Thornton-Wood is also monitoring the scientific debate about whether powerful sweeteners intensify our cravings for sweet foods or even prompt us to overeat. “Research into sweeteners and appetite stimulation is inconsistent,” reads the NHS website.
Unilever plays this criticism of Breyers with a straight corporate bat (“We clearly indicate the calories in a two scoop serving as well, so consumers can make an informed choice”), but Halo Top revels in its irreverent image. “If you’re anything like us,” says a spokesperson, “we would often eat an entire pint of full-fat ice-cream. We think a lot of people can relate , and Halo Top can help, so you don’t feel bad about it.”
Oppo (“Temptation you never need to resist”) is more circumspect. It displays calorie counts by half-pot. It encourages its fans to “indulge healthy”. Its trendy superfood ingredients, including spirulina, baobab and lucuma, will appeal to clean eaters, the wellness brigade and what Thuillier describes as an Instagram-generation of body-conscious consumers who “want to eat what they want to eat, but don’t want to look like they’ve eaten it”.
“Health is definitely here to stay,” says Ashleigh O’Mahony, food trends reporter at the Grocer, and healthy ice-creams have helped push the average price up 5.9% to £2.71 a litre, say analysts at Kantar Worldpanel. Consumers are also “increasingly switched on to healthy eating and foods with functional benefits, such as gut-health or added-protein products,” according to its research.
If you find that ridiculous, do not despair. On the other side of the ice-cream aisle, the full-fat luxury market is still growing, too, which will please Karran. “I’m a perfectionist,” she says. “I’d rather enjoy ice-cream at its best, less often.”
- The low-cal newbies versus their full-fat rivals
- Is Halo Top healthy? A dietician weighs in on “healthy” ice cream
- 13 Best Brand Name Ice Creams for Weight Loss
- Edy’s Slow Churned Coffee
- Beyers Natural Vanilla
- Halo Top Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- Turkey Hill Light Recipe Moose Tracks
- Arctic Zero Vanilla Bean
- NADAMOO! HIMALAYAN SALTED CARAMEL
- Edy’s Slow Churned Chocolate
- Enlightened Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
- Breyers Mint Chocolate Chip
- Turkey Hill All Natural Blackberry Swirl
- Blue Bunny Frozen Yogurt Vanilla Bean
- So Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Velvet
- Halo Top Lemon Cake
- 5 Delicious Healthier Ice Cream Options at the Grocery Store
- 5 Healthier Ice Cream Options
- More Tips and Tricks from a Nutritionist
- Is ice cream bad for you?
- What should I look for in ‘healthy’ ice creams?
- Healthy ice creams in Aussie supermarkets
- The ice creams we compared
- Should I make the switch to healthier ice creams?
- What Is the Best Ice Cream Nutritionally?
- 9 of Melbourne’s Best Healthy Desserts
The low-cal newbies versus their full-fat rivals
Oppo Colombian chocolate and hazelnut.
Oppo Colombian chocolate and hazelnut (475ml, £4.99, Waitrose – 380 calories) v Green & Black’s organic chocolate (500ml, £4.20, Waitrose – 910 calories)
Green & Black’s definitely triumphs on texture. It is thickly luxurious and smooth-melting, whereas Oppo is closer and more compacted. You don’t so much scoop it out as shear pieces off. G&B’s also has fuller flavour, but it is a sweet, juvenile one compared to Oppo’s persuasively grownup, bitter chocolate and hazelnut profile.
VERDICT: Oppo wins … by a whisker
Breyers Delights cookies and cream.
Breyers Delights cookies and cream (500ml, £5, Sainsbury’s – 350 calories) v Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough (500ml, £4, Sainsbury’s – 1,150 calories)
Awesomely sweet, overbearingly rich and mined with gritty cookie dough, the Ben & Jerry’s has me tapping-out after a few icky mouthfuls. Initially, the Breyers is a (less) sweet relief, although pedants may argue its cookie pieces are more brownies (a plus, no?). More damagingly, its one-dimensional creamy flavour is trailed by an unpleasant metallic aftertaste
VERDICT: Nil-nil bore draw
Halo Top sea salt caramel ice-cream.
Halo Top sea salt caramel (473ml, £5, Tesco – 320 calories) v Häagen-Dazs salted caramel (460ml, £4.20, Tesco – 1,128 calories)
The Häagen-Dazs salted caramel swirl needs more salt in order to assert itself amid that sickly sweet, cloyingly creamy ice-cream. The caramel brittle tastes more like butterscotch, too. But, it still trumps Halo Top, which has a pleasantly milky flavour but a strange texture (part mousse, part sorbet). The swirled-through caramel also lacks depth and character.
VERDICT: Häagen-Dazs holds on
Is Halo Top healthy? A dietician weighs in on “healthy” ice cream
A few weeks ago, my sweet tooth raging, I rummaged through the freezer and found a nearly-full carton of Halo Top’s Birthday Cake Ice Cream. The low-calorie ice cream alternative satisfied my sugar cravings, though it did leave me a tiny bit wistful for the decadent creaminess of the real thing. But, at least I didn’t feel like I was being “unhealthy” by finishing an entire container of something in one sitting.
Besides Halo Top, a bunch of other low-calorie alternatives have cropped up in grocery store freezers recently. While a pint of Halo Top, Enlightened, Simple Truth, or Arctic Zero ice cream contains only around 70 to 350 calories, a pint of, say, Ben & Jerry’s can pack more than 1,000 calories. A pint of the “healthy” ice creams also has only around five percent of the fat in Ben & Jerry’s. They’re also low in sugar, as VICE points out, and some, like Halo Top and Enlightened, are higher in protein (but not high enough to help with gains or anything). Plus, they contain fiber and “all-natural ingredients.” But is “healthy” ice cream really healthier than real ice cream?
