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PRODUCT: Light Ice Cream ~ How Light Is It?

Edy's Light Ice cream

Half the fat doesn’t mean you can eat twice
as much! Be sure to check the calories, too—
some brands of “light” ice creams have more
calories and sugar than other brands of “regular.”


Our friends at Consumer Reports have been dipping into the light ice cream to give you the scoop on light ice cream (in the July 2009 issue). By law, a “light” ice cream must have one-third the calories or half the fat of a brand’s regular ice cream.

The taste test compared three light ice creams with their regular counterparts, and also tried Häagen-Dazs Five, which isn’t marketed as a light ice cream but has a third less fat than regular Häagen-Dazs. The comments:

  • All of the lighter versions are quite tasty.
  • The lower-fat Häagen-Dazs Five was actually a bit better than the regular HD.
  • Breyers regular and light ice creams were very close in quality.

  • The light ice cream versions can also be less costly. Per half-cup serving, the lighter brands from Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s were less expensive as well as having far fewer calories. However (and there’s always a “however”), the term “light” is relative. The lighter Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry tried actually have more calories and sugars than the regular Edy’s/Dreyer’s and Breyers varieties.

  • Learn more about the different types of ice cream in our Ice Cream Glossary.
  • See reviews of our favorite ice cream brands and check out ice cream recipes in our Ice Cream Section.

  • Related Food Videos: For more food videos, check out The Nibble's Food Video Collection.

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