Guest Post: Hungry Games: Is this for real? 150-Calorie Pint of Ice Cream

You know how sometimes you have those stressful days where the only cure is to curl up on your couch with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and indulge until you feel a little sick, even though you know it’s a terrible idea? Well, earlier this week, I had one of those nights. I ran to the ice cream freezer at my local Whole Foods. I browsed the different pint options, wondering which flavor would satisfy my need to consume 1,000 calories of ice cream in one sitting. Then, I saw it—a pint of ice cream claiming to be only 150 calories!

“What is this? Could this possibly be good?” I thought to myself, as I scanned the list of ingredients, which all appeared to be natural. “Is this really not full of weirdo chemicals?”

So, for just under $5, I bought the pint of Mint Chocolate Cookie. I brought it home and scooped it into my bowl (37 calories for ½ cup?!).

It has a light, minty chocolate flavor, but is a little watery tasting. It’s not as creamy as ice cream. I wanted it to have cookie chunks in it, as the name implies, but I understand that’s a lot to ask for in a 150-calorie pint of ice cream. It is absolutely as filling as ice cream, and will give you that sick feeling if you eat too much. Overall, it served its purpose of calming my stress through the action of eating ice cream (and I didn’t have to feel guilty about it!) However, if I’m craving delicious dessert, this will not be my first choice.

Confession: I was so excited, I also bought the Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor and the Cookies and Cream flavor. (I did not try the Strawberry, which was also on the shelf). I liked the Cookies and Cream well enough, but thought the Peanut Butter Chocolate was too watery and a little gross.

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