“The short answer is no,” Amy Kimberlain, a registered dietitian nutritionist in Miami and a media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
If you compare “healthy” ice cream to regular ice cream “stat for stat,” the former does seem healthier, Kimberlain says. Many healthy ice cream brands replace the whole milk and cream typically used in ice cream with skim milk. For the creamy consistency that would have come from fat, they add zero-calorie thickeners, including gum (such as guar gum) and fiber (often listed as “prebiotic fiber” or “chicory root fiber”). They also often substitute real sugar with lower-calorie sugar alcohols (such as erythritol) as well as zero-calorie sugar substitutes (such as stevia and monk fruit extract). The result of all these Frankensteinian machinations? A concoction that tastes okay most of the time, and pretty good at best.
The gum and sugar alcohols aren’t digestible, so they can cause gas and bloating. In fact, they may even act as a laxative in some people, Kimberlain says — ironically enough, since lactose intolerant consumers often reach for these products as alternatives to regular ice cream. Although prebiotic fiber has been shown to benefit gut health, large volumes can also make you gassy, she adds. And since “healthy” ice creams contain little fat, which normally provides flavor and makes you feel full, “they’re not satisfying.”
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As a result, “you continue to eat that product in the hopes that you will feel satisfied,” or you may turn to another dessert to do so. Kimberlain adds that stevia and other sugar alternatives contain 200 to 300 times the sweetness of real sugar, which may just intensify your sweet tooth and make you more likely to hanker for dessert later on. You may just end up stuck in a vicious cycle, with “healthy” ice cream only further fueling your craving for sweets.
Many of these brands also employ “guilt-free” messaging. (For instance, Halo Top’s seals bear the affirming “Stop when you hit the bottom,” while Enlightened markets itself as “The Good-for-You Ice Cream.”) This can warp people’s perceptions of portion sizes, so that they think a pint of anything is a healthy portion size, Kimberlain says. Since these products are supposedly “healthy,” they may eat them more frequently than they would regular desserts, and “healthy” ice cream may eventually replace other, higher-nutritional value foods.
Ultimately, people may end up consuming more calories than if they had occasionally eaten modest servings of the real thing, which would have left them satisfied and less likely to keep eating, Kimberlain says. (She advises her patients to familiarize themselves with what a portion of ice cream looks like — half a cup — “and savor the whole thing.”)
Kimberlain also points out that the messaging ice cream brands use creates the mindset that, “I can eat the whole pint, because it’s not that bad,” when in fact, no foods are good or bad. “It creates this concept of foods”— in this case, real ice cream — “that are off-limits.” In reality, though, ice cream and other desserts “are definitely fine every once in a while.”
Kimberlain doesn’t think “healthy” ice creams are inherently harmful. It all comes down to knowing yourself: Will a small portion of a “healthy” ice cream leave you satiated? “If this provides satisfaction for people, I tell them to eat it,” she says, “but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s healthier.” At least every now and then, you may be better off treating yourself to the real thing.
13 Best Brand Name Ice Creams for Weight Loss
We all know that the creamy treat is all too easy to overdo, and when you’re in beachwear, a belly full of Ben & Jerry’s isn’t the best look. For many, though, ice cream is one of those can’t-live-without foods, which is why we’ve set out to find the best healthy ice cream brands to aid your weight loss efforts.
All of them come in at 150 calories or less per serving and have no more than 6 grams of saturated fat or 17 grams of sugar. For some context, most frozen treats average around 25 grams of the sweet stuff!
Whether you’re a fan of chocolate, vanilla, or something a little more involved, we’ve got an option that’s sure to hit the spot. And what’s more, you’d never guess these creamy desserts are low-calorie and diet-friendly! Stock your freezer with a few of these healthy ice creams and the pounds are sure to melt away (pun intended)! While these pints are our top picks, the freezer aisle isn’t entirely waistline-friendly. Don’t forget to steer clear of these worst frozen foods in America to keep your body in beach shape.
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Edy’s Slow Churned Coffee
Per 1/2 cup (56 g): 100 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 30 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (0 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 3 g protein
Edy’s Slow Churned line leans more heavily on non-fat milk than cream, which keeps the calories in check. In fact, simply choosing this Edy’s line over their “Classic Coffee” will save you 40 calories, 4 grams of fat and 2 grams of saturated fat. We’re big fans of this healthy ice cream’s bold flavor, but be careful—it’s made with real coffee, so it’s not the best choice right before bed. This pint isn’t the only thing you shouldn’t snag before your slumber. Don’t miss these best and worst foods to eat for sleep.
Beyers Natural Vanilla
Per 1/2 cup (66 g): 130 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 35 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (0 g fiber, 14 g sugar), 2 g protein
Made from a combination of milk, cream, sugar, Tara gum (a stabilizer made from tara seeds, a type of legume), and natural flavor, Breyers Natural Vanilla has earned our allegiance for both its low-calorie concoctions and the simplicity of its ingredient statements.
Halo Top Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Per 1/2 cup (66 g): 90 calories, 3 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 110 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (3 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 5 g sugar alcohols), 5 g protein
For once, the health halo surrounding this healthy ice cream is well-deserved — and not a bad thing. This high-protein ice cream by Halo Top may be the lowest calorie, carb, and sugar chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream you’ll ever lay your eyes on. Not to mention, it tastes as good as it is for you.
Turkey Hill Light Recipe Moose Tracks
Per 1/2 cup (61 g): 140 calories, 6 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 65 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (1 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 3 g protein
Considering this healthy ice cream is loaded with fudge swirls and flecked with chocolate peanut butter cups, the nutritionals are solid. You’d be hard pressed to find a more decadent dessert with fewer calories. Trust us, we’ve looked!
Arctic Zero Vanilla Bean
Per 1/2 cup (70 g): 70 calories, 1 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 70 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (3 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 2 g protein
No, that isn’t a typo. This skinny alternative really has just 70 calories per serving! It isn’t too shocking when you consider that makers of the healthy treat replaced the cream and milk typically found in ice cream with skim milk and whey protein. You’ll find a scoop of this vanilla bean dessert just as decadent as the real stuff.
NADAMOO! HIMALAYAN SALTED CARAMEL
Per 1/2 cup (73 g): 120 calories, 7 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 50 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (5 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 0 g protein
Despite being made from an organic coconut milk base, this dairy-free healthy ice cream by Nadamoo! isn’t overwhelmingly coconutty. And while this serving may have just as much fat as other regular ice cream brands, it does have significantly less sugar!
