We Tried A Bunch of Low-Cal Ice Creams — These Were Our Faves

So you can pick your pint with confidence.

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September 20, 2018
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Low-cal ice cream is flying off store shelves. And, let's be honest, who wouldn't want to eat a whole pint for about 350 calories? If this all sounds too good to be true, you'll want to keep reading. These pints don't necessarily taste like your typical choclate or vanilla slow-churn, but our picks below can do the trick in a pinch. Keep reading to pick out which pint is right for you.

Available in 25 dairy flavors such as Lemon Cake, Birthday Cake, and Peanut Butter Cup and 14 non-dairy/vegan flavors such as Cinnamon Roll and Sea Salt Caramel, Halo Top is at the front of the low-cal ice cream trend. With 70 to 90 calories per serving and up to 360 per pint, it's no wonder consumers tend to mindlessly dig in. Be warned, though, the texture is a bit flaky unlike traditional ice cream, but if you're going for something sweet, this will hit the spot.

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You may be familiar with this brand of low-cal froyo, which contains 60 to 100 calories per half cup serving, or 300 to 400 calories per pint. Enlightened is not as creamy compared to traditional ice cream, but it is nice and sweet. The 30 flavors include Red Velvet, Snickerdoodle, and Glazed Donut, and a new Barista Collection serves up your favorite seasonal brews in three flavors including Pumpkin Spice Latte, White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha, and Triple Shot Espresso.

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This line of low-fat ice cream is has fewer than 80 calories half cup serving and less than 320 calories per pint. If you're hungry for more the line's four flavors including PB & Fudge, Mint My Cookies, What My Caramel, and Cinnamon Bunned, are also sold by the quart. It’s certainly sweet and the texture is a little icy compared to traditional ice cream.

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You may have tried Skinny Cow bars or sandwiches, and now the brand is offering their low cal ice cream by the pint. Their Protein Packed Light Ice Cream offers about 100 calories and 5 grams protein per half cup and about 370 calories (depending on flavor) and more than 20 grams of protein in each 14 fl oz carton. The flavor and texture is mighty similar to traditional ice cream. These babies are available in seven flavors including the latest additions Oh Fudge Cookie, Rock On! Rocky Road, and Chocolate Cake Me Away.

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This tasty new kid on the block is based in Santa Barbara, California. The creamy texture resembles traditional ice cream, and a half cup serving is a mere 120 calories. Whey amps up the protein, if you're into that. Plus, it’s available in 9 flavors including Mint Chip, Dutch Chocolate, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.

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Three Twins is a craft ice cream born in San Rafael, California and Slim Twin is their low-cal ice cream line. Per half cup serving, it provides between 60 to 80 calories, or between 240 to 320 calories per pint. The texture is less creamy than traditional ice cream, with a very sweet flavor compared to some of the other brands. Slim Twin is available in 7 flavors including Vanilla, Lemon Cookie, Mint Chip, and Coffee and is USDA certified organic.

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