Halo Top Ice Cream – Good or Evil?

Halo Top Ice Cream is all the rage lately, but is this low-calorie, high-protein ice cream actually good for you?  Is it worth forking over $7 a pint? Does it actually taste good? For the sake of ‘research’ I tried out 7 flavours and I’m here to tell you all about it.


Photo: Halo Top

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so you’ve most likely heard of Halo Top Ice Cream, a low-sugar, low-calorie, low-carb ice cream packed with protein that promises to taste great.

Halo Top Creamery has been around since 2012, but only recently became a phenomenon when it de-throned Haagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s to become the bestselling pint of ice cream in the US.  It only recently became available in Canada in March 2018.

I’m no rookie when it comes to “healthy” ice cream.  I’ve tried quite a few brands out there and have not been very impressed, until now.  With only 80 to 100 calories per 125 ml serving and 6-8 grams of sugar, compared to regular ice cream which clocks in around 250 calories per 125 ml serving and around 20 grams of sugar, it almost sounds too good to be true. I’m here to break it all down for you and tell you what I thought.

How does it taste?

I tried the seven flavours that were available at my local grocery stores (this “research” is tough work guys!), Birthday Cake, Mint Chip, Candy Bar, Peanut Butter Swirl, Sea Salt Caramel, Oatmeal Cookie and Pancakes & Waffles.  The verdict? It won over my ice cream loving husband so that says something.  His favourite was Birthday Cake, mine was a toss-up between Oatmeal Cookie and Peanut Butter Swirl.  My least favourite was Pancakes & Waffles, for me it tasted too artificial.  My husband’s least favourite was Oatmeal Cookie, so you really do need to try all of the flavours!

The texture was smooth and creamy and it’s the best tasting low-calorie ice cream I’ve ever tried.  Is it exactly like regular ice cream? No, but I find regular ice cream to be really rich and too sweet, so this is a nice, light alternative. 

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What is it sweetened with?

Halo Top uses three different types of sweeteners: organic stevia extract, erythritol and organic cane sugar.  Since the first two are zero calorie sweeteners, it’s the reason a serving has only 6-8 grams of sugar.

But is it really healthy?

Even though Halo Top boasts that their ice cream is high in protein (20 g per pint) and so low in calories you can eat the whole pint, don’t let their cutesy marketing fool you.  It is still a processed food made with dairy and sweeteners.  It may have a boost of protein but you really shouldn’t be relying on ice cream to get the necessary nutrients from protein, you should be eating whole foods for that.

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Can I eat the whole pint?

I mean, sure! But I wouldn’t recommend it as a daily or even weekly cheat meal.  Even though there is only 280-360 calories per pint, you still don’t need to overindulge, stick to the recommended ½ cup serving. 

Is it dairy-free?

Their regular ice cream is made with skim milk, milk protein concentrate and cream, so no, it is not dairy-free, but they do offer a dairy-free, vegan, soy-free line (not available in Canada…yet) in 14 flavours.

What else is in it?

The majority of flavours contain the following ingredients: skim milk, eggs, dietary fibre, milk protein concentrate, cream, erythritol, organic cane sugar, vegetable glycerin, natural flavour, sea salt, organic carob gum, organic guar gum. 

Photo: Halo Top

Final thoughts

I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this ice cream! I thought the flavours were great, the texture was there and it fits into my macros.  However, don’t be fooled by cleaver marketing.  Just because it is low-calorie, high-protein ice cream doesn’t mean it’s healthy and I wouldn’t recommend polishing off an entire pint. I’m also not a fan of the $7/pint price tag. For me, it will only be an occasional treat for when that ice cream craving hits!

4 Comments

  • Taylor May 3, 2018 at 4:14 am

    I tried the Birthday Cake flavour too, and I enjoyed it! It surprised me how much it tasted like regular ice cream. The $7 price tag means I will only be enjoying it now and then, also. 🙂

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  • AZ@...And a Dash of Cinnamon May 3, 2018 at 6:36 am

    I recently got into halo top, Ive only tried the birthday cake and the peanut butter one, but I am definitely a fan. (It’s hard not to eat the whole pint though!) I would love to try some of the other flavors.

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    • happyhealthfreak May 3, 2018 at 7:58 am

      They are pretty delish!! But yes, pricey. The Oatmeal and Caramel ones are also my top faves 😋

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      • AZ@...And a Dash of Cinnamon May 3, 2018 at 8:00 am

        Looks like I know which ones I will try next (only if they go on sale of course lol!)

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