I was approached by Halo Top to give their product a try. Ice Cream. Twist my arm why don’t you? I don’t have a sweet tooth by any means, but I do enjoy a good ice cream from time to time. Living in Vegas, ice cream can make a sweltering summer day a bit more bearable.
Taken directly from their website:
“And we’re not joking. While Halo Top is low-calorie, high-protein, and low-sugar, we use only the best, all-natural ingredients to craft our ice cream so that it tastes just like regular ice cream. We know it sounds too good to be true, so don’t just take our word for it – dig in and see for yourself just how good healthy ice cream can be!”
I honestly hadn’t heard of Halo Top and when I posted on my personal Facebook page I would be reviewing this product, several people chimed in with how amazing this ice cream tastes. So I set off to the store.
Upon arrival the first thing I noticed, the shelves carrying Halo Top were close to bare. Selection was slim.I had to get on my knees and reach way back in the freezer to find the last of the Sea Salt Caramel and Mint Chip. While I was digging a woman approached and in a bit of desperation “Please Got tell me they aren’t out of Lemon Cake?”. I reached over and found one and handed it to her. She was overjoyed “I missed when the truck came to restock, if you don’t get here, you miss it, it goes fast”. I took this as a good sign.
The website lists 17 flavors. My goal was to find two flavors to try that myself and my family eat on a regular basis for comparison sake. My choices (as I mentioned above) were Mint Chip and Sea Salt Caramel.
For taste testing I also enlisted the help of my 9 year old son. If it passes the test of a 9 year old, that’s a serious seal of approval there.
First up to test, Sea Salt Caramel:
Attractive package presentation, easy to open, easy to read ingredients and nutrition information.
On the packaging it tells you to let it sit out for a while as it freezes harder than typical ice cream due to the natural ingredients. This was a helpful tip. It does have an “ice milk” type texture to it, vs creamy.
To sum this test up I wish I had captured the look on my son’s face when he took the first bite. He couldn’t eat it fast enough.
The balance of flavors, vanilla, caramel, and a hint of salt was perfect. It was creamy, downright decadent. I went back to try a little more, and the pint was empty. My husband and son literally battled for the remaining ice cream, I apparently wasn’t fast enough.
Next flavor on deck Mint Chip:
First observation was the natural Mint Chip color, not the artificial green you see in many Mint Chip ice creams.
This one was a challenge. The first one was such a huge hit with the family I had to remind them I was doing a product test and needed to have the opportunity to taste both. It was like a mad scramble in the kitchen like a pack of rabid wolves going after prey.
This was yet again, another hit with the family. The texture was more ice milk like vs creamy. Flavors were balanced, not too much mint, not too much chocolate. It was perfect.
Well done Halo Top. You get two thumbs up from me and my family, and you passed the difficult task of getting the approval from a 9 year old. It’s good to see an all-natural, healthier option out there.
Just remember, you may want to get to the store right after it is stocked, it sells out fast!
Stay tuned for my next product review: Epic Wipes