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Low-cal ice cream

Posted Thursday, January 26, 2012, at 2:14 PM

Seems like the lower-fat light ice cream/frozen yogurt brands just don't stick around with the lower calorie counts very long.

I noticed Walmart's Great Value light ice cream, which had been fat-free, disappeared from the shelves for about a month or so and reappeared with a higher fat count.

The cheaper low-fat products, such as Kroger's Value label, actually taste better and seem creamier than the more expensive brands, though Value has more cholesterol, etc., so I only buy it occasionally.

Got any thoughts on lighter ice cream?

I'm aware that many people like their snack foods with lotsa of fat. But if you're trying to watch your calories and fat intake, ice cream's a good food to go lighter on.


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We like Kroger Delux Frozen Yogurt with 90 calories per 1/2 cup, 1g of total fat, and 10m cholesterol. It still seems calorie high, but is lower than most. It usually is about $2.50 which I like.

-- Posted by cookie on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 2:30 PM

I like ice cream as much as the next person but I have never found a 'lite' version that measured up. However, a lighter alternative that I really enjoy is sherbet, which is quite often touted as fat free.

I agree that store brands for many items are just as good and many times better than the more expensive name brands.

-- Posted by stldrvr on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 4:10 PM

Give me the high fat-high calorie Blue Bell ICE CREAM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 6:03 PM

Debbi and I used to run two ice cream shops in Bedford County. We carried some sugar free for our diabetic friends but they were slow movers (the flavors, not our friends).

When it comes to treating yourself (not a regular diet) we have to agree with mytaxesaremine. When at all possible, we carried the premium line on everything but when it just was not offered in that grade, we had to buy the standard.

You could easily tell the difference between the higher fat content and the standard. In fact, it helped me wean myself off standard ice cream. Now, if I have any, I would much prefer it to be the "real" thing, frozen cream, not milk.

Of course, I have few (maybe more) pounds to shed, but it is not from eating ice cream. :-)

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 27, 2012, at 7:54 AM

I must agree with those who say'real' ice cream or none at all. I do enjoy frozen yogurt on occasion. Can't do the store-bought but love Peachwave or Sweet Cici's.

Many times the lower fat options have other fillers to improve taste, whether it's sugar, gums, etc. Fat is a flavor carrier and often when our 'taste' is satisified, we're content with much less.

-- Posted by malamutemom on Fri, Jan 27, 2012, at 8:28 PM

Personally, Graeter's is my favorite of grocery store ice cream but it is LOADED with calories.

-- Posted by malamutemom on Fri, Jan 27, 2012, at 8:29 PM

Kroger's on occasion has a very yummy Cordial Chocolate Cherry Frozen Yogurt. I am not a big ice cream person, and NOT a fan of yogurt (yucky in my book) but I must say that this is not something that will have the fear of getting old in my freezer!

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Sun, Jan 29, 2012, at 8:46 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.