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Top Low Carb Store-bought Ice Cream Brands

If there is one thing everyone in the world can agree on, it’s that ice cream is delicious. Unfortunately, like most decadent things that taste good, it isn’t always good for you. Ice cream has been linked to a reduced striatal response in humans, which is associated with weight gain  (1, 2).

Numerous other studies have already shown that sugar is one of the worst things you can eat. It has been known to promote heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and more (3, 4, 5). Not to mention it’s highly addictive.

Most people are already aware of the dangers of sugar, which is why they try to avoid it in the first place. But food manufacturers are still trying to find clever ways to change up the ingredients to make ice cream “healthy” and low-carb so that you can enjoy it every once and awhile.

In this article, we reviewed five popular low-carb store-bought ice cream brands and ranked them in terms of how ketogenic-friendly they are.

We also tackled the question, “Can you eat store-bought ice cream on a ketogenic diet?” Read on to learn more and don’t forget to read our conclusion and check our keto ice cream recipes list below!

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Why You Should Avoid Eating Ice Cream on Keto Diet

Traditional store-bought ice cream is bad for you because of the copious amounts of sugar it contains that will put you out of ketosis. But it doesn’t end there. Most ice-cream brands also contain preservatives, emulsifiers, and food additives that cause inflammation and gastrointestinal upset. When it’s all said and done, ice cream contains empty calories that do nothing good for your body.

It’s best to avoid the ice cream aisle at the grocery store completely just in case you’re tempted to buy something you shouldn’t. So, if you haven’t traveled that way in a long time, you might be surprised to learn that there are tons of alternative ice cream options available nowadays.

Some claim to be completely plant-based, sugar or dairy-free, or ketogenic-friendly. The confusing part is knowing which ones are truly better for you than traditional store-bought ice cream and which are a waste of your time.

We’ve reviewed the top five store-bought low-carb ice cream brands here so you can get a better understanding of what your options are. We will also give you a keto-friendly rating for each product. Don’t forget to check the end of this article for our recommendation.

#1: Rebel Creamery

Rebel Creamery claims that their ice cream has the lowest net carbs on the market. According to the website, their ice cream is high-fat, ketogenic, low-carb, and contains no added sugar. Sounds pretty good, right?

The company was founded by ketogenic diet advocates who had been making homemade ice cream for years before switching their energy source from sugar to healthy fats. Doing so enabled them to see that there were no good ketogenic-friendly ice cream options on the market. Instead of giving up ice cream forever, they decided to take their favorite recipes and give them a keto makeover.

The creators of Rebel Creamery teamed up with food scientists to perfect their recipe and come up with a ketogenic ice cream that tastes as close to the real thing as possible. Their mission is to encourage people to adopt a ketogenic way of life and realize that you don’t need sugar to make ice cream taste good!

Rebel Creamery offers several different flavors of ice cream. All of them are sweetened with monk fruit and erythritol only, use cream as their main base, and contain between 12 and 19 grams of fat with only 5 to 8 grams of net carbs per pint. We like that they use certified organic egg yolks and the cream from cows that are rBST and hormone free.

Here is a complete list of the flavors they offer:

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Cookie Dough
  • Peanut Butter Fudge
  • Mint Chip
  • Strawberry
  • Butter Pecan
  • Coffee Chip

All flavors are available either by the pint or by the case.

Here is the nutritional breakdown of a pint of their chocolate ice cream along with ingredients:

Serving size ½ cup

  • Calories: 150
  • Fat: 14 grams
  • Saturated fat: 9 grams
  • Trans fat: 0 grams
  • Total carbohydrates: 11 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Sugar: 0 grams
  • Sugar alcohols: 7 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Vitamin A: 8 percent DV
  • Iron: 5 percent DV
  • Calcium: 4 percent DV

Ingredients: cream, water, erythritol, chicory root fiber, dutched cocoa, egg yolks, milk protein isolate, vegetable glycerin, peruvian carob gum, guar gum, and monk fruit.

We give this ice cream an eight out of ten stars. Of all the store-bought ice cream brands we’ve looked at, Rebel Ice Cream seems to be the most ketogenic-friendly. We like that they use keto-friendly sweeteners only and don’t try to sneak in any nonsense.

