Halo Top has several new flavors of its coconut-milk based treat—and two are as good as the real thing. And yes, you can still eat the whole pint without packing on the pounds.
I am not exaggerating when I say I have bought nearly every vegan ice cream-type frozen treat in every grocery store within 10 miles of my house. My husband doesn’t eat cow’s milk, but he loves ice cream. And since I love him, I am always searching for delicious substitutes. After one disastrous attempt to make homemade almond milk ice cream (it was so icy and weird, not even a heaping ladle of hot fudge saved it), I decided I’d leave it to the pros.
That’s why I was so psyched when Halo Top sent their new non-dairy flavors for Real Simple to try. (They’re hitting supermarkets around the country this week and next, so if you don’t see them yet, you soon will.) Made with coconut milk, these ice creams have the same low-calorie, high-protein profile of regular Halo Top, but are vegan-friendly.
You’ll recognize some of the flavors as original Halo Top faves: Pancakes & Waffles, Birthday Cake, Candy Bar, Chocolate Almond Crunch, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. But there are also two completely new flavors: Toasted Coconut and Vanilla Maple. Suffice it to say, we had a pretty awesome 4 o’clock snack here at the office.
And the verdict? The Halo Top fans among us said the Birthday Cake and Candy Bar flavors tasted just like their dairy counterparts, as did the others. But the hands-down favorites were the two new flavors, Toasted Coconut and Vanilla Maple. Toasted Coconut had the double hit of the coconut milk base with plenty of pieces of toasted coconut mixed in, and the vanilla maple tasted like an autumn weekend trip to Vermont (which is to say, authentic and satisfying).