Saturday, September 1, 2012

Review: Skinny Cow Caramel Cone Low Fat Single Serving Ice Cream Cup

Not sure if I've mentioned this before, but one of my goals for 2012 was to find a way to "manage" my ice cream addiction.  I'm not going to necessarily stop eating it (yeah right!), but I wanted to find a way to at least reduce/control my frequent ice cream splurges on occasion.  One of the ways that I've tried (and failed) to do this is via single serve cups and since Skinny Cow has several of these varieties, some of which I've reviewed already, I'm led to this Skinny Cow Caramel Cone Low Fat Single Serving Ice Cream Cup.  I picked this one up at Meijer for $1.25 and as with all their single serving cups, it comes in at 5.8 ounces.  Each cup contains 160 calories and since this is technically a "diet" product, I would be remiss if I did not mention that this one is five points on the Weight Watchers Points Plus chart.

If you take a look at this picture, you are probably as surprised as I was seeing the giant pool of caramel goo when you open the cup.  One thing I could say already about this cup was that I certainly wasn't going to get shorted on the caramel.  The only hope was that the caramel was not just in a pool at the top and was spread throughout the cup.  Also included in the cup was Skinny Cow's low fat vanilla ice cream and add-ins of chocolate covered waffle pieces.  All in all, I have to admit that I was really excited about this combination and yes, I know I'm a dork.

Happily, the caramel was spread through the entire cup and not just in the absurd pool at the top.  It was extremely thick and extremely gooey, but surprisingly not all that sweet.  It did have some sweetness, but I expected it to just knock my socks off and that did not happen.  The chocolate covered waffle pieces, while not overly plentiful, were spread nicely throughout the cup and that crunch and sweetness was a nice change of pace to the caramel and vanilla ice cream.  I only wish that the waffle cone pieces were larger, but when you are dealing with a 5.8 ounce container, it's not like you've got a lot to work with.  The only thing about this cup that could even remotely be considered a degree of a letdown was the vanilla ice cream itself.  The only complaint is that it is a low fat ice cream and a bit flat, but you have to expect that since it is indeed a low fat ice cream.  Disappointing, but not worthy of ruining the entire cup.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I have to give this one a definite BUY IT rating because I enjoyed every single spoonful out of this cup.  I only wish there was more, but since I'm trying to work on my portion control, I should be glad that it stopped after 5.8 ounces.  If I was to think of a way to describe this to a hardcore ice cream, I would say it is almost a low fat and/or "diet" version of Ben & Jerry's Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream ice cream that I've reviewed on this blog before.  If, as a low fat ice cream, you can be compared to a delicious product like that, you are in good company.


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