Reviewer’s Note: Sample of the product discussed here was provided to me for reviewing purposes at no cost.
We’re only a day into what’s looking to be a hot, wet summer ahead, so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to share a review of something cold.
The shipment of 100% organic Halo Top Ice Cream that came to our door presented a multitude of flavors for the tasting. Here, in no distinct order, are the varieties I sampled: Mint Chip, Lemon Cake, Chocolate, Strawberry, Chocolate Mocha Chip, and Vanilla Bean.
My initial thought upon opening the box: “It’s good to be a food reviewer.”
So, as Halo Top devotes significant marketing focus to its low-fat, low-sugar, high-protein nature, I was curious what awaited me beyond the lids of these pints emblazoned across their fronts with the number of calories per container. Their confidence was inspiring. That each number for the entire pint rivaled the amount of calories packed into a single serving of many ice creams churned out by Halo Top’s competitors did not escape my notice. While that was promising in one way, it had potential to let me down in others. After all, things that seem too good to be true tend to be exactly that. So, an ice cream that could be as low in fat, sugar, and everything else that makes ice cream delicious as this one claimed to be, while still tasting great seemed if not impossible, then certainly improbable. I stopped believing in unicorns a long time ago.
So, I started sampling, beginning with Vanilla Bean. It tasted like vanilla beans and sweet cream, and little else, which was as it should be. So, I kept tasting until I’d tried them all. And then I went back to certain flavors for seconds. And then I took the containers outside into a sunny afternoon to take photos of them for this review. Then I came back inside and tasted some more.
Aside from a somewhat brittle, crumbly texture when the ice cream is at its coldest, there’s nothing for me to pick on about this product. Its flavors are clean, and free of the cloying, artificial tastes found in a lot of other ice creams. The Chocolate ice cream speaks of fresh cocoa and is not overly-sugary, but sweet enough to be pleasing and feel refined on the tongue. The Lemon Cake variety tastes of lemon frosting made with actual lemons, while the Strawberry, Mint Chip, and Chocolate Mocha Chip lead respectively with real fruit, herb, and coffee notes that declare there’s no (insert food)”-flavored” anything here (“-flavored” being the universal code for “none of the actual foodstuff is present, but we’re mimicking it to our best ability.”) So Halo Top’s Strawberry ice cream isn’t “strawberry-flavored.” It’s made with actual strawberries, and tastes like it. The same goes for its Chocolate and Chocolate Mocha Chip and Mint flavors. And Halo Top pulls all of this off with 24 grams of protein per pint, and calories-per-serving numbers that are roughly one-half to one-quarter of what you’re likely to find in other brands that I won’t name here.
In fact, it’s really, really good.
Who knew such a thing could exist? Maybe unicorns are real, too.
Learn more about Halo Top Ice Cream at http://www.halotop.com/.