Edy’s Slow Churned Chocolate
Per 1/2 cup (n/a g): 100 calories, 3.5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 3 g protein
There’s no funny business here. Simply made from non-fat milk and cream, Edy’s regular chocolate option is one of the best diet ice creams in disguise. Sure this healthy ice cream is a bit higher in sugar than we’d like to see, but it’s made from all-natural, non-GMO ingredients, is low in calories, and is free from artificial colors and flavors.
Enlightened Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Per 1/2 cup (70 g): 100 calories, 4.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 130 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (5 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 5 g sugar alcohol), 8 g protein
Enlightened’s line of ice cream keeps the calorie count low by cutting down on sugar. They do add some cane sugar, but most of the sweetness you get comes from erythritol: an Eat This!-approved sugar alcohol. And despite being so low calorie, this pint is certainly packed with powerful protein — a whole 8 grams worth!
Breyers Mint Chocolate Chip
Per 1/2 cup (67 g): 150 calories, 8 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 40 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (< 1 g fiber, 17 g sugar), 2 g protein
The secret to low-calorie ice cream is simple: Lead off with something lighter than cream. This one uses regular milk first and cream second. This is your best bet if you’re a fan of the minty, sweet flavor since, unlike other popular brands, Breyers doesn’t rely on artificial colors to dye your dessert green.
Turkey Hill All Natural Blackberry Swirl
Per 1/2 cup (70 g): 150 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 60 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (0 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 3 g protein
Craving something fruity? Try out Turkey Hill’s All Natural line of ice cream for its Blackberry Swirl flavor. It’s not much more than milk, cream, sugar, and blackberry puree, but we admire Turkey Hill for keeping the sugar count low.
Blue Bunny Frozen Yogurt Vanilla Bean
Per 1/2 cup (67 g): 100 calories, 2.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (2 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 4 g protein
Froyo offers the best of both worlds since it’s cool and creamy like ice cream but lower in calories and higher in protein. Bonus: This cool treat contains as much calcium as a container of yogurt and serves up the same gut-healthy active cultures that can help you slim down. Just because it’s a healthy ice cream, doesn’t mean you should spoon in seconds!
So Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Velvet
Per 1/2 cup (82 g): 130 calories, 3.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (2 g fiber, 14 g sugar), 2 g protein >
Made from soymilk in lieu of the traditional cow’s, So Delicious cuts the fat without needing to make up for it with an extra hit of sugar. This rich dessert is a safe bet for those with lactose intolerance or for anyone who’s looking to trim down.
Halo Top Lemon Cake
Per 1/2 cup (64 g): 70 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 115 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (3 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 6 g sugar alcohols), 5 g protein
See that number on the pint? That’s the number of calories in the entire container — not just a serving. So even if you noshed through the whole thing, this healthy ice cream would only set you back 240 calories, 8 grams of fat, 24 grams of sugar, and 20 grams of protein — as many calories and as much fat and sugar as an average ½ cup serving. If that isn’t enough to reel you in, maybe this extra perk will: all of Halo Top’s products are entirely free of gluten and synthetic growth hormones. We love scooping a spoonful of Halo Top Lemon Cake into plain seltzer for a fit-friendly take on a soda float! For tips on how to indulge in your favorite foods while continuing to slim down, don’t miss these easy ways to cut 50+ calories.
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5 Delicious Healthier Ice Cream Options at the Grocery Store
When it’s hot outside (and, um, sometimes in the dead of winter, too), you just want a cup or a cone.
And if you’re reaching for that conscious indulgence, there are plenty of healthier ice cream options now available in almost every grocery store’s freezer case.
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The issue? Sometimes you chose the “healthier” version and it tastes like cardboard (or, worse, chemicals!). And then what the heck is the point of the indulgence, anyway?
We’ve tried nearly all of the pints and pops on the market (hard work, we know). So, to help you out, we’re sharing the stand-outs in terms of both flavor and nutrition, with options for all kinds of eaters.
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5 Healthier Ice Cream Options
Best Full-Fat Dairy
Van Leeuwen makes its ice cream from scratch in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Their recipe is as simple as it gets: milk, cream, organic egg yolks, cane sugar, salt…and whole foods for whatever the flavor is (crushed pistachios, for example, in Sicilian Pistachio). They source milk from small, local dairy farms and flavors range from classic Cookies & Cream to innovative Earl Grey Tea.
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams started with a family-run dairy in Santa Barbara but you can now buy the pints across the country. Their team members still make the ice cream from scratch with local, grass-fed milk and organic, cage-free eggs, so the dairy-full version is really good too. Their new dairy-free pints, however, are made with a pea protein base and contain less sugar, in flavors like dark chocolate chip and toasted coconut almond chip. They do contain gums and lecithins, but it’s pretty impossible to make packaged vegan ice cream without any of those.
Dream Pops are the new vegan pop you’ve got to get a picture holding. Seriously. They come in a crazy geometric design in colors that pop…but they also have clean, nutrient-packed ingredient lists. Think coconut milk as a base with fruit, coconut sugar, and little else. The best part? They’re really delicious, especially “Berry Dreams,” which combines strawberry, raspberry, and passion fruit.
Best Low-Sugar Pint
A lot of brands are trying to get in on this “lighter or “lower calorie” category, and most of them taste, ahem, awful. (We won’t name names.) Halo Top boasts lower calories, fat, and sugar (the best part!) compared to typical ice cream brands and it actually does deliver on taste and texture. One caveat: to get the low-sugar destination, the ice cream is sweetened with (quite a bit of) erythritol and stevia. For some people, erythritol causes digestive issues, so watch for bloating.
Best Pure Pops
Chloe’s Fruit is an incredible Manhattan spot where New Yorkers get to add toppings to delicious dairy-free soft serve made with fresh, clean ingredients. And the company applies the same ethos to popsicles it now sells in boxes all over the place. Dessert doesn’t get much healthier (or refreshing) than a frozen pop made with just raspberry puree, water, and organic cane sugar.
