At the time of writing this post I’ve been on the ketogenic diet for over four years and logged over 200 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 it a ketogenic compatibility grade, and unfortunately further crush your dreams of a ketogenic friendly store-bought ice cream.
Ketogenic Compatibility Grade: D-
Savage Fuel Ketogenic Compatibility 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, avoid or kiss your ketosis goodbye.
Ingredients: (vanilla flavor)
Milk and cream, eggs, erythritol, prebiotic fiber, milk protein concentrate, organic cane sugar, vegetable glycerin, vanilla extract, vanilla beans, sea salt, organic carob gum, organic guar gum, organic stevia.
Vanilla Halo Top Ice Cream Macro Nutrient Ratio:
Label Net Carbs:
20-28 grams of net carbs per pint depending on flavor.
Every gram of net carbs in this ice cream is pure added sugar which is the worst possible carbohydrate for ketosis.
8 grams of fat per pint of ice cream, not exactly satisfying on a ketogenic diet.
20 grams of protein per pint, not a huge deal but protein can add up quickly and prevent ketosis via gluconeogenesis. This protein also replaces what could have been fats but they decided to market Halo Top as a “low fat” ice cream.
This ice cream does taste good, and is very easy to overeat. In a perfect world, you may be able to enjoy your three or four spoonfuls of Halo Top ice cream and still be in ketosis the next day, but if you slip up just a bit and those three or four spoon fulls become half a pint or god forbid a whole pint (le gasp!) you’ll be spending the next few days getting back into ketosis.
Halo Top Ice Cream Keto Conclusion:
Halo Top ice cream has a lot going for it, it tastes good, it’s relatively low in net carbs (compared to regular store-bought), they have a ton of flavors, and they use high-quality ingredients. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to a non-ketogenic dieting friend.
Unfortunately, it’s just not made with ketogenic dieters in mind. It’s got 20-28 grams of sugar per pint, it’s low fat, and moderate protein which leaves you unsatisfied and craving more. Going even just a little over-board will kick you out of ketosis lickity split.
Compare Halo Top ice cream at 6g of sugar per quarter pint to other keto desserts: Chocoperfection at 2g estimated net carbs per 50g bar, Keto Kookies at 2g estimated net carbs per 50g of cookies, and Keto Bars at 2g per 47g bar.
I recommend you pass on Halo Top ice cream and get your sweet fix elsewhere. Also feel free to check out the Keto Shop for all my guaranteed keto friendly recommendations!
My Favorite Ketogenic Friendly Dessert
ChocoPerfection blew me away the first time I tried it, the taste and texture were so much better than any other low carb chocolate I’d tried before. I thought it might be too good to be true so I tested my blood ketones one day then ate four bars of it, at the same time the next day my blood ketone reading was even higher than the previous day, I was sold.
I give ChocoPerfection a A ketogenic compatibility grade because of it’s low net carbs (2g per 50g bar), high fat, low protein, zero glycemic index sweeteners, and no mystery “fiber”. The only two downsides of ChocoPerfection are that it is expensive and if you really pig out you’ll most likely become the eye of a fart storm (a side effect of Erythritol and Inulin), both are prices I’m usually willing to pay.
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 also have chocolate chips if you’re into baking and free shipping in the United States.