Sunday, November 20, 2016

Is "Healthy" Ice Cream Really A Thing?

As a new blogger, one of the best feelings ever is when a brand reaches out to you and offers you a product in return for a review. What's even better is when the competitor reaches out to you as well. The cherry on top of the whole situation is that the product is ice cream.

You will never hear me complain about reviewing ice cream.

This post is sponsored by both Arctic Zero and Halo Top Creamery, who sent me free product in return for my opinions. My opinions are not influenced by the free product, of course.

Of course, these requests came at a time where buying ice cream was not a priority. I'm currently in a state where snacking is something I should avoid, especially on super sugary desserts. But if you look at the nutrition facts for both brands, they aren't as bad as your typical ice cream. Calorie- wise, you're talking roughly 200 calories less per serving than Ben & Jerry's. But do these companies sacrifice taste for healthy qualities?

Arctic Zero

Flavors Tried: Brownie Blast, Banana Pudding, Poppin' Pomegranate, Snickerdoodle Dandy, Cake Batter

First Impressions: Five pints of ice cream... delivered to my door... for free. And I couldn't ask for a more diverse selection of flavors.

The flavor that stood out to me the most was the pomegranate: I needed to try it. Honestly, I wasn't that impressed. It didn't taste like real pomegranate, but did have a creamy-fruity blend which I did enjoy.

Final Conclusion: Brownie Blast was my favorite from this test. I was shocked because I didn't expect "healthy chocolate ice cream" to actually taste good, but it definitely did.

Halo Top Creamery

Flavors Tried: Mint Chip

First Impressions: Halo Top didn't mail me the ice cream, but they did give me a coupon for a free pint, which I got to pick out myself at Kroger. I decided on Mint Chip because it's one of the few flavors that Kroger carried and ya can't really go wrong with the basics (and yes, I consider mint to be a basic flavor).

Final Conclusion: I definitely need to try more of these, I just wish they weren't $5 a pint. Looking over their flavor list online, they have a ton of awesome flavors (like cookies and cream and cookie dough), I just don't think I can find them at my Kroger. I honestly don't think I could tell the difference between this and Ben & Jerry's.

So there you have it, my opinions on two competing ice cream brands. But I'm not done yet...

One thing I did notice is that both of these companies advertise how much protein is in each pint. Honestly, it's not a huuuge difference... maybe 2 or 3 grams per serving, which I guess is better than nothing.

Overall, I'm pretty surprised by how something can be both "healthy" and good tasting. I definitely recommend both of these brands. Now, I have to find a way to eat 6 pints of ice cream and not gain weight.

1 comment :

  1. Best battle ever. I've seen the Halo brand around my grocery store and it has always intrigued me. I'll have to try it now!