What’s a summer barbecue without some warm-weather treats? When it comes to summer desserts, ice cream is one of my favorites — especially a soft-serve vanilla cup directly from an ice cream truck in New York City, or a small-batch creamery version of chocolate-peanut butter. Most of the time, though, I try to find healthier ways to enjoy this hot-weather treat. I’ve rounded up some of my top picks for frozen treats that satiate those ice cream cravings, without derailing a healthy diet.
First, a few things to keep in mind. While they’re better than the classics, none of them should be considered health food. It’s a perk when dessert brings a little protein, fiber or other dose of nutrition to the party, but the idea is to lean on fruits, veggies, whole grains and other whole foods to nourish your body. Then you can turn to these goodies when your taste buds are looking for a little something extra, but you don’t want to thwart your healthy-eating efforts.
Each of my picks has fewer than 200 calories — and most have far less. Many come in single-serve styles, such as cones, bars and sandwiches, making it even easier to keep tabs on what you’re eating. Because eyeballing a ½-cup scoop of ice cream is a serious exercise in willpower.
ICE CREAM CONES
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Trader Joe’s Hold the Cone Mini Ice Cream Cones
These are a huge hit in my household. The chocolatey-lined cone is filled with chocolate or vanilla ice cream and then dunked in another hit of chocolatey goodness. Each little cone clocks in around 85 calories, putting you squarely in the no-guilt-zone.
Blue Bunny Mint Cookie Crunch Mini SwirlsBlue Bunny
Blue Bunny Mini Swirls
Compact in size, but big on flavor. This version includes mint-flavored reduced-fat ice cream and is topped with a cookie crunch. They also make chocolate-dunked varieties in vanilla, caramel and chocolate.
ICE CREAM AND FROZEN YOGURT BARS
Can you sense a theme here? Mini versions of high-calorie foods are a plus in my book. You get all the deliciousness while still keeping things reasonably light. These are coated with a luscious Belgian chocolate. A nice touch!
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Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars
These bars come in a variety of craveable flavors. The fruit flavors, like Strawberry and Black Raspberry Chip, really stand out, as does the fact that each bar has 5 grams of protein — the same amount you get in 20 almonds.
These bars have a place in my heart — or should I say stomach? Some of my favorite flavors include Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, Toasted Almond and Sea Salt Caramel, but you really can’t go wrong with a treat that has no more than 100 calories while also boasting as much as 8 grams of protein — the same amount in an egg! Another bonus: Enlightened keeps the sugar low by using erythritol, a sugar alcohol. This type of sweetener is found naturally in certain fruits, and it doesn’t have as many calories or the same blood sugar impact as regular sugar. While many sugar alcohols, such as mannitol and sorbitol, cause digestive distress, the amount of erythritol commonly found in food doesn’t have the same effect and is considered a safe alternative to sugar.
ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
My vote for best flavors in the category. I fell in love with their Cinnamontastic Snickerdoodle, filled with snickerdoodle ice cream (yes, please!). The Dynamic Duo Vanilla & Chocolate and Completely Crush-Worth Cookies ‘N Cream also look incredible.
Edy’s/Dreyer’s (depending on which coast you live on)
The perfect choice for people who like their ice cream old school. The process of slow churning, plus the use of nonfat milk, keeps even indulgent flavors like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough under my 200-calorie (tops!) limit. Just remember that the ½-cup standard ice cream serving size is rather skimpy, and if you’re routinely serving yourself more, you probably aren’t doing yourself any favors.
Breyers makes my all-time favorite natural vanilla, which is a great option on its own. But these 100-calorie Snack Cups make it easy to enjoy without the risk of doubling (or tripling) your scoop size. Snack cups are also available in chocolate.
Enlightened also makes ice cream by the pint in flavors like Bananas Foster, Butter Pecan and Chocolate Peanut Butter. Using erythritol, this brand keeps the calories and added sugars tame, while providing 7 grams of protein.
This was a game changer for my family! I’m a fan of their Vanilla Bean while my son favors Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Though the packaging lists the calories per pint, I don’t recommend going there. Instead, a single-serving ½-cup sets you back just 60 to 90 calories, yet provides 5 grams of protein and notably, 3 grams of fiber. This is another brand that uses erythritol to cut down on sugar — a touch I appreciate.
These are a staple in my freezer. I go for their Dark Chocolate, sweetened with banana puree and a touch of cane sugar, but you really can’t go wrong with any of these clean, fruity treats. And each variety is certified gluten-free, as well as dairy-free, vegan and kosher pareve.
Another obsession of mine. Dark chocolate-covered frozen fruit? Thank you! Available in Pineapple, Strawberry and Banana, dessert really doesn’t get any healthier (without sacrificing deliciousness).
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For those trying to stick to their New Year’s resolution, the frozen food aisle at the supermarket is often a ‘no-go’ zone. Full of tasty treats – including frozen pizzas, party pies and shelves of mouth-watering ice cream flavours – it tempts even the most seasoned healthy-eating veterans.
But in recent years, health enthusiasts and ice cream connoisseurs have been able to treat themselves a little more often, with the introduction of ‘healthier’ ice creams, such as low-calorie and high-protein varieties, allowing for a guilt-free snack. But how healthy are they really? In this article, Canstar Blue looks at some of the most popular ice cream brands available in supermarkets, and whether or not they’re as guilt-free as you think they are.
Is ice cream bad for you?
Ice cream is a common sight when you open up the freezer, with plenty of flavours to suit every taste bud. But with the recent rise of healthy lifestyles and #fitness, ice cream has often been blacklisted by gym-goers in order to get head-turning physiques. But do you really need to ditch the ice cream for your dream bod?
The short answer is – maybe. While ice cream is traditionally high in both sugars and fats – which can lead to a variety of health issues and weight gain – ice cream will likely only form a small portion of your nutritional intake, meaning it’s unfair to blame one aspect if you’re regularly eating takeaways or other unhealthy foods.
In saying that, you have to start somewhere when it comes to losing weight or making a health change, so ice cream may as well be near the top of your list when it comes to giving some foods the flick. But if you’re not completely ready to let go of ice creams, this article may be the best thing you’ll read today.
