Healthy Ice Cream? - Reviews of all the Halo Top Ice Cream Flavors - Top 10 Ranking

Halo Top Creamery is an exceptional company. Most ice creameries make ice cream without any thought of the population that wants it the most: people who are dieting. And the companies that do make “diet ice cream” have done so at the cost of taste. Most people can agree that diet ice cream sounds horrible. Halo Top Creamery agreed with this sentiment and created an ice cream that can work with your diet, not against it.

If you follow flexible dieting (also know as “If It Fits Your Macros” - IIFYM) then your goals are getting in adequate protein, fiber, and as long as you’ve hit your prescribed macro-nutrients, then you can stay on your diet eating whatever you’d like.

However, most (non diet) ice creams have too much fat and too many carbs to fit in more than a couple of (weighed out) scoops. And if you want to get a small pint of ice cream, it takes every bit of your willpower to not eat the whole pint.

Well those days are OVER!

Halo Top not only is High Protein, High Fiber, Low-Calorie, Low-Sugar, but it actually tastes good. I know, it sounds too good to be true, but it really does taste great! And unlike most ice creams, you feel full and satisfied (not bloated or disgusting) after you’ve eaten the whole pint.

I've taken upon myself to taste, review and rank every flavor of Halo Top ice cream. All of my reviews can be seen by themselves on my Instagram: @TheOperaBro

 

The Flavors:

Vanilla Bean

Chocolate

Lemon Cake

Strawberry

Mint Chip

Chocolate Mocha Chip

Birthday Cake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Peanut Butter Cup

Cookies and Cream

Sea Salt Caramel

S’mores

Pistachio

Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Almond Crunch

Black Cherry

Red Velvet

 

Vanilla Bean

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Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 240

Fat: 8 grams

Carbs: 52 grams

Protein: 20 grams

Vanilla is generally where full fat, full sugar ice creams show their “stuff.” Great brands of ice cream brag about their ingredients and use vanilla as the showcase of their baseline. Halo Top can’t beat most ice creams in this realm because they just don’t have enough fat and carbs. But Halo Top still holds it’s own, it’s creamy, sweet and very low in calories. I think this flavor is the absolute best if you want to use it for a sundae or a float.

 

Chocolate

Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 280

Fat: 10 grams

Carbs: 48 grams

Protein: 20 grams

Chocolate is very similar to vanilla in that when it’s resting on it’s own you know you’re not getting it’s full fat, full sugar counterpart. But, it sure as hell doesn’t taste bad. It’s smooth and chocolatey without tasting icy or chalky. It has a touch more fat than vanilla, which does bring out more of the chocolate flavor and is worth the 40 extra calories.

 

Lemon Cake

Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 240

Fat: 8 grams

Carbs: 52 grams

Protein: 20 grams

Lemon Cake is the first of the Halo Flavors that really stands on it’s own. It reminds me of one of my favorite desserts: The Lemon Passion Cake from Macaroni Grill. Don’t let the lemon in the name lead you astray, it’s not a sorbet flavor. It only has a hint of lemon and tastes more like a cake drenched in cream. I was prepared to not like Lemon Cake, but it turned out to be one of my favorites.

 

Strawberry

Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 280

Fat: 8 grams

Carbs: 56 grams

Protein: 20 grams

Strawberry is good. It’s not amazing, not phenomenal, but by no means is it bad. The strawberry flavor is subtle. And it would definitely be improved if they had little bits of strawberries, but alas the lack of texture differentiation leaves room for improvement. The way to really sell this flavor is by taking scoops of strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla bean and making a classic neapolitan banana split!

 

Mint Chip

Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 240

Fat: 8 grams

Carbs: 56 grams

Protein: 20 grams

Mint Chip is one of my original favorites. It’s spot on with the minty, chocolate flavor and the added chips give it the perfect amount of crunch texture in every bite. It’s by far my favorite 240 calorie Halo Top pints. I plan on making a shake with mint chip in the near future!

 

Chocolate Mocha Chip

Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 320

Fat: 12 grams

Carbs: 56 grams

Protein: 24 grams

Chocolate Mocha Chip is particularly delicious. It had that deep chocolate flavor, very smooth and sweet like a light dark chocolate. For this one I definitely recommend letting it melt even more than usual before digging in. The flavors pop much more when it's a little melty. My only complaint is that there wasn't enough texture. Not nearly enough chips to make the flavors POP! But, overall, a delightful choice, much smoother and sweeter than the regular chocolate flavor.

 

Birthday Cake

Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 280

Fat: 8 grams

Carbs: 56 grams

Protein: 20 grams

When most people imagine Birthday Cake they picture frosting flavored ice cream with oodles of sprinkles and polka dot candies. If this is what you need in a Birthday Cake you won’t be pleased. However, Birthday Cake does have the sweet, vanilla cream flavor and bits of polka dot candies all through it. It’s an imitation of sorts, but it does serve the original.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 360

Fat: 12 grams

Carbs: 64 grams

Protein: 20 grams

if you love the flavor of cookie dough ice cream, it definitely gets that spot on. It has the traditional creamy, halo top texture, but includes tiny chunks of cookie dough. The chunks are real cookie dough, which is why the calorie count is higher than most halo tops. My only complaint is that I wish they had more dough chunks! Otherwise, it's a great choice!

