Six of the seven available Enlightened Ice Cream pints available
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For something like Enlightened, you really do need to heed this suggestion
Enlightened Caramel Oatmeal Cookie Crunch Ice Cream
oatmeal cookie clusters and ribbons of silky caramel
blended with rich caramel ice cream
blended with rich caramel ice cream
Itty bitty oatmeal cookie bites, how cute! I take a few small bites and realize the aftertaste is that of oatmeal cookies dunked in milk. I can approve of that. I've had a hard time getting a good read on the caramel swirl. It's not super rich or buttery, instead it's more tame as you might suspect in a healthy option like this.
I've eaten a fair amount of this and I'm not sure how I feel about it. Don't get mad yet though, hear me out. There is a good amount of bits and swirl, so that is a positive. Compared to other options I've tried that were only a base flavor with no bits or swirl, this is a definite improvement. The texture also isn't bad. It's fairly dense and fairly solid, but it's not scaring me away either, I believe I can adapt once I try a few more flavors.
And now for the side note....
One of the"secrets" to Enlightened being a more healthy choice is that they use erythritol instead of sugar. The other one is that cream is the #4 ingredient behind milk protein and corn fiber. The good news is that skim milk is the number one ingredient instead of water like Arctic Zero. The bad news is that while erythritol is one of the more digestive friendly sugar alcohols out there, I unfortunately still seem to have an issue with it. See, originally I was going to review a different pint everyday, but my system decided otherwise (so I guess I will be avoiding Halo Top as well). For now, I'm just going to throw out a quick few thoughts on two of the other flavors I tried. I'm sorry to do it this way and I send my apologies to Enlightened. I guess I've just never been very good with sugar alcohols.
Enlightened Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
chunks of soft chocolate chip cookie dough and rich chocolate chips
blended with sweet cream ice cream
The cookie dough flavor sure looks fun enough, but I wish the brown sugar flavoring was much, much louder. It just doesn't taste vastly different than the other two Enlightened flavors I've had. That said, you can flip that and say that if you like their other flavors then I suspect you would like this one as well.
Enlightened Triple Chocolate Ice Cream
A trio of rich chocolate chips, chocolate fudge & creamy chocolate ice cream
My very first impression is something akin to a Jell-o pudding pop. On the second bite I got a little too much of the fudge sauce. It's something akin to Hershey's but felt a bit more potent. Wow, it gets really dark in color if you mix it all together. Now I picked the triple chocolate to see if it would override that kind of taste/texture that has driven through every Enlightened product I've tried, but it did not. I still know this is Enlightened. It makes sense and may even seem overly obvious to some, but it never hurts to verify that the taste never really overrides that base construction of "the good-for-you ice cream".
Ok, that's it for now and I now open the floor for comments. It's certainly a neat looking product with some positive nutritional stats, but is that enough for you? Have you tried Enlightened yet? Will you try it? Do you enjoy the bars and hope to find the pints soon? Or have you tried it and found that you prefer Halo Top or Arctic Zero instead? Let us know!
2017 Update: I've haven't gone back and tried any more flavors, but since a lot of people are still clicking on this review, let me tell you what Enlightened is currently rolling out: Birthday Cake, Bananas Foster, Fudge Brownie, Red Velvet, Black Cherry Chocolate Chip, Strawberry Cheesecake, Cold Brew Coffee, Snickerdoodle, Brownies & Cookie Dough, Pina Colada, Toasted Almond, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Vanilla, Chocolate, Butter Pecan. If you want check out some reviews and photos, head on over to JunkBanter's instagram.