What should I look for in ‘healthy’ ice creams?
Take a stroll down your supermarket’s freezer section and you’ll likely see brands advertising low-fat options. While this might be appealing at first glance, a quick look at the nutritional information will often tell a different story. In an effort to lower fat intake while still keeping that creamy texture and flavour we all like, some brands will bump up the sugar contents to compensate for the absence of fats, meaning some ‘low-fat’ options don’t equate to a healthier overall option because they’re full of sugar.
For a healthier ice cream, look for low intakes of both fats and carbs, while a decent serving of protein wouldn’t go amiss either. While you might be distracted by how many calories some brands advertise, some ice creams still have high sugar intakes, meaning all your calories will be coming from unhealthy carbohydrates and sugars.
Healthy ice creams in Aussie supermarkets
Below is a list of some of the brands readily available at your local supermarket, each compared on their nutritional information. In the interests of fairness, we have selected chocolate as the consistent flavour compared, but note there is a difference in serving sizes.
|Brand & Flavour||Protein||Fats||Carbs||Sugars||Calories||Serving Size|
|Ben & Jerry’s Moo-phoria Chocolate Cookie Affair||3.1g||4.7g||22g||14.7g||150||68g|
|Halo Top Chocolate||5g||2.5g||13g||6g||80||64g|
|Over the Moo Choc Choc||1.2g||9.1g||19g||16.1g||162||61g|
|Skinny Cow Triple Choc Sundae||3.5g||2.3g||27.6g||21.3g||149||92g|
|The Protein Pantry Dark Choc||13g||2.9g||2.9g||2.4g||110||65g|
|Tilly’s Chewy Gooey Choc Brownie||3.6g||3.3g||12.2g||5.4g||80||66g|
|WheyWhip Chocolate Protein||20.2g||10.6g||17.2g||13.1g||270||170g|
Information sourced from ice cream packaging and brand websites, February 2019.
The ice creams we compared
Ben & Jerry’s
Known for its wide range of flavours, as well as being one of the more expensive options at the supermarket, Ben & Jerry’s Moo-phoria is the brand’s healthier option for those looking for a treat without the guilt. If you’re really looking for something guilt-free, Moo-phoria ice creams are all made from non-GMO sourced ingredients, organic milk and dairy, as well as Fair Trade vanilla and sugar, potentially making it the option for those more environmentally-conscious. Available at supermarkets and local grocers, Ben & Jerry’s Moo-phoria ice creams will cost you over $10 for a 460ml tub.
One of the trailblazers of the healthy ice cream industry, FroPro is Australian owned and made, but is only sold at your local Woolworths stores. Available in classic flavours such as chocolate, salted caramel, peanut butter and even toasted coconut, FroPro comes in 520ml tubs, which will set you back $10 at the checkout. All of the nutritional information and ingredients are listed on the FroPro website, with FroPro ice creams additionally gluten free and made from all-natural ingredients, making it a worthwhile option for those looking to clean up their diet.
Available at major supermarkets, Halo Top prides itself on having around 300 calories per tub, as well as one of the largest range of flavours. You can choose from classics such as vanilla, chocolate, mint chip and cookie dough, or treat yourself to something different, such as peaches and cream, candy bar and even birthday cake. For those with allergies, Halo Top also offers a dairy-free range, including flavours such as caramel macchiato, toasted coconut and salted caramel, with certain flavours additionally gluten free. Halo Top will set you back around $10 depending on your retailer, with ingredients and nutritional information listed on Halo Top’s website.
Over the Moo
A recent addition to the ice cream industry, Over the Moo focuses on dairy-free ice creams for those who may be lactose-intolerant. Over the Moo is also vegan-friendly, as well as gluten free, making it an ideal option for those with allergies or dietary requirements. While the range sticks to all the classics, including vanilla, chocolate, caramel, mint, and cookies and cream, you can pick up a 500ml tub at Woolworths, IGA and independent grocers, making them an easy option to find for your ice cream cravings. Tubs will set you back around $10 depending on the retailer.
Operating under the Peters ice cream label, Skinny Cow comes in both ice cream cookies and sundaes, allowing you to mix it up when it comes to putting dessert on the table. The sundae flavours include strawberry or passionfruit cheesecake, double or triple choc, as well as vanilla caramel, while the ice cream cookies come in vanilla and mint flavours. Each flavour comes in a pack of four, making them ideal for sharing. Available at major supermarkets, a pack of Skinny Cow ice creams will set you back around $6, making it one of the more affordable options for shoppers. If you’re not sure about which ones to pick up at the store, you can find the nutritional information and ingredients via the Skinny Cow website.
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The Protein Pantry
Not to be confused with ‘My Protein Pantry’, The Protein Pantry is available from IGA supermarkets, as well as service stations and convenience stores, with a store locator on the website if you’re looking for your closest option. While only offering three flavours – mint choc, salted caramel and dark choc – The Protein Pantry comes in both 175ml tubs and individually wrapped ice creams, making them a handy option for those looking for something sweet on the go. Cheaper than most other brands (although not surprising considering the smaller size), you can pick up The Protein Pantry ice creams for around $5, with the nutritional information and ingredients also available on its website.
Australian made and owned, Tilly’s has recently entered the ice cream market, looking to make a name for itself as one of the lower calorie options. Exclusive to Woolworths, Tilly’s is available in only a few flavours, including salted caramel, choc brownie and vanilla fudge, with each flavour coming in 475ml tubs. Similar to other brands, Tilly’s boasts around 300 calories per tub, although this will depend on which flavour you go with. Tilly’s also states that its ice cream contains no artificial sweeteners, with nutritional information and ingredients available on its website.
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Available at IGA, Foodworks and convenience stores, WheyWhip comes in flavours such as chocolate, peanut butter choc nut, salted caramel, coconut mango and mint choc chip, with 200mL and 500mL tubs available, with the large option costing just under $10. Gluten-free options are available, although you’ll have to check the product packaging itself, with the ingredients and allergies not currently listed on the WheyWhip website. If you’re looking for something more than ice cream, WheyWhip also produces a range of protein balls for an after-gym treat.
