'Healthy' Ice Cream Bars Taste Test: We Think We Found a Winner!

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ice cream barIce cream is one of the most classic desserts out there, but sometimes people pass it up because the caloric intake just isn't worth it. Well, over here at The Stir, we think that no one should ever have to give up eating ice cream bars (or ice cream sandwiches)!

That's why we were on a mission to blind taste 8 different kinds of reduced-fat and low-calorie ice cream bars to figure out which treat would satisfy our cravings without breaking our diets. The biggest surprise? The full-fat ice cream bar we threw into the mix didn't win! VICTORY!

Here are the brands we tested for creaminess, texture, and flavor:

  1. Skinny Cow Caramel Truffle
  2. Skinny Cow Cookies 'n' Cream
  3. Cadbury Caramello
  4. Cadbury Vanilla Chocolate
  5. Klondike 100 Calorie English Toffee and French Vanilla Bars
  6. Weight Watchers English Toffee Crunch Bars
  7. Weight Watchers Giant Chocolate Cookies & Cream Bars
  8. Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Milk Chocolate

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Favorite Ice Cream Bar: Cadbury Caramello

Nutrition: 160 calories, 8g fat, 17g sugar

This "skinny" Cadbury treat was ranked best out of all eight ice cream bars, including the full-fat one from Haagen-Dazs, which, let me tell you, is ridiculously fattening (so fattening that I said "Oh my God!" under my breath when I read the nutrition label). While the Haagen-Dazs bar has close to 300 calories and 20 grams of fat (!!!), Cadbury Caramello only clocks in at around half the calories and a little more than half the fat (!!!). Cadbury has found a way into all of our hearts here at The Stir.

What we had to say: "Love the rich caramel ribbons in here. If this is low-calorie, then it's totally worth it."

Runner-up for Favorite Ice Cream Bar: Cadbury Vanilla Chocolate

Nutrition: 150 calories, 8g fat, 15g sugar

Yes, Haagen-Dazs technically did come in second overall, but since it doesn't make the "healthy" cut, the Cadbury Vanilla Chocolate gladly stepped in to take its place. This one really wowed us with its delectable vanilla ice cream. Yum! Both the Caramello and the Vanilla Chocolate took home the highest rankings for creaminess and flavor.

What we had to say: "The chocolate is great. Very much like a candy bar."

Least Favorite Ice Cream Bar: Klondike 100 Calorie English Toffee and French Vanilla Bars

Nutrition: 100 calories, 6g fat, 8g sugar

While many people did like the added toffee crunch, it was one of the lowest scoring bars. And size-wise, the ice cream bars were teeny-tiny compared to the other options. No thank you.

What we had to say: "Phoney Baloney!" and "Ew. Not enjoyable."

Runner-up for Least Favorite Ice Cream Bar: Skinny Cow Caramel Truffle

Nutrition: 100 calories, 2.5g fat, 11g sugar

Many of our tasters were surprised to learn that Skinny Cow wasn't one of the top contenders, but the Caramel Truffle just wasn't a match for Cadbury's Caramello. But let's be real: if you're super concerned about calories and don't need an A+ ice cream bar, this might be the real winner for you since 100 calories and 2.5 grams of fat are hard to beat.

What we had to say: "Little bit of a strange taste at first bite" and "Leaves an aftertaste, but it's okay."

In the end, we had a blast trying out all these different ice cream bars (I mean, who wouldn't?!), but we were more than happy to find out that there are actually healthier ice cream options out there that don't sacrifice flavor for calories. Now we can enjoy our favorite summer dessert without feeling completely guilty.

Do you have a favorite "healthy" ice cream bar that isn't on the list?

Image via Keith McDuffee/Flickr

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nonmember avatar Tom

This is ridiculous and has no basis in nutritional fact. Surprise! The ice cream bar with the most sugar wins a blind taste test contest. Don't rejoice the fact that you didn't get to eat the full fat bar, but lament the fact that you didn't get the fat to counteract the oncoming insulin spike you get with those 17 grams of sugar, further leading to insulin resistance in the absence of sufficient protein and fat in your mislead effort to lose/keep off weight as if that is the measure of health. In the future, please refrain from furthering the inane mainstream nutritional agenda and understand that good fat=full.

nonmember avatar Me

Most low fat no sugar products have a whole host of much more harmful ingredients in them than some good old fat and sugar. Id rather eat a little bit of good old creamy icecream than a boatload of artificial sweetner and other incredients I cant pronounce but saved me 100 calories icecream producty thingy.

Go for a fruit smoothie or a frozen fruit bar if youre that concerened over a few grams of fat

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