Rebel ice cream is high in fat and low in protein like a keto-friendly food should be. Most of the flavors contain around 1-2 grams of net carbs per serving.

The only small downside we can find is that the use of milk protein isolate in the ingredient might not be considered as keto-friendly by strict keto dieters.

Here are some pros and cons to consider.

Pros:

  • Uses keto-friendly ingredients only
  • Sweetened with monk fruit and erythritol
  • Good fat and protein ratio
  • Contains no added sugar, grains, or gluten
  • Uses organic egg yolks
  • Uses cream from cows that aren’t treated with hormones
  • Uses minimal preservatives

Cons:

  • Currently not available in many stores, so you may have to order it online and shipping can be expensive
  • Use milk protein isolate which makes it not strictly keto

You can learn more about Rebel Creamery by visiting their website https://rebelcreamery.com/

#2: Halo Top Creamery

We’ve done a complete review on Halo Top ice cream before, and you can take a look at it here.

The company took the world by storm as one of the first ever low-carb store-bought ice cream brands. Since then, it seems like most retailers carry it. You can find various flavors in the frozen food aisle right next to the Haagen Daz and Ben and Jerry’s.

Unlike Rebel ice cream, Halo Top doesn’t claim to be completely ketogenic. This is because they use ingredients such as skim milk and cane sugar that aren’t allowed on the keto diet. So while Halo Top is lower in sugar and junky ingredients than traditional ice cream, it’s still not completely keto.

The Halo Top claim to fame is that you can eat an entire pint of ice cream for between 280 and 360 calories. They also have non-dairy and vegan options.

Halo Top uses some popular keto-friendly ingredients in their ice cream, such as erythritol and stevia, which helps keep the calorie content down, but it’s still not low enough in carbs to be considered keto-friendly.

Here is a list of all the flavors they offer:

  • Vanilla bean
  • Chocolate
  • Lemon cake
  • Strawberry
  • Mint chip
  • Chocolate mocha chip
  • Birthday cake
  • Chocolate chip cookie dough
  • Peanut butter cup
  • Cookies and cream
  • Sea salt caramel
  • S’mores
  • Pistachio
  • Oatmeal cookie
  • Chocolate almond crunch
  • Black cherry
  • Red velvet
  • Cinnamon roll
  • Pancakes and waffles
  • Chocolate covered banana
  • Mochi green tea
  • Rainbow swirl
  • Candy bar
  • Caramel macchiato
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Gingerbread house

They also offer a variety of non-dairy ice cream flavors that are made with coconut milk, rice and pea protein, and various forms of sugar.

Here is a nutritional breakdown of a one-half cup serving of the Halo Top chocolate ice cream:

  • Calories: 80
  • Fat: 2.5 grams
  • Saturated fat: 1.5 grams
  • Trans fat: 0 grams
  • Total carbohydrates: 13 grams (11 grams net carbs(
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Sugars: 6 grams
  • Sugar alcohols: 5 grams
  • Protein: 5 grams

Ingredients: Skim milk, eggs, erythritol, cream, organic cane sugar, milk protein concentrate, high fat cocoa, vegetable glycerin, prebiotic fiber, sea salt, organic carob gum, organic guar gum, and organic stevia leaf extract.

Here are some pros and cons of Halo Top ice cream:

Pros

  • Contains few calories and carbs than most store-bought ice cream
  • Contains fewer preservatives
  • Uses stevia extract
  • Comes in lots of different flavors
  • Vegan and dairy-free options are available
  • Available in most stores

Cons

  • Uses skim milk and various forms of sugar
  • Contains too many carbs to be ketogenic

As you can see, Halo Top offers a good lower-sugar and lower-calorie ice cream option for most health conscious people. But ketogenic dieters have very specific needs and Halo Top just doesn’t cut it. They use non-keto friendly ingredients and contain too many carbs per serving.

We give this ice cream a rating of six out of ten and recommend making your own keto ice cream at home when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth.

