Arctic Zero Review: Possibly the Best Ice Cream Ever Invented

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You know when things sound too good to be true? Well, that’s pretty much what Arctic Zero was for me. This new ice cream boosts nutritionals that are just 150 calories, 14 grams of whey protein and 8 grams of fiber—per pint. Pint, people. Like sit down and eat the whole pint for 150 calories. I mean, no way that could really taste good or not be filled with chemicals, right? Wrong.

Arctic Zero may not be creamy, but it’s a sweet treat that lives up to the hype. And I would know. I tried every flavor offered in a pint, plus the bars. (You know, hard work.) When I got these in the mail a few weeks back, I tasted, and then scoured the Arctic Zero ingredients label to figure out exactly how these were only 150 calories a pint. The secret to its insanely low-calorie contents is monk fruit. Hmmm…how have I not heard of such a thing? So I hit up Google. Monk fruit is a natural sweetener from China and, I’d expect it to get super popular, super soon. (In fact, we plan to review Nectresse, which is made from monk fruit, soon.) I expect it’ll be the new stevia, and maybe even bigger since it doesn’t have that bitter aftertaste. So, yeah, it’s a BFD.

Strawberry was our favorite flavor in the Arctic Zero Bars.

Arctic Zero comes in a bunch of different flavors: Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Mint Chocolate Cookie, Vanilla Maple, Cookies & Cream, Coffee, Strawberry, and Pumpkin Spice. All of them are delicious, but they do have a slightly different texture than most ice cream. In fact, they’re more like a frosty malt than something from Baskin Robbins, and they’re not as smooth and airy as fro-yo. But if texture isn’t a deal-breaker for you (it wasn’t for me!), you will love these. Pumpkin Spice (if you love pumpkin spice lattes, you’ll dig this one for sure) and Strawberry were my favorite flavors, with Coffee and Vanilla Maple taking third and fourth. With that said, I wouldn’t turn down a pint of any of them if I was craving something sweet.

The bars—which are chocolate-coated and come in Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry and Orange Cream—are also really delicious (love the chocolate coating), although with 85 calories a bar, I’d probably prefer just to sit down and eat half a pint. Although they are a nice change of pace and are perfectly portion-controlled. (Because even though you can eat the whole pint for 150 calories that doesn’t mean your belly needs all that to feel full, ya know?)

Besides the sane ingredient list and monk fruit, I’m a huge fan of the whey protein in these. While there are 20 grams of sugar in a pint, the protein and fiber helps to offset that and actually keep you full. The added fiber comes from chicory root, which can give some people issues if they’re not used to eating it, so maybe eat just a quarter or half the pint the first time you try these to avoid GI distress. ‘Cause ice cream is awesome, but gas and bloating is not.

You can get these at tons of grocery stores and even on Amazon. If you have a sweet tooth and have been struggling to find something to satisfy it without derailing your healthy lifestyle, this just might be it. So, too good to be true? For once, we can say not so! —Jenn


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  1. I tried this frozen treat for the first time recently. I had the Mint Chocolate Cookie flavor. As you mentioned, the texture is definitely different than ice cream or froyo. It’s not as silky/creamy, but I didn’t find the texture objectionable. Given I could eat the whole pint if I wanted without blowing through my entire daily PointsPlus target on Weight Watchers, that’s a winner in my book! For those wondering, eating a half pint of the Mint Chocolate Cookie flavor will set you back 2 PointsPlus, and the whole pint 3 PointsPlus.

  2. I’ve tried the Chocolate Peanut Butter and it was beyond horrible !

    First off, the texture was nothing like ice cream; more like some kind of gelatin. The flavor was non-existing; the best was I can describe it is; a flavorless, non-sweet, expired marshmallow. Total YUCKS-Ville !

  3. I love Artic Zero. I’ve tried the Vanilla Maple and the Chocolate Peanut Butter. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S. 150 calories for a pint of ice cream — you can’t beat it! The taste, though not great was very good and the treat was very refreshing. I wish it had 1/2 the sugar (20g in pint).


