Vegan Halo Top ice cream review
The low calorie ice cream company, Halo Top, who, until recently, only had dairy pints, finally came out with vegan ice cream flavors. I’ve wanted a lower-calorie vegan ice cream, because the dairy-free options out there are really high calorie, and it’s so hard to stop at one-half a cup, when it tastes like real ice cream.
I bought two flavors: Chocolate Covered Banana and Peanut Butter Cup. The banana flavored vegan ice cream tastes like fluffy under-ripe bananas…it’s so gross. Maybe they forgot to add the chocolate because I didn’t see or taste any, and I love chocolate. My husband, who loves anything with bananas didn’t like it either. I give the banana flavor an “F” for failure.
With a clean spoon, I dug through Halo Top’s vegan Peanut Butter Cup ice cream to find the chocolate, since traditional peanut butter cups have sweetened peanut butter surrounded by thick, rich dark chocolate, but there was no chocolate to be found. What was weird is that it had thick clumps of peanut butter strings that have a caramel-peanut flavor, which was odd, but not awful. To describe this ice cream, it tastes like cold, fluffy, watered-down peanut butter with taffy-like peanut-flavored clumps. Halo Top’s Peanut Butter Cup is not a bad flavor, I’d give it a B-. I tried to doctor it up by adding coco powder and crunchy coconut flakes, which was an improvement, but what it needs is dark chocolate syrup.
I contacted Halo Top on Facebook and told them there wasn’t chocolate in either flavor, and they wrote back that the omission of the chocolate was an error, and the explanation for the error was as follows: “When it comes to making small-batch ice cream, it can sometimes be more of an art than a science.” That response just seems ridiculous, and makes me believe they have quality-control issues. Halo Top said they would mail me two coupons to get two new pints, which is really nice, but then, I wonder if the new ones will be missing an important ingredient too. How can anyone forget chocolate?!
There’s other really delicious vegan ice creams out there that are consistently good, but they are high in calories. My favorite is “So Delicious” Mint and Chip. I dare you to stop at a half a cup, because that’s one serving!
P.S. Check out my newest cookbook: Slimming Dairy-Free Desserts & Smoothies. Go to http://www.realdiethelp.com and go to the video section to take a peek inside. They are all low-calorie, gluten-free, and most are vegan.