I finally got to try some new Halo Top Ice Cream flavors. This time: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!
I have tried Strawberry and Birthday Cake in the past.
First of all, for those of you that don’t know, Halo Top is a Low Fat, High Protein Ice Cream. It works really well for people that are trying to stick to set macros or a specific nutrition plan, but don’t want to sacrifice dessert/sweets. It usually aligns nicely with one’s designated macros if they do IIFYM, which tend to be lower in fat and higher in protein.
I tried the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor, which is one of their higher calorie pints at 360 Calories per pint, or 90 Calories per serving. Most of their pints are in the 240 to 280 Calories per pint range.
It is sweet! Unlike some low calorie ice creams or desserts, it actually does have a sweet flavor that is not unnatural tasting like you find with some low fat foods. It also actually tastes creamy.
The ingredients are normal and you can actually pronounce them!
Milk and cream, eggs, erythritol, prebiotic fiber, milk protein concentrate, cookie dough (flour [wheat], sugar, butter, soybean oil, chocolate chips [sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, vanilla extract], molasses, white rice flour, salt, vanilla extract, organic soy lecithin), organic cane sugar, vegetable glycerin, sea salt, natural flavors, vanilla extract, organic carob gum, organic guar gum, organic stevia. (1)
It does satisfy and does not leave you feeling like you just ate flavored ice. It’s also important to start viewing dessert not as something “bad”, but as something you can enjoy regularly. If you do this, it makes it easier to have 1 or 2 servings (or more if your calories/macros for the day allow!) and be done with it, instead of indulging too much before you go “back on your diet”.
If you do decide that a full pint is what you want (which is completely valid!) it does not leave you feeling sick like I know I have sometimes felt when I indulge in a pint of ice cream.
It’s a really good middle ground between some of the more slushy/”flavored ice” types of low calorie ice creams and full fat ice cream.
I also want to note: there is nothing wrong with full fat ice cream. I definitely eat it. But, personally, I cannot fit that into my every day eating with the calories/macros I have calculated for myself and want to stick to.
This particular flavor, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, was just ok for me. I did not see any chocolate pieces in my serving (maybe they’re at the bottom?), so I missed the “chocolate chip” part of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
It was a little less creamy than the Strawberry that I tried before. I don’t know if this is due to that one being a fruity flavor and if the ingredients in that one influence the creaminess, or if I did not wait long enough to let it soften.
Note: Halo Top does put a message on their pints:
It’s Worth the Wait.
You might notice that your Halo Top sometimes freezes a little harder than the other guys-and that’s a good thing! It’s because we don’t use artificial softeners and, of course, Halo Top’s so low in sugar and fat. So give it a couple minutes on the counter and see just how good a low-calorie, high-protein ice cream can be.
So it’s understood that it is going to be a little harder than normal ice cream until you let it soften a bit.
All in all, I’m a really big fan of this brand. This is because, like I said, it is a really good middle ground. They have a good variety of flavors and it’s good to be able to keep ice cream alive for people that are following a specific nutrition plan.
Go get some Halo Top now at a Store Near You!