Should I make the switch to healthier ice creams?
Nutrition can be a tricky area, especially when it’s different for everyone! While we all have that one friend who doesn’t put on any weight no matter how much of a bottomless pit they are, most of us have to watch ourselves when the sweets and treats come around.
While the occasional ice cream will be a welcome treat on those hot summer days, too much ice cream will likely derail your plans for your dream body, owing to the high levels of sugars and fats. But with healthier, low-calorie ice creams limiting some of that sugar and fat intake, they may be a worthwhile option for those who are just starting out on a weight loss journey, or those who just can’t say no to their sweet tooth.
If you’re after a protein hit, brands like FroPro and WheyWhip offer the highest protein intakes among the compared brands, while if you’re looking for a low-calorie treat, FroPro, Tilly’s and Halo Top all offer around the same calorie intake – although you’ll have to keep an eye on your serving size! Ultimately it will come down to your taste preferences and cravings, but if you’re looking to seriously alter your diet, it’s always best to consult your GP or a nutritionist before making any big changes.
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What Is the Best Ice Cream Nutritionally?
EatingWell’s picks for the healthiest ice creams and worst ice creams.
With so many frozen-dessert options, it’s easy to get brain freeze trying to pick one. EatingWell melts the mystery to deliver the real scoop on which one’s the best nutritionally. -Megan McLean
Pictured Recipe: Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
The Worst Choice: Super-Premium Ice Cream
Essentially iced cream-the primary ingredient is cream.
200-250 calories, 8-10 grams sat. fat per 1/2 cup vanilla.
Healthier Ice Cream Recipes to Try: Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and 22 More Healthy Homemade Ice Cream Recipes “
Pictured Recipe: Creamy Chocolate Gelato “
Traditionally made as custard with whole milk and egg yolks, some gelatos today also contain a hefty dose of cream, which adds calories and fat, so choose wisely.
170-220 calories, 2-7 g sat. fat per 1/2 cup vanilla.
Healthier Gelato Recipe to Try: Creamy Chocolate Gelato “
Pictured Recipe: Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream
Premium Ice Cream
This is your standard ice cream. It’s lighter than super-premium because some of the cream is replaced with evaporated, condensed or powdered milk. Check the nutrition and ingredient information-its packaging is nearly identical to super-premium.
130-150 calories, 4-5 g sat. fat per 1/2 cup vanilla.
Healthier Ice Cream Recipes to Try: Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream and 22 More Healthy Homemade Ice Cream Recipes “
Pictured Recipe: Avocado Ice Cream “
Dairy-Free Frozen Dessert
For frozen desserts made from rice milk, soymilk, coconut milk and tofu, the calories and saturated fat vary with the base (coconut-milk varieties have the most sat. fat; soy-based ones often have the least).
130-210 calories, 0-7 g sat. fat per 1/2 cup vanilla.
Dairy-Free Recipe to Try: Avocado Ice Cream “
More Recipes for Dairy-Free Frozen Desserts “
Pictured Recipe: Chocolate Malt Ice Cream
Slow-Churned Ice Cream
More air is incorporated into “churned” ice cream when it’s made, which is why it has half the fat and one-third fewer calories than premium ice cream. Label aliases include smooth-, double- and light churned, and churned light.
100-110 calories, 2 g sat. fat per 1/2 cup vanilla.
Healthier Ice Cream Recipes to Try: Chocolate Malt Ice Cream and More Homemade Ice Creams “
Pictured Recipe: Watermelon Sorbet
Though primarily fruit-based, nonfat and lower-calorie, sorbet can deliver a lot of added sugars. Look for ones with fruit first in the ingredient list to skirt some added sugars.
120-140 calories, 0 g sat. fat per 1/2 cup for various fruit flavors.
Sorbet Recipes to Try: Mango Sorbet, Peach Sorbet & More Homemade Sorbet Recipes “
Pictured Recipe: Raspberry-Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt
The Healthiest Choice: Frozen Yogurt
Calorie-wise, nonfat fro-yo is the best choice. To ensure you’re getting some good-for-you probiotics with your dessert, look for the National Yogurt Association Live & Active Cultures seal (on packaging and in shops), though fro-yo delivers about a tenth of what unfrozen yogurt offers.
90-100 calories, 0 g sat. fat (nonfat) per 1/2 cup vanilla.
120-180 calories, 1-1.5 g sat. fat (low-fat) per 1/2 cup vanilla.
Healthy Frozen Yogurt Recipes to Try: Raspberry-Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt and More Frozen Yogurt Recipes “
9 of Melbourne’s Best Healthy Desserts
UPDATE: If you’re looking for more healthy desserts, read our recently published Best Vegan Desserts round-up.
I’ll be honest. I generally pick a restaurant or cafe based on their dessert menu. Full disclosure – I’m a Health and Fitness Coach AND I have one hell-of-a sweet tooth. Luckily, there are some real gems in Melbourne, which allow me to indulge without facing the ugly crash-and-burn that comes after a sugar indulgence, and also works with my gluten-free requirements. If you want to have your cake and eat it too, read on for 9 of Melbourne’s best healthy* desserts. (Sure, they’re not totally guilt-free, but they’re on the right track!)
DIY Froyo from Frozen by A Thousand Blessings
2013 saw an explosion of froyo stores in Melbourne. Paying by weight, you could potentially pay $10 for a spoonful of yoghurt and a cup of gummi bears, if you really wanted to! Froyo is really what you make of it, though, and Frozen allows you to create something deliciously guilt-free. Both the Natural and Green Tea flavoured froyo are sweetened with stevia – a natural herb, which is 300 times sweeter than sugar. The yoghurt is made from organic biodynamic milk, and the ‘add ons’ are also largely organic – although resisting the urge to fill up your bucket with organic pieces of lemon slice and cheesecake could be a challenge.