You can learn more about Halo Top ice cream on their website https://halotop.com/

#3: Enlightened Low Calorie Ice Cream

Enlightened is a brand of ice cream that claims to be high protein and low in calories. It appeals to many dieters because it’s a healthier alternative to traditional ice cream, but it’s not exactly ketogenic approved.

The company states on their website that they replace the fat and sugar in their ice cream with protein and fiber. As a ketogenic dieter, you know that fat is not the enemy, but we like that they are trying to reduce the sugar intake.

Enlightened offers both dairy and non-dairy forms of ice cream. All ice cream contains between 60 and 100 calories per serving, which is lower than most ice cream brands on this list but their carbohydrate ratios are still pretty high.

Here is a list of their flavors:

  • Pumpkin spice latte
  • White chocolate peppermint mocha
  • Triple shot espresso
  • Movie night
  • Sea salt caramel
  • Chocolate chip cookie dough
  • Cookies and cream
  • Brownies and cookie dough
  • Marshmallow peanut butter
  • French toast
  • Glazed donut
  • Mint chocolate chip
  • S’mores
  • Cold brew coffee
  • Snickerdoodle
  • Red velvet
  • Peanut butter chocolate chip
  • Fudge brownie
  • Vanilla
  • Frozen hot chocolate
  • Birthday cake
  • Toasted almond
  • Triple chocolate
  • Strawberry cheesecake
  • Chocolate peanut butter
  • Chocolate
  • Caramel oatmeal cookie crunch
  • Butter pecan
  • Black cherry chocolate chip
  • Bananas foster

Here is the nutritional breakdown of a half-cup serving of the chocolate flavor:

  • Calories: 60
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Saturated fat: 1 gram
  • Trans fat: 0 grams
  • Total carbohydrates: 14 grams (9 grams net carbs)
  • Fiber: 5 grams
  • Sugars: 3 grams
  • Erythritol: 5 grams
  • Protein: 6 grams

Ingredients: skim milk, milk protein isolate, erythritol, non-GMO soluble corn fiber, dutched cocoa, cream, contains less than two percent of the following: vegetable glycerin, carob gum, guar gum, natural flavor, monk fruit extract.

They also offer a variety of dairy-free ice cream flavors that are made with almond milk,  cane sugar, and bean protein. Some even contain wheat flour, peanut oil, and cornstarch.

Here are some pros and cons of eating Enlightened ice cream:

Pros

  • Low in calories
  • Lower in carbohydrates than traditional ice cream
  • Contains a good amount of fiber
  • Uses monk fruit and stevia sweeteners
  • Available at most health food stores including Whole Foods, Fresh Thyme, Hy-Vee, and more

Cons

  • Contains too many carbohydrates to be ketogenic
  • Uses skim milk, sugar, and other non-keto friendly ingredients

We give Enlightened a five out of ten rating. The company has done a good job of offering a lot of different flavors, and they are certainly a better option for someone who might otherwise pick a traditional ice cream brand to indulge in. But they use a lot of ingredients that aren’t keto-friendly.

For example, the ice cream gets its high fiber content from soluble corn fiber, but we would rather see you get your fiber from low-carb vegetables instead.

This ice cream might be a good choice for someone looking to cut their calories, but ketogenic dieters need to be more concerned about lowering their total carbohydrate intake and increasing their healthy fat ratios than simply reducing their calorie intake. With ingredients like skim milk and cane sugar added to just about every batch, we don’t recommend eating this brand of ice cream on the ketogenic diet.

You can visit the website https://eatenlightened.com/ to learn more.

#4. So Delicious Dairy Free

So Delicious is a company that is known for offering dairy-free alternatives to popular dairy products, such as ice cream, creamers, yogurt, and more. They are one of the most common “healthy” non-dairy ice cream brand around. You’ll find their products in just about any grocery store or supermarket.

The company uses nut milk in place of traditional cow’s milk as its base for the ice cream. They offer a ton of different flavors, which is ideal for those with dairy intolerances who have been limited with their options in the past, but the addition of cane sugar makes this ice cream one you’ll want to eat with caution.

The company is certified vegan and uses non-GMO products, which is a refreshing place for a dessert company to start. We like that they don’t use artificial flavors, colors, hydrogenated oils, or trans-fats in their products, but being plant-based isn’t always ideal for ketogenic dieters.

