Is Halo Top Ice Cream Keto Friendly?

At the time of writing this post I’ve been on the ketogenic diet over five years and logged over 250 blood ketone tests in an effort to estimate the effects of food and ingredients on my ketosis, including those in Halo Top ice cream.

Everybody likes ice cream and it can be very ketogenic friendly like Dave Asprey’s “Get Some” ice cream but homemade ice cream is a lot of work. Is there a ketogenic friendly store-bought option for an easy ice cream fix? In this post, I’ll evaluate Halo Top ice cream, give them keto friendly grades, see how it compares to other keto friendly treats, and unfortunately further crush your dreams of a ketogenic friendly store-bought ice cream.

 
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Savage Fuel Keto Friendly Grades:

  • A: Completely compatible, positive or no impact on ketosis.

  • B: Highly compatible, but don't go too crazy.

  • C: Moderately compatible, be mindful and limit intelligently.

  • D: Barely compatible, detrimental to ketosis and not recommended.

  • F: Not compatible, overdo it just a little and kiss your ketosis goodbye.

Keto Friendly Grading Factors:

  • Net Carbs per Serving: How many carbs are in this thing?

  • Net Carbs per 100 calories: Since serving sizes often vary significantly, a net carb per 100 calorie ratio is a more consistent measure of keto-friendliness than net carbs per serving. Lower ratios are also an indicator of higher fat content because fat has more calories per gram than protein and carbohydrates.

  • Sugar: Sugars have a higher glycemic index and larger negative impact on ketosis than other carbohydrates.

  • Hidden Carbs: Hidden carbohydrates are based on the caloric values and glycemic indexes of ingredients sometimes classified as fibers or sugar alcohols.

  • Easy to Overeat: Some foods are easy to over-eat and require extra willpower to limit overeating which is an important factor to consider.

  • Nutritional Density: Foods that are relatively high in net carbs per 100 calories but are high in nutrition per calorie can still be worth eating like broccoli and cauliflower.

  RULE OF THUMB FOR NET CARBS PER 100 CALORIE RATIO:  0-1 GREAT, 1-2 OK, 2-3 CAUTION, 3+ RED ALERT

RULE OF THUMB FOR NET CARBS PER 100 CALORIE RATIO:
0-1 GREAT, 1-2 OK, 2-3 CAUTION, 3+ RED ALERT

Halo Top Ice Cream Keto Friendly Grades:

Overall factors: No hidden carbs, low nutritional density, and very easy to overeat.

Halo Top Ice Cream flavors nutrition facts here, dairy free flavors here.

  • Vanilla Bean: F-
    6g Net carbs per 70 calories 64g or 1/2 cup
    8.6 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Strawberry: F-
    6g Net carbs per 70 calories 64g or 1/2 cup
    8.6 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Birthday Cake: F-
    6g Net carbs per 70 calories 64g or 1/2 cup
    8.6 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Cookies & Cream: F-
    8g Net carbs per 80 calories 66g or 1/2 cup
    10 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Pistachio: F-
    6g Net carbs per 70 calories 64g or 1/2 cup
    8.6 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Black Cherry: F-
    6g Net carbs per 70 calories 65g or 1/2 cup
    8.6 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Pancakes & Waffles: F-
    8g Net carbs per 80 calories 65g or 1/2 cup
    10 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++++)
    7g Sugar

  • Rainbow Swirl: F-
    6g Net carbs per 70 calories 64g or 1/2 cup
    8.6 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Caramel Macchiato: F-
    8g Net carbs per 80 calories 69g or 1/2 cup
    10 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++++)
    8g Sugar

  • Dairy Free Chocolate Covered Banana: F-
    7g Net carbs per 80 calories 68g or 1/2 cup
    8.8 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    5g Sugar

  • Dairy Free Peanut Butter Cup: F-
    5g Net carbs per 80 calories 67g or 1/2 cup
    6.3 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++)
    4g Sugar

  • Dairy Free Candy Bar: F-
    7g Net carbs per 90 calories 68g or 1/2 cup
    7.8 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Dairy Free Pancakes & Waffles: F-
    7g Net carbs per 80 calories 69g or 1/2 cup
    8.8 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    7g Sugar

  • Chocolate: F-
    6g Net carbs pe 80 calories 64g or 1/2 cup
    7.5 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Mint Chip: F-
    6g Net carbs per 80 calories 64g or 1/2 cup
    7.5 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: F-
    9g Net carbs per 90 calories 66g or 1/2 cup
    10 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++++)
    7g Sugar

  • Sea Salt Caramel: F-
    8g Net carbs per 80 calories 69g or 1/2 cup
    10 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++++)
    7g Sugar

