Move Over, Halo Top — This Low-Calorie Cream Is a Million Times Better than You Are!

Move Over, Halo Top — This Low-Calorie Cream Is a Million Times Better than You Are!

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Jelisa Castrodale
Jun 19, 2018
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

Two of my workout partners and I have an ongoing group chat that is pretty much about nothing but the insanely talkative guy we all try to avoid at the gym ... and ice cream. We send each other photos of whichever varieties of Halo Top we're currently eating — Pancakes & Waffles has been a recent obsession — and pics of grocery store signage when it's on sale. Sometimes these photos don't even come with a single typed word.

Lately, though, our "chat" has expanded to include Breyers Delights, too. It started with one pint of Mint Chip, it escalated, and now we're taking sides and obsessing over this like we're trying to make sense of Avengers: Infinity War. (But unlike the Avengers, none of us have been killed off yet).

Although Breyers has long been one of the big names in the frozen section, its line of Delights was released less than a year ago, and it seems to have been designed to become a direct competitor to Halo Top. All of its flavors are between 260 and 330 calories per pint, they're high in protein, and, with the spoon graphics on the side of the carton, they're basically saying "You don't even need a bowl for this." You know, just like Halo Top.

But how does the taste compare? I recently did a taste test of eight different low-calorie creams, including both Breyers Delights and Halo Top, and was pretty surprised by what my own taste buds told me.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

My first Breyers experience was underwhelming — to me, the Mint Chip tasted like toothpaste, sawdust, and sadness — but when I had my first spoonful of Creamy Chocolate, I was glad I'd given it a second chance.

Creamy Chocolate isn't just a clever name, because every bite feels a little more like "real" ice cream in your mouth, and the chocolate flavor is exactly what you want it to be. To me, it tastes like an old-school Fudgsicle, and it made my boyfriend think of those little cups of ice cream that come with a tiny wooden spoon (that's a compliment; he loves those things). After a lot of debate, we both chose this one as our fave, and both agreed that it narrowly edged Halo Top's own chocolate flavor.

When it comes to nutrition, Breyers Delights Creamy Chocolate has three 90-gram servings in each pint, with 90 calories, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of sugar, and 7 grams protein per serving, which adds up to 270 calories and 21 grams of that all-important protein per container.

Halo Top has four 64-gram servings, each with 80 calories, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein, for a total of 320 calories and 20 grams of protein. So yeah, other than the total carbohydrate content, they're pretty close. (And both list skim milk and erythritol, a low-calorie sweetener, among their top three ingredients).

I will say that I don't love all of the Breyers Delights flavors — but I'm not crazy about all of the Halo Top varieties either. If you like chocolate and want something healthier than regular chocolate ice cream, this is the way to go. My friends are going to be getting several more pictures of half-eaten Creamy Chocolate cartons. And I'm not entirely sure if I'm going to tell them when it's on sale. MOAR FOR ME!

Have you had this flavor of Breyers Delights? Do you agree that it's better than Halo Top?

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