My pick: Green Tea and Natural Froyo (half / half) topped with organic strawberries, chia seeds, passionfruit coulis, and toasted coconut
Frozen by A Thousand Blessings | Various locations here
Image Credit: Frozen by A Thousand Blessings Facebook
Red Quinoa Secret from Shakahari
After indulging in Shakahari’s higher-class vegetarian dishes, this unique dessert will leave your sweet tooth satisfied without that sickly feeling. High protein red quinoa and sago are cooked in coconut milk, pandan leaves and palm sugar, with crushed, caramelised pecan nuts. The protein from the quinoa and good fats in the coconut milk won’t leave you with a sky-high insulin spike that’ll send your body into meltdown, like with other high-sugar desserts.
Shakahari | 201 – 203 Faraday Street in Carlton
Cupcakes from Mister Nice Guy’s Bakeshop
Mister Nice Guy’s Bakeshop has a number of items that are vegan, egg free, dairy free, gelatin free, soy free, made with natural colours, largely organic and fairtrade. There are gluten and nut free items available, and they’re working on many fructose free options! They also have raw cakes – yep, they’ve totally got it all covered! If you need a cupcake, Mister Nice Guy’s Bakeshop is where you want to be.
My pick: Golden Comb (aka ‘golden gaytime’) which is a vanilla toffee cupcake with caramel frosting, topped with chocolate ganache + honeycomb. Soy free, vegan, nut free, made with coconut milk, and a gluten free option is available!
Mister Nice Guy’s Bakeshop | Various locations here
Image Credit: Mister Nice Guy’s Bakeshop Facebook
Green Tea Ganache from Yong Green Food
If you’re too full from your meal to fit in a full-sized dessert, the Green Tea Ganache at Yongs will leave you super satisfied. A simple but delicious combination of green tea, brazil nuts, agave nectar and coconut covered in raw dark chocolate, topped with a goji berry. Perfect to get takeaway too!
Yong Green Food | 421 Brunswick Street in Fitzroy
Raw Cakes from Pana Chocolate
Pana Chocolate is the cult brand for raw, sugar and dairy free chocolate. Their Richmond café has a great rotating assortment of raw cheesecakes, tarts, raw truffles, plus way more. Raw chocolate cake, caramel pecan slice, almond milk hot chocolate are just some of the guilt-free treats you can enjoy, while you stock up on regular boxed Pana Chocolates.
Pana Chocolate | 491 Church Street in Richmond
Image Credit: Pana Chocolate Facebook
Nickers Cake from Surfcoast Wholefoods
Made by Naked Treaties in Byron Bay, this is just one of the delectable ‘clean’ desserts you can get at Surfcoast Wholefoods. Made from cashews, almonds, coconut, cacao, maple and coconut syrups on top of a raw cheesecake base, this is a perfect treat that is reminiscent of a Snickers Bar.
Surfcoast Wholefoods | Shop 104 Torquay Central, 41 Bristol Road in Torquay
Acai Bowl from The Nutrition Bar
The Nutrition Bar is a fantastic new haunt in Richmond and is Melbourne’s first clean fast food bar. Serving smoothies, cold pressed juices, protein drinks, breakfast bowls, salads and a selection of superfood balls. Okay, so some might argue that Acai bowls are more of a breakfast meal, I say, pardon? A delicious sweet-but-not-sickly treat made from superfoods, fruit and coconut water, this is definitely one of my favourite sweet treats at any time of the day.
The Nutrition Bar | 121 Swan Street in Richmond
Image Credit: The Nutrition Bar Facebook
Gelato from Fritz Gelato
Fritz Gelato is organic as well as lower in sugar, fat and calories than other ice creams and gelatos. No preservatives are used and they also serve organic donuts and coffee.
My pick: Caramelised Fig & Roasted Almond, and Salted Caramel (both award winners!)
Fritz Gelato | Various locations here
Coconut Ice Cream from Zebra Dream
Coconut Ice Cream is a delicious and indulgent alternative if you are eating dairy free. This ice cream is made in Melbourne, is organic and vegan. You’ll find Zebra Dream roaming around some of Melbourne’s must-visit events, markets and festivals (it’s sold from an old-style ice cream peddler bike!). With eight flavours available, my pick is salted caramel, which is sweetened with coconut nectar, and contains the superfood mesquite powder!
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Nothing says summer like licking a sweet, cooling ice cream cone on a steamy hot day. Or, maybe a refreshing, fruity popsicle is more your style. No matter what your preference, summertime sweets are often less than healthy, loaded with sugar and fat that make them taste oh-so-good. So if you’re looking to buy a healthier pint, it’s natural to assume that choosing something with “low-fat,” “low-sugar,” and “low-calorie” slapped on the label is a good idea. But it’s actually less than ideal.
“You have to look closely at the label because if it says ‘low-fat,’ it might be loaded with extra sugar, and if it’s low-calorie, it might contain artificial sweeteners that can irritate your stomach and have you running to the bathroom,” explains Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of BetterThanDieting.com, and author of Read It Before You Eat It – Taking You from Label to Table.
That said, there are plenty of healthy and delicious ice cream choices out there, but choosing the best cone, cup, or stick goes back to reading the ingredient list and nutrition label carefully in products. Here are some things Taub-Dix keeps in mind when she’s shopping for healthy ice cream.
How to shop for healthy ice cream
Stick to treats that are less than 120 calories per serving. Taub-Dix points out that the FDA recently increased the serving size of ice cream to 2/3 cup to reflect what Americans actually eat. However, most products still list the calorie count for a 1/2-cup portion. So if you’re really craving that full-fat ice cream with all the bells and whistles, go for it—but try to keep it at 250 calories per scoop, and let that be your one big indulgence for the day, Taub-Dix adds.
Look out for added sugars. Many labels now differentiate “added sugars” from natural sugars. So a raspberry sorbet may have 30 grams of added sugar (or the equivalent of 7.5 teaspoons!) on top of the natural sugars from the fruit.
Beware of ‘low-fat’ labels. What a product lacks in fat, it’ll make up for in sugar. Ideally, you do want to have some fat in your ice cream because it’ll make it more satiating and keep you from itching for more shortly after.
Stick to a cup or a cake cone. Those chocolate-dipped, sprinkle-covered waffle cones at the ice-cream shop are hard to resist, but each one can add up to a whopping 300 calories (even a plain waffle cone can have 150 calories or more). Instead, go with the small cake cone (around 25 calories) or a slightly more decadent sugar cone (45 calories).