  • Oatmeal Cookie: F-
    7g Net carbs per 70 calories 64g or 1/2 cup
    10 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Red Velvet: F-
    8g Net carbs per 90 calories 68g or 1/2 cup
    8.9 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    7g Sugar

  • Chocolate Covered Banana: F-
    7g Net carbs per 80 calories 68g or 1/2 cup
    8.8 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Candy Bar: F-
    8g Net carbs per 90 calories 66g or 1/2 cup
    8.9 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    7g Sugar

  • Dairy Free Caramel Macchiato: F-
    7g Net carbs per 80 calories 70g or 1/2 cup
    8.8 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Dairy Free Cinnamon Roll: F-
    8g Net carbs per 90 calories 71g or 1/2 cup
    8.9 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Dairy Free Sea Salt Caramel: F-
    7g Net carbs per 80 calories 69g or 1/2 cup
    8.8 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Dairy Free Chocolate Almond Crunch: F-
    4g Net carbs per 70 calories 65g or 1/2 cup
    5.7 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++)
    4g Sugar

  • Dairy Free Toasted Coconut: F-
    6g Net carbs per 80 calories 66g or 1/2 cup
    7.5 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++++)
    5g Sugar

  • Lemon Cake: F-
    6g Net carbs per 70 calories 64g or 1/2 cup
    8.6 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Chocolate Mocha Chip: F-
    7g Net carbs per 80 calories 66g or 1/2 cup
    8.8 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Peanut Butter Cup: F-
    6g Net carbs per 80 calories 66g or 1/2 cup
    7.5 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    6g Sugar

  • S'mores: F-
    8g Net carbs per 80 calories 66g or 1/2 cup
    10 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Chocolate Almond Crunch: F-
    6g Net carbs per 80 calories 65g or 1/2 cup
    7.5 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Cinnamon Roll: F-
    10g Net carbs per 90 calories 67g or 1/2 cup
    11.1 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++++++++)
    8g Sugar

  • Mochi Green Tea: F-
    9g Net carbs per 80 calories 71g or 1/2 cup
    11.3 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++++++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Caramel Macchiato: F-
    7g Net carbs per 70 calories 64g or 1/2 cup
    10 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++++)
    6g Sugar

  • Dairy Free Chocolate: F-
    4g Net carbs per 70 calories 64g or 1/2 cup
    5.7 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++)
    4g Sugar

  • Dairy Free Oatmeal Cookie: F-
    6g Net carbs per 70 calories 68g or 1/2 cup
    8.6 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++)
    4g Sugar

  • Dairy Free Birthday Cake: F-
    5g Net carbs per 70 calories 67g or 1/2 cup
    7.1 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++++)
    5g Sugar

  • Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: F-
    9g Net carbs per 90 calories 67g or 1/2 cup
    10 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red+++++++)
    7g Sugar

  • Dairy Free Vanilla Maple: F-
    5g Net carbs per 70 calories 68g or 1/2 cup
    7.1 Net carbs per 100 calories (Red++++)
    4g Sugar

Halo Top Ice Cream Keto Friendly Conclusion:

 
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Halo Top Ice Cream is delicious and maybe in a perfect world you could have a few spoon-fulls here and there and still be in ketosis the next day. Unfortunately we live in the real world, and if you slip up even just a little bit, and those three spoon-fulls become a quarter to half a pint (or god forbid a whole pint (le gasp!), you’ll be spending the next few days getting back into ketosis. Plus every single quarter pint serving has 4-8g of added sugars which doesn't help matters.

Let's compare Halo Top Ice Cream to some real keto friendly sweet treats:

 

Halo Top Ice Cream vs F-Bombs, ChocoPerfection, Nui Cookies, and Keto Bars

 

As you can see, when comparing Halo Top Ice Cream to the best keto-friendly treats out there by net carbs per 100 calories, which is the most consistent indicator of keto friendliness, the difference is incredibly obvious. So in conclusion I recommend going with more keto friendly sweet treats like ChocoPerfectionNui cookiesKeto Bars, and F-Bomb pouches. My personal favorite is ChocoPerfection, it gets an A- keto friendly grade and an A+ in taste from me.

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If you're going to try any of them my personal favorite is ChocoPerfection, it gets an A- keto friendly grade and an A+ in taste from me. They have a lot of great flavors too, dark and dark mint are my favorites and Raspberry is the only flavor I don’t like. The dark mint with a handful of macadamia nuts tastes just like thin mint cookies. You get the classic mint chocolate flavor with the salty and crunchy macadamia nuts, it’s my favorite ultra low carb dessert.

If you’re interested in trying some I’d recommend getting the variety pack and a pack of the dark chocolate so you can try all their flavors and still have more of the dark which you’re going to like anyways. They have free shipping in the United States too which is sweet.

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Please consult a medical professional before making any medical decisions. These are my personal opinions based on years of practicing the ketogenic diet.