It’s no secret that Halo Top‘s high-protein pints are all the rage thanks to the irresistible flavors at shockingly low-calorie counts. But if your ice cream addiction has you spooning through at least two pints a week, stocking up on the low-cal dessert will get pretty expensive, pretty fast.
Luckily, Aldi recently released three new pints that are guilt-free on both your waistline and your wallet. The low-cal and low-sugar Sundae Shoppe pints are—get this—about half the price of Halo Top, ringing in at just $2.99 a pop. They come in three classic flavors including Mint Chocolate Chip, Vanilla Bean, and Chocolate.
How do Halo Top and Aldi Ice Cream Compare?
All Aldi ice cream flavors are free of high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and colors, and pack in 60–70 calories and just four to five grams of sugar per half-cup serving. The entire chocolate pint boasts 24 grams of muscle-building protein while both mint chip and vanilla pack in 20 grams of protein per pint.
To put things into perspective, Halo Top’s Mint Chip and Vanilla Bean flavors contain 40 calories more per pint than Aldi’s respective flavors while boasting the same amount of protein. Sundae Shoppe’s low-cal chocolate has 40 fewer calories than Halo Top’s pint and a respectable four more grams of protein. Ingredient-wise, Halo Top and Sundae Shoppe pints are pretty similar. Halo Top’s Vanilla Bean pint is made with skim milk, eggs, erythritol, prebiotic fiber, milk protein concentrate, cream, organic cane sugar, vegetable glycerin, natural flavor, sea salt, vanilla beans, organic carob gum, organic guar gum, organic stevia leaf extract. Check out Aldi’s vanilla version below:Courtesy of Imgur
Taste-wise, folks can’t seem to tell the difference (or think it’s worth a try, at the very least)!
“So I’ve never had the plain vanilla bean flavor from Halo Top, so I can’t do a direct comparison, but the texture of this is good…very much like regular ice cream,” Reddit user inner-nette says. “It’s sweet and creamy. There’s vanilla bean ‘pieces’ in the ice cream, but I don’t get much of a rich vanilla flavor. It’s good but very plain. I’d love to see whoever makes these products tackle some of the more creative flavors that Halo Top offers.” Reddit user dbrianmorgan proclaims, “The mint chip was indistinguishable from the Halo Top for me.”
We recommend getting your hands on these before they’re gone because Aldi’s seasonal pints are here just for the summer. For more healthy picks to stock your freezer with year-round, don’t miss our roundup of 37 Best and Worst Diet Ice Creams—Ranked!