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Lawsuit à La Mode; Dove Ice Cream Class Action Lawsuit Filed

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With summer on its way, who among us isn’t ready to eat more ice cream? Any flavor in particular? Chocolate? Strawberry? …Cookie Dough? Rocky Road?! With all of our flavor choices, though, one has stood the test of time above all others. You’ve guessed it – vanilla.  At least according to those who get paid to keep track of these things – dairy farmers and ice cream parlors.  And, actually, one of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson! He’s agreed with them also, which means it’s settled. Whether it stands alone, mixed with another flavor, or topped with something else, vanilla ice cream holds a special place in our freezers.

Unfortunately, a recent Dove Ice Cream lawsuit may reveal that what we thought was vanilla ice cream actually isn’t.  This may not be too surprising given that “less than 1 percent of the total global market in vanilla flavor is actually sourced from vanilla beans.”  Vanilla is often imitated, but never duplicated.  Since it first become popular, fraudsters have tried everything from adding tree bark synthetic vanillin to the harmful spice known as coumarin, in attempting to make us believe that our foods contained real vanilla, that actually came from one of those vanilla pods. 

According to a recently filed Dove Ice Cream Class Action complaint (below), the Vanilla tricksters have learned a few things from the previous generation of vanilla imitators.  Be grateful that instead of coumarin, you’ll only be getting a double dose of synthetic vanillin, made from things called “lignin” and “guaiacol.”  The lawsuit says these components are concealed by the catchall term, “natural flavor.”  While no one knows precisely what’s in that “natural flavor,” we can be pretty sure what it is not: real vanilla from vanilla beans.  And that’s what you wanted and you paid for.

To top it off, they even add coloring to the vanilla ice cream, so it looks closer to that golden and tan hue we’ve associated vanilla with.

If you’re like us, you’ll stop reading and want to know how to find out if your ice cream contains ingredients from “lignin” or if it has vanilla from vanilla beans.  What do you do to find out? You can take out your seventh grade chemistry textbook, or you could continue reading and we’ll help you out.  Who keeps those old textbooks, anyway?

Ice Cream Lovers, Rejoice! Sheehan & Associates Are On The Case!

If you or a loved one has purchased any of the following products, you may be eligible to join this recent class action: Dove Vanilla Ice Cream with Milk Chocolate, Dove Vanilla Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate, Dove Vanilla Ice Cream with Milk Chocolates & Almonds, Dove Minis Vanilla – Chocolate Chip Ice Cream with Milk Chocolate, or Dove Minis Vanilla – Chocolate Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate.

But Sheehan & Associates is not done yet.  They want to hear from you about your favorite ice creams and will evaluate whether or not it’s got the good stuff that it says it does – real vanilla.

If you believe you’ve been affected, and you live in any of the 50 states, you shouldn’t have to suffer through fake vanilla flavoring.

To reach Sheehan & Associates, P.C., you can call them at (516) 303-0552, or you may email Mr. Sheehan directly at

A Full Copy of the Dove Ice Cream Lawsuit is Below:

Editor’s note on The Dove Ice Cream Class Action Lawsuit:

This piece is written about the recently filed Dove Ice Cream Lawsuit. For more information, please shoot us an email to, find us on Twitter, FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, or even connect with us directly on our website! We look forward to hearing from all of you.  Please note that this investigation piece has been sponsored by Sheehan and Associates and Consider The Consumer has received compensation for such sponsorship.

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2 thoughts on “Lawsuit à La Mode; Dove Ice Cream Class Action Lawsuit Filed”

  • Trister Keane says:

    Actually, in blind tests by a disinterested culinary magazine, even experts were unable to tell the difference between natural and artificial vanilla flavoring in backed goods or ice cream.

  • Not relevant. People have a right to know what is in their food- I for one am violently allergic to “natural flavors” which have nothing natural bout them- they are flavorings extracted with solvents.

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