  4. Thank you SO MUCH for posting this review! I immediately went out and bought the chocolate flavor, and I am so excited! While it is a little less flavorful than typical ice cream, the texture is thick and yummy and the nutrition facts speak for themselves. This is my new go-to dessert that I will not feel guilty about! Thanks!

  5. Just watched a story on the Today Show this morning about false calorie counts in ice creams and Arctic Zero had 68% more calories per pint than what was advertised on the packaging. That’s pretty messed up.

  6. Today I was craving some icecream and decided to go to my local Kroger and buy some, I went down the aisle and to the section where all the pint-sized icecreams where, I spotted a new brand (new to me) that I saw on dr.oz a while back called Arctic Zero, happily I bought it for 5 something and left the store with high expectations. Much to my dismay, I tried the “Chocolate Peanut Butter” and almost puked, sure, you all can trick yourself that it’s only 150 calories and you won’t get any fatter off it or that it’ll satisfy your cravings, but you my friend, are just in denial, if you are going to eat iccream, then you might as well eat something like haagen dazs or ben and jerrys which if you choose the frozen yogurt or sorbet it’ll be less calories. This is not considered icecream to me, I tasted peanut flavored water, grossest thing ever, if this is good, then my tastebuds must be delusional…waste of 5 bucks, when for a dollar less i could have haagan dazs….Have fun with your “diet” ladies, while I have fun with ben and jerry 😉 ps did i mention it was like eating nothing, what’s the point? i could make a ice cube smoothie if i wanted to for 0 calories, probably would taste the same for no money, 5 bucks man, I could buy any icecream i wanted, what a *WARNING DO NOT BUY THIS “ICECREAM”* just do the recipe above if you want something with less calories and no flavor. 😉

  7. I’ve found a way to make this new frozen dessert taste great! First of all, I take half of the pint container and put in a microwavable bowl and and microwave for about 10 seconds. It is then soft enough like a soft-freeze ice cream.I mix in one package of powered Stevia ( Splenda takes even better) and make sure that is is whipped well. I add a large spoonful of real whipped cream from an aeresol can to top it off. Sometimes I top with chopped pecans or almonds.

    Yum! It is good! I just wish Arctic Zero pints were less expensive!

    BTW, I’ve been eating all I want of low carb foods for the last 3 days and have already dropped close to 5 pounds! Every day I have one or 2 bowls of “Arctic Zero” prepared like the above, lots of low carb slightly-cooked veggies with lean meats- all I want, cottage cheese, cheese sticks, tiny dill pickles, cherry tomatoes. a couple of handfuls of pecans and macadamias, and even a small dark chocolate candy bar thrown in.

    It’s a fun way to lose weight and I am glad that there is now an ice cream substitute that I can enjoy.I haven’t found the bars yet,but look forward to trying them soon.

  8. I don’t mind most health conscious ice creams…almond, low fat, etc…
    ARCTIC ZERO is horrible ice cream. PERIOD

  9. I haven’t tried it yet… but I will be looking for it. Not every ice cream can be Baskin Robbins or Hagen Daz. Ice Cream is my downfall so if I can find anything that will take care of my ice cream jones and will not add any more weight to my “do nothing stool” aka my Lead Bottom… I’m all for it.

    Thanks for the review.

  10. I’ve been eating the cookies and cream Artic Zero nightly. Sometimes a pint, sometimes half a pint only depending. I top it with PB2 powder (peanut butter powder) and dark chocolate chips. I eat this along with a low carb diet and I”m losing every week. It doesn’t make me feel bloated but maybe that’s just me. The monk fruit doesn’t give me a headache (or brain zaps as I call it) like Nutrasweet. This has been a lifesaver for my sweet tooth.

  11. Only people posting positive comments most likely work for the company.
    Because this ice cream has almost no flavor and is just plain nasty. Big waste of money.