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Best tasting low fat or low cal ice cream?

spkspk Jul 10, 2008 11:17 PM

The "Soy Creamy" I've been eating in an attempt to curb the calories just isn't cutting it... Any recommendations?

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  1. NYCkaren RE: spkspk Jul 11, 2008 02:21 AM

    Have you tried the no-sugar-added Fudgsicles? They're the only Splenda-sweetened thing I eat. Forty calories and pretty darn good.

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      dolores RE: spkspk Jul 11, 2008 03:10 AM

      spkspk, they used to make something called 'ice milk' back in the day. It was disgusting. IMO, they haven't progressed one iota.

      I cut the calories elsewhere and look for the highest butterfat out there.

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      1. re: dolores
        RGC1982 RE: dolores Jul 11, 2008 04:42 PM

        Oh yes they have. You just haven't kept up with the new brands. I remember ice mik, because my lactose-intolerant brother had to eat it. It is a far cry from that today.

        I think the no added sugar ice creams, for the low carb set, are foul.

      2. kcijones001 RE: spkspk Jul 11, 2008 05:49 AM

        Weight Watchers and Skinny Cow, but I wuld choose Weight Watchers as my #1!

        1. goodhealthgourmet RE: spkspk Jul 11, 2008 12:14 PM

          my sister the junk food maven loves the edy's/dreyer's blended yogurts, which i think are all either low- or nonfat.

          and as much as i hate to admit it because i can't stand their coffee, i remember trying the starbucks low-fat latte ice cream a while back and thinking it was pretty darned good.

          1. Honeyman RE: spkspk Jul 11, 2008 03:03 PM

            If eating ice cream is a special thing for you, meaning you do it on weekends or less often, do yourself a favor and buy the real stuff. Lo-fat just means they are probably adding sugar.

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            1. re: Honeyman
              Wolfgang RE: Honeyman Jul 11, 2008 03:36 PM

              I enjoy regular Breyer's vanilla bean ice cream and it has about half the fat of a haagen daaz or ben and jerry's regular vanilla. I think it's a good compromise, especially if you're consuming a larger amount in a shake.

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                goodhealthgourmet RE: Wolfgang Jul 11, 2008 04:12 PM

                "it has about half the fat of a haagen daaz or ben and jerry's regular vanilla."
                most ice creams do. haagen dazs & B&J are notoriously fattening...and that doesn't necessarily mean they taste better! i recently had haagen dazs vanilla for the first time in years, and was suprised at how mediocre it was. i had breyer's vanilla a few days later, and it was *so* much tastier.

                abc news did a report on the most fattening ice creams, and HD and B&J accounted for 4 of the top 6...


                i don't think coldstone should even be on the list because it doesn't count as ice cream. i don't know what they do to it because the ingredients are pretty standard, but that stuff is vile.

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              anzu RE: spkspk Jul 11, 2008 04:04 PM

              I can't believe I'm promoting this, but the Haagen Dazs Light and Rich line is surprisingly good. It has corn syrup, and compared to the other frozen yogurt or low or non-fat brands, it is probably higher in calories--at 200 per 1/2 cup, but the fat gramage is 7, which is 1/2 or 1/3 of their standard version.

              What I like about it is that the ingredient list a) contains things that are (well, mostly) identifiable as food, and b) it's only 2 lines long!!!

              If you eat half a serving of this and a half a serving of sorbet, that should cut the calories and fat even more.

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              1. re: anzu
                stolenchange RE: anzu Jul 13, 2008 07:29 AM

                I love the HG Light and Rich line (but don't care for their full-fat stuff). My local grocery outlet was carrying their discontined flavours (Mocha Chip and Mint Chocolate Chip) and I grabbed all the ones i could carry.

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                RGC1982 RE: spkspk Jul 11, 2008 04:40 PM

                Dreyers. Half the fat and really good.

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                  hummingbird RE: spkspk Jul 11, 2008 08:28 PM

                  How about Slim Bear (3 pts for WW )followers and
                  Healhy Choice fudgicles lower pts

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                    MrsT RE: spkspk Jul 12, 2008 04:24 AM

                    I am addicted to Ben & Jerry's Light Phish Food. It's like a rocky road without the nuts. It's so good, that my husband who absolutely refuses to eat anything remotely diet couldn't tell a difference and even prefers it to the regular full fat type.

                    1. iluvcookies RE: spkspk Jul 12, 2008 08:37 AM

                      Blue Bunny 100 calorie fudge bars. Surprisingly creamy and one bar is actually enough. They have 4 grams of fiber per bar too! It actually tastes like ice cream.

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                      1. re: iluvcookies
                        Pylon RE: iluvcookies Jul 19, 2008 05:17 PM

                        Yup. A staple in my freezer.

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                        piccola RE: spkspk Jul 12, 2008 02:38 PM

                        I really like the Turkey Hill brand, especially the chocolate-cherry swirl one.

