Ice cream fails to hit mark with low-fat flavors

Rush-Hour Remedies

March 21, 2001|By Joanne E. Morvay

Item: Healthy Choice Special Creations Premium Low Fat Ice Cream

What you get: 4 one-half cup servings

Cost: About $2.60

Nutritional content: Turtle Fudge Cake - 140 calories, 2 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 65 milligrams sodium; Banana Split - 130 calories, 2 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 60 milligrams

Preparation time: Eat right out of the freezer

Review: Do the words healthy and ice cream really belong on the same product label? I'm not sure. These new "premium" ice creams from Healthy Choice aren't bad. The low-fat flavors are creative. But they can't quite live up to what you imagine they'll taste like. The Turtle Fudge Cake had sort of a washed-out chocolate flavor. The Banana Split was a bit more interesting. Different, anyway. But there's a reason we don't see an overabundance of banana-flavored ice creams in the freezer case. In the end, I'd be more satisfied eating a smaller portion of really good ice cream than a larger portion of this low-fat "treat."

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