Updated: May 7, 2021
Halo Top has been a fan favorite as a guilt free sweet treat for a while now. They are always coming out with new flavors to keep up with the competitors that have caught on to this trend of low calorie, low sugar options. They even came out with a dairy free option that doesn’t taste like freezer burn.
I am always looking for new ideas for sweet treats after dinner. Halo Top was definitely one of my go-tos. The problem with Halo Top is it is so good, I have absolutely no portion control and would eat the whole container. Fortunately for me, Halo Top must have known this was a common problem and created the ice cream bar.
I have dabbled in other “low sugar” ice cream bars on the market, such as Enlightened and Yasso. They are not bad, but not good enough to want to share. On the other hand, Halo Top’s new ice cream bars, are definitely share worthy. Let’s dive right into the ratings based on our three criteria’s- taste, nutrition and price.
When it comes to ice cream bars and taste, I am super picky. Most low sugar ice creams have a bit of a chemical after taste, which is an automatic no for me. Halo Top gets a win here. Secondly, as I mentioned previously, I don’t want my ice cream to taste like an icicle or freezer burn. Another win for Halo Top, although I recommend letting it sit for a few minutes when you take it out of the freezer. Another perk of Halo Top is its ability to stay together. I know this seems a little odd, but I don’t want to feel rushed eating a pop because its melting to quickly or falling off the stick. Lastly, I like a good ratio of ice cream to “chew’s”. You know exactly what I am talking about- the mint chocolate chips, caramel swirls and cookie dough chunks. Overall, I give Halo Top pops a 5 out of 5 stars for taste.
Favorite flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
First thing I need to get off my chest. Halo Top is NOT a “good source of protein”. That’s what it says on the box and it drives me nuts. Kudos for having 5 grams of protein in an ice cream bar, but do not be fooled by claims like that on dessert products. The ratio of protein (5g) to carbs (20g)- not impressed, but for an ice cream, its better than others. It stays under the 10 grams of sugar rule for a snack, BUT it does contain sugar alcohols. This is not necessarily a bad thing, however, if your stomach feels a little weird afterwards, that is probably the culprit. Just like everything, sugar alcohols in moderation are okay. Lastly, sodium..75mg is definitely a thumbs up. Overall, I give the nutrition a 4 out of 5 stars. I do have to laugh though. If you look at the nutrition label, it shows the nutrition facts for both one pop and the entire box. Clearly they understand our issues of portion control…
Halo Top has always been really expensive for my budget. Especially because I typically would eat the entire container in one sitting. The pops (comes with 4) are around the same price as the containers. So at least when I am buying the bars, I can get more servings out of it (or at least make an attempt). In comparison to other bars on the market, pricing is comparable. The only annoying part is, they are really hard to find in stores. Maybe because it’s a newer product. I remember I could only find Halo Top ice cream at Whole Foods and now they sell them at gas stations. Fingers crossed these bars will make their way into more stores soon. Overall, I give the price value a 4 out of 5 stars.. and that is if I am limiting myself to one bar per night!
I am always looking for a good sweet treat after dinner and this for sure does the trick. They also have keto (low carb) pop options which is a great option for those watching their carbs. When it comes to sweet treats or any foods really, it is always about portion control. If you are someone who needs something sweet after dinner to help you stay on track, I think this is a great option to satisfy that sweet tooth!