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                          spellweaver16 RE: spkspk Jul 12, 2008 10:06 PM

                          I generally like Blue Bunny light ice creams, especially the mint chip. The mint is sharp and, imo, covers up any funny taste.

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                            wombat RE: spkspk Jul 13, 2008 04:02 PM

                            Consumer Reports did a short report on this in the current issue. Of course the Haagen-Dasz light was best, which seems stupid to even include since it's got more calories than some brands of regular. But they also recommended Breyers Double Churn Light Creamy and some Edy's that I forget. I haven't gotten around to trying them - too much ice cream in the house as it is - so i can't personally vouch for them, though.

                            It's in the August issue, so you could go to a bookstore and take a peek.

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                            1. re: wombat
                              Val RE: wombat Jul 13, 2008 04:11 PM

                              I've had the Edy's Slow-Churned Ice Cream which offers less fat..not sure about less calories...but tastes very very good, in my opinion.

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                                ArikaDawn RE: Val Jul 17, 2008 07:50 PM

                                It's much lower in calories, normally between 100-140. My husband loves the Rocky Road.
                                Blue Bell also makes an awesome lowfat banana split yogurt that is also low in calories.

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                              spkspk RE: spkspk Jul 13, 2008 10:26 PM

                              Thanks for all the suggestions everybody! I forgot about Fudgsicles... I've had the no-sugar ones and they are good! I've had the Healthy Choice ones too and they are also pretty good. A couple questions: does Edy's = Breyer's? And where does one find Blue Bunny ice cream? I don't think I've ever heard of this brand before.

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                              1. re: spkspk
                                Val RE: spkspk Jul 14, 2008 04:12 AM

                                Blue Bunny seems popular in the northeast...my sister told me about that brand and she lives in NJ...I live in SW Florida and can only find it at Wal-Mart Super Stores (and one independent convenience store)...she told me about their Peanut Butter Cup flavor--it was worth seeking out but it was not low-fat nor low-cal.

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                                  spellweaver16 RE: Val Jul 14, 2008 05:27 PM

                                  Blue Bunny is made in Le Mars, Iowa :)

                                2. re: spkspk
                                  rudysmom RE: spkspk Jul 14, 2008 05:22 AM

                                  Edy's=Dreyer's, not Breyer's. (Edy's is to Dreyer's as Hellmann's is to BestFood)
                                  Breyer's is in the black container with the leaf logo; Edy's/Dreyer's is in the container with vertical brown stripes around the lid.
                                  i second the slow-churned stuff by any name.

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                                  jrnlmkr RE: spkspk Jul 14, 2008 09:07 AM

                                  i've been a fan of the dreyers slow churned for a while. recently bought a slow churned yogurt with some sort of heath bar crunch in it and couldn't believe how creamy it was. as a resident of los angeles, the epicenter of the pinkberry craze, i find myself shaking my head about people standing in line for cups of icy grittiness that's heavy like a stone. try the dreyers slow churned yogurt. it isn't sour at all, so creamy you'll swoon, and has no fakey disgusting chemically taste. yum.

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                                    littlebites RE: spkspk Jul 14, 2008 01:04 PM

                                    Is the Soy Cream not working because of flavor or calories? If its the flavor, I'd try Trader Joes Cherry Chocolate Chip Soy Cream. I generally am not into cherry ice cream (or other fruit flavors) or soy, but this is so good I'm fully addicted to it. I will forgo the Double Rainbow ice cream in my freezer for this, its that good.

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                                    1. re: littlebites
                                      spkspk RE: littlebites Jul 14, 2008 02:26 PM

                                      It's the flavor, mainly. The mango vanilla is good, but the plain vanilla and plain chocolate were very mediocre. I'll give the cherry chocolate chip a try - I've seen it at TJs but was hesitant to try it because I was afraid I'd be disappointed by yet another flavor.

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                                        choctastic RE: littlebites Jul 15, 2008 09:49 PM

                                        that cherry chip is so good.

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                                          toutefrite RE: choctastic Jul 19, 2008 11:09 PM

                                          Very good. I have no comparison as soy ice cream seemed as appealing as rubber, but I could not stop scooping into the container all night.

                                      2. misnatalie RE: spkspk Jul 14, 2008 05:25 PM

                                        Definitely Edy's Slow Churned. The flavors range between 100-140 cals per serving and 2-5g of fat. I love the take the cake and mint cookie flavors

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                                        1. re: misnatalie
                                          the5thbeatle RE: misnatalie Jul 14, 2008 07:41 PM

                                          Turkey Hill Chocolate Nutty Moose Tracks!... "Chocolate light ice cream with choco peanuts, peanut butter cups, and Moose Tracks fudge."
                                          It doesn't taste "light"
                                          Calories:140 Total Fat: 5 g
                                          Fat Cal.: 50 Choles: 5 mg

                                          My supermarket carries mini-sized ice cream sandwiches, which is probably more about portion control than being "light". It works though, and I feel satisfied with one mini-sandwich.

