Food Choices

High Protein, Low Sugar Ice Cream: Halo Top

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Who screams for ice cream? Luckily, with flexible dieting we can all scream for ice cream and not feel guilty about it.

BUT, ice cream doesn’t always fit my macros because it is often high in sugar and fat.

I was intrigued when Halo Top contacted me about their high protein, low sugar, low-fat ice cream because it’s often the fat and sugar that prevent ice cream from fitting my macros.

What was even more interesting is that all of their varieties of ice cream are between 240-280 calories a pint!

I could eat a whole pint of Halo Top for fewer calories than what’s in just 1/2 cup of Haagen Dazs!

However, then my common sense kicked in and I thought that it probably doesn’t taste very good. I had tried other lower calorie ice creams in the past and wasn’t too impressed.

But, I was still willing to give Halo Top a shot and the company was nice enough to send me a pint of six of their seven flavors to put to the test.

Halo Top Ice Cream Review

The first thing I noticed about Halo Top was how hard it freezes. At first I thought it was due to the dry ice packaging it arrived in, but once in my freezer overnight, this didn’t change.

I learned by reading the carton that Halo Top freezes harder than other ice creams because they don’t use many of the softening ingredients typically used in ice cream. This is typically a high milk fat content or stabilizers like xanthan gum, gellan gum, and carrageenan.

It actually reminded me of homemade ice cream, which I’ve always loved and freezes a little harder when placed in the freezer.

Here’s how their flavors stacked up

halo top lemon cake ice cream

Lemon Cake

This one had such a vibrant lemon flavor and I loved it. They use lemon peel and lemon oil as the flavoring agents.

Total calories: 240 per pint or 60 per 1/2 cup serving

Macros per pint/per 1/2 cup serving:

  • Protein: 24 grams/6 grams
  • Fat: 8 grams/2 grams
  • Net Carbs: 18 grams/4.5 grams
  • Total carbs: 56 grams/14 grams
  • Fiber: 20 grams/5 grams

Halo Top ice cream strawberry flavor

Strawberry

This Halo Top flavor had a really great strawberry flavor with real pieces of strawberry visible.

Total Calories: 280 per pint or 70 per serving

Macros per pint/per 1/2 cup serving:

  • Protein: 24 grams/6 grams
  • Fat: 8 grams/2 grams
  • Net Carbs: 27.2 grams/6.8 grams
  • Total Carbs 60 grams/ 15 grams
  • Fiber: 20 grams/5 grams

Vanilla Bean Halo Top

Vanilla Bean

I love vanilla ice cream for its simplicity and I love varieties that have real vanilla bean flecks mixed in. This flavor had just that and was delicious.

Total calories: 240 per pint or 60 per 1/2 cup serving

Macros per pint/per 1/2 cup serving:

  • Protein: 24 grams/6 grams
  • Fat: 8 grams/2 grams
  • Net Carbs: 18 grams/4.5 grams
  • Total Carbs: 56 grams/14 grams
  • Fiber: 20 grams/5 grams

Mint Chip Ice Cream Halo Top

Mint Chip

This flavor contains real dark chocolate mint chips in a naturally flavored mint base. It was a tad too much on the spearmint side for me, but it did have a great balance of chocolate and mint flavor.

Total calories: 240 per pint or 60 per 1/2 cup serving

Macros per pint/per 1/2 cup serving:

  • Protein: 24 grams/6 grams
  • Fat: 8 grams/2 grams
  • Net Carbs: 18 grams/4.5 grams
  • Total Carbs: 56 grams/ 14 grams
  • Fiber: 20 grams/5 grams

Chocolate Mocha Chip

Chocolate Mocha Chip

This flavor was the only disappointment for me. I expected some hints of coffee based on the term “mocha“, but there wasn’t any coffee to be found. It basically tasted like chocolate ice cream.

