I crave ice cream ALL THE TIME! I’m sure I’m not the only one. In the heat of the summer, a good bowl of ice cream is heavenly.
My absolute favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate chip cookie dough. Besides chocolate chip cookies themselves, cookie dough ice cream is my weakness! So, when I saw this Arctic Zero picture randomly come up on my facebook newsfeed, I was instantly intrigued. They completely got me with the picture of their cookie dough chip flavor!
Doesn’t that look good? I decided that I had to try it!
They call their frozen desserts “Fit Frozen Desserts” because they don’t have all the fat and calories that other frozen desserts have, plus they are made with whey protein and sweetened with antioxidant-rich monk fruit. Ever heard of it? Don’t worry, I hadn’t either!
Plus, there are no artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors, they’re low gycemic, lactose free, GMO free, gluten free, and kosher. That pretty much covers it!
I’ll be honest though…I didn’t even read all that before I decided I had to give it a try. Just say “healthy ice cream” to me and I’m in!
I was super excited to find out that it is sold at the Wal-mart very near to where I live! You can find select Arctic Zero flavors at grocery stores like Kroger, Publix, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Walmart, Whole Foods, as well as online at Amazon.com and directly from their website.
I picked up the Cookie Dough Chip and Chocolate Peanut Butter flavors at Walmart! I only got the Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor for my husband to try because I knew he would be upset if I got myself a treat and not him!
Creamy versus Chunky
The Cookie Dough Chip flavor is a part of their chunky pints line and the Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor is a part of their creamy pints line. They also have chocolate-dipped ice cream bars available.
The creamy pints have 12 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber with only 150 calories per pint.
The chunky pints have 12 grams of protein and fiber with only 300 calories per pint.
When I got home, I dug right in to my cookie dough flavor!
At first bite I was a little…what’s the right word…surprised? It didn’t taste like what I expected vanilla ice cream to taste like. I can’t say it was good or bad, just different. I think I could taste the whey protein in it.
There were no cookie dough pieces in the first few bites so I was a little disappointed. You have to get through the first layer or so until you reach the cookie dough pieces! Yay for cookie dough!
Once I got to the cookie dough, it tasted much better! Just having those little chunks of cookie dough made the funny-tasting vanilla ice cream forgettable. The only problem is that I found myself searching for all the cookie dough pieces! I can see how you would easily eat the whole pint in one sitting!
The good news is that the whole pint is only 300 calories! That’s a huge difference from a Ben and Jerry’s cookie dough pint that has over 1,000 calories!
I held my composure though and only ate about 1/4 of the pint.
I did NOT try the chocolate peanut butter flavor because I don’t like peanut butter…I know people call me crazy all the time! I left that one for my husband to have all to himself, but I don’t think he’s very thrilled about it.
He did not like it.
Now let me first say that he is not a huge ice cream fan to begin with, but he described it as “gross”. He said that it was very peanut buttery and not very chocolatey, but that the peanut butter had a bitter taste. Overall he said it “tasted like health food”.
I think that the “chunks” in the chunky pint flavors make the big difference. Without them, it’s just a funny-tasting ice cream.
While the ice cream part of it is not great, it’s definitely good enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Especially with those little pieces of cookie dough! I was definitely enjoying it!
The Arctic Zero Flavor Test Breakdown
Since my initial trial of the cookie dough chip flavor, I had the opportunity to try 5 additional flavors:
- Brownie Blast
- Snickerdoodle Dandy
- Banana Pudding
- Poppin’ Pomegranate
- Cake Batter
*Disclaimer: These additional Arctic Zero flavors were provided to me at no charge in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have to say that I was most excited about the Snickerdoodle Dandy because snickerdoodle cookies are my second favorite cookies after chocolate chip. So, I dug into that one first.
This one is a part of their chunky line. At first bite, it didn’t taste like much at all. But, after a few bites there was a subtle hint of cinnamon that was pleasant. About 4 bites in I got to my first sugar cookie chunk. These were really good but they were pretty sparse throughout the pint. Let’s be honest though…I’d much rather be eating a buttery sugar cookie then this healthy ice cream, so I can’t really fault Arctic Zero for that! Overall the subtle cinnamon flavor of the ice cream was nice.
Another of their chunky flavors. Again, the first bite of the chocolate ice cream was subtle, but a few bites in it started to taste like a yummy chocolate ice cream. The brownie chunks were obviously the best part as you eat your way through the pint. I think I liked the chocolate flavor ice cream better than the vanilla that is the base of the snickerdoodle and the cookie dough chip flavors.
I am a big fan of banana pudding but I was pretty skeptical about this one because I’m not a big fan of that generic banana flavor. This flavor was a bit of a let-down because the banana was in fact that generic banana flavor. Even the bright yellow color of the ice cream threw me off.
I had high hopes for this fruit flavor, kinda expecting a sherbet taste. However, the pomegranate flavor was so subtle that it didn’t satisfy my sweet tooth. This was the first creamy flavor I tried, so no hopes of those delicious chunks scattered throughout the pint.
This was a much better creamy flavor than the pomegranate. Again, the flavor was subtle but good. I enjoyed the creamy cake batter even without the chunks.
The key to enjoying the Arctic Zero ice creams is to take it out of the freezer for 20 minutes before eating! This gives the ice cream a chance to thaw a bit to a creamy consistency. If you eat it right out of the freezer, the consistency is no good. If you’re too impatient to wait 20 minutes, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds before eating! Trust me, the wait is worth it!
My Favorite Arctic Zero Flavor
And the winner is….Brownie Blast! This chunky Arctic Zero flavor was the best in my opinion. It was a close race between this one and the cookie dough chip flavor, but I liked the flavor of the chocolate ice cream better than the vanilla. Those brownie pieces are good too!
Overall, it’s helpful to have a healthy ice cream option to go to when my cravings hit! I especially like that it has a little extra protein in it because I have a hard time getting enough protein in my diet. Every little bit helps!
I’m curious to try some of their other chunky pint flavors, like the cool mint chip. Get your arctic zero flavors here and give them a try for yourself!
What’s your favorite flavor ice cream?
Have you ever tried Arctic Zero?
Do you think you will now?