Never having heard of them before, I made my way over to their website to see what they were about and where I could find them. Of course, seeing as I live in the middle of nowhere, no one close carries them. A few emails later with a Halo Top rep (who's been a fan of the site for years) and every flavor in their line up appeared on my door step.
So who is Halo Top Creamery? Well, they’re a company trying to produce a healthier ice cream. They’re high in protein, low in sugar and only use all-natural ingredients. If you’re like me and see “protein” as one of the selling points, horrible flashbacks to Arctic Zero might pop up in your mind. Honestly, Arctic Zero is their main competition but the difference is that Halo Top is able to call their product ice cream so they’re already ahead in my book. All of their flavors except chocolate have just 70 calories per serving. The chocolate comes in at a “heftier” 80 calories. Technically speaking, I’d be able to eat every pint and still take in fewer calories than a full pint of select Ben & Jerry’s flavors. Not too shabby all things considered. Okay, let’s get to this!
Since Halo Top refuses to use artificial softeners, I was told to either let the pints temper for a few minutes or to microwave them. I believe microwaving ice cream is one of the deadly frozen sins, so I’ll just let them sit out on my counter like a fine gelato.
Vanilla Bean: Damaged in shipping, flavor great but the texture was off.
Chocolate: Being reformulated but currently tastes and feels like hot cocoa mix.
Strawberry: Also damaged in shipping. Flavor was very mute.
Lemon: The best of the bunch. Tastes like lemon mousse, feels like cheesecake.
As you can probably tell, I’m not a part of Halo Top’s target market but they do have a couple of flavors that I’d be willing to pick up on occasion. If you ever see Halo Top in the freezer section, don’t hesitate to grab their Lemon Cake or their Vanilla Bean. I wouldn’t recommend the Strawberry or the Chocolate flavors though. I have no idea how their new chocolate will be and there’s just too many better strawberry options out there for what they’re aiming for.
I would just like to thank Halo Top for the opportunity to try out their line and hope they do well enough to get Arctic Zero off the shelves. That would be a victory for all of the frozen dessert world.