Here is a list of the ice cream flavors that they offer:

Cashew milk frozen desserts:

  • Chocolate cookies n’ cream
  • Very vanilla
  • Dark chocolate truffle
  • Salted caramel cluster
  • Snickerdoodle
  • Creamy chocolate
  • Chocolate drizzled bananas foster
  • Peachy maple pecan
  • Cappuccino
  • Dipped salted caramel
  • Double chocolate delight

Coconut milk frozen desserts:

  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate peanut butter swirl
  • Mint chip
  • Mocha almond fudge
  • Vanilla bean
  • No sugar added butter pecan
  • No sugar added chocolate
  • No sugar added mint chip
  • No sugar added vanilla bean
  • Gluten-free cookie dough
  • Oh-so strawberry
  • Blueberry cardamom
  • Cold brew coffee
  • Toasted coconut key lime
  • Gluten-free cookies n’ cream
  • Coconut almond bars
  • No sugar added fudge bars
  • No sugar added vanilla bars
  • Vanilla bars
  • Coconut sandwiches
  • Vanilla sandwiches
  • Organic fudge bars
  • Cocowhip

Almond milk frozen desserts:

  • Mocha almond fudge
  • Vanilla
  • Gluten-free cookies n’ cream
  • Mint chip
  • Mocha almond fudge bars
  • Vanilla sandwiches

Soy milk frozen desserts:

  • Chocolate velvet
  • Creamy vanilla
  • Vanilla sandwiches

Here is the nutritional breakdown of a half-cup serving of their chocolate frozen dessert made with coconut milk:

  • Calories: 170
  • Total fat: 10 grams
  • Saturated fat: 9 grams
  • Trans fat: 0 grams
  • Total carbohydrates: 18 grams (16 grams net carbs)
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Sugars: 14 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram

Ingredients: organic coconut milk (filtered water, organic coconut), organic cane sugar, organic coconut oil, cocoa (processed with alkali), organic tapioca syrup, pea protein, natural flavor, and guar gum.

Here are some pros and cons:

Pros

  • Uses nut milk in place of skim milk
  • Contains fewer carbs than traditional ice cream
  • Uses non-GMO ingredients
  • Easy to find at most stores

Cons

  • Contains too many carbohydrates to be considered low-carb
  • Uses ingredients that are not low-carb friendly, such as tapioca syrup, pea protein and cane sugar

Although we like the use of organic nut milks in the ice cream, So Delicious uses lots of ingredients that aren’t low-carb, such as tapioca syrup, pea protein, and cane sugar.

Some of their products even contain canola oil, molasses, and soy. As you can see, 16 grams of net carbs is relatively high for a low-carb dieter, especially someone who needs to stay under 20 grams per day to remain in ketosis. This ice cream might be a good option for someone looking to make a swap from traditional ice cream, but it’s not recommended for ketogenic dieters. We give it a four out of ten rating.

You can read more about So Delicious on their website http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/

#5. Arctic Zero

Arctic Zero is the last brand of low-carb ice cream on our list. The company specializes in making “light” ice cream, non-dairy pints, and non-dairy bars. They also have lactose-free pints.

Unlike some other brands of ice cream on this list, Arctic Zero stays away from erythritol because they claim it leaves a funky aftertaste in your mouth and causes digestive problems. They claim that their ice creams are naturally sweetened and contain no artificial ingredients.

Their light ice cream contains anywhere from 80 to 90 calories per servings and one to three grams of fat. Some of their non-dairy pints contain as few as 35 calories per serving because they use purified water as their first ingredient, but then they follow it up with cane sugar. This might appeal to a low-calorie dieter, but ketogenic dieters are less concerned about calories and more concerned about sugar intake.

Here is a list of the different flavors they offer.

