240 Calories A Pint?

– Katie Bisbee

Sometimes all you want to do is hang out with your friends Ben and Jerry, but you feel guilty for eating all of the calories.. Ice cream is great, but now it can be great for you! Halo Top, a “healthy” ice cream brand, is blowing up everyone’s fridge. High in protein and low in sugar, Halo Top uses all-natural ingredients so you can eat pints of ice cream without feeling guilty. Embracing a healthy lifestyle can be tricky, especially if you have a sweet tooth, but with low calorie ice cream anything is possible!

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So how exactly is this secret low calorie ice cream made? When looking at the ingredients I came across the ingredient erythritol. Don’t be scared by the name because erythritol is just a sugar alcohol with zero glycemic index (no calories, woo!), but it looks and tastes like sugar. Since Halo Top refuses to use artificial sweeteners, it is recommended to let the ice cream temper for a few minutes before eating.

While sometimes healthy foods leave you unsatisfied and craving the real thing, Halo Top is actually delicious. With an average of 240-320 calories per pint depending on the flavor, compared to a pint of vanilla Haagen Dazs ice cream, which has 1,000 calories similar to Ben and Jerry’s, Halo Top ice cream is not too good to be true.

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Naturally, this ice cream has many people skeptical. After trying different flavors with SU students, I came to find that Halo Top is an amazing ice cream substitute. The flavor is satisfying and light leaving you feeling full, but not lethargic. The best flavors notoriously are cookie dough, birthday cake and mint chocolate chip. However, the texture is more similar to Italian ices than of ice cream. If you are willing to compromise texture to be able to eat an entire pint without feeling guilty, Halo Top is the ice cream for you!

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