Maybe this has happened to you: You are having a bad day, so you reach for a tub of ice cream. You sit, you watch some TV or Netflix. Before you know it, the container of ice cream has suddenly become empty. This was probably the inspiration for light ice cream. And now Trader Joe’s Light Ice Cream has entered the market of light ice creams with containers that are under 400 calories should you find yourself consuming the whole thing.
And light ice cream is a thing. We’ve seen the popularity of Halo Top among other brands. All promising you can indulge without the guilt.
But I can’t tell you how many of them I took a bite out of and decided the best place for them was the trash can.
And truthfully, these both made too many sacrifices to be enjoyable.
First off, let’s talk about the ingredients. The ingredient list here is much longer than with a premium ice cream.
You have everything from added protein to monk fruit extract to stevia. None of those have ever hit my palate and made me say yum. In fact, these items tend to stand out on my palate with that not so fabulous after taste.
And then there is the ability to scoop here. In a regular freezer, these will be rock hard. You’ll have to wait a bit for this to come up to a temperature where you can scoop it.
Trader Joe’s Joe Joe’s Cookies & Cream Light Ice Cream
If you were hoping for cookie chunks like the ones found in Trader Joe’s Neapolitan Joe Joe’s Ice Cream, I can assure you, that you will be disappointed. This seems to be more of cookie dust and specks than actual cookies. Otherwise, this is a pretty average light vanilla ice cream.
Trader Joe’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Light Ice Cream
If you were to squirt Midnight Moo into some peanut butter, that is pretty much the flavor here. This doesn’t have the mouthfeel of ice cream, but at least the after taste of the artificial sweeteners aren’t as pronounced. This really should be Peanut Butter Chocolate because it is the peanut butter that comes through and lends more mouthfeel than any of the dairy it is suspended in.
For $2.99 each, they’ll save you both calories and taste since both truly taste like light ice cream. Now, these could be better utilized in a milkshake or float. But one their own, they were just average light ice creams. If you enjoy the lighter flavor of light ice cream, you’ll probably enjoy these.
As for me, I’d rather sit through a gym class and enjoy ice cream the way it is meant to be enjoyed. Full fat, full flavor. I’ve never thought of ice cream as a healthy option. But I know people do try to save calories where they can. I’m just not sure the savings here is worth the taste.
Would I buy this again? For me, Trader Joe’s Light Ice Cream is a no. For both flavors. I’d rather use portion control on some of their premium ice creams like their Salted Caramel Gelato or perhaps the Mint Chip Ice Cream.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
Here is the visual rundown of what you get if you buy this product:
The containers of Trader Joe’s Light Ice Cream:
The nutritional information and the ingredients for the Joe Joe’s Cookies and Cream:
The nutritional information and the ingredients for the Chocolate Peanut Butter:
Out of the package you get:
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Trader Joe's Light Ice Cream
Product Name: Trader Joe's Light Ice Cream
Product Description: Trader Joe's Light Ice Cream has significantly less fat and calories than the regular variety.
Trader Joe’s Light Ice Cream comes in two flavors: Cookies and Cream and Chocolate Peanut Butter
- A significant savings in calories compared to regular ice cream
- Chocolate Peanut Butter seemed better than the Cookies and Cream
- It pales in comparison to regular ice cream
- I could taste the artificial sweeteners which to me is unpleasant.