember the commercials.. "I ate all the Fruzen Gladje.. and I'd do it again!"
Jeff - May 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Problem is, this stuff wasn't as good as Ben and Jerry's. But then no ice cream is.
OnTimePumper - May 29, 2008 - Report this comment
I would sit and eat "Honey Vanilla" in the unique container with blue print. A serious loss for ice cream lovers! Ben and Jerry's cannot come close to the velvet texture of "Frusen Gladje"! Shame on KRAFT FOODS! Brad
SavageLettuce - September 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Man, it was the most fun brand name to say...EVER!
Rollan Wong - November 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I am still keeping the plastic container of Frusen Gladje. Hope one day I can eat this ice cream again. If anyone know how to made this, please come up and think about it. I think this ice cream is the best in the world.
Monica Roberts - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
Absolutely the closest thing to my mother's homemade, hand-cranked, custard based ice cream. Wish it, and my mother's, were still around, so in the meantime, while wishing and waiting, we make do with Haagen Daz, which is pretty darn good itself!
David - January 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I worked at a Frusen Gladje store at the 1984 World Fair in New Orleans. It was awesome ice cream. We would have hugh line for a $3 scoop in 1984. Once George Rodges (Saints -Heisem Trophy winner RB) walked in the store and said "too high" to the price. We would barter with it to get beer from other vendors at the fair.
Ursell - June 09, 2009 - Report this comment
The pecan & prailine was the best ever. I long for a pint!
Daniel Dempsey - July 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I found this searching for the commercial where the guy (out of sight) asks if she ate it and she says she did, and she'd do it again. Instead I found another ad from 1987 on You Tube spelled like later posts here, frusen gladze, and I submitted the link above, hopefully it shows up.
Daniel Dempsey - July 19, 2009 - Report this comment
My mistake in above post, typed "Z" in second word above post, it should be frusen gladje like others above, not frusen gladze
Haydee Mato - December 30, 2009 - Report this comment
What ever happened to you Fruzen Gladje? where did it go? Did the company just fold? I miss their ice cream.
mike - January 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember FG so very well! I thought it superior to HD and other "premium" ice creams. The strawberry, vanilla and chocolate were incredible. I have always wondered what happened to the brand because I lived outside the US for several years and came back and it was no longer sold. I would ask people and get this blank stare like "What is this guy talking about?" Glad to see there are other here who know that FG was the REAL DEAL!
Dee Dee - March 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I am so happy other people remember this ice cream. It was so smooth and velvety. The last time I had it, I had a berry flavor, like raspberry in 1988 I believe. I miss it!
Chris - May 05, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG! My co-worker and boss just went to the grocery store to buy Ice Cream. I said to them I wish that Fruzen Gladje was still around. They both looked at me as if I had two heads!! MOST people do not remember this brand of Ice Cream. Bring back the 80's!!
Angelique - June 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember eating the raspberry sorbet? it was the best. We just moved to Cali from Ohio and there was NOTHING like it there. That was the only ice-cream we would eat. I am watching this movie "Making Mr. Right" from 87' they are eating it and I'm like, holy Sh*t, where did it go?? The only thing that I found is Pierre's sorbets, that come close to it. I don't know about the ice creams but the sorbets taste the same, nice and smooth.
CHERYL - June 15, 2010 - Report this comment
I too was watching Making Mr. Right, and I was reminded of that wonderful Ice Cream, I really miss Frusen Gladje. There has not been another Ice Cream that was as delicious as Frusen Gladje. Haagen Dazs is very good, but it can't touch Frusen Gladje. I really miss the 1980's for so many reasons, and Frusen Gladje is at the top of the list of things I miss the most about the good ole 1980's. BRING BACK THE 80'S!!!!
Alex - June 30, 2010 - Report this comment
My father told me about this ice cream tonight and how much he loved it (my uncle used to work for FG) i would like to make his some similar ice cream as they are out of business he really L-O-V-E-D the one that had chocolate and cherries in it. if some one knows a recipe for this kind of ice cream it would be great. i want to make some for his birthday on the eight of july(p.s. my little sister is due on the 8th so the sooner the better :D :D
Carol - July 01, 2010 - Report this comment
Where is Frusen Gladje now? My mom is desiring to have some. She is a cancer victim and I would like to fulfill this desire for her.