Light ice cream:

  • Peanut butter and chocolate cookies
  • Cookies and cream
  • Chocolate chunk
  • Mint and chocolate cookies
  • Toffee crunch
  • Cookie and brownie dough
  • Vanilla bean

Non-dairy pints:

  • Chocolate peanut butter
  • Salted caramel
  • Cookie shake
  • Purely chocolate
  • Cake batter
  • Brownie blast
  • Cookie dough chunk
  • Hint of mint
  • Cherry chocolate chunk

Non-dairy bars:

  • Salted caramel
  • Vanilla
  • Cake batter
  • Peanut butter and vanilla

Lactose-free pints:

  • Chocolate peanut butter
  • Cookie shake
  • Hint of mint
  • Purely chocolate
  • Salted caramel
  • Vanilla maple
  • Cake batter
  • Cookie dough chip
  • Brownie blast
  • Cherry chocolate chunk
  • Peanut butter swirl
  • Rocky road trip

Here is the nutritional breakdown of a half-cup serving of their purely chocolate non-dairy ice cream:

  • Calories: 40
  • Total fat: 0 grams
  • Total carbohydrates: 9 grams (5 grams net carbs)
  • Fiber: 4 grams
  • Sugars: 5 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram

Ingredients: purified water, organic cane sugar, prebiotic fiber, fava bean protein concentrate, dutch processed cocoa powder with alkali, acacia gum, tara gum, guar gum, sea salt, natural flavors, monk fruit concentrate.

Here are some pros and cons:

Pros

  • Very low in calories (as few as 35 calories per serving)
  • Provides a variety of non-dairy options
  • Focuses on using clean ingredients and not many preservatives
  • Relatively low in carbs due to high fiber content

Cons

  • Contains added sugar to be low-carb ketogenic friendly

We understand why some people don’t like the use of non-calorie sweeteners in their foods, but we aren’t sure why Arctic Zero uses monk fruit concentrate and not erythritol as they are both natural non-calorie sweeteners. We also noticed that the first two ingredients in many of the ice creams are water and sugar. It would be healthier to use an organic coconut or almond milk in place of sugar water as the base for this ice cream to keep the carbs down.

While Arctic Zero might appeal to low-calorie eaters who are looking to make healthier swaps, we don’t recommend this ice cream brand to ketogenic or low-carb eaters. We give it a four out of ten rating for ketogenic diets due to the use of ingredients such as cane sugar, bean protein concentrate, and skim milk.

You can visit the website https://www.arcticzero.com/ to learn more.

Can You Eat These Store-Bought Ice Cream on Keto?

Low-carb store-bought ice cream might be OK if you’re on a low-carb diet or want to keep your total calorie intake down. It’s certainly a much better choice than traditional ice cream.

However, we don’t recommend it for strict keto dieters because of all the added milk, sugar, and other ingredients that aren’t keto-friendly. With the exception of Rebel ice cream, most of the store-bought brands on this list used some form of sugar in their products.

It might not make too much of a difference if you’re on a low-carb diet, but these numbers can add up quickly for ketogenic dieters who need to stay below 20 grams of net carbs per day.

The bottom line is that there are much healthier ways to get your net carbs in, such as by eating low-carb vegetables with lots of fiber. On the other hand, the wrong brand of ice cream only contributes to empty calories and can kick you out of ketosis if you eat too much of it.

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If you must eat ice cream or have a sweet craving you can’t kick, then try preparing your own keto ice cream at home and leave the store-bought brands alone.

Keto-friendly Ice Cream Recipes You Can Try

Here’s our list of all the keto-friendly ice cream recipes you can make from home:

Conclusion

There are very few store-bought ice creams that you can safely eat on a low-carb diet. During our review, we found that most ice cream brands are focused on providing a lower calorie product and not necessarily a ketogenic-friendly ice cream.

The closest thing we found was Rebel ice cream, which uses mostly ketogenic-friendly ingredients. All other ice cream brands on this list use some sort of sugar or other ingredients that are not recommended on a ketogenic diet.

On keto, it would be much better to get your carbohydrate intake from low-carb vegetables as opposed to ice cream. There’s a list of healthy keto foods you can eat to stay on track with your keto diet.

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If you’re going to eat ice cream on the ketogenic diet, then we recommend making your own at home using one of our recipes above to ensure you’re using safe ingredients. Always remember to stick to your keto meal plan to achieve results.

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