10 Tempting Ice Creams With Low Sugar (or No Sugar at All!)
We all crave the rich, creamy satisfaction of ice cream once in a while. But many of us are also concerned we’re eating too much sugar.
“It’s yummy and delicious, but sorry, [most] ice creams contain added sugar,” says Michele Promaulayko, creator of Sugar Free 3.
Luckily, several ice cream brands do offer options with little to no added sugars. And many of them taste almost as good — or even equally as good — as the real thing.
Now, keep in mind: “Sugar-free” or “low-sugar” does not necessarily mean “healthy.” As with any other indulgence, you want to keep an eye on those ingredient labels for sugar and saturated fat — and many low- or sugar-free products sub in artificial sugars or sugar alcohols, which can cause gastrointestinal distress in some people. So if that’s an issue for you, keep an eye out.
But if you’re watching your sugar intake and you’ve got an ice cream craving that needs your attention, here are some tempting options you might want to consider.
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Fans say this ketogenic diet-friendly ice cream tastes like the real thing, maybe because egg yolks add that richness you want in ice cream. It’s sweetened with erythritol, which is a sugar alcohol, and monk fruit.
Per ½ cup: 200 calories, >1 g sugars, 7g sugar alcohols
For those who avoid dairy and also want to keep their sugar intake low, say hello to these decadent bars. They’re like the fudge bars you remember from childhood, plus, they make portion control a cinch.
Per bar: 60 calories, <1g sugars, 2g sugar alcohols
More icy than creamy, this one tastes like you froze your açai bowl. Yes, there’s 14 grams of sugar here, but it all comes from fruit, including bananas, apples, blueberries, blackberries, and goji berries — there’s no added sugar here. Snow Monkey also adds hemp protein powder and sunflower butter for some protein.
Per ½ cup: 120 calories, 14g sugars, 0g added sugars
Coated in chocolate and dotted with crunchy crisp rice, these vanilla ice cream bars are the perfect size to satisfy — the buttermilk base adds an extra degree of creaminess. They’re sweetened with acesulfame potassium and sucralose.
Per bar: 110 calories, 2g sugars, 2g sugar alcohols
Who can resist fudge-swirled vanilla ice cream with mini peanut butter cups? Sold under the brand name Edy’s or Dreyer’s depending on where you live, this is one you need to portion out and walk away from. You may not be able to pronounce all of the ingredients, which include sucralose, various sugar alcohols, and acesulfame potassium as sweeteners.
Per ½ cup: 120 calories, 3g sugars, 6g sugar alcohols
Some say you can’t taste the difference between this creamy skim-milk ice cream and the more… sugar-forward options. There’s salted caramel swirl in every spoonful, and the crunchy bits of toffee are a tasty surprise. It’s sweetened with the sugar alcohol maltitol, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium.
Per ½ cup: 90 calories, 4g sugars, 8g sugar alcohols
The brand that started the low-sugar, low-calorie ice cream trend has a boatload of flavor options, including dairy-free ones. The chocolate stands out for being, well, chocolate-y, although most agree it still tastes light, like a Fudgsicle or a Wendy’s Frosty. It’s sweetened with a mix of erythritol, organic cane sugar, and stevia.
Per ½ cup: 80 calories, 6g sugars, 5g sugar alcohols
Swirls of peanut butter dance in this smooth, lightly sweet ice cream that contains erythritol, sugar, and stevia. You won’t get a swirl in every bite, but the ice cream has a hint of peanut butter, too. And it comes in a cute half-pint (one-cup) container.
Per container: 190 calories, 10g sugars, 9g sugar alcohols