Move Over, Halo Top—Ben & Jerry's Has a New Line of Healthy Ice Cream
Better-for-you comfort food at its finest.
Ice cream giants all across the board have been experimenting with ways to make everyone's guilty pleasure as healthy as possible. While there's nothing wrong with regular ice cream, brands such as Halo Top have been rolling out countless new dairy-free flavors as well as vegan variations of its low-calorie, high-protein pints. Häagen-Dazs has also followed suit, releasing its own version of dairy-free ice cream. Even Talenti recently launched new flavors that are low in calories and sugar.
Now, Ben & Jerry's, which already has a line of dairy-free ice creams, is also hopping on the healthier ice cream train by introducing Moo-Phoria, their lower-calorie ice creams now available nationwide. (Related: Delicious Vegan Ice Cream Recipes You'd Never Guess Were Dairy-Free)
"Ben & Jerry's tries to offer a little bit of something for everyone," says Dena Wimette, Ben & Jerry's senior innovation manager, in a press release. "We're excited to have an incredible new option for our fans who say they can't be trusted with a pint of Ben & Jerry's in their freezers."
The three new flavors-Chocolate Milk & Cookies, Caramel Cookie Fix, and PB Dough-have 60 to 70 percent less fat and 35 percent fewer calories than traditional Ben & Jerry's ice creams, according to the release. Not only that, but they're also free of sugar alcohols or any type of sugar substitutes. (And ICYMI, a low-sugar or sugar-free diet could be a really bad idea.)
Each flavor has between 140 and 160 calories per half-cup serving. While that's pretty high compared to Halo Top, which has anywhere from 200 to 400 calories per pint, Ben & Jerry's ice creams have add-ins like crunchy cookies and caramel swirls, which make the trade-off totally worth it. So, it probably comes down to whether you can stick to the serving size.