As summer starts to wane down (somebody needs to tell the heat that!), one of the big joys of the season is enjoying some frozen treats. This summer, I decided to embark on a journey of trying different low-calorie ice creams (or in one case, frozen dessert) all while avoiding a brain freeze.
Let’s first talk about Halo Top. I’ve reviewed the Birthday Cake flavor in the past and decided I needed to explore more of their options. After trying five of their flavors, I’ve come to the conclusion that the higher the calories per pint, the more likely the ice cream will be tasty. The Red Velvet has one of the highest calories counts of the Halo Top line, but man, it was good. And adding brownie chunks was a good move.
Runner ups were the seasonal flavors, Blueberry Crumble and Peaches & Cream. While the Blueberry Crumble wasn’t filled with crumbles, the blueberry flavor more than made up for it. The Peaches and Cream fared better with the peach chunks adding a nice bit of tartness to the sweet cream.
The Cookies & Cream was disappointing. It wasn’t bad, but I was expecting more chunks of cookies and got crumbs. It was so disappointing I went to an ice cream shop to get a proper cookies & cream ice cream. At least it tasted like cookies & cream which is more than I can say for their S’mores flavor which is currently my least favorite. I couldn’t really taste any marshmallow flavor and the chocolate and graham cracker crumbs were disappointing.
Let’s move on to Enlightened. I decided to try this brand when I saw they also had a cookies & cream flavor. Let me just say that their version is better than Halo Top’s and that’s because there were actual chunks of cookie. Still not to the level of a full-calorie version, but enough to leave me satisfied.
Afterwards, I bought the Cold Brew Coffee flavored one. This one was definitely my favorite. It had a nice coffee flavor while not being sickly sweet. Not sure why they named it after cold brew and not just call it coffee. Do people just prefer cold brew over hot and iced coffee?
Lastly, the vegan option. I’ll be honest, I only got this ice cream because it was on clearance. I was skeptical of an ice cream using almond milk as the base. Thankfully, it was pretty good. One weird thing was the gummy texture. It wasn’t quite like eating a gummy bear, but it was there and it disrupted any illusion that I was eating ice cream. I still need to try the other alternatives.
What are your favorite flavors? Do you prefer store-bought, ice ream shops, or homemade? Let me know in the comments!