Sharon - August 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I will always remember Frusen Gladje. You could never put the butter pecan down until the container was empty. That stuff was dangerous!!! I miss it and wish that I could find it again. Why is it that the best stuff is always discontinued???
Amanda - August 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I think I spent more time pronouncing the name than I did eating any of it!
jay - August 22, 2010 - Report this comment
the best ice cream ever. they should make a come back.
matt sullivan - August 22, 2010 - Report this comment
The commercial was good too. "I ate all the Frusen Gladje. And I'd do it again." I liked that woman.
Dorothy - August 25, 2010 - Report this comment
Frusen Gladje was the best ice cream out of all the ones that came out in the 1980s; their pint of vanilla swiss almond put Haagen Dazs' to shame. Don't get me wrong-- I love Haagen Dazs but it didn't hold a candle to Frusen Gladje and if the latter came back I'd drop HD in a millisecond!
djkidrich - September 28, 2010 - Report this comment
We used to play baseball and go grab a couple of pints of their vanilla ice cream, it was so rich and creamy. I miss them so much man :(
John - November 10, 2010 - Report this comment
The Rum Raisin...GOD...THE RUM RAISIN!!!
Shaun - February 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Yeah John - OMG the Rum Raisin. Haagen Dazs is a distant second, even though it's pretty darn good. If I could get my hands on some Frusen Gladje, HD would be deadtome!
cydsmom - April 13, 2011 - Report this comment
BEST ICE CREAM EVER.......PERIOD! I miss it dearly...seriously, there's a hole in my heart. I really love ice cream.
Karen - June 05, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember! I remember! I remember! *SOB* Where can I get it? This was the best ice cream ever-- there has never been an ice cream like it since, and unless they start making it again, there never will be!
Judy - September 29, 2011 - Report this comment
The rum raisin was THE BEST I ate it all 9 months of my pregnancy then it disappeared. I thought it was may fault "I ate all the Fruzen Gladje.. and I'd do it again!" If only I could.
David C. LV,NV - November 26, 2011 - Report this comment
I've a couple of empty containers and the ingredient list make it to be more of a Gelato than Ice Cream! Does anyone have the flavor list 8 commercial flavors and 15 flavors in the Manhattan company stores.
Shauneak H. - February 09, 2012 - Report this comment
Frusen Gladje was the best ice cream in the world!!! I hate I can't find it anymore. I thought I ate it all too!!! I could not get enough of it and I see I am not alone in my quest to find it. Butter pecan was my absolute favorite!!!! I still pray someone will bring it back or make something similar to it.
Andrea - April 23, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember the Strawberry and the Butter Pecan. Out of this world!!!
Steve - July 11, 2012 - Report this comment
The cups were great for later as tea, soda or beer
GR - September 30, 2012 - Report this comment
RE: What happened to Frusen Gladje... Frusen Gladje was apparently caught up in the sale described in the article referenced below. No links are allowed here, so Google the article title and read the result that points to: Articles dot Philly dot com. September 09, 1993 "Kraft Is Selling Breyers To Firm Based Overseas The Ice Cream Brand Was Founded In Philadelphia In 1866. Unilever Plc, With Home Offices In London And Amsterdam, Will Own Kraft's Other Ice Cream, Too." At the end of page 2 is the statement: "A Kraft official said Frusen Gladje might be phased out, incorporated into another brand or given a new name." Apparently "phased out" came to pass.
Bambi - January 25, 2013 - Report this comment
Frusen Gladje was and always will be the BEST Ice Cream ever and my favorite was Butter Peacan!!!
Leigh - February 02, 2013 - Report this comment
EXACTLY like hand cranked in the back yard with the salt and ice, etc. Most awesome ice cream EVER! I still crave it! :( Nobody I have ever talked to has even heard of it.
LaLa - April 09, 2013 - Report this comment
It disappeared before I was born but my parents talk about how amazing it was! They really need to bring it back! Come on Kraft!!! If we all shout really loud do you think they will respond?!
JD - April 14, 2013 - Report this comment
I used to work at the Darilea ice cream plant in Utica N.Y. that originally made FG back in 1981. What made it so good was the natural ingredients, high butter fat content, and the lack of air pumped into it. Regular ice cream has a butter fat content of 10 to 12% and is 50% air. FG was 16% butter fat and very little air. A pint was actually a pint. I believe there were 12 flavors of ice cream and 3 of sorbet. My favorite flavor was whatever was being made that day as we could eat what ever we wanted while at work.
