New in the Market: Low Calorie Ice Cream That Tastes Good

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on September 9, 2013 · 1 comment

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We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

Lowfat ice cream disappoints more often than it pleases. It is hard to duplicate the creamy mouthfeel and taste of full fat ice cream. Though neither of these will fool you into believing you are eating rich, premium ice cream, both brands do an excellent job and have produced very good products.

Skinny Cow has been offering lowfat ice cream options for years. They recently expanded the line to include ice cream candy bars. There are two varieties. We tasted Cookie ‘n Dough Candy Bars. It is lowfat vanilla ice cream topped with a layer of cookie dough and baked cookie pieces covered in milk chocolate. One bar (2.1ounces) has 160 calories, 9 grams of fat (6 of which are saturated), 5 milligrams of cholesterol and 35 milligrams of sodium. The bars are kosher certified (OU).

Halo Top Creamery low calorie ice cream is newer on the market and currently spreading across the country from the southwestern US. Halo Top refers to the gold rimmed lids that top each pint of ice cream, available in 4 flavors.

• Lemon Cake, Strawberry, and Vanilla Bean each have 70 calories in a ½ cup serving, 3 grams of fat (1.5 of which are saturated fat), 43 milligrams of cholesterol, 7 grams of protein, 12 grams of carb (4 of which are fiber + 4 grams sugar) and 90 milligrams of sodium.

HaloTopCreameryproducts-300• Chocolate has 80 calories in a ½ cup serving, 13 grams of carb (5 of which are
fiber + 4 grams sugar) and 116 milligrams of sodium. Nutrition values for the other nutrients are the same.

The amount of sugar per serving is kept low by the use of erythritol (a low calorie sugar alcohol) and stevia (a plant-based no calorie sweetener). Fiber is boosted by the addition of chicory root.

The company suggests giving Halo Top flavors some time to temper (thaw slightly) before eating because the brand freezers a little harder than ice cream with a higher fat content or one that contains artificial softening agents. Going this extra step did make each flavor have a better mouthfeel and a more distinct flavor. We’d recommend taking the extra time.

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Tulsi August 17, 2015 at 3:29 pm

OMG this all rings so true. I had come to think that we had taken a wrong turn with my now 7 yo only child, that from an early age we had allowed ouevlesrs to be the cruise directors and entertainment providers of the weekends. We are trying now more to lower expectations and have him learn how to be bored. It’s a very important skill! He’s still up at 6 am on weekends and days when there is no school ready for all the fun stuff we may or may not have planned. And the second I show my yawning, blinking face, it’s Mom, what are we going to do fun today? And, Can we have someone over today? It’s good to hear many others have kids like this too!

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