(For some reason pictures I took with an iPad show up sideways even though they’ve been edited. I will work on it!)
Dessert is my favorite. Any kind, I’m not picky. The thing about dessert is, as I’m sure you know, it’s not always the healthiest of meals. What a cruel world we live in. Anyway, since dessert is generally loved by all but feared for its’ calorie content, healthier alternatives are a welcome ray of sunshine. That’s where Arctic Zero’s ice cream comes in.
I’ve reviewed Arctic Zero before (link is here). In case you missed that post, here is a brief summary of how their ice cream is different than the rest:
- First of all, I’m not sure I should call it ice cream. I guess they refer to it as a “frozen dessert.” That suites it better. This is because it is not ice cream. It comes in a pint like some ice creams so it might trick you, but ice cream, it is not. It is less creamy than your average ice cream.
- There are 150 calories in the entire pint (yep, that’s it). I haven’t actually eaten an entire pint (yet) so in a serving, which is 1/2 cup, there are 37 calories. Also in 1 serving, there are 2 grams of fiber and 3.4 grams of protein. Definitely not your average dessert.
- It contains no artificial sweeteners. I really cannot stand the taste of artificial sweeteners so I’m all about this. Arctic Zero sweetens the desserts with monk fruit and organic cane sugar.
The folks at Arctic Zero were kind enough to send me a few pints to try. I’ve only tried coffee and cookies and cream (coffee was my fave) so I was excited to try other flavors.
Here are the flavors they sent me: Coffee, cookies and cream, coconut, sea salt caramel, and orange cream. First up (in order of my favorite to least favorite), coffee!
Arctic Zero- Coffee
Still the reigning champ. I love coffee flavored anything though so maybe I’m partial to this flavor. I just find it really has an authentic coffee flavor…not bland, or “watered down.”
Arctic Zero- Sea Salt Caramel
If I was in an ice cream store, I would absolutely ask for a scoop of sea salt caramel so I love that they came out with this flavor. I’ve had a few ice creams that are a sea salt flavor and some are insanely good while others are actually too salty. This has just enough salt. The past few nights I’ve been having some of this flavor and the coffee….delicious!
Arctic Zero- Cookies and Cream
If we were talking “real” ice cream, cookies and cream is probably my favorite flavor. Maybe it falls down on my Arctic Zero list because it lacks those delicious cookie pieces and that’s not really fair to Arctic Zero. Overall, it is pretty good. To me, it is a little bland.
Arctic Zero- Coconut
To be fair, I’m not super into tropical or fruity flavored ice creams so keep that in mind. I do think if you love coconut, you would like this flavor. It is very coconut-y so all of you who love your coconut will not be disappointed. I think coconut and orange cream would be really tasty together. Maybe my dessert tonight?
Arctic Zero- Orange Cream
This is another type of ice cream flavor I’m not typically obsessed with. In my opinion, Orange Cream was good. It tasted like an orange creamsicle, but a little watered down.
So, my overall opinion of Arctic Zero’s frozen dessert pints is a good one. I think they’re a great substitute for full fat ice cream (or other desserts). When I have it for dessert, I feel satisfied afterwards so it gets the job done. I do think some of the flavors are a little bland, but I’m sure others would disagree with me.
One thing to really keep in mind is it is NOT ice cream. If you let is soften, it has a pretty good texture but it does not have a creamy texture like ice cream. If that is something that might turn you off, maybe it’s not for you. On the other hand if you love your dessert at night (like me) but are trying to clean up your diet, give it a shot! Keep in mind the general flavors you like and buy accordingly.
Cheers to clean dessert!
**If you try Arctic Zero, let it sit out for about 10-15 minutes prior to eating so it can soften up.**
*These are all my opinions. I was not compensated for this review*