View Full Version : Is it possible: good light ice cream?
10-02-2001, 12:42 PM
Hi! I'm looking for a good light vanilla ice cream. I saw a recipe in Martha Stewart Living (October) for caramel-soaked (homemade) croutons that you place on top of ice cream. Looks like an easy to assemble recipe. I'd like to try this, but using a light ice cream (or frozen yogurt with ice cream consistency).
Any good brands out there that you would recommend?
(I'd be happy to post the recipe for anyone who is interested, too).
10-02-2001, 12:46 PM
Don't know if they have it in DC, but if I'm not making ice cream myself, we love Healthy Choice brand! Their Cappucino Chocolate Chunk is to die for!! Also Tin Roof Sundae and plain 'ol Vanilla. It's 100 calories and 2 gr of fat for 1/2 cup.
Breyers and Dreyers are good too, but their 'light' has 5 gr of fat per 1/2 cup serving, and that's just too much for us! We like their fat-free, but prefer Healthy Choice! :D
10-02-2001, 12:54 PM
Another vote for Healthy Choice. Can't say a bad thing about any of the flavors we have had- especially the peanut butter cup!
10-02-2001, 12:59 PM
I recently bought a half-gallon of TCBY "Dutch Chocolate" frozen yogurt at the grocery store when I was having a craving for chocolate ice cream. The texture is very close to real ice cream, and the taste is only slightly less rich than the real thing - it's sort of like cheap/store-brand chocolate ice cream vs. Haagen-Dazs as a comparison. The nutritional info is comparable to that of sherbet. I assume they also have vanilla.
10-02-2001, 01:13 PM
I tried Blue Bunny Light Vanilla for the first time on Saturday night. I was surprised at how good it is. I do not know if it is available in your market, or how much fat and calories it has, but I would highly recommend it.
My usual brand is Edy's Light. This was much better. Gina
10-02-2001, 01:17 PM
Edy's Grand Light. It dosn't have that off flavor that I find a lot of light ice creams to have. Their vanilla is good and their peanut butter cup is out of this world. Breyer's light vanilla is ok too, but not as good as Edy's. I find them both better than HC (a lot better), but I don't know how calories and fat compare. I think they all have around 100 cal and 30% of calories from fat.
10-02-2001, 01:23 PM
Healthy Choice's Vanilla Bean light ice cream is great! Just recently, I tried Breyer's Vanilla Frozen Yogurt (it's supposed to have vanilla bean specks in it too) but it's not as good as Healthy Choice. The only trouble with this variety of Healthy Choice is that I can't seem to find it except in the Pint version. I keep running back to the store to buy more!:o
10-02-2001, 01:24 PM
I think haagen dazs used to have a vanilla sorbet that was fat-free. Maybe they still make it.
10-02-2001, 02:12 PM
Ditto for Healthy Choice - we can't keep enough of it in this house. Maybe it's good that winter is approaching.....too cold for ice cream, maybe..
10-02-2001, 02:23 PM
If you go to Fresh Fields, try the Stoneyfield Farm varieties. Very good and some unique flavors in low-fat ice creams and yogurts. They have a Creme Caramel that is tasty and helps me not eat the DH's Haagen Daaz Dulce du Leche. Their coffee low-fat is GREAT too (and that one is only 90 calories).
Haven't had the vanilla as I am not a vanilla type o' girl! I have had Ben & Jerry's low-fat vanilla and it is fine - but like I said, I am not a vanilla person so I can't give good comparisons between high and low fat versions.
let us know what you liked!
10-02-2001, 02:25 PM
Will everyone jump all over me if I answer this question with a definitive "NOPE"?
I do not believe in scrimping on things like icecream. And I do not believe that there is such a thing as "lite icecream" which passes for the real thing.
Alright, if you forced me to recommend something, I would say that Healthy Choice Icecream is as close as "icemilk" comes to "icecream... and Stoneyfield Farms makes some downright healthy stuff (that's organic to boot). But you might consider eating a little bit less and splurging on a pint of full-fat Haagen Das ;)
10-02-2001, 03:00 PM
I will be the first to admit I am not an ice cream lover. I like it every now and then but it isn't a must have item. So you may take my comments with a grain of salt but I think Hood makes a pretty good Light Ice-cream:o Is it just my lack of ice-cream taste that makes me think that this is good stuff? I wonder? We have Cookies and Cream flavor right now in the house, Maybe it will be an ice-cream night :D
Now, try to give me low fat anything on my pizza and that would be a different story.................;)
10-02-2001, 04:12 PM
I love Edy's Grand Light... especially the Chocolate Chips 'n Mint, I think it's called. Satisfies my craving for chocolate and creamy ice cream. My other favorite, possibly a local brand, is Turkey Hill. They're out of PA & we get it here in NY. They make great light ice cream! And their frozen yogurt is good, too!
10-02-2001, 05:12 PM
Another thumbs up for Edy's Grand Light--particularly the French Silk. Yum!
Jessica! I miss Haagen Dazs vanilla sorbet more than any other food I've had. I ate half a pint every day for the entire duration that it was available (April 1998-July 1999). I've made do with the chocolate sorbet every day since. I've whined and fussed and griped at all the Haagen Dazs corporatre offices, national and local with no luck! I did later manage to make my own version in an ice cream maker with sugar, maltodextrin, vanilla and part of an egg white. (I actually used the nutrition label, ingredient list and metric weight and volume conversions to formulate nearly the same thing.) It was close, but not quite what I wanted.
Sorry to get so long-winded about the sorbet. Haagen Dazs also made a lowfat ice cream, but that too was discontinued. My mother was a fan of that one. (Beware--NOTHING Haagen Dazs will last long outside the basic ice creams.)
I'd like to hear some ideas too but would prefer a nationally available low-fat vanilla ice cream with "normal" ingredients.
10-03-2001, 12:18 PM
I love ice cream!! My favorite is Edy's Grand Light Chocolate Raspberry Escape. I do find Edy's price to be high, so I watch for those buy one get one free's!
10-03-2001, 12:40 PM
Yum! These sound great, I can't wait to try your suggestions. I'm a totally plain vanilla kind o' gal, and I really love Breyer's Vanilla Bean. I also like Edy's vanilla ice cream.
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