24 Halo Top Flavors Ranked Best to Worst

24 Halo Top Flavors Ranked Best to Worst

Being able to dig into a bowl of creamy, delicious, cold ice cream without having to worry about what it’s going to do you your waistline is a luxury only a few of us can enjoy — though Halo Top makes it a bit easier.

In 2011, Justin Woolverton started tinkering with a way to build a low-calorie ice cream from Greek yogurt, stevia, skim milk, and egg whites. And he did it all with a $20 ice cream maker. The creamy concoction took off once Woolverton got the higher protein / lower calorie formula down pat. In fact, it’s now one of the top-selling ice creams in the U.S.

To see what all the fuss was about, I humbly assembled a full compliment of the brand’s flavors aided in part by the generosity of Halo Top itself. I gathered six friends and neighbors on a Saturday night, and we sat down to sample all 25 flavors, which included newbies PB & J and Peaches & Cream.

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Is Halo Top Actually Good for You?

Just because a pint of Halo Top is lower in calories and sugar and higher in protein, it doesn’t make it necessarily “healthier” than regular, full fat ice cream.

“Adding protein and prebiotics to products and calling them healthy is a huge trend these days, but health goes way beyond a few nutrients,” says Heather Mangieri, R.D.N., author of Fueling Young Athletes and a nutrition consultant in Pittsburgh, PA. A healthy diet goes way beyond looking at the individual foods that we eat — it’s a package deal. Full-fat ice cream can easily fit into an overall healthy eating pattern, just as Halo Top ice cream can.”

But Mangieri does concede that Halo Top has one big advantage over regular ice cream: You get to eat more for the same calories.

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Back when I was in college, I had a roommate that would regularly get a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food and sit on the couch and destroy that creamy, cold container in about 30 minutes. An (albeit delicious) pint of Phish Food is 1,11 calories, 56 grams of fat, 128 grams of sugar, and 16 grams of protein.

To compare, a pint of Halo Top ice cream has 280 to 360 calories, 8 to 14 grams of fat, and 16 to 28 grams of sugar. And all flavors that contain dairy have 20 grams of protein per pint​.

To keep the calories low, Halo Top ice cream is sweetened with a combination of three sweeteners — stevia, erythritol and cane sugar, says Mangieri. Both stevia and erythritol have less calories per gram than cane sugar. Also, pint for pint, “Halo Top is also lower in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol,” she says.


Is Halo Top Dairy Free?

The original Halo Top formulation is made with dairy — specifically skim milk, milk protein concentrate, and cream. But, they now also offer 14 dairy-free and vegan versions of their flavors, that range from 280 to 360 calories with 12g of protein per pint.


Where Can I Buy Halo Top?

You can get your Halo Top ice cream fix by going to one of the over 65,000 grocery stores around the country that stock it. And if you are lucky enough to live in California, the you can visit one of their Scoop Shops in Los Angeles. There’s one in Topanga, one near the Grove, and another in nearby Century City.

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24 Halo Top Flavors, Ranked Best to Worst

Not sure which flavor you should get? We ranked each of the Halo Top flavors on a 1-5 spoon scale, with 5 being the best. Averages take into account taste, texture, and likelihood of future purchase.​ (For the purposes of this taste test, we tried the flavors that contain dairy.)

1. Mint Chip
This was a fave all around, with a crisp and cool mint flavor and perfect amount of chocolatey flakes and bits.
Rating: 5 spoons

2. Chocolate Almond Crunch
Really nice blend of nutty, chocolatey flavor with a satisfying texture.
Rating: 4.5 spoons

3. Oatmeal Cookie
Another spot-on flavor that feels hearty since it’s filled with bits of oats stuck in a cinnamon-infused swirl.
Rating: 4.5 spoons

4. Strawberry
It has a classic and clean fruit taste. It’s a “berry” nice ice cream that never gets old. Unlike our puns.
Rating: 4.5 spoons

5. Peanut Butter Cup You can’t really mess up the ultimate sweets paring and this ice cream doesn’t disappoint — there are more than enough decadent peanut butter cups chunks within.
Rating: 4.5 spoons

6. Vanilla Bean Another spot-on rendering of a classic taste with robust vanilla flavor and superior smoothness.
Rating: 4.5 spoons

7. Black Cherry
Chewy cherry bits surprise the palate within a creamy pink ice cream.
Rating: 4.5 spoons

8. Candy Bar
It tastes just like your favorite candy bar with a nice blend of nuts, caramel, and chocolate.
Rating: 4 spoons

9. Caramel Macchiato
Salty with a creamy caramel finish.
Rating: 4 spoons

10. Chocolate
Simple, velvety and chocolatey— just what chocolate ice cream should taste like.
Rating: 4 spoons

11. Red Velvet
Bits of chocolate brownie in this brilliantly red ice cream combine to create a sweet, spot-on treat.
Rating: 4 spoons

12. Lemon Cake
Clean lemon flavor with a subtle cookie/cake taste. Great for spring indulgences.
Rating: 4 spoons

13. Birthday Cake
A frosting-forward flavor with a generous mix of rainbow sprinkles — brings back memories of childhood b-day parties.
Rating: 4 spoons

14. Pumpkin Pie This seasonal-only flavor has balanced hints of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Rating: 4 spoons

15. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
A faithful, flavorful (and lower-fat) rendering of the classic ice cream indulgence.
Rating: 3.5 spoons

16. Cookies & Cream
The artificial sugar taste is a tad too forward and it’s filled with crumbs instead of cookie chunks.
Rating: 3.5 spoons

17. Pistachio
Has a bit of an artificial taste and it’s not very pistachio-y, but overall a creamy delight.
Rating: 3.5 spoons

18. Peaches & Cream
Smooth and sweet, almost like a light and peachy fro-yo. Perfect for summer days (or nights).
Rating: 3.5 spoons

19. Peanut Butter & Jelly
A great ice cream analogue of the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich with just the right blend of sweet and savory.
Rating: 3.5 spoons

20. Chocolate Mocha Chip
Chocolate-y, but almost too heavy, with a pronounced chocolate syrup flavor.
Rating: 3 spoons

21. Sea Salt Caramel Perfectly fine caramel flavor, but needs the saltiness bumped up to be a real winner.
Rating: 3 spoons

22. Chocolate Covered Banana
Smooth and sticky-sweet banana flavor swirled with slightly overpowering chocolate taste.
Rating: 3 spoons

23. S’mores
Though it lacked a true s’mores flavor as there wasn’t much graham, it still offered good amounts of marshmallow and chocolate.
2.5 spoons

24. Rainbow Swirl
Way too sweet for us… kids would probably love it.
Rating: 1.5 spoons

And despite all of us continuously sampling spoonfuls of ice cream for nearly an hour, there were no bad side effects, other than feeling a bit full and having a bit of a stomach ache, which is to be expected after consuming so much ice cream, even if it’s healthier.​

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