Ice 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:
- Skinny Cow Caramel Truffle
- Skinny Cow Cookies 'n' Cream
- Cadbury Caramello
- Cadbury Vanilla Chocolate
- Klondike 100 Calorie English Toffee and French Vanilla Bars
- Weight Watchers English Toffee Crunch Bars
- Weight Watchers Giant Chocolate Cookies & Cream Bars
- 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?
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