Daniel Dempsey - July 23, 2013 - Report this comment
Okay, I found it on youtub, the advert I Remember. This post has it mispelled at top. It should be spelled Frusen Gladje. Try searching youtube for that and see the video captioned, "1987 Frusen Gladje Commercial - Enjoy The Guilt - 80s American Ice..."
Daniel Dempsey - July 23, 2013 - Report this comment
(Looks up) Oooh, wish I could have tried butter pecan!
victor - October 19, 2013 - Report this comment
best ever pralines and cream,,,,,by far: wish I could get more but internet says company gone. Im in sorrow- similar to when George carlin died
Charlie - January 14, 2014 - Report this comment
They also played up that it was the "ice cream under the dome"
Roiz - January 15, 2014 - Report this comment
It came and went so quickly. I thought it was some sort of fancy gelato or sorbet.
Lo - February 16, 2014 - Report this comment
It was the best ice cream ever!!!This one got me started on a long "have to have it" life caving of ice cream. The Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry were phenomenal, so creamy and just right sweet!! Bring it back !!!!
Michael - February 17, 2014 - Report this comment
Worked at a grocery store in high school(1986-90). Of all the old products (Cafe Mexico anyone?), this is the one I miss the most! Nobody I know seems to remember it. We only got the vanilla and chocolate - can't believe they had butter pecan!? I swear I can still taste it, but would probably fall over if I really did. Bring it back please!
Charles - May 04, 2014 - Report this comment
Oh I miss me some Frusen Gladje! Here are nine flavors I know of: Vanilla Swiss Almond, Vanilla Red Raspberry Swirl, Strawberry, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Chocolate, Butter Pecan, Vanilla, Pralines and Cream, Rum Raisin. Maybe someone can fill in the rest.
margo - May 16, 2014 - Report this comment
Frusen Gladje was the best ice cream in the world!!!!!!! i wish they would bring it back. i remember me when i was a kid me and my mom would stop by the grocery store every Sunday and buy us two a piece. and we would put one in the freezer for later and take the top of the one we where going to eat and let it breathe as we call it and sit and eat and watch movies til all of it was gone frusen gladje made some really good memories of my childhood with me my mom
Sistagal57 - May 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Oh my the honey vanilla and strawberry sorbet!!! I would get both and bask in the glory of alternating the two flavors. Shear bliss in a pint! Come back to us!!!
Missed - June 16, 2014 - Report this comment
FG was is and always will be the best tasting ice cream ever. I adore the rum raisin & strawberry flavors.
tomdel - June 22, 2014 - Report this comment
Two things to say about a couple of the comments above: First, FG was NOT "whipped before it was frozen" as the lead comment says. Its amazing texture was the result of using ONLY real ingredients. It was extremely dense, not light and fluffy. Second, it was far superior to Ben and Jerry. Although BJ is dense and has lots of flavor, it also includes gums and thickeners like carrageenan and guar gum and other ingredients not found in truly natural ice cream. FG was simply the best ice cream ever commercially available in the U.S. bar none.
Dex - August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Best chocolate ice cream ever. Loved that stuff as a kid!
David - March 02, 2015 - Report this comment
This was the best Ice Cream ever I do miss it and I've never forgotten the bliss that came from every spoonful. I wish it would come back just so I could share some with my kids.
Stephanie - March 04, 2015 - Report this comment
I'm so glad there are others that remember FG and all it's deliciousness. I remember going to the A&P with my mom as a child and getting it. It was amazing!!! Everyone I have ever asked about it looked at me like I was crazy, they had no idea what I was talking about. I guess they missed out. I wish they would bring FG back, that and the Creamee Burger. The two best ice creams ever!
susan - March 16, 2015 - Report this comment
Truly the best ice cream EVER made. The butter pecan was heavenly. I wish some company would do us all the a great pleasure and bring it back. Nothing else comes close.
Tim - March 22, 2015 - Report this comment
Sharon you are so right their Butter Pecan was the absolute bomb. I have never had anything even close to theirs... I miss it too! Ben and Jerry should TRY to make a gourmet Butter Pecan like theirs...
