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Holy Sh*t, These Greek Yogurt Ice Cream Bars Are Insanely Good

Holy Sh*t, These Greek Yogurt Ice Cream Bars Are Insanely Good

We have a bit of an obsession with healthy ice creams; from Halo Top to Enlightened, we’re always on the prowl for a good-for-you frozen treat. When a box of Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt bars came to our desks, it was mere minutes before all of them were gone. The results? Amazing. Everyone was super into all the flavors.

Yasso’s sweet treats ring in at 100 calories a pop (pun intended), and 120 calories per sandwich. They each have five grams of protein, and are low in sugar – seven grams in the sandwiches and 14 grams in the pops (much, MUCH lower in sugar than the Unicorn Frappuccino). The bars have two grams of fat, while the sandwiches have 3.5 grams. You’ll also get some gut-friendly probiotics from the Greek yogurt, which is a nice added health bonus.

So how do they taste? Damn delicious. Here’s a breakdown of the flavors we tried – S’mores, Toffee Caramel Chocolate Chip, and Black Raspberry Chip bars, and Vanilla and Mint cookie sandwiches.

S’Mores

  • WOW.
  • OMG, it tastes like graham cracker! These are stupid good. Perfection.
  • Can’t believe it’s only 100 calories
  • You can really taste the graham cracker, and I like the marshmallow, but I’m not sure what they’re made of. The only reason I gave it a 4 is because of the aftertaste.
  • Literally tastes like a straight-up frozen s’more.

Mint Sandwich

  • Doesn’t taste that healthy!
  • I was put off by the tartness of Greek yogurt with mint, but with the Oreo it works!
  • It wasn’t all that minty, but somehow refreshing.
  • Had a funny aftertaste, but I keep going back for more. Overall pretty impressive for a healthy dessert.

Vanilla Sandwich

  • So good and yummy!
  • Can’t even taste the difference [between this and a regular ice cream sandwich].

Black Raspberry Chip

  • Great balance of fruit and chocolate!
  • Love the white and dark chocolate with the raspberry – a bit of an aftertaste though!

Toffee Caramel Chocolate Chip

  • Very rich! Good, but not sure I could finish it all.
  • Good ice cream flavor!
If You Love Halo Top, You’ll Want to Check Out Enlightened Ice Cream

If You Love Halo Top, You’ll Want to Check Out Enlightened Ice Cream

The healthy ice cream market is booming right now – with industry leaders like Halo Top catching fire, it looks like everyone wants a scoop of these lightened-up frozen desserts.

Enter: Enlightened Ice Cream. It’s low-calorie (between 240 and 400 calories per pint, depending on the flavor), high-protein, and sugar-free – it uses erythritol (sugar alcohol) for sweetness . . . just like Halo Top. If you’re a fan of the gold-rimmed pints at the grocery store, you’ll want to try out the selection from Enlightened, as they have over 20 flavors on offer. We tried seven of them, including Chocolate, Vanilla, Butter Pecan, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Toasted Almond, Snickerdoodle, and Piña Colada.

If we learned anything from this taste test, it’s that ice cream flavors are like politics on Facebook – as in pretty polarizing. Some of our testers loved the intensity of flavoring while others were totally turned off by it. For example, some rated Butter Pecan with a 5, exclaiming, “BUTTER!!!” while others gave it a 2 saying, “ew, butter!” – so keep that in mind when going through these reviews. In the love-hate relationship that manifested in our taste test, some clear winners emerged – like the Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Butter Pecan.

Chocolate

  • “Tastes like rocky road!”
  • “Best one. Texture is good for a chocolate flavor. Creamy.”
  • “Like a fudgsicle.”

Vanilla

  • “Light and refreshing!”
  • “Tastes like perfume.”
  • “Fro-yo type flavor” (several people said this).
  • “Weird aftertaste”(x2), “Really weird aftertaste,” and “Do not like aftertaste.”

Chocolate Peanut Butter

  • “Love everything about this flavor.”
  • “Watered-down Reese’s.”
  • “This was my favorite! Super yummy and peanut buttery. Yum.”
  • “Would be great for weight gain.” (???)

Snickerdoodle

  • “Wanted to like this more . . . it’s like frozen horchata.”
  • “Does not taste like snickerdoodles; too much cinnamon and not enough cookie. Very pumpkiny.”
  • “Good but a little bland.”
  • “Tastes like a chai latte.”

Butter Pecan

  • “Butter!!! Intense flavor, good texture.”
  • “A little too much butter.”
  • “DAMN PECAN! Love this one. Needs extra texture of the pecan.”
  • “The pecans carry this one.”
  • “Pancake.” (Also ???)
  • “Refreshing and perfect texture with the pecan.”

Toasted Almond

  • “Tastes like slick, cold marzipan.”
  • “Love the almond flavor.”
  • “Not my fave, but def addicting. Like I keep wanting to eat it after each bite.”
  • “Creamy, a little too much almond extract for my taste.”
  • “This is disgusting. It’s so gross and doesn’t taste almond like at all.”
  • “Too intense of flavor.”

Piña Colada

  • “Love this. Would mix it with some Malibu and enjoy on a sunny day.”
  • “I taste confused.”
  • “Funky aftertaste, like a diet/sugar-free aftertaste. Also sunscreen.”
  • “Is this sunscreen ice cream?”
  • “This is my favorite – sweet, refreshing, and yummy.”
  • “Usually I hate piña colada but I liked this.”
  • “Tastes fabulous – the aftertaste is there but subtle.”
Fulfill Your Most Magical Dreams With These Mermaid Popsicles

Fulfill Your Most Magical Dreams With These Mermaid Popsicles

Now that the weather is finally turning warmer, we feel like it makes at least a little more sense to be eating ice cream – specifically one of our favorites: Halo Top. To kick off Spring on the right foot, Halo Top created for us a simple recipe for magical mermaid popsicles using some of our favorite flavors. The pops here come in three different varieties, but using the recipe, you could easily create many more iterations to suit what you like.

