I Paid: $1.25 for 5.8 ounces of ice cream (prices may vary by region)
There are three varieties: Caramel Cone, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Of the three, Brownie is the weakest—it suffers from direct comparison with the Ben & Jerry’s flavor of the same name, which is decidedly not a diet version. Ben & Jerry’s has larger pieces of brownie and a stronger cocoa kick, not to mention an overall richness that outshines Skinny Cow. That said, in absolute terms, Skinny Cow’s take on a low-fat Chocolate Fudge Brownie is tasty overall.
Strawberry Cheesecake would be desirable even were it not low-fat and single-serving portioned—it’s creamy, the strawberry flavor is bright and natural tasting (assisted, perhaps, by the strawberry seeds that are among its ingredients), and it’s sweet without tasting one-note. Likewise, Caramel Cone has a legitimately caramelized flavor to its swirl, some pleasing crunch to its ice cream cone bits, and an overall rich and creamy disposition.
There are 13 grams of fat in a 1/2 cup serving of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie; by comparison, a similar serving of Skinny Cow has less than 2 grams of fat and twice the fiber. So while Skinny Cow’s version is not as healthy as, say, an apple, it’s a healthier choice than regular ice cream, and if you stick with the Caramel Cone or Strawberry Cheesecake varieties, you’re getting taste that’s close, if not equivalent, to the full-fat alternative.
There’s no such thing as a magic bullet, of course—Skinny Cow contains high-fructose corn syrup and a number of additives. But for what they are—reasonably portioned single-serving desserts—Skinny Cow cups are both tasty and satisfying, an accomplishment worth saluting.