Stephanie - June 12, 2015 - Report this comment
I miss Frusen Gladje something awful. Absolutely the creamiest ice cream ever made. I haven't found anything that comes close. Now I make my own version and it reminds me of the FG I used to eat so much of. 1 pint of chilled heavy cream mixed to soft peaks, add 1 can of chilled sweetened condensed milk, mix until incorporated then add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. This is the ice cream base. Now add whatever additional flavors, fruits, chocolate, nuts or syrups and freeze for at least 4-6 hours. OMG....tastes just like Frusen Gladje!! But I would love to have the real thing again. (Sigh)
Nicole - July 02, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember sharing them with my mom and my best friend, we would get the coffee and the butter pecan, yummmmm!
Dulcy - August 04, 2015 - Report this comment
Just wanted to add my voice to the chorus! NOTHING could beat creaminess, the full, rich flavor of FG. But I'm willing to try Stephanie's recipe.... (If only I had their pralines, of chocolate-covered almond bits!)
Jerome - September 02, 2015 - Report this comment
If anyone out there that still have this ice cream in stock anywhere please post here now. I truly missed this particular ice cream especially the Butter Peacan. We all misses you Fruzen please come back.
Zip - January 04, 2016 - Report this comment
My favorite flavor was Vanilla Swiss Almond, and theirs easily beat Haagen Dazs. Much bigger nuts with more chocolate. It was the best ice cream, hands down.
curtis - January 27, 2016 - Report this comment
Frusen Gladje was the best ice cream I ever had. I couldn't get past the butter pecan to even try any of the other flavors. It got to a point where I would drive around in my car to different stores in different neighborhoods looking for it but couldn't find it (not knowing that it wasn't being made any more). It felt like an obsession but it was that good.
Mitchell - May 30, 2016 - Report this comment
Just wanted to comment on Stephanie's recipe--the key to FG's flavor and texture, in addition to the absence of stabilizers such as carrageenan and guar gum, is the eggs, which serve the same purpose. In a double blind taste test between HD and FG vanillas conducted at my house in the summer of 1986, a friend and I determined both the superiority of FG and the slightly greater egginess of its flavor.
Pattye - June 17, 2016 - Report this comment
The butter pecan was heavenly! Wish I would have tried the vanilla almond. Sounds Devine!
sissy desire - June 28, 2016 - Report this comment
Yes ! Frusen gladge WAS!! The Ultimate ICE CREAM. Nothing ELSE !!! Could compare. I miss it too. (Why "don't the folks who Created it", Resurrect it ???! Surely THEY 'cannot Fail to RECOGNIZE the Tremendous FAN base They created.)
KReyE - July 04, 2016 - Report this comment
Ok...I know it was an ice cream and saying I absolutely "loved" it sounds interestingly weird but It was THE BEST ICE CREAM-ED mind blowing yum..EVER and *sigh*. . .I did!!!
Randy - October 09, 2016 - Report this comment
Can someone send me a copy of the ingredients? Maybe you still have a container or something. I would like to make some home made ice cream. Loved the butter Pecan. I am also interested in bringing back the flavors. I would love to talk to someone who worked at the plant manufacturing the ice cream. I would take any info or advice. Send comments to It was great reading these posts.
Jo - April 04, 2017 - Report this comment
I was a around 4 or 5 when Frusen Gladje was still being sold, but I still remember how yummy the strawberry flavor was. Better than Haagen Dazs, just perfect ice cream. I miss the 80s so...
Debbie Bruno (Joles) - May 24, 2017 - Report this comment
This was an amazingly fantastic ice cream. After all these years I still want it. I really wish it could be produced again.
The Sisco Kid - May 24, 2017 - Report this comment
Holy crap, Batman, look what I stepped in! I didn't regonize this fine product till I saw the picture! Remember the scifi container and phony umplaut. PLEASE PUT MORE PICTURES OF ALL PRODUCTS!
Jon From NY - August 03, 2017 - Report this comment
Loved the Mocha Chip; it was slightly bitter and very rich; none of the overly sugared tastes of a lot of other ice creams; like many of u I way preferred it to HD.
Budd Zeitlin - February 25, 2018 - Report this comment
I owned the Frusen Gladje in the Dallas Galleria in the 1980's. Does anybody remember going to the ice cream store, located at the ice skating rink level?
Mocha Chip - March 14, 2018 - Report this comment
MOCHA CHIP!!! The best flavor ice cream I had in my entire life -- I'm still pining for it, after 35+ years... Is there any way to obtain the recipe?
