Taste-testing the best low carb ice cream on the market. Which of these keto ice cream brands make the cut? This updated review includes some wonderful new products you may want to try. Plus some delicious homemade low carb ice cream recipes.
If you’re like me, you are always on the lookout for new low carb and keto products. Sometimes they’re food, sometimes they’re beverages, sometimes they’re kitchen gadgets that make the low carb lifestyle a little easier. And then you like to share with the low carb community at large, telling them about your new findings so they can reap the benefits. I’ve had a ball doing this lately, keeping my eyes peeled for anything that might make a good low carb or keto treat. I do have somewhat exacting standards, so not everything makes the cut.
And now that summer is here, I am all about the ice cream. I make plenty of it myself but I am delighted to see more low carb and sugar-free products hitting the market. I’ve tasted a lot of them…do they really live up to snuff? Read on and find out!
*Please note that some of these products have been sent to me for review, although the majority I paid for myself.
Bacon’s Heir Pork Clouds: I ordered these on a whim one day and fell quickly in love. I love the single serving packs and I love the flavours. It’s pork rinds gone gourmet, and without any questionable ingredients or additives. They do fry them in olive oil and I wish they chose to do it in the traditional lard. But they are so good, it’s easy for me to look past this. Watch out, though. The Habanero flavour is really, really hot!
The same company does “pork dust” too, pre-ground pork rinds for low carb breading and other uses. It’s pretty easy to crush pork rinds, but it might be nice to have a bag of this handy.
Wallaby Full Fat Organic Greek Yogurt: Finally! I reviewed Wallaby 2% Greek yogurt a few years ago and at that time, I asked if they had any plans for a full fat version. Not any time soon was the answer. I suppose I was just relieved that there was an organic brand that was not completely fat free. But just the other day, I saw this at my local Whole Foods and I think I squealed in excitement. It’s really good, really creamy and rich. And you want to know what’s in it? Organic milk and cream. And live active cultures. Just what true Greek yogurt should be.
Elli Quark Cheese: For some reason, I kept seeing the ads for this product on Facebook. Then I spied it at Whole Foods and decided to give it a try. If you check out their website, you will see that they have a ton of amazing flavours and they are all sweetened with erythritol and stevia (yay!). The plain was fine and was great with some fresh berries, but I give the flavoured varieties a big thumbs up. It was like having flavoured yogurt again, although I am sure they will cringe at my description. I honestly don’t truly understand the distinction between quark and greek yogurt at all and they taste quite similar. My only wish is that it wasn’t fat free as I am a girl who likes her dairy fat. But at 6 g net carbs for the whole cup, it’s definitely a great snack find.
Sahale Parmesan Cheese & Herb Almond Snacks: I’ve long been eyeing this brand of nut snacks because they always look so good. Alas, most of the varieties are quite sweet and not appropriate for a diabetic or low carb diet. So I was very excited when I saw this kind and thought they’d be a perfect on-the-go snack. And it really was delicious. BUT…and that’s a big BUT…I was surprised to see that the second and third ingredients were tapioca syrup and organic cane sugar. The total net carb count is still just 5 g but I have to wonder why a savoury nut snack needs the sugar. Perhaps to make it stick together a bit but I am pretty sure I could make my own version sans sugar. So although I really liked these, I recommend with caution. Good in a pinch but could be made a little more low carb and healthy.
Zipsicles: Have you seen these things? They are the answer to every mum’s desire to give her kids healthier ice pops and yogurt squeezers. And they’d be great for low carb treats for the adult too, although I haven’t really used them this way. I saw them a while ago and ordered a big pack last summer. I’ve been using them ever since to make my own low sugar yogurt squeezers to send in with my kids to school. They are a bit tricky to fill, so you need a good funnel with a mouth that fits into the opening. Or you can do what I do, and use pastry piping bags with a large opening decorating tip.
Low Carb Ice Cream Review:
I’ve been taste-testing a number of low carb ice creams and frozen desserts lately. I love making my own ice cream but sometimes you need dessert in a pinch and making a custard, chilling it and then churning it is just not practical. But not all low carb ice cream is created equal. There are some clear winners and losers in this battle for the low carb audience.
Arctic Zero: I don’t love giving negative reviews but I did not think this was a very good ice cream alternative. I picked up two flavours at Whole Foods, the Chocolate Peanut Butter and the Hint of Mint. They tasted like….nothing. There was barely any flavour to them and my son nailed it when he said they tasted like watered down hot chocolate. It’s not that surprising, when you look at the ingredients. It’s not really ice cream at all, there’s no cream or milk (there is whey protein concentrate), and it’s fat free. In this case, it also seemed to equal flavour free. Even at 5g net carbs, it just isn’t worth it to me. Some people seem to really like it, but I am not a fan. Neither were my kids.
Halo Top Creamery: This well known brand has recently expanded their line to include a whole bunch of new flavors, including a number of dairy-free frozen treats. I still quite like Halo Top but their formula seems to have changed and the carb count is a little higher now. It used to come out to 4g net carbs per serving and now it’s more like 6g to 8g, depending on the flavor. And all those wonderful exciting new flavors like salted caramel and cookie dough? Full of things like corn syrup and gluten. Corn syrup! Seriously.
I still buy these for my kids sometimes but as a someone trying to adhere more strictly to the keto diet, I give Halo Top a pass most of the time. If you are desperate, stick to the basic flavors like chocolate or vanilla and eat a small portion.
Enlightened: Low sugar and low fat, this ice cream brand has plenty of interesting flavors and it’s actually pretty good. My kids really liked it but similar to Halo Top, it has some iffy ingredients, including cane sugar and gluten. And being low fat, it isn’t as satisfying as a keto ice cream really should be. Besides, I am a little concerned about how they arrive at their net carb count, because some of the fiber comes from soluble corn fiber. Corn again! But also the fact that it’s soluble fiber suggests that it could affect blood glucose levels.
Again I suggest sticking to the basic flavors that don’t contain gluten and keeping your portions on the small side.
So Delicious No Sugar Added Dairy-Free Frozen Desserts: If you’re dairy-free, don’t despair. There’s actually a really great low carb dairy-free alternative out there for you too. Normally I am leery when I see “No Sugar Added” as it usually means there is plenty of sucralose which I don’t like. But this is sweetened with vegetable glycerin, chicory root and erythritol. Thus far, I’ve tried the chocolate ice cream, which is deliciously dark with a hint of coconut, and the chocolate covered mini vanilla bars. I give both a big thumbs up. They do contain carrageenan, which I know many people try to avoid, so just a heads up there.
Be sure to try these great low carb ice cream recipes