J (my boyfriend) and I have been enjoying ice cream from the local candy shop down the block on a weekly basis–relegated to my treat day. The shop sells ice cream from other New York City sweet shops such as Van Leeuwen and OddFellows and yes, they all taste amazing! For those days in the middle of the week when I absolutely have to kill a sweet tooth craving there’s Arctic Zero:
I first tried Arctic Zero last November. They were still fairly new, and had a much different packaging. While visiting my best friend in Massachusetts, we stumbled upon their Chocolate Peanut Butter in Whole Foods and at my counseling decided to give it a go. I hope Arctic Zero will not be offended by my honest opinion here (Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape or form being compensated or paid by Arctic Zero for this post. This is solely my personal opinion.)– it tasted pretty bad. It left a really strong peanut aftertaste in my mouth, which I found really unappealing. It also tasted quite artificial and chalky. The chocolate flavor? In my opinion, non-existent. I ate a few spoonfuls, and then left it in my best friend’s freezer to its untimely demise.
Craving sugar, I took myself on a trip through the Whole Foods aisles recently to see what I could think up. I never stop by the ice cream aisle but something was calling to me–to be exact, Arctic Zero was calling me. To be even more exact:
Cookie Shake. Cookies and cream deliciousness. Have I mentioned I am a sucker for cookies and cream? My favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough, and I discovered after the fact that they do have a cookie dough flavor but the Whole Foods I visited did not have it. I digress because this Cookie Shake flavor? This Cookie Shake flavor was the bomb! After Chocolate Peanut Butter, I thought my affair with Arctic Zero was over but this put them back on my map!
You can definitely tell the difference between a regular scoop of ice cream and Arctic Zero. First and foremost, the texture and mouthfeel are completely different. The Arctic Zero ice cream has more of a freezer pop/sorbet texture, much less creamy and milky which allows for there to be less fat in Artic Zero’s frozen dessert than in your regular scoop. It is clear that the sugar content is lower as the flavor does not overpower the senses. I found the Cookie Shake and Salted Caramel flavors to have a pretty similar espresso taste. I wish the flavors were more distinct but I think considering the fact that they are trying to create a healthier alternative to the full-fat, sugar laden pints of ice cream, I do not particularly mind.
As you can see from the back of the pint, Arctic Zero has taken on a big task: a frozen dessert with protein and fiber that is also gluten-free, lactose free, nut free, fat free, and low glycemic. Whoa! And at 35 calories per 1/2 cup! That’s a 1/7th of what you would be consuming in a 1/2 cup of Häagen-Dazs (but let’s be honest, who only eats a 1/2 cup of ice cream?!)
To make my 1/2 cup of Cookie Shake a real treat I tossed in Lily’s Dark Chocolate Baking Chips (which I save myself a pretty penny on by purchasing from Vitacost) and some unsweetened shredded coconut found at Whole Foods.
This definitely squashed my cravings and fit the macros! Arctic Zero is perfect for those days when I want to stay on track with my nutrition and save the big treats for the weekend. Have you tried it yet?