Total calories: 280 per pint or 70 per 1/2 cup serving

Macros per pint/per 1/2 cup serving:

  • Protein: 24 grams/6 grams
  • Fat: 10 grams/2.5 grams
  • Net Carbs: 18 grams/4.5 grams
  • Total Carbs 56 grams/14 grams
  • Fiber: 20 grams/5 grams

Halo Top Chocolate Ice Cream

Chocolate

This flavor had a nice chocolate flavor but more on the milk chocolate side of the chocolate flavor spectrum.

Total calories: 240 per pint or 60 per 1/2 cup serving

Macros per pint/per 1/2 cup serving:

  • Protein: 24 grams/6 grams
  • Fat: 8 grams/2 grams
  • Net Carbs: 18 grams/4.5 grams
  • Total Carbs 56 grams/14 grams
  • Fiber: 20 grams/5 grams

How is Halo Top so low in sugar?

Halo Top uses just a little real sugar and then increases sweetness by using erythritol and stevia, which are both almost zero-calorie but natural sweeteners.

What really surprised me was that I could detect zero aftertaste which is usually typical for non-nutritive sweeteners. This is a win for me as I just won’t choose a low-calorie ice cream if it has a strange aftertaste.

A lot of fiber and protein!

Halo Top also enhances the nutrition of their ice cream by adding prebiotic fiber into every batch as well as boosts the protein content by adding concentrated milk protein.

Since both protein and fiber are important to a flexible dieter, this is a big win win for me as well!

In case you couldn’t tell, Halo Top is a great product and one that I’ll be buying long after my free samples are finished (they actually almost are).

Halo Top may not have the soft and really creamy texture of ice creams like Ben and Jerry’s and Haagen Dazs but what it does offer is the ability for me to sit down with a pint and enjoy a great ice cream treat over a 1/2 hour opposed to for more calories getting just a 1/2 cup of the other guys’ ice cream which is gone in seconds.

Give Halo Top a try, it’s available at Whole Foods and other “natural-type” grocers country-wide or online here.

Ted Kallmyer is an ISSA certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, is an expert macros coach, and the author of The Macro Solution. If you need personal help reaching your weight loss/fitness goals see his nutrition & macros coaching options. Follow Ted on Instagram
Last Updated: October 10, 2019

37 Comments

  1. Flatus

    It made me fart like a damned goat

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  2. Lisa W.

    To the haters who are hating because the ‘chips’ and ‘chunks’ are too small – remember, you are eating this ice cream because you want less junk. There has to be sacrifice SOMEWHERE. To the haters who are hating the consistency – take it out of the freezer and let it stand a few minutes. It gets creamy and lovely. This ice cream has lots of fiber, very low in sugar and calorie. The pistachio has the consistency of a gourmet ice cream. Yes, the chips and chunks will be small but if you are trying to be healthier or lose weight, then expect smaller chips and chunks. That’s a GOOD thing. If you want a cookie, then just go get a cookie. If you want to be healthier, give it a second chance, leave it stand out of the freezer for a few first, and for the love of God TRY THE PISTACHIO.

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  3. Wolf

    Why do you hide sugar content?

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    • Ted Kallmyer

      The sugar isn’t hidden. It’s included in the net carbs amount and most of the net carbs would be coming from sugar.

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  4. Lakawak

    And seriously…Halo Top (and Greek Yogurt people) there is one thing the American diet is NOT lacking…Protein. We are meat eaters. We get plenty of protein.

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    • Katie

      I disagree completely.

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  5. Lakawak

    This was so bad that even though I got a free pint with a coupon, I want my money back. My state still charges tax when free coupons are used and this wasn’t worth even 8% of the sales price. I made the huge mistake of getting the Cookie Dough. What I got was maybe 10 TINY bits of cookie dough (about the size of a kernel of corn) surrounded by vanilla ice cream that tasted like the worst store bran ice cream you have ever tasted, but at least paid about 1/20th of the price per ounce. Maybe it is low(er) calorie. It sure as hell is not healthy. And you WILL know what those calories took with it when it went. The taste.

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    • Justaperson

      I’m not sure what you were eating but this stuff is delicious.

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  6. Ron

    How much sugar is in a half of cup.?

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