13 Ice Cream Pints to Stay Away From Right Now
Whether we all scream for ice cream or not, one thing's for certain: If you can eat dairy, you likely appreciate a scoop of the sweet stuff from time to time. You don't have to run out to your town's local ice cream shop to get a scoop or two, though. That's where the beloved pint of your favorite ice cream flavor comes in.
These you can easily find in any supermarket, but it's often hard to have self-control and eat just one serving of the frozen treat. This is why it's not uncommon to demolish the entire container in just one sitting. For some brands though, eating an entire pint's worth can cost you an inordinate amount of calories, fat, and sugar. Yikes.
Because we know it's hard to limit yourself to a single serving, we set out to find some of the unhealthiest ice cream pints from a handful of top-selling brands nationwide, so that you know exactly what you're committing to when you grab a spoon and crack open that container. In order to identify the unhealthiest ice cream pints in America, we compiled a list of the most caloric and sugar-filled pints of ice cream from some of the most well-known ice cream brands. Only ice cream pints or ice cream pint equivalents were considered, which range from 14 ounces to the standard 16-ounce pint. We also excluded sorbet and dairy-free products from our rank.
Here are some of the unhealthiest ice cream pints you can eat, calorically speaking, ranked from bad to absolute worst. We're sorry in advance if your favorite frozen treat made our list! And while you're making healthier decisions, be sure to add The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now to your shopping list.
Blue Bunny Peanut Butter Party
Blue Bunny is another reputable ice cream company that can be found in big supermarkets. A single pint of Blue Bunny's Peanut Butter Party ice cream contains nearly 800 calories though—that's almost half your daily calories, which is a lot to devote to just dessert. You'll notice that ice creams with peanut butter swirled into the mix are some of the biggest calorie and fat offenders across the board (including on this list). Remember, just two tablespoons of the nut butter comprise about 16 grams of total fat and just under 200 calories.
Blue Bell Creameries' Pecan Pralines 'n Cream
Blue Bell Creameries has origins in Brenham, Texas, selling its first batch of ice cream over a century ago in 1907. Now, it's among one of the most recognizable ice cream companies in the nation. While Blue Bell Creameries' ice cream as a whole isn't unhealthy, one particular flavor stands out among the rest: Pecan Pralines 'n Cream. Why? Not only is it one of the most caloric pints of ice cream the brand produces, but it also contains an alarming 81 grams of sugar. To put this into perspective, that's about as much sugar as you'll find in two 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola.
Coolhaus' Street Cart Churro Dough
Coolhaus goes beyond traditional flavors, but these funky ice cream flavors cost you a boatload of calories and saturated fat. A pint of the Street Cart Churro Dough ice cream just about wipes out half of your day's worth of calories and represents just 15 grams less total saturated fat than you'd find in an entire stick of butter. The one plus side to Coolhaus ice cream products is that they don't use artificial sweeteners—so the sweetness your tongue detects in this particular flavor is from organic cane and brown sugar, as well as molasses. Still, that's a small plus in comparison to the calories and saturated fat you'll be consuming eating this entire pint.
Coolhaus' Cookie Dough Life
Cookie dough is a classic flavor, but things get a bit out of control with Coolhaus's version. This pint is packed in calories, saturated fat, carbohydrates, and sugar, with a staggering 123 carbs and 105 grams of sugar. That's more sugar than you would get if you ate 12 Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Donuts…
Magnum's Double Almond Brown Butter Ice Cream Tub
Seeing "almond butter" in the flavor name might have you thinking this is a better choice, but don't let Magnum fool you. There are 90 grams of sugar in this pint of ice cream, which is about as much sugar as there is in four and a half servings of king-size packs of M&M's.
Magnum's Double Cookie Crumble Ice Cream Tub
Imagine breaking through the surface of a hard chocolate coating, just to plunge into a creamy pint of decadent sweet ice cream that encloses more bits of chocolate all entwined in swirls of chocolate cookie sauce. If you've got the mental image, then you know what you're getting into when you crack open a pint of Magnum's Double Cookie Crumble Ice Cream Tub. You can also likely infer from that description exactly why a single pint contains more than 1,000 calories.
Tillamook TCHO Double Dark Chocolate Gelato
Tillamook TCHO Double Dark Chocolate Gelato may have fewer calories and total fat than some of the other ice creams that precede it, but the fact that it contains 105 grams of sugar lends it a jump in the rank. Just how much is 105 grams of sugar? Think about it this way, that's about as much as what's in nearly 28 packets of sugar. But we must admit this gelato sounds absolutely delicious—just make sure to just stick to one serving!
Häagen-Dazs' Banana Peanut Butter Chip Ice Cream
When you think of a rich and creamy ice cream, Häagen-Dazs likely comes to mind, and the Banana Peanut Butter Chip is at the forefront of decadent flavors. If the mere name of this ice cream caused you to salivate, wait until you hear how the Häagen-Dazs company website describes the flavor: "Ribbons of rich peanut butter and bits of chocolate chips are folded into sweet banana ice cream to create this playfully indulgent flavor." Sadly, that vision is shattered as you realize how much fat, sodium, and sugar is in one pint.
Häagen-Dazs' Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Another peanut butter-flavored ice cream strikes again! A single pint of this ice cream, which, it's worth noting, is two ounces less than a traditional pint of ice cream, packs nearly 1,200 calories. For context, you would consume fewer calories if you ate two McDonald's Quarter Pounder (with cheese) sandwiches.
Tillamook's Double Nutty Peanut Butter Ice Cream
At nearly 1,400 calories, Tillamook's Double Nutty Peanut Butter ice cream is overflowing with fat, clocking in at a total of 102 grams. You could eat half of a jar of Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter—which contains about 1,330 calories and 112 grams of total fat—as a comparable treat. You'd also get 52 grams of protein, rather than just 33 grams in the ice cream version (not that we would advise you to do this either, of course!).
Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby
What list about high-calorie ice cream pints would be complete without any mention of Ben & Jerry's? Because the name of this flavor is cutesy and not descriptive—a signature move of Ben & Jerry's—here's what makes Chubby Hubby what it is: "Vanilla malt ice cream with peanutty fudge-covered pretzels with fudge & peanut buttery swirls" (as stated on the site and at the bottom of the ice cream pint). So, a ton of fudge, peanut butter, and pretzels mixed into malt ice cream—it's pretty clear how this ice cream accumulates so much saturated fat, carbs, and sugar. There's a reason it's one of their most popular pints.
Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter Cup
And finally, the most unhealthy ice cream pint of them all: Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter Cup. This pint has the largest combination of total calories, saturated fat, and sugar of any of the brands on this list. If you just love peanut butter in ice cream but also want to save your waistline, it may be time to opt for an alternative ice cream brand. (For comparison, Enlightened's Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream pint clocks in at just 400 calories.)
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