Sharklurking - March 14, 2019 - Report this comment
This was the best ever All the flavors were packed with taste tons of fruit nuts or raisins I haven't eaten rum raisin since they left the market
Keith from S.C. - April 13, 2019 - Report this comment
just 4 words , Swiss Chocolate Candy Almond !
Christian - June 12, 2019 - Report this comment
Never had FG in a pint from the grocery store, but growing up in Dallas, TX, there was an FG store in the Snider Plaza shopping center right by the campus of SMU. All their ice cream was fantastic, but as I recall, my favorite was actually their raspberry sorbet, which I’d get in a waffle cone (big deal as a kid). Interestingly, there was another very good ice cream store there called Steve’s, which I believe also had a Marble-Slab-type (predecessor) approach to mashing toppings in, though memory is a bit hazy there. Anyway, I always liked FG better, but I found an article from the NYT in July 1986 that said the founder of FG (who later sold pint business to Kraft but kept stores and other FG business lines) also bought the Steve’s brand. Who knew?!? Would post link here, but instructions say no links allowed!
CJ - July 20, 2019 - Report this comment
Swiss Chocolate Candy Almond was the best ice cream ever made!
John in TN - May 21, 2020 - Report this comment
Yes, Swiss Chocolate Candy Almond was the best of all ice creams I've ever had, and their butter pecan a close second. General Foods was bought by Phillip Morris in '85. Kraft was bought by PM in '88 and shortly thereafter the two were merged into Kraft General Foods. For me, this was when FG disappeared, as well as some other GF foods that I liked. Even though the name was probably in the 93 Unilever deal, the last pint I remember buying was either 88 or 89.
Charlie Loub - July 09, 2020 - Report this comment
We need a petition and/or find someone with a. Recipe. My parents to this day talk about the best ice cream they have ever had. This was it.
Michele Jones - July 12, 2020 - Report this comment
FG was hands down the best ice cream I have ever had. It’s the only ice cream that can melt and be refrozen and still taste the same. Vanilla Swiss Almond was my favorite. I miss it
Liz Maxwell - August 12, 2020 - Report this comment
Lived down the street from a FG store on Manhattan’s upper west side, 72nd and Columbus, early 80’s. The best flavors were Carob and Honey...once each week I would alternate. The flavor and texture is like no other...
Maureen - August 26, 2020 - Report this comment
Where did FG go? Why did they take it off the market. This was my crack. I was pregnant in 1986. I drove miles and miles looking for this ice cream. I tried to explain it to my daughter kristan who is now 34 years. She just doesn't get it, or understand how good it was. Lord, I pray that it will appear. Dead or Alive I want it!
Linda - October 06, 2020 - Report this comment
I finally found my tribe! My husband and I miss the Swiss Chocolate Candy Almond and talk about it to this day.
Robin - June 02, 2021 - Report this comment
I loved the Peach Amaretto, there has never been an ice cream or flavor that comes close to that taste. *sigh The 80's were the best* blares some 80's tunes as I crave FG!!!!
MJ - September 20, 2021 - Report this comment
I loved the Frusen Glädjé Raspberry sorbet. I keep trying similar products but so far nothing is as good.
Lani in NC - January 11, 2022 - Report this comment
I can't believe nobody mentioned Chocolate Amaretto! Did it have almond liqueur in it? I think it did. The ingredients were all natural unlike the frozen garbage that's made today. Somebody needs to buy the Frusen Glädjé name, rights, licenses and recipes - instant millionaire! (Papilion LLC bought the trademark in 2016 but nothing so far)
Jerome Ford ( Sweets ) - May 16, 2022 - Report this comment
This was the best store bought ice cream ever made!!! I’m still looking for it in stores when I go to different States,Or different Countries!!!
Thomas - July 21, 2022 - Report this comment
I have to agree with those who say FG beats HD (esp chocolate, my go to flavor). None of the other store bought brands from the last 40 years comes close.
SAMcoffey - April 01, 2023 - Report this comment
LOL these days, I use the name as a euphemistic swear, like "What the Frusen Gladje???!!!"
Harleyq78 - July 30, 2023 - Report this comment
I miss this ice cream so,so much it was the most amazing ice cream EVER. I wish they could,should,would bring it back. Gahhhh I miss the 80s we honestly had way better food than now.

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