 

Peanut Butter Cup

Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 320

Fat: 12 grams

Carbs: 56 grams

Protein: 20 grams

Peanut Butter Cup is another instance where it’s good, not stellar, but is by no means bad. The problem is that most full fat, full sugar peanut butter cup ice cream flavors are amazing. It’s hard to create the same experience without all of those variables. That being said, it’s still really good. It nails the peanut butter flavor and has the crunchy peanut butter cups throughout. And for 320 calories a pint it will get the job done without wrecking your diet!

 

Cookies and Cream

Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 320

Fat: 10 grams

Carbs: 64 grams

Protein: 20 grams

Cookies and cream is a solid flavor. I had worries about it after trying the Birthday cake flavor. I thought perhaps it would have too much cream and not enough cookies. But I was delightfully surprised when I opened the pint. It has the crunchy specs of cookie throughout the ice cream, so each bite has a great cookie to cream ratio. Now, this is not an Oreo flavor, so it doesn’t taste like that crazy sweet filling, but it has the classic cookies and cream sweet and crunchy.

 

Sea Salt Caramel

Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 320

Fat: 8 grams

Carbs: 60 grams

Protein: 20 grams

Sea Salt Caramel is interesting. It’s hard to capture this particular flavor without a bunch of added caramel sugar and salt crisps. Now, there are strands of caramel strewn about the ice cream but not enough to really set it above the curve. It’s still smooth, sweet, and delicious, but it doesn’t set the standard.

 

S’mores

Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 320

Fat: 10 grams

Carbs: 64 grams

Protein: 20 grams

S’mores is a very popular flavor nowadays. I see a lot of cookies, ice creams, and other edibles (like pop tarts) that are trying to recreate the legendary fireside snack. Some do it better than others. S'mores is filled with crunchy bits that remind me of the crispy graham cracker, but the taste to me resembles almost more of a tiramisu flavor. That being said, It's absolutely delicious, and the texture is the best of all the halo top ice creams.

 

Pistachio

Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 240

Fat: 8 grams

Carbs: 52 grams

Protein: 20 grams

The color is so green. It looks like a shamrock shake from McDonalds. When I opened the pint I thought I was going to be eating something that tasted like hulk poo. But, I was VERY happy to find that it didn’t taste like poo. In fact it tasted the opposite. It tasted great. They nailed the pistachio flavor, the texture is silky smooth, and I think it would be awesome to use in a shake recipe.

 

Oatmeal Cookies

Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 280

Fat: 8 grams

Carbs: 56 grams

Protein: 20 grams

Generally when I think of Oatmeal cookies I think I’m getting the runner up to the superior cookie choice (chocolate chip.) But Halo Top comes through again. Along with the creamy texture of the ice cream comes bits of real oatmeal throughout. The cream is sweet with a touch of cinnamon and the real oats give it a nice texture overall.

 

Chocolate Almond Crunch

Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 320

Fat: 12 grams

Carbs: 52 grams

Protein: 24 grams

Chocolate Almond Crunch has the best (and please forgive this terminology) “mouth feel.” It’s one of the flavors that you completely forget is a “Healthier option” ice cream. It doesn’t feel as if it’s lacking at all. I love the flavor and the creamy ice cream, but my favorite distinction is the crunchy texture that makes the flavor really pop! And for 280 calories it really splits the difference between the higher calorie flavors and the lower calorie flavors!

 

Black Cherry

Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 280

Fat: 8 grams

Carbs: 48 grams

Protein: 20 grams

Black Cherry is exquisite. It reminds me of black forest cake in ice cream form. The chocolate is rich and smooth and it’s excellently paired with real chunks of cherries. The pint has great cherry distribution throughout. The cherries aren’t the only thing that sell this ice cream, the flavor alone is great. But the cherries take this ice cream to legendary status.

 

Red Velvet

Nutritional Facts (For the Whole Pint)

Calories: 360

Fat: 12 grams

Carbs: 64 grams

Protein: 20 grams

Red Velvet is very comparable to Black Cherry, just switch out the cherries with red velvet cake. Like the cookie dough flavor it has chunks of red velvet dough throughout. The change of texture is much appreciated and it matches the smoothness and creaminess of the sweet ice cream.

 

So, now that you’ve seen all the flavors. Here is the top 10 list...

Top 10 Halo Top Flavors

  1. Chocolate Almond Crunch

  2. Mint Chip

  3. S’mores

  4. Red Velvet

  5. Cookies and Cream

  6. Oatmeal Cookie

  7. Black Cherry

  8. Pistachio

  9. Lemon Cake

  10. Chocolate Mocha Chip

 

That’s the List! Do you agree? Do you disagree? Let me know in the comments below! And if you’re a fan of Halo Top, what flavors do you wish they’d make? I personally hope that they make the following three flavors:

 

  • Rocky Road

  • Bunny Tracks

  • Fudge Brownie

 

Kasey Yeargain

AKA

The Opera Bro