Arctic Zero Ice Cream and Ice Cream Bars
So what’s so special about Arctic Zero??
According to their website:
Arctic Zero sought from its inception to offer families a low calorie dessert that would allow them to indulge in their frozen sweet tooth cravings without sacrificing a healthy lifestyle. As health issues rise across the country such as diabetes and obesity, Arctic Zero confronts this by providing a product that displaces myths that a dessert must be high in fat and calories in order to taste good.
They make frozen desserts that are lactose-intolerant friendly, gluten free, low glycemic, non-GMO, and use only natural or organic ingredients. Each pint is 150 calories and the bars are 85 calories. And did I mention there’s 14 grams of protein in each pint?!
Like they say on their website, it’s “A Protein Shake in Ice Cream Form.”
Pssshhh you had me at gluten free and protein
Vanilla Maple: In the past, I’d heard everyone rave about this flavor– that it was lifechangingly delicious and the perfect harmony of vanilla and maple. The verdict? I actually was hoping for a more vanilla flavor. I’m not a HUGE maple fan, so it was a bit too maple-y for my tastebuds. It reminded me of maple syrup with a hint of vanilla thrown in there. The texture was nice though! I also put some in a smoothie with bananas and pb, it made a great base.
Strawberry: I was a little worried about how this one would turn out since strawberry flavored stuff tends to be hit or miss. This was definitely a hit! It tasted exactly like good ol’ slow churned, strawberry ice cream without being sickeningly sweet. YUM!
Chocolate Peanut Butter: Delicious! The chocolate and peanut butter balance each other SO well, and the texture is rich and decadent. Not as much peanut butter as a Reese’s, but it’s still slightly there.
Chocolate: It reminded me of a Wendy’s frosty– creamy, chocolate-y, and not overly sweet. Just the way I like it! I decided to eat it with a warmed up coconut cashew Quest bar–good decision on my behalf haha
Cookies n’ Cream: One of my favorites!! When I first opened this one, I was initially skeeved out by the gray color, but those feelings were quickly put aside when I tasted it. HOLY COW! It reminded me of an Oreo in ice cream form. Like a Dairy Queen blizzard. I was sad to see this pint go.
Mint Chocolate Cookie: IDENTICAL to a thin mint girl scout cookie. I can’t even begin to imagine the flavor explosion that would occur if you crumbled those cookies in this. I must admit, the flavor got kind of old after awhile…like I needed something salty to counteract the sweet, but still, it rocked my socks.
Coffee: I don’t like coffee, so I wasn’t a huge fan of this one. I took a few bites, but had to stop. If you’re a coffee fan, I’m sure you’d enjoy it.
Pumpkin Spice: This is the flavor I was most excited to try. I mean, who doesn’t LOVE pumpkin, especially with fall right around the corner? IT WAS SO GOOD!! The pumpkin flavor was accompanied by a “nutmeg” like flavor. It was like eating the smell of a pumpkin candle! The texture wasn’t as creamy as the others, more sorbet-like, but great nonetheless.
Chocolate and Vanilla: The crunchy outer chocolate layer paired really well with the vanilla AND the chocolate flavors. The chocolate was my favorite of the two– it was just like the pint flavor. The vanilla reminded me of softserve you can get at McDonald’s or Dairy Queen.
Strawberry and Orange Cream: The strawberry was tasty like the pint! How can you beat strawberries and chocolate? I wasn’t too much of a fan of the orange one though, it was kind of bizarre paired with the dark chocolate.
- Favorite: Pumpkin and Cookies and Cream tied
- Least favorite: Coffee
- Most surprising: Strawberry
I absolutely LOVED sampling these pints and bars and coming up with different concoctions. It’s like neverending versatility with these pints; smoothies, milkshakes, sundaes, straight up with a spoon, you name it! Although I received these from the company for review, I’ve seen them for sale at a few of my grocery stores (especially health food stores) ranging in price from $4.00-$6.00 per pint. Because of the price, I usually dedicate them to splurges or celebrations, but with quality ingredients in addition to the variety of flavors to choose from, Arctic Zero is definitely one of my go-to’s for a healthier, gluten free treat.