Don’t overdo the toppings. “I’ve seen people order a low-fat frozen yogurt, and then pile on so many toppings, like sprinkles, candies, and hot fudge, that it has more calories than a piece of cake!,” says Taub-Dix. If you have to pile something on top of your scoop, go for healthier berries and nuts. But skip “wet walnuts” that have been sitting around in a bath of sugary syrup all day, Taub-Dix notes.
Make portion control easier by choosing pre-packaged popsicles, cups, or ice cream sandwiches. “The individual wrapping helps define the portion size,” says Taub-Dix. She adds that if you really love that flavor that comes only in pints or quarts, you can portion it out into small plastic containers in the freezer, so you know exactly how much to grab when you’re sitting down in front of the TV.
Make it yourself! For an easy and fun icy treat, Taub recommends you pour 100 percent orange juice into popsicle molds and add sliced fruit for extra flavor. “This is a great way for kids and adults to enjoy ices while getting vitamin C, with no added sugar. Frozen banana slices add a great creamy texture, and they store well in the freezer.”
To help you make healthy ice cream choices, we rounded up some of the most nutritious pints and cones out there.
As temperatures heat up, there are few things you’ll crave that are sticky and sweet. Ice cream is the exception, especially when you can enjoy it guilt-free. Impossible, you say? This deliciously healthy selection of store-bought frozen treats is higher in protein, packs fewer calories per pint and has less sugar. Some brands on the list also use organic-only ingredients and are free of processed sugars and artificial dyes. And if you’re dairy-free, soy-free or nut-free, you can have your scoop and eat it, too. We’ve got you covered with sorbets, fruit pops and even goat milk froyo. Craving a cone yet? Stock your freezer with these healthy ice cream brands ASAP.
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Photo: Courtesy of Halo Top
1. Halo Top
Whether you’re desperately trying to quit sugar or at least wean yourself off of it, Halo Top uses stevia, a natural sweetener that comes from the stevia herb. It’s technically a lot sweeter than sugar but won’t give you the same blood-sugar spikes and crashes. And with taste-tempting flavors like lemon cake, red velvet, s’mores and oatmeal cookie, Halo Top’s got all your cravings covered. Plus, each pint packs 20 grams or more of protein. If you manage to eat the whole pint (we won’t tell), most top out at 320 calories and under.
Photo: Courtesy of Enlightened Ice Cream
You’ll love the creamy, melt-in-your-mouth texture of Enlightened’s ice creams, which feature skim milk, milk protein isolate and monk fruit extract. In pints and bars, you can satisfy your craving for birthday cake, bananas foster, frozen hot chocolate and strawberry cheesecake. A half-cup serving of ice cream will run you just 60 to 100 calories. And for half the fat and sugar of regular ice cream, you can afford to add a few sprinkles on top.
Photo: Courtesy of Yasso
If it’s got a probiotic, then we can have one bar a day, right? Yasso’s ice cream sandwiches, bars and frozen candy bars are made with gut-friendly Greek yogurt. It also boasts a texture similar to slow-churned ice cream that’s often lost in low-fat, low-calorie varieties. If portion control is your kryptonite, each bar will fill you up with five grams of protein so you won’t hanker for another one. A bite of the Cinnamon Bun, Toffee Caramel Chocolate Chip and Black Raspberry Chip will melt away the stress of the day.
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Photo: Courtesy of Talenti
Talenti is known for its to-die-for Italian gelato and sorbettos made with all-natural and carefully sourced ingredients. Think Tahitian vanilla bean and Alphonso mangoes from India. For those following a dairy-free diet, we’re partial to the Peanut Butter Fudge Sorbetto. It’s packed with the creamy decadence of peanut butter and the richness of cocoa. (Did we mention it also has six grams of protein per serving?) The Vanilla Bean and Simply Strawberry gelatos are also good options if you want to stick to something low in sugar.
Photo: Courtesy of Victory Garden
5. Victory Garden
The farm-to-table food trend is coming to a froyo stand near you, thanks to Sophia Brittan, the founder and chef of Victory Garden. The West Village-based café in New York City whips up fresh goat milk soft serve and fro-yo (lactose-friendly and a good source of iron, calcium, protein and potassium). Honey Lavender, Rose Petal, Salted Caramel, Chocolate and Baah-nilla are perfect pints to share at tea party or brunch.
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Photo: Courtesy of Chloe’s Pops
6. Chloe’s Pops
Made with real fruit, water and a touch of organic cane sugar, Chloe’s pops aren’t artificially sweetened like some store-bought ones are. The signature strawberry pops are just 60 calories and 14 grams of sugar per serving. Other flavors include mango, dark chocolate, pomegranate, tangerine, raspberry and pineapple. They’re so refreshing you’ll want to pop one into your glass of white wine for a colorful spritzer.
Photo: Courtesy of So Delicious
7. So Delicious
You’ve hit the vegan jackpot with these coconut, soy, almond and cashew milk-based ice cream treats. In pints, bars and sandwiches, you’ll find flavors like Cherry Amaretto, Chocolate Brownie Almond, Green Tea and Pomegranate Chip. They’re so refreshingly creamy and satisfying, your dairy-eating friends won’t know the difference.
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Photo: Courtesy of Charlie’s Sorbet
8. Charlie’s Sorbet
Check gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, carrageenan-free off the list for these delectable sorbets. While not all the ingredients are totally organic, Charlie’s Sorbets don’t have any artificial flavors or sweeteners. Sumptuous flavors include Midnight Chocolate, Double Coconut and Passion Fruit Lovin’. We’ll take a double of everything, please.
Photo: Courtesy of Julie’s Organic Ice Cream
9. Julie’s Organic Ice Cream
USDA-approved organic and non-GMO, these frozen treats use the finest ingredients and have interesting flavor profiles. For example, Blackberries and Cream features real blackberries, egg yolks and lemon juice. For a frozen treat that’s made with whole milk, cream and cane sugar, you’ll feel satisfied after just a half-cup serving.