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Healthy ice cream? Halo Top will satisfy your sweet tooth even if you’re on a diet

Have you ever had a dream that you were so sure was real?


What if I told you that you could have an entire pint of delicious ice cream without doing serious damage to your diet?

You’d probably tell me that I was crazy, but I’m not. Halo Top ice cream sounds like a dream, but it’s 100 percent real.

I first heard about Halo Top in a women’s fitness group I’m a member of on Facebook. In between the posts about proper squat form and fitness progress pictures, a photo of a pint of ice cream with a golden lid caught my eye.

“What’s this?” I thought. “Ice cream in a fitness group? Someone’s celebrating cheat day.” But no, it wasn’t cheat day. It was Halo Top.

I kid you not, every single comment on that picture was a rave review. They all boiled down to this: an entire pint of ice cream in any of the brand’s seven flavors has less than 300 calories and 16 grams of sugar, plus about 24 grams of protein. That’s right. Muscle-building, belly-filling protein. A lot of it. IN ICE CREAM. For less than 300 calories!

Compare that to 1,0007 calories, 80 grams of sugar and 20 grams of protein for a pint of Ben and Jerry’s plain vanilla ice cream.

I was sold immediately and knew I had to try it.

Unfortunately, greatness takes effort. Halo Top is a specialty health food which means it’s not commonly available. In fact, the only place to get it is in Michiana at your neighborhood Kroger.

I went to the Kroger in the Town and Country shopping center to find Halo Top with my Flavor 574 podcast co-hosts Rob and Joe. We first traipsed through the ice cream aisle but couldn’t find Halo Top. Turns out, it was in the natural/healthy frozen section on the other side of the store.

We walked up to the freezer, past the fish, and to the dessert section. My eyes searched for a glimpse of gold…. and there it was. In the bottom of the freezer, tucked away in a corner, I found a few pints of chocolate and vanilla bean. I chose the chocolate.

By the time I got back to the office, the Halo Top was softened up (the container actually recommends letting the pint sit out for a few minutes before eating because the ice cream gets so hard, like homemade ice cream) and ready to enjoy. I grabbed a spoon and dug in.

My first impression? Wow! It tasted like dark chocolate and had the consistency of a Wendy’s Frosty. It was smooth and sweet enough to enjoy, but noticeably less sweet than traditional ice cream. That’s actually one of the best parts of it, in my opinion, especially if you’re trying to ween yourself off of unnecessary sugar.

The rest of the pint was consistently delicious. The best part? Not feeling guilty at all for enjoying a few spoonfuls.

Overall, I rate the chocolate Halo Top a solid 9 out of 10. The flavor was spot on, but I prefer a bit thicker consistency. It’s a bit pricey at almost $5 per pint, but will I eat it again? You bet your bottom dollar I will! I’ll be searching the other Kroger stores for the other flavors, especially the lemon cake.

You can find the Flavor 574 channel, and subscribe, on audioBoom, or by clicking the subscribe button above. New episodes will appear each week and may be downloaded via iTunes or Google Play. Krystal Vivian is a digital producer for 95.3 MNC and writes for Flavor 574.

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