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The Unhealthiest Ice Cream Bars on the Planet

Not every sweet treat is worth the sugar rush.
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There really is no sweet treat quite like ice cream. While it's not always the most convenient to scoop some out of a carton, you have options. And that's where the beloved ice cream bars come in. Ice cream on a stick is simply a genius idea, after all. But not every ice cream bar is actually all that great for you. Sorry, but they're not much better than any other pint of ice cream.

In order to help you best navigate the frozen dessert section of the grocery store, we went ahead and rounded up the unhealthiest ice cream bars. Just so you can choose the best option out there—and avoid indulging in these too often. (While you're making healthier choices, be sure to check out these 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time!)

1

Good Humor Birthday Cake Dessert Bar

birthday cake bar
Courtesy of Good Humor
Per bar: 200 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 40 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (0 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 2 g protein

This ice cream treat might have you feeling like it's your birthday all year 'round, but there's not much to celebrate here. One bite of this Good Humor bar and you're in for a wave of a cake-coated Birthday Cake flavor, which packs 200 calories and 15 grams of sugar.

2

Häagen Dazs Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Non-Dairy Bar

peanut butter chocolate fudge bar

Per bar: 300 calories, 18 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 125 mg sodium, 31 g carbs (3 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 3 g protein

This bar proves just because a food is non-dairy doesn't necessarily mean it's automatically "healthy." Here, you're in for a dessert that is made up of smooth peanut butter that is swirled with a decadent chocolate fudge and then coated in dark chocolate. This vegan-friendly indulgence is high in calories, fat, and sugar. Yikes.

3

Magnum Double Caramel Ice Cream Bar

magnum double caramel bar

Per bar: 270 calories, 17 g fat (12 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 75 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (1 g fiber, 25 g sugar), 3 g protein

Anything that is labeled as "double" is an automatic sign you're in for some trouble. Here, vanilla ice cream is dipped in a chocolate coating and a rich caramel sauce, which is all covered in a milk chocolate shell. Yes, it is indulgent—to say the least—and one bar sets you back 270 calories and 17 grams of fat. Plus, it has as much sugar as two and a half Original Glazed Krispy Kreme donuts.

4

Klondike Frosted Strawberry Donut Frozen Dairy Dessert Bar

klondike strawberry donut
Courtesy of Klondike Bar
Per bar: 230 calories, 12 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 50 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (0 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 2 g protein

Klondike was inspired by a strawberry jelly-filled donut to create this ice cream bar. The Klondike Frosted Strawberry Donut bar is filled with a strawberry swirled strawberry flavor, which is frosted with a milk chocolate coating and covered in rainbow sprinkles and a white chocolate drizzle. This all adds up to a little treat that is packing 21 grams of sugar.

5

Nestlé Cookies n' Cream Bar

nestle drumstick
Courtesy of Drumstick
Per bar: 180 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 50 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (1 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 1 g protein

This ice cream bar might seem not so bad compared to others on this list, but this cookie crumb-covered vanilla and cookie bit bar is still rather high in fat. If you're going to choose this bar, make it truly a once-in-a-while treat, and not one you constantly have stocked in your freezer.

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6

Häagen Dazs Caramel Soft Dipped Ice Cream Bar

soft dipped caramel bars

Per bar: 270 calories, 18 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 110 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (1 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 3 g protein

These bars from Häagen Dazs are a newer addition, in which caramel-swirled ice cream is covered in a soft chocolate truffle coating. Sounds divine, doesn't it? Well, it's rather high in calories and sugar for this to be considered something you should eat often.

7

Magnum Double Chocolate Ice Cream Bar

magnum double chocolate

Per bar: 270 calories, 17 g fat (12 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 40 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (1 g fiber, 23 g sugar), 2 g protein

The Magnum "double" bars strike again! This time, it's double chocolate, and it's not any better of an option. Keep in mind Magnum sells mini bars, so you're much better off choosing to indulge in one of those.

8

Good Humor Reese's Dessert Bar

reeses dessert bar
Courtesy of Good Humor
Per bar: 180 calories, 11 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 105 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 3 g protein

Good Humor brought a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup to life with this ice cream bar. While again, it's not the worst of the worst, it's still one you want to skip over if you can. Just munch of a few mini Reese's cups that you kept in the freezer instead!

9

Klondike Brownie Fudge Swirl Frozen Dairy Dessert Bar

brownie fudge swirl bar
Courtesy of Klondike Bar
Per bar: 240 calories, 14 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 80 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (1 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 3 g protein

One bite of this Klondike bar and you're in for a taste of fudge brownie swirls that are ribboned through chocolate, which is all covered in a thick layer of milk chocolate. If you can control yourself and only take one bite, go right ahead. But eating an entire box of these bars? It's a "No" from us!

Jennifer Maldonado
Jennifer Maldonado is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and health content. Read more