It’s pretty rare these days that you’ll find me writing a straight up product review. I’d rather find a story to tell or a fun recipe hack to share, and I’m pretty sure you’d rather read that, too. But sometimes, the right product comes along, curiously different and right in line with the most current food trends, and a straightforward opinion is the best approach. That’s exactly what happened with Arctic Zero, a low-calorie frozen treat that’s popping up everywhere from Whole Foods to Walmart. Although it comes in that oh-so-familiar pint container, it’s not exactly ice cream. It’s a handcrafted “fit frozen dessert” that’s made with premium quality ingredients. Nothing questionable here, folks. And that’s why I’m on board.
Arctic Zero comes in a whole bunch of really excellent flavors, like chunky Rocky Road Trip and Cookie Dough Chip, or super satisfying Snickerdoodle Dandy.
So here’s why Arctic Zero piqued my sweet tooth. Each pint is:
- low in sugar (low glycemic) because it’s sweetened with monk fruit (no sugar alcohols)
- lactose free
- made with rBST-free why protein
- many flavors are gluten-free
- Creamy pints are fat free and only have 150 calories in the ENTIRE PINT
- Chunky pints are low in fat and only have 300 calories in the ENTIRE PINT
- GMO free with no artificial ingredients.
- certified kosher
I’m an ice cream lover through and through, and a lot of those attributes up there really speak to me. There’s just something about the feeling of a pint container in your hand, settling in for a good movie or chat sesh with your bestie. To think that you could enjoy that kind of indulgence for a fraction of the calories of most ice creams is just too good to pass up. Especially since it meets my biggest food priorities: NO GMO or artificial ingredients. I also really dig that the sweetener is made with monk fruit, because I’m super sensitive to artificial sweeteners and this one didn’t bother me at all.
Plus, even though I’m not sensitive to gluten or lactose, I know so many of my readers and friends are. The food market is really rising up to meet the demand for those with specific food lifestyles, and I love seeing that Arctic Zero is putting this kind of yum back into the hands of those with dietary restrictions.
But let’s talk about what really counts…
How does it taste?
Does Arctic Zero taste like real premium ice cream? No. Does it taste good? Without a doubt, yes. You’ll notice a difference from the scoops you’re probably used to, but the folks at Arctic Zero are really upfront about the fact that you need to let it sit and defrost for about 15 minutes before popping that lid. It’s part of the trade off for not using cream in the mix, but I can attest to the fact that it really does get soft and creamy after it sits for a few minutes!
The Cake Batter, above, was my far-and-away favorite of the creamy flavors. If I’m picking favorites, I’ve got to give it to the chunky flavors. The Cherry Chocolate Chunk and Peanut Butter Swirl were the two that really had me struggling not to finish the whole pint in one sitting. (I didn’t, but I could have!) I would definitely buy them again if my sweet tooth started getting cranky. I’m not sure I can say the same about the creamy pints, though. For me, it’s all about the add-ins. (Although I might change my mind for the Hint of Mint flavor, if I can find it locally.)
The only con: This is not a “sneak one bite at a time” type of treat. When I have a pint of traditional ice cream in my freezer, I usually eat a bite or two at a time, and it lasts quite a while. Because you need to let it thaw a while, opening Arctic Zero is a bit of a commitment. You’d better be all in to dig in.
I’m definitely not an advocate for “diet” foods, and I think that life is simply too short to deprive yourself of your favorite treats. But, after taking a good long look at Arctic Zero’s labels, it makes my heart happy to see a non-GMO, real-ingredient alternative for those who otherwise might have to say good bye to sweet frozen treats. And with my upcoming race training, I love knowing that I can indulge a little and not feel like I undid all the work I did at the gym.
Get to know the brand a little better on Instagram, where you’ll find fun ways to use Arctic Zero (hint: it’s great in a smoothie!) See the entire lineup, including brand NEW flavors from Arctic Zero.
Have you tried Arctic Zero or any other low-calorie frozen desserts? What did you think?