A Healthy Snack Friend In The Ice Cream Aisle

January 6, 2011   15 Comments

Snack Girl tends to avoid the frozen foods aisle. Why? Well, when she sees the 2 for $5 Ben & Jerry's she gets weak in the knees.

Haagen-Dazs Mini Sorbet

Well, now she can strut her way down the aisle and reach for these little containers of Haagen Dazs. It seems the folks at Haagen Dazs have been thinking about people watching their weight.

These containers are 3.6 ounces and they include a SPOON. How cool is that? Actually, the really cool part is that the sorbet and the frozen yogurt contain 110-160 calories depending on the flavor you choose.

A WARNING: there are other small container flavors such as "STRAWBERRY" that are 300 calories. Not all of the small containers are low calorie.

Here are the ingredients for three flavors I bought:

Mango Sorbet: water, sugar, mango puree, lemon juice concentrate, pumpkin juice concentrate, carrot juice concentrate, natural flavor pectin - 140 calories

Raspberry Sorbet: water, sugar, raspberry puree, corn syrup, pectin, lemon juice concentrate - 110 calories

Vanilla Frozen Yogurt: skim milk (lactose reduced), corn syrup, sugar, egg yolks, cream, vanilla extract, active yogurt cultures - 160 calories

Why am I showing you the ingredients? Many low calorie ice cream options have a bunch of chemicals in them to make them low calorie.

My problem with chemicals, such as artificial sweeteners, is that I don't like the way they taste. There is this flavor that I will immediately recognize as fake and then I just want to toss out the container.

The nice thing about these packages of Haagen Dazs is:

  1. They are delicious.
  2. They were 3 for $4 (not that expensive).
  3. All the ingredients are recognizable.

The downside of these treats is all the packaging. These containers are not green and that is something that Haagen Dazs should work on.

Of course, if I could just resist a massive tub of ice cream in my freezer and just scoop out my 100 calorie treat - then I wouldn't have to buy all these cute containers. Fat chance.

Please share any friends you have made in the ice cream section.

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"Fat Chance" LOL, that gave me a good chuckle! This makes me very happy, but I have a question, do they have chocolate and if they do, are the ingredients recognizable? If not I could go for the raspberry! I am so with you on the artificial sweeteners. I used to drink diet coke a lot, but the aspertame in it did weird things to me.

@Kristy - Right now, there is no small cup chocolate SORBET option. There is a small cup chocolate ice cream option which is going to be 300 calories or so. Sad, isn't it?

Mmm, thank you for posting this!

Like that they are thinking about portion control, Checkout my blog today, Are you addicted to food?

Hi Snack Girl! Have you tried Arctic Zero? I think their frozen treats are yummy, and even if you ate a whole pint it would be 150 or 160 calories.

I like to have 4 oz. of Arctic Zero, freeze one of those really sweet mini-bananas and have that, a baby banana and some chocolate chips. (another cool thing about Arctic Zero is that they actually have a peanut butter and chocolate flavor, and their vanilla has a touch of maple. )

We used to have a Haagen Dazs shop nearby and I'd ALWAYS get mango sorbet - it's so refreshing!

I gotta admit, I read the beginning of this post and was a tad skeptical about this snack being healthy. I'm happy it actually is, though, because I now want to try these. lol

It's hard to find little treats like this not loaded with chemicals and other icky things, so this is a surprise to me. Thanks for enlightening me!

hi and thnks for the tip about the mango sorbet. I am always looking for something legal and sweet and def. will try. Do you happen to know the points plus value on this?

Haagen Dazs single serving ice cream is $1.99 each where I live. The one to look for with natural ingredients only, and great taste, is the Vanilla ice cream.

Believe it or not, Haagen-Dazs used to make an unbelievably delicious dark chocolate fudgesicle that was only 2 of the old points. I ate them all the time when I was on WW in 2000. Then, for who knows what ridiculous reason, they discontinued them :-(

Edy's Slow Churned now makes mini ice cream packages as well. I'm currently eating Mint Chocolate Chip 5.8 oz for 190 calories. No artificial sweeteners, but the ingredient list is definitely not all-natural haha.

Hi There, I love your site. I use a lot of your recipes. Can you please tell me the points on the Haagen Dazs Raspberry Sorbet and the Mango Sorbet.Thanks for always the hard work you do. Thanks, Judy

PointsPlus for Mango = 4

PoinstsPlus for Raspberry = 3

Hi, I am an avid reader of your newsletter. I love your recipes but unfortunately I am unable to try any of them as I do not live in the US. If you happen to have any recipes with ingredients that international readers like me can faind, please share them. Thanks.

These LOOK good..corn syrup is bad news for me.

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