The following review for ENLIGHTENED Ice Cream is 100% my own personal opinion. I was in no way compensated for this review other than the coupons given for the ice cream bars.
I know what you’re thinking: Another ice cream bar review? Yes I’ve got an obsession with ice cream bars and if companies are going to keep sending me free samples, then I’m going to keep reviewing them!
About Enlightened Ice Cream:
“Enlightened ice cream is an all-natural ice cream that is low in calories (70), high in protein (8g), contains 5g fiber, 20% of the RDA for calcium, and is as low as 2g fat and 3g of sugar. Our ice cream is made from rBST-free milk, is gluten-free, and contains no artificial sweeteners or added sugars.”
“ENLIGHTENED contains no artificial sweetener (or anything else artificial, for that matter!). We’ve chosen to use monk fruit extract and erythritol, zero-calorie products of fruit, to give our ice cream its natural sweetness. “
Since I was given the opportunity to try out two flavors, I chose one of the bars in Fudge and one of the sandwiches in Mint.
Fudge – This literally tasted just like chocolate ice cream, which is impressive considering that there are no artificial sweeteners and only 3 grams of sugar overall. There was no funky or weird after taste to it, it was just nice and chocolaty!
Mint - While the sandwich part of the ice cream was lacking in my opinion, I thought the inner mint ice cream was really delicious. I’m a mint fan, so I was happy to find that the mint flavor was bold yet sweet. The cookie part was ok, but it didn’t particularly add anything to the sandwich in my opinion. I actually found it to be lacking in any sort of chocolate flavor.
The key to these bars is letting them sit out for roughly 5 minutes so that they can soften up. While that helps to soften the outside, I found that by the time I reached the middle to half way point of the bar, it was still pretty hard. I like my ice cream soft and creamy, so this was sort of disappointing, but it wasn’t a huge negative to me.
You really can’t ask for much better when it comes to ice cream. With only 70 calories, 2 grams of fat, 3 grams of sugar [no artificial] and 8 grams of protein in the bar ice cream, the facts are pretty stellar. The sandwich ice cream’s have similar stats, with 70 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 3 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein.
The ingredients list isn’t so bad either: skim milk, milk protein isolate, erythritol (natural sweetener), non-GMO soluble corn fiber, cocoa processed with alkali, cream, locust bean gum, guar gum, natural flavor, monk fruit extract
Overall I really enjoyed these bars. While the cookie part wasn’t my favorite and the ice cream wasn’t as creamy as some, I did love the flavors of the ice creams as well as the nutritional facts. Plus with flavors like coffee, peanut butter and toasted almond, I can almost guarantee that I wouldn’t even notice the lack of creaminess. I probably wouldn’t purchase any of the sandwiches again simple because the cookie part isn’t worth it to me, but I can definitely see myself purchasing the bars in any of those flavors that I mentioned!
Do you prefer ice cream bars or ice cream sandwiches?