With summer right around the corner, I wanted to give you guys a little review of some healthier ice cream options (although let’s be real, ice cream is good anytime of the year). I’m sure you’ve heard of Halo Top and Enlightened ice cream by now (and arctic zero, but I’ve only tried one flavor of theirs and I wasn’t a fan so I’m gonna omit them here) and know that they are protein ice cream–essentially healthier options when it comes to ice cream. Both brands have many different flavors so to help you out before buying, I’ve tried quite a few and will relay my thoughts and opinions here.
Halo Top vs. Enlightened
Before I begin, I wanted to give an overall comparison of the two brands before I get into the details on individual flavors! In my opinion, Halo Top has the best and most pieces in their ice cream (chunks of chocolate chips, cookie dough, cookies, etc.), but Enlightened has the best overall flavor and texture of ice cream between the two. It’s a hard decision to pick because I love my chunks, so I don’t think I could pick a favorite between the two brands. I love and will continue to eat both!
Now on the fun part–reviewing and grading of flavors!!!
I have tried…
Birthday cake (5/10): I usually love birthday cake/birthday batter flavors, but not this one. The first bites were okay, but it got really sweet, really fast on me and I began dreading having to finish the pint off. There were sprinkle pieces in it which added nice flavor and texture, but overall very sweet.
Red velvet (9/10): I was a bit nervous to try this flavor because I mean I like red velvet, but I don’t love it. I also don’t like chocolate so brownie pieces in the ice-cream and being chocolate-y worried me. But, complete 180!! The brownie pieces made the whole pint and this has been my favorite ice cream of Halo Top and a close second to my favorite “healthy” ice cream (the first will be mentioned later). The flavor of this ice cream is so amazing too! Highly recommend!!
Cookie dough (7/10): I love cookie dough–it’s my favorite flavor of ice cream in general (mostly due to the chunks lol). The cookie dough chunks in this one were really tasty, but sadly, few and far between. This flavor was “just fine” to me, nothing too bad about it, but nothing exciting, amazing or stand-out about it either.
S’mores (9.5/10): I didn’t really know what to expect out of this because I had read it was more of a marshmallow flavor of ice cream with chunks of chocolate and graham cracker mixed in (I was glad it wasn’t chocolate ice cream for sure though!). But holy heck, it’s DELICIOUS! Every bit seriously tastes like smores because you get the marshmallow, chocolate, graham cracker taste. Not too rich or sweet–just the right amount of balance, chunks, and flavoring. Highly recommend adding in crumbled up graham cracker sheet as well to really enhance the flavor!
I plan to try peanut butter cup and oatmeal cookie sometime in the future.
I have tried….
Sea Salt Caramel (9/10): This is the first ice cream I tried out of all the “healthy” brands, and it did not disappoint. They really pack in the caramel flavor and swirl all throughout the ice cream and the texture is on point! This tastes like actual ice cream, just a slightly healthier version. No pieces in this one like I usually want, but very good choice!
Caramel Oatmeal Cookie Crunch (10/10): This one is the best enlightened flavor so far! And my ABSOLUTE favorite out of all the ice creams so far! Again, the texture of the ice cream is perfect and the it tastes exactly like oatmeal cookies. There are pieces of oatmeal cookie among the ice cream and caramel–aka the perfect bite!
Cookie Dough (9/10): SO GOOD! The chunks are legit on point although few and far between sometimes. Nice ice cream taste, like literally the bite of it all tastes exactly like ice cream and it’s perfect! It’s my 2nd enlightened favorite, and tied for 2nd overall with Halo Top red velvet.
Red Velvet (3-10): Although I loved Halo Top’s Red Velvet, I did not like Enlightened’s version at all! To me, it was too chocolate-y—not enough true red velvet flavor. I know red velvet is chocolate, but I like red velvet cupcakes and Halo Top’s wasn’t as chocolatey. I also couldn’t notice any chunks in there! But if you like chocolate then you’ll like this.
Strawberry Cheesecake (6/10): Cheesecake ice-cream with strawberry swirls—very tasty!! Although the flavor is spot on and I really liked the strawberry swirl bursts you get, this ice cream was nothing outstanding. I would rank it 6/10 just because not as amazing of flavors as some of the others.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip (7/10): Really good! The chocolate chips were many and the taste of the peanut butter ice cream was spot on!! Every bit I took I truly got peanut butter chocolate chip taste!
Hope this little review helped! Let me know what flavors you’ve tried and what you do/don’t like about them!!