Want some peanut butter cup ice cream but trying to watch the calories? I know things like this are my kryptonite. And that brings me to the Scandal-Less ice cream for those looking for a light alternative. But is it worth the $4?
I don’t believe in denying myself a few sweets now and then, which is why I often have Klondike bars in the freezer. But every once in a while, it’s nice to trade-off something that delivers fewer calories per volume.
The Scandal-less ice cream I stumbled across recently does the job well. And I’ve found it to be very difficult to find a good version of peanut butter cup.
What Is Scandal-Less Ice Cream?
Scandal-less is one of those brands that fill the ice cream freezer at the grocery store. It seems everyone is on the health-kick nowadays, and most companies produce a lighter version of some popular favorites.
This particular one-pint tub of chocolate peanut butter is only 370 calories if you eat the entire thing. When compared to brands like Klondike, it’s nearly 1/2 the calories of a Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream bar.
Why Should You Want Peanut Butter Cup?
Out of the several “light” ice creams I’ve had over the past few months, this is perhaps one of the better products. Although I’m not a fan of the price, seeing how you can get nearly five times the ice cream for the same amount, it’s a good snack to have in the freezer.
Don’t let the name mislead you, though. In reality, there are no real peanut butter cups within the Scandal-less ice cream itself. Instead, it’s a semi-chocolate-flavored frozen dessert marbled with peanut butter.
Personally, I’d rather have the marbling of peanut butter in chocolate ice cream than actual cups, so this is ideal for me.
In the grand scheme of a grocery budget, this product is about par for other pints of ice cream. I just find it troubling that I can get a 1/2 gallon of regular for a dollar less and four times more volume.
Then again, that’s what pints are for. I’ve said it before, you’re usually paying for convenience in situations like this. Not everyone can control themselves with a 1/2 gallon but can stick to just a single pint.
One thing I’d like to point out is the slight gritty texture of the peanut butter. It’s not like sandpaper or anything like that, it just has some kind of odd peanut butter grit feel to it.
I’m not grossed out by the texture, but it is a little odd when compared to other peanut butters in chocolate ice cream.
Another downside I would like to share is the lack of a strong chocolate flavor. You can taste the chocolate, it’s just not as pronounced as I’d like in peanut butter cup ice cream.
What Kind of Health Benefits Are In It?
One thing I like about the peanut butter cup Scandal-less ice cream is the protein content. There is about 7g per 2/3 cup serving, which is the suggested size you should eat.
For the entire pint, you’re looking at about 20g…or 40% of your daily goal if you’re sticking to a 2,000 calorie diet.
The calcium content is pretty high as well, but that’s to be expected from any product that calls itself, “ice cream.” In a single serving, you’ll get about 15% of you daily goal and about 45% for the container.
Perhaps the more troubling aspect is the carb content. I know, this is technically a dessert, which often reach pretty high when it comes to carbohydrates. For the whole pint, you’re looking at 57g, or 21% of your daily allotment.
Because it is a light product, it doesn’t have a lot of sodium. In fact, I’ve had Progresso soups with nearly three times the sodium content of this one dessert. The pint of peanut butter cup has about 390mg of sodium.
Will Scandal-Less Ice Cream Work to Help Lose Weight?
When compared to other, non-light, products, Scandal-less ice cream has potential to help shrink the waist line. It has fewer calories, carbs and sugars when compared to traditional types of ice cream.
I know plenty will have hang-ups regarding the carb and sugar count of the peanut butter cup variety. But if you want something with decent taste and fewer impacts to health, this is a good one to try.
Personally, I am able to handle the carbs properly and really don’t fear a lot of edibles on the market, light or not.
For instance, I’ll consume about 215g of carbs on a typical day of eating. This was during the week I lost four pounds. Carbs are not necessarily bad as long as you use them properly.
This is done by increasing your physical activity.
Where Can You Get Scandal-Less Ice Cream?
This product must be a Safeway exclusive. I went to several other stores in the area looking for the Scandal-less brand and can only find it in my local Safeway. Which means I am sure places like Von’s will have it as well.
I haven’t checked Wal-greens mostly because anything at that store is nearly twice the price compared to actual grocery outlets.
I paid $6 for two, and that was because the product was on sale. Normally, it’s closer to $4 per pint. Which is more than I’d like to spend on a single dessert. Of course, I can always measure out the 2/3 cup per serving.
But I’m of the mindset that a snack shouldn’t cost more than a meal.
What’s the Bottom Line?
In the end, it’s all about quality and taste. I am relatively picky when it comes to chocolate peanut butter products, and have yet to come across anything close to what I used to eat in Utah at Farr’s Ice Cream.
However, the Scandal-less ice cream is a good alternative to some of the other heavier products in the freezer section. I don’t know if I could afford to eat it all the time, but it’s a good snack when I’m feeling in the mood for something cold.
The best part is that it doesn’t taste like chocolate peanut butter frozen water, as I’ve experienced in past “Light” brands. If you’re looking for an alternative to chocolate peanut butter ice cream, this may be something you would want to explore.