Well, fast forward to March of 2016 and I was finally able to find some at a local grocer (I've gotta be honest, I hadn't looked very hard. I'm a creature of habit and normally only go to one or two grocery stores, so when those didn't have it the coupons sat in my purse for MONTHS! Finally, this past week when I was feening for some sweets I went on their site to see where I could find it nearby... Low-and-behold there was a store less than 3.5 miles from our house that stocks it!).
The store down the street had three flavors - Vanilla Bean, Chocolate and Mint Chip. [From their website it appears as though they have seven flavors in total, also having - Lemon Cake, Strawberry, Chocolate Mocha Chip and Birthday Cake.] Since I had two coupons, I offered the hubby one of the free pints. We both ended up with Mint Chip!
And although I was yearning for ice cream that night, I decided to restrain myself (I try to keep my sweets to a minimum, so weekends can be more of a "splurge"). So, when Saturday afternoon came around and I was enjoying my rest day with the puppy and Runner's World on the porch, I thought it was the PERFECT time to bust into my pint!
|What can I say?! I take my rest days VERY seriously ;)|
I noticed that the package suggests you let the ice cream sit out to thaw for a couple minutes - which is because it lacks artificial softeners, meaning it freezes a bit harder than some of its competitors. Okay, I guess I could wait a few extra minutes, seeing as I've technically been waiting 8 months... <insert twiddling thumbs emoji>
I wasn't really sure what to expect. I guess I was figuring it would be pretty craptastic... I mean, "healthy" ice cream... it can't be good for you AND taste scrub-didily-umptious too, right?! OH BOY WAS I WRONG! This stuff is DELISH! I even made the hubby stop what he was doing (playing hockey on Xbox, which is apparently very serious business, so asking him to take a time out is a BIG deal) to give it a try!
|I added a couple extra chocolate chips|
This stuff is creamy and full of flavor! It doesn't have a gross after taste or have some weird consistency! It tastes like legit ice cream and is actually "good" for you! (A friend sent me a link to an article she had read a few days before I posted that I had found the sweet stuff. The writer went on a Halo Top Diet! He ate 5 pints of the ice cream for 10 days in a row [picture a Super Size Me type experiment]. The results were rather surprising!)
|Although I was kind enough to share with the hubby, the pup|
is out of luck... This is ALL MINE!
The hubby and I both give this TWO BIG THUMBS UP! I even asked him if he would be willing to substitute a pint of Ben & Jerry's [which we rarely ever get, so when we do it is a MAJOR treat] for Halo Top and he said "WITHOUT A DOUBT!".
|How Halo Top compares to other competitors on the market|
Now that I know how fan-freakin'-tastic this stuff is, I am DEFINITELY going to try and be on the look out for it more often (or make the effort to drive to "the other" store)! And I sure hope we come across the Birthday Cake flavor soon, because BIRTHDAY CAKE!
Have you tried Halo Top?