I doubted it. I did not want to try it. I was told that Artic Zero was "nasty," and that I would hate it.
When I saw a shelf of Artic Zero frozen desserts in our local grocery store, I was half-tempted, but not entirely, because *FISTS IN THE AIR!* GUYS!?
It's ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY CALORIES FOR A WHOLE DOG GAMNED PINT OF ICED CREAMED CONFECTIONARY GOODNESS!
A WHOLE PINT.
- 150 calories per pint & all natural
- Fat free & gluten free
- Lactose intolerant friendly
- Contains 8 grams of fiber
- 14 grams of whey protein concentrate
- If, you eat the whole pint.
If you are a bariatric patient, you ain't eatin' no WHOLE PINT OF NOTHIN'. Even at my stage, nine years, I don't eat a pint of any one food ever -- not unless I want to take a trip to sleepy-town-next-stop-dump-city-with-a-side-of-NO.
I bought two, which cost me more than I would ever spend on frozen confections but I did it for Science! The blog. $4.99 each. GASP! I bought Chocolate and Vanilla Maple.
Last night I noticed that Some Child Of Mine had dug into the Chocolate and I had to save it from it's certain death -- and I stole it back for review. (Her review - "I'd eat it." Because she did. I stole it back.)
First impression, the product is solid like a rock and you must absolutely leave it out for a few minutes and allow it to melt a bit for best results. It freezes quite hard because of it's high-water level and it's not palatable totally frozen solid. Sccccrrrrraaaaaaappppeeeeee.
Once it's a little bit un-frozen, it's good to go. My first taste reaction was that of a frozen diet hot chocolate, with no grit, no textural issues, perfectly smooth. Another similarity might be a diet fudgsicle or the chocolate part of a chocolate and vanilla ice-cream cup.
It could use more sweetness to personal preference, however it is a lower-sugar product and I would NOT want more real sugar added TO it. The first few tastes were slightly bland, but it was better after that. I considered adding a packet of flavoring or something to it - perhaps a shake of powdered peanut butter - sugar-free syrup or chopped super dark chocolate would have done the trick. However I didn't add anything to it, and I ate two servings without anything on it - and was perfectly happy that way.
Here are the nutritional stats -
Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter,Mint Chocolate Cookie
INGREDIENTS: PURIFIED WATER, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, ORGANIC CANE SUGAR, CHICORY ROOT, DUTCH PROCESSED COCOA POWDER WITH ALKALI, GUAR GUM, XANTHAN GUM, NATURAL FLAVORS, SEA SALT, MONK FRUIT CONCENTRATE.
INGREDIENTS: PURIFIED WATER, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, ORGANIC CANE SUGAR, CHICORY ROOT, GUAR GUM, XANTHAN GUM, NATURAL FLAVORS, SEA SALT, MONK FRUIT CONCENTRATE.
I am pleased to say I had little to no reaction to the fiber in the product - and I react to EVERYTHING. There are many products that I cannot TOUCH (RIP Quest Bars, signed my gut) because of their ingredient profiles. Thumbs up Arctic Zero.
Next up, Vanilla Maple.
Now, full disclosure - if you are a "typical" dairy ice cream eater - this is not THAT stuff. This is a frozen diet confection for those of us who DO NOT EAT full-fat dairy ice cream.
There's a reason I can't eat ice cream.
(RIP ice cream, signed lactose intolerance via roux en y gastric bypass.) Dairy ice cream contains lots of high-fat cream content and mouth-feel. Also, many types of ice cream contain chunks of high-fat candy and high-calorie junk. This product is a diet confection and contains only 37 calories for a reason.
Keep that in mind and if you're going to add loads of crap BACK TO IT, why bother?
I'm going to buy a case of all the flavors via Amazon to keep on hand in my chest freezer for those ice-cold cravings. Because, sometimes I crave it, and I can't have it.
- Product - Arctic Zero Frozen Dessert
- Price - $3.26 on Amazon - $4.99 at WalMart
- Pros - Under 40 calories per serving, 150 for entire pint, 5 grams sugar per serving, 0 fat, 0 lactose, Fat free & gluten free, Lactose intolerant friendly, Contains 8 grams of fiber, 14 grams of whey protein concentrate
- Cons - Tad pricey, urge to add stuff to it.
- Rating - Pouchworthy, MM