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Get the scoop on light ice creams

July 24, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream, especially this time of year. But if you love the frozen dessert but not the calories, there are some tasty, lighter alternatives. Here's the scoop on light ice creams.Light ice creams usually contain fewer calories then regular ice creams. But some brands are much more fattening then others. Eyewitness News teamed up with Consumer Reports to see which brands came out on top of the taste tests.

At one ice cream parlor, customers delight in the taste of their treat. But its creamy-rich ice cream contains lots of calories.

In search of tastier ice cream that's lower in fat and calories, Consumer Reports sampled 10 light and fat-free ice creams, including ones from Haagen-Dazs, Breyers, and Dreyer's.

"The term 'light' means a food that has one-third fewer calories or half the fat of a regular version," said Erin Gudeux, Consumer Reports.

Sensory panelists had the tough task of taste-testing six vanilla and four chocolate ice creams. One fat-free ice cream disappointed.

"Breyers Free Fat-Free Double Churn Creamy was gummy. And as with most fat-free foods, it doesn't necessarily offer real calorie savings," said Gudeux.

Haagen-Dazs Extra Rich Light Vanilla Bean and Dutch Chocolate were the clear winners.

"Both Haagen-Dazs vanilla and chocolate ice creams rated very good and they have big flavor. But Haagen-Dazs will hit you harder in the wallet," said Gudeux.

But compared to the other light ice creams tested, Haagen-Dazs has about twice the calories and fat and costs about twice as much.

A tasty runner-up was Breyers Double Churn Light Creamy vanilla and chocolate ice creams. They cost a lot less and have far fewer calories.

If you think you go through a gallon of ice cream faster these days, you are. Many ice cream companies are downsizing.

The traditional half-gallon carton, which equals two quarts, had shrunk to one and three-quarter quarts a while back. Consumer Reports says both Breyers and Dreyer's are smaller again down to one-and-a-half quarts.

 

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