There’s an age old saying that goes, “If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.” Arctic Zero claims to have an entire pint of ice cream for only 150 calories. For reference, one pint of Ben & Jerry’s can range anywhere from 1000-1200 calories. This means that in comparison to the most caloric dense Ben & Jerry’s pints, Arctic Zero literally contains about 1/8 the calories. You could eat five of these in a row and still be way under in total calories compared to if you just ate one pint of Ben & Jerry’s. That is absurd. With a claim that absurd, it sounds too good to be true. But is it though? I dug into the Arctic Zero chocolate peanut butter pint to try to find out.
Arctic Zero Chocolate Peanut Butter Review
Eh… If I were to make a long story short, unfortunately yes it is too good to be true. The taste barely resembles ice cream and leaves a LOT to be desired. I actually don’t even think it can legally be called ice cream due to the percentage of certain ingredients in there, so it’s more of a frozen dessert if you want to technical about it.
When you first open the pint out of the freezer, the texture is so rock hard that it’s barely even edible. A plastic spoon would see a glorious death if it tried to dive into one of these head first fresh out the freezer. If you let the pint sit for awhile though to melt a bit and get a bit more creamier, the taste becomes substantially better and definitely more edible. I would even go so far as to say it becomes slightly enjoyable, but I’m also saying this while being in a caloric deficit for the last 34 weeks so my taste buds are pretty damn skewed at this point as just about anything can taste good.
On its own, the Arctic Zero chocolate peanut butter ice cream falls short. If you let it melt a bit, then add some type of casein protein/greek yogurt/pb2/walden farms syrup/whipped cream to it, it can actually start tasting pretty good while still being healthy. I realize this is completely altering the entire product, so I’m not taking this aspect into consideration with the review. For your own knowledge though, I would recommend adding in something along those lines to make it a little more enjoyable.
Well, they tried. Making an ice cream that contains 12g protein from whey protein concentrate, 8g of fiber, only 150 calories AND all the while tasting good was just too ambitious of an effort though. I can’t knock the solid nutritional profile however, regardless of how the taste is. And even though the taste is far from the best, when I reach poverty macros mode near the end of a long contest prep or caloric restriction, I can see myself still getting an Arctic Zero chocolate peanut butter pint here and there to somewhat satisfy a sweet tooth for very little calories (I do need to try the other flavors still). That’s literally the only case I would ever recommend this though. If you haven’t been in a long caloric restriction and/or you’re not looking for potential strategies to fight your constant hunger, and ESPECIALLY if you’re in a caloric surplus, there’s absolutely no reason to buy this. It wouldn’t be cost efficient first of all, and there are other brands who also make protein ice creams that are a bit higher in calories, but FAR tastier as well. For that matter, I can only recommend Arctic Zero in extremely specific situations.
+150 calories for the WHOLE PINT
-In comparison to real ice cream, tastes like garbage
Recommended: Only in intense caloric deficits, otherwise don’t bother. Regardless, Arctic Zero has better flavors
Overall Rating: D
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