Mermaid Ice Cream Pops

From Halo Top

Notes

We recommend purchasing an extra flavor if you’re like us and continually lick the bowl during preparation to ensure you have enough to fill the popsicle molds to capacity!

Ingredients

  1. Pistachio-Lemon Popsicle
  2. 1 cup Halo Top Pistachio Ice Cream
  3. 1 cup Halo Top Lemon Cake Ice Cream
  4. 2 tablespoons skim milk
  5. 2 teaspoons natural sprinkles
  1. Strawberry-Cherry Popsicles
  2. 1 cup Halo Top Strawberry Ice Cream
  3. 1 cup Halo Top Black Cherry Ice Cream
  4. 2 tablespoons skim milk
  5. 2 teaspoons natural sprinkles
  1. Birthday Cake Popsicles
  2. 1 cup Halo Top Strawberry Ice Cream
  3. 1 cup Halo Top Birthday Cake Ice Cream
  4. 2 tablespoons skim milk
  5. 2 teaspoons natural sprinkles

Directions

  1. To soften Halo top, set your desired flavors out on the counter for 15 minutes.
  2. In an easy-pour measuring cup, place 1 cup of desired flavor of choice, 1 tablespoon of milk, and 1 teaspoon of sprinkles. Mix together thoroughly until smooth, easy-to-pour consistency is achieved. If too thick, add a splash more of milk.
  3. In the bottom of 2 popsicle molds, evenly distribute the first layer. This should be about half of a standard popsicle mold.
  4. Repeat for each bottom layer of the remaining 4 molds, rinsing out the easy-pour measuring cup in between.
  5. Place bottom layer immediately into the freezer, allow to set for 20 minutes. At this time, remove remaining Halo Top flavors from the freezer to soften.
  6. Repeat steps 2 and 3 above to form the top layer.
  7. Once molds are filled to capacity, immediately place tops and sticks into each popsicle.
  8. Freeze for a minimum of 8 hours for best consistency.

Information

Category
Snacks
Yield
6 popsicles
Cook Time
8 hours

Nutrition

Calories per serving
120
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Essentially, Ben & Jerry’s has sent us into a frenzy on a vegan Easter egg hunt and we’ll be ravenously scouring all of our local grocery stores until we come away with an almond-milk-based frozen prize. If you find them, please let us know, and maybe save us a pint?

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The second batch of Halo Top flavors debuted late last year, and when the frosty shipment came to the POPSUGAR offices, we collectively lost our sh*t. Seeing as how the first time we tried Halo Top’s original flavors we ended up with best taste test results ever, we’ve been craving this healthy ice cream ever since.

A quick refresher: Halo Top is high-protein, low-calorie, low-carb, and low-sugar. Not that we’d ever encourage you to polish off a pint solo, but if you accidentally happened to do so, it wouldn’t be the worst thing to ever happen to you.

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Here’s what went down with the flavors, in our editors’ own words, from “pretty good” to “HOLY SH*T.”

Black Cherry

  • “Tastes like fake sugar.”
  • “A bit fake tasting.”
  • “Tastes like fake cherry candy.”

Chocolate Almond Crunch

  • “Too much almond.” (this was said about four times)
  • “Marzipany”
  • “I actually really like the amaretto flavor . . . tastes like amaretto hot chocolate, but frozen.”
  • “I like this but it maybe needs more chocolate.”

Sea Salt Caramel

  • “Not enough sea salt.”
  • “Kinda tastes like diet ice cream.”
  • “Too sweet, missing the salt”
  • “Don’t taste the sea salt, but still good.”

S’mores

  • “I don’t even know what this tastes like but I love it.”
  • “Why do I taste coffee?”
  • “Doesn’t really taste like s’mores.”
  • “Pass.”
  • “Almost caramel in flavor, no hint of marshmallow.”

Peanut Butter Cup

  • “I like it but I don’t love it.”
  • “Good PB flavor, but it’s like a fro-yo that’s trying to be an ice cream. Trying really hard.”
  • “Needs more peanut butter cup.”
  • “Eeeeh . . . this ain’t cuttin’ it.”
  • “Tastes good, but where are the actual peanut butter cups?”
  • “Like the ribbons of peanut butter.”

Pistachio

  • “Tastes like marzipan.”
  • “YUM. Sweet, but tasty.”
  • “Very creamy, sweet . . . weird aftertaste.”
  • “Very sweet and smooth, but lack of flavor notes (vanilla-like).”
  • “Meh.”
  • “I like the pistachio flavor, but there’s a fake sweetness to it, much like my ex BF.”
  • “Yes! Not too sweet and doesn’t taste too healthy.”

Red Velvet

  • “My favorite. Creamy and yummy.”
  • “Love the chocolate pieces.”
  • “Pretty good, especially for 360 calories a pint!”
  • “Like the chunks of chocolate.”

Oatmeal Cookie

  • “Favorite! I love the real oats; nice texture and flavor.”
  • “Has the oatmeal texture.”
  • “Most on point, flavor-wise. Has a good balance of sugar, flavor, and cream.”
  • “Like if oatmeal cookies and ice cream had a delicious baby.”
  • “YES! Not too sweet.”

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

  • “This is DELICIOUS.”
  • “HOLY SH*T.”
  • “FAVORITE OF ALL HALO FLAVORS.”
  • “This one is so so so so good!!!”
  • “SO yummy!!!”
  • “The best of the bunch!”