Time for another deep dive into another ice cream company catering to the low carb/ Keto lifestyle. Visiting the local Walmart Superstore in our area on a Thursday afternoon and I must say that this place was booming. The parking lot was packed and at first glance I got no inkling of social distancing… until I walked in the front door. New York (along with many other states) has implemented a mandate to wear a mask in public places where social distancing may not be possible. So fully masked up I braved the crowded Walmart in search of getting everything on my Honey-Do list I made my regular stroll thru the grocery section to search for Keto Friendly… in the refrigerated section a flavor that just caught my eye and I had to give this one a whirl…
Halo Top Creamery
Halo Top Creamery is an ice cream brand was founded around 2011 by former attorney Justin Woolverton of Latham & Watkins LLP. Woolverton had begun making ice cream in his own kitchen with the goal of reducing his consumption of carbohydrates and refined sugars. After a shaky start Halo Top selling new food brand in 2017 with sales of $342 Billion (with a “B”) according to IRI Data. A GQ reporter ate nothing but Halo Top Creamery for ten days in 2016. The article went viral and gave the brand much-needed exposure away from just health and fitness. At the end of his 10 day Halo Top diet he had lost nearly 10 lbs and 3% body fat, not bad for someone that started off weighing just under 154 lbs with 15% body fat. By mid 2017, it was the best-selling pint-sized ice cream in the US with 28.8 million tubs sold.
The Halo Top Keto Series
- Peanut Butter Chocolate (630 calories and 8 grams net carbs per pint)
- Caramel Butter Pecan (460 calories and 5 grams net carbs per pint)
- Chocolate Cheesecake (470 calories and 10 grams net carbs per pint)
- Jelly Donut (450 calories and 7 grams net carbs per pint)
- Berry Swirl (410 calories and 8 grams net carbs per pint)
- Banana Cream Pie (500 calories and 8 grams net carbs per pint)
- White Chocolaty Macadamia Nut (460 calories and 8 grams net carbs per pint)
White Chocolaty Macadamia Nut
Ultrafiltered Skim Milk, Cream, Erythritol, Sugar Cookie Flavored Base (Water, Erythritol, Corn Starch, Natural Flavors, Stevia Leaf Extract, Citric Acid), Eggs, White Confectionary Chunks (Sugar, Palm Kernel Oil, Nonfat Dry Milk, Sunflower Lecithin, Salt), Vegetable Glycerin, Soluble Corn Fiber, Macadamia Nuts, Chicory Root Fiber, Cellulose Gel, Cellulose Gum, Sea Salt, Stevia Leaf Extract (Reb M).
Contains Egg, Macadamia Nuts, Milk.
For those of us keeping score the entire pint is 460 calories 36g of fat, 19g of protein and 45g of total carbs. Of those carbs 11g of dietary fiber and 26g of sugar alcohol (Erythritol) for a total of 8 net carbs for the entire pint! Remember that nutritionist recommend that you subtract half of the dietary fiber and sugar alcohol total giving you a more realistic 9 net carbs per serving, which is still manageable to squeeze into your macros for the day.
Beyond that the list of ingredients are pretty clean…. I can pronounce almost every one of them and that’s a good sign.
The Taste Test
It’s a blend of vanilla, white chocolate and nuts, yet it somehow reminded me of a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino. Right off the bat the taste of this was off the charts… I didn’t feel like I was eating a low carb treat at all. The are chunks of white chocolate bits and macadamia are an excellent touch. As with most low carb treats they freeze pretty hard and this flavor was no different. I waited the obligatory 15- 20 minutes to thaw, but it was still on the hard, crumbly side… I should have waited closer to 30 minutes on this one… live and learn.
I can see buying this flavor outside of my quest to review and try all the Keto Friendly ice cream desserts… I know, right… reviewing ice cream flavors is like kissing all the supermodels, only less detrimental to marriage.
3 out of 5 Ole’s
This is different from any Keto friendly Ice cream dessert that I’ve come across. The flavor was good and I didn’t come into this review with a preconceived notion on what the ice cream should taste like, unlike the Elightened Chocolate Glazed Donut flavor review… where comparisons are inevitable and that could be a disadvantage in a purely subjective review. This could have been a better rank if the texture were creamier, this was so crumbly
This flavor being so new, there aren’t many other reviews that we can point to for reference… but here’s what some prominent blogs are saying about Halo Top’s White Chocolaty Macadamia Flavor:
The sophisticated taste of macadamia nut and white chocolaty goodness unite in this creamy, ultra-filtered milk frozen dessert. – Perfect Keto
Perhaps the most sophisticated of the seven new pints, this one has macadamia nut and white chocolate — a decidedly grown-up attitude – thekitchn.com
This YouTuber posted a less favorable review of this flavor click here to check out her review.
Where can you buy Halo Top White Chocolaty Macadamia Nut?
These flavors are new and harder to find… I was lucky to find this in my local Walmart and I paid $4.79 for it which is a good price for Keto -friendly Ice cream that normally sells for $5.99 per pint. Typically, I’ll post links to buy from Amazon, but like I said this is too new even for them. However, I did find a link to Hannaford’s a local grocer in the New England area with 189 stores… they had discounted this to $4.39
Follow this link to Halo Top’s locator page find out which grocer near you carries this.
Have you tried White Chocolaty Macadamia flavor ice cream or any of the new Keto Series flavors from Halo Top? Let me know what you think in the comments, I respond to every comment!.
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