Yal. Anyone who knows me knows I shop FAITHFULLY at Aldi. Idc about no name brand anything – it’s all basically the same (except some cereals) and the savings is AMAZING. But there are some things I’d venture to Kroger/Target for…. and one of those was if I was having a halotop craving.
If you don’t know about halotop – basically it’s icecream with way less calories and less sugar and less fat and ALL of the taste. It’s bombbbbbbb. The ingredients aren’t perfect (I don’t do a lot of sugar alcohols because they bloat me.. but so does regular ice cream so I may as well choose something friendlier to my goals LOL).
Anywho, HaloTop typically runs around $3.99 per pint. It’s worth it. I spend it. However this week at Aldi, hubby grabbed some of their low fat icecream. It’s a halotop generic, with similar ingredients and macros. It costs $2.99 per pint.
I was skeptical because I LOVE HaloTop. But I gave it a try last night and YAL – IT LITERALLY TASTES JUST AS GOOD! The texture is also similar. The main difference I noticed is HaloTop is a little hard – it says right on the carton to let it sit out a few minutes before you start eating. The Aldi brand is not like that. You don’t have to let it thaw some before eating.
I immediately flipped to the back to check the macros. Compared to halotp, the macros per serving are actually better. The Aldi brand has less calories, sodium, less cholesterol, less total and saturated fat, less sugar and sugar alcohol, and more calcium (HaloTop has more iron though).
I had to take a look at the ingredients and compare.
HaloTop ingredients: Skim milk, eggs, erythritol, prebiotic fiber, milk protein concentrate, cream, organic cane sugar, vegetable glycerin, natural flavor, sea salt, vanilla beans, organic carob gum, organic guar gum, organic stevia leaf extract.
Aldi low fat icecream ingredients: milk and cream, milk protein concentrate, erythritol, chicory root extract, egg yolks, glycerin, sugar, vanilla extract, locust bean gum, guar gum, monk fruit extract, vanilla bean specks, vitamin A palmitate
In my opinion neither is perfect, but HaloTop appears to use higher quality organic ingredients. It looks like there’s less cholesterol in the Aldi brand because of using egg yolks instead of whole eggs. Aldi also doesn’t use any salt or Stevia.
Naturally HaloTop has more flavors as well as having a wide selection of vegan flavors too. At our local Aldi there were only a few flavors of the low fat icecream.
In my opinion, the changes don’t cause a difference in taste (though I haven’t done a side by side). I’m not sure how much you’d save at $1 a pint per year – but if you are already at Aldi weekly like I am – may as well pick up a pint a try!