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                                            wombat RE: the5thbeatle Jul 16, 2008 07:04 PM

                                            Speaking of portion control: those little Dove chocolate covered ice cream nuggets, in chocolate and vanilla. I can eat just one and stop. 60 calories.

                                            Ooo, I think that I have to go have one right now.

                                            1. re: wombat
                                              goodhealthgourmet RE: wombat Jul 17, 2008 11:22 AM

                                              "60 calories."
                                              as long as you're not going back to the freezer to eat "just one" every couple of hours ;)

                                          2. re: misnatalie
                                            galleygirl RE: misnatalie Jul 16, 2008 06:24 AM

                                            You got it. My BF could not live without the Butter Crunch...

                                          3. ktmoomau RE: spkspk Jul 15, 2008 07:32 PM

                                            I am a big ice cream person, and haven't found any I really love, so I get the Ben Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Yogurt instead, it is so rich, that when I eat my 1/5 of the container I really feel satisfied and that is my favorite B&J flavor, so it works out well. You don't save many calories with the low fat/ low cal so I figure why not?

                                            I find if I just get REALLY good ice cream or gelatto and eat a small amount I am good, I eat more of the not good tasting stuff because I haven't fulfilled my craving.

                                            Also I have the popsickles that are red white and blue I think they are called firecrackers, they are 35 cals and are very tart and refreshing when I am going that way. And Fiance LOVES when I read him the corny jokes on the stick, and crack up, he just stares blankly at me.

                                            Oh! And I heard from a friend that B&J was making one serving containers, if you have a hard time putting it down that could be helpful, I am pretty good at that, but one of my good friends swears by this method, she about bought out the store when they were on sale.

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                                              choctastic RE: ktmoomau Jul 15, 2008 09:50 PM

                                              I think all the ben & jerry's light ice creams are good but I agree that the chocolate fudge brownie is my favorite, followed by the cherry garcia

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                                                dolores RE: ktmoomau Jul 16, 2008 07:52 AM

                                                >>You don't save many calories with the low fat/ low cal so I figure why not?

                                                Exactly my feeling, ktmoomau. If the 'light' ice creams have as much sugar as the 'light' cookies, it's a wash as to calories anyway. Since I don't care to do the research, I'll stick to my usual artery clogging full fat and cut back elsewhere.

                                              2. jfood RE: spkspk Jul 16, 2008 04:35 AM

                                                Just a head's up.

                                                Jfood is a big fan of Turkey Hill so when he saw large container for $1.50 he was looking for a couple of containers. He chose 2 new flavors, in the Duette Line, Vanilla with Lemon Gelati and Vanilla with Cherry Gelati.

                                                The lemon is not bad, but the texture of the gelati was "crumbly" no other word comes to mind,
                                                The cherry was inedible, the flavor reminded jfood of robutusin, so sweet jfood put the bowl down the sink

                                                Both containers are now in the trash bin.

                                                So for all of us TH fans, the test market failed onthese two flavors.

                                                Back to vanilla with some chocolate sauce for jfood.

                                                1. ccbweb RE: spkspk Jul 16, 2008 06:58 AM

                                                  Not ice cream, admittedly, but I really like the Haagen Dazs Vanilla Raspberry Swirl which is a combination of their vanilla frozen yogurt and raspberry sorbet. One of my favorite frozen desserts. 170 calories and 2.5 grams of fat per serving. Their regular ice cream is 270 calories and 18 grams of fat. Sheesh.

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                                                    Emme RE: ccbweb Jul 17, 2008 07:42 PM

                                                    that raspberry/vanilla dessert also comes in a popsicle - vanilla yogurt surrounded by raspberry sorbet - 90 calories i think and so satisfying.

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                                                      ccbweb RE: Emme Jul 17, 2008 08:03 PM

                                                      You're kidding. How did I not know about that? Thanks for the tip!

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                                                        Emme RE: ccbweb Jul 17, 2008 08:05 PM

                                                        doesn't taste low cal at all either!

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                                                    neverlate RE: spkspk Jul 19, 2008 05:12 AM

                                                    I agree with honeyman's post a while back -- eat the real ice cream, maybe less of it and less often. Everything else (fake ice cream) is scary.

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                                                      polecat2663 RE: spkspk Jul 20, 2008 05:47 PM

                                                      This is more like a sorbet than ice cream, but very good. Take some frozen strawberries or peach slices (do not thaw), a spoonful or two of plain yogurt, and a bit of sugar or splenda and whiz it up in the food processor. If the fruit is frozen very hard you may have to let it soften slightly. I freeze berries and peaches in season to make this all year.

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