Before Halo Top, low-calorie ice cream was a bit of an enigma. In the history of making delicious desserts low-cal, very few have come up on top. And of those that have succeeded, the treats end up straight out of a horror movie: vacuum-sealed cakes that can go years without spoiling; desserts that look and feel like the real thing, until that weird aftertaste catches a taste bud unawares.
So, when Halo Top's low-calorie ice cream went on the market, people were expecting it to be bad. But it wasn't. It's positively delicious, and many will tell you Halo Top is a big player, maybe even the biggest player in the low-calorie ice cream game. But that title might have a new champion because on February 7, Ben & Jerry's unveiled a line of waistline-friendly pints called Moo-Phoria.
The line includes three low-calorie flavors -- Chocolate Milk & Cookies, Caramel Cookie Fix, and P.B. Dough -- with less sugar and fat content than the rest of Ben & Jerry's pints and made with organic dairy.
For those who count calories, a single serving (a half-cup) has about 150 calories and 15 grams of sugar. To slim down this new line of pints, B&J's also reduced the fat content by 60 to 70 percent, so each serving has 5 grams, compared to the 15 to 19 grams of fat in its latest Truffles pints.
The most critical component of a good low-calorie ice cream is the aftertaste (or a lack of one). And luckily, you won't taste a flurry of aspartame in these new flavors.
Delish got a sample of the lineup, setting Halo Top as the standard, and came to the conclusion that B&J's healthy ice cream didn't taste like "healthy" ice cream, but racks up more calories than other healthy ice cream options.
The line still has sweet swirls and chunks, true to B&J's fashion, which does hit a sweet spot by cutting down the calories and sugar and leaving the caramel swirls and chunky bits that make the company's ice cream so delightful.
But between Halo Top and Ben & Jerry's Moo-Phoria line, Halo Top has fewer calories per pint and clocks in between 200 and 300 calories, while Moo-Phoria has about 600 calories. But if you can stick with B&J's half-cup serving size, then you're in the clear.