This year, we reached peak Halo when the company opened two scoop stores in LA where fans can get their Halo fix in soft serve sort as well as scoops swaddled in a bubbled waffle cone called a puffle.
The appeal of the Instagramable Halo Top and other low-calorie, low-fat ice creams including Breyers Delight, Chilly Cow, Enlightened, Three Twins’ offshoot Slim Twin, Swell and Sweet Habit is that they’re low in sugar, calories and fat, high in protein and fiber, and they’re all made with some sort of natural sweetener, like the plant-based stevia. Almost all of them contain erythritol, a sugar alcohol used to sweeten the ice cream. Swell contains xylitol, another type of sugar alcohol.
But … um, what are all those ingredients actually doing to us, apart from being low in calories?
Low-calorie ice creams contain considerably more ingredients than traditional ice creams.
“I would consider the fiber, calcium and protein content of these ice creams to be a positive, ” said Dr. Jessica D. Bihuniak, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at NYU Steinhardt Department of Nutrition and Food Studies and a registered dietician. “However, I am not sure these products will satisfy all individuals.”
If you look at the nutrition facts, you can see why. Regular ice cream packs much more fat and calories.