You may have heard of arctic zero, the low calorie frozen dessert that allows you to eat the entire pint guilt free. So you can eat the whole pint for 150 calories, yes. You know what else you can do with 150 calories? Eat ten sugar free popsicles, or fifteen sugar free jellos…so you see, high volume and low calorie isn’t always quite so appealing.
But back to the Arctic Zero, you must be wondering if it actually has any semblance to ice cream, and if so, do I recommend it.
You may have noticed the two different pints. There isn’t much difference except that the older (on the right) used the sweetener wheylow, whereas the new flavors use organic cane sugar. They’ve made a few switches with the various gums and thickening agents they use as well..but I didn’t notice any major differences in consistency.
Texture: Airy, fluffy, guar gummy. This stuff is light, I mean super light. When frozen solid it’s a bit on the icy side, somewhere between a frozen whipped topping and a popsicle. The trick with these is to let them sit out for a bit, as they soften they’re a lot more like soft serve, and the texture is rather enjoyable. There is definitely some of that gummy fake fiber type feel to these, but it’s not too offensive.
Taste: We’ll start with chocolate. I’m sure most of you are all familiar with taste of a glass of chocolate milk made with Hershey’s syrup. Now imagine that same flavor, but this time you’re making chocolate water. Now you’re freezing it; adding some thickening agents, and calling it Arctic Zero Chocolate….not very good. Those actually are rather close to the ingredients: purified water followed by whey protein concentrate, sweeteners, and a boat load of thickeners and fake fibers. The sweetener used for the chocolate was not much help very sweet, I finished the pint, but I really wasn’t pleased with it.
Vanilla faired much better. The flavor is actually “vanilla maple” and there was a hint of maple. Apparently vanilla water is a much better pairing. This was much sweeter and at least tasted closer to similar higher calorie products. I’d eat this one again.
A note on satiety; these aren’t very filling. I mentioned they’re incredibly light and the caloric content is that of a much smaller dessert. I could (and did for this review) go through more than one pint in a sitting. At $4 or more a pint, that would be an expensive way to get calories in.
If you’re looking for a low calorie chocolate dessert, I’d look elsewhere; but if you’re feeling some vanilla and rolling with some dough, go ahead and give Arctic Zero a shot.
Grades: C- Chocolate B Vanilla Maple