Mark’s Ice Cream Post

Summer’s here and it is hot as EVER! Cooling down with cold water or diet soda can get dull (although you should always reach for that bottle to avoid dehydration), thumb so Mark asked for an ice cream post literally ONE YEAR AGO. He kept on nagging me ever since….

There are A LOT of choices out there, so I’m going to have to break this ice cream post into multiple ones.


  • 1st ingredient has to be milk and not cream. Milk means more protein and calcium. Cream means more fat and nothing else.
  • Maximum of 2 sources of sugar.
  • Below 10 grams of fat per serving.
  • Below 30 grams of net carbohydrates per serving.
  • Below 20 grams of sugar per serving.
  • Below 200 calories per serving.
  • At least 60% purity (natural ingredients)

IGLOO No Sugar Added Low Fat Ice Cream – Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate

At first glance, this stuff looks awesome. Take a look:

Per 1/2-Cup

Calories 77

Protein 2 grams

Net Carbohydrates 8 grams

Sugar 1 gram

Fiber 2 grams

Fat 3 grams

Look at those spectacular numbers. You’ll never find ice cream like this, and it tastes great too! Here’s the “but” part:

  • Ingredient #2: Lactitol
  • Ingredient #3: Milk Fat
  • Ingredient #4: Malitol
  • Ingredient #5: Polydextrose
  • Ingredient #6: Cocoa, Strawberry or Vanilla Powder
  • Ingredient #7: Emulsifier Mono and diglycerides of fatty acids
  • Ingredient #8: Stabilizers Polysorbate, Carreegnan and Sodium Alginate
  • Ingredient #9: Aspartame, Acesulfame K

And the list goes on. Seriously- there are more ingredients.

Ingredients 2, 4, 5, and 9 are not found in real ice cream. They’re used to keep this stuff sugar-free and relatively low carb. I’m good with polydextrose since it’s adding in much needed fiber (although artificial, but fiber nonetheless), but I’m not comfortable with lactilol, malitol and aspartame. The first two will give you an unbelievable bloat, gas and diarhhea. Aspartame has been proven many times to mess you up (too many side effects to list here).

Is this legit diet ice cream? Sure. Do I recommend consuming this? Unless you’re comfortable with ingesting ingredients you can’t pronounce, then go right ahead.

Vendor: The Sultan Center, Lulu Hypermarket and all co-ops.

Fahad’s Final Verdict: NOT APPROVED

TURKEY HILL Original Vanilla

Per 1/2-Cup

Calories 140

Protein 2 grams

Net Carbohydrates 16 grams

Sugar 12 gram

Fiber 0 grams

Fat 7 grams

Yes it has 50% more calories than IGLOO, but it’s superior in its purity:

  • Ingredient #1: Milk
  • Ingredient #2: Cream
  • Ingredient #3: Sugar
  • Ingredient #4: Corn Syrup
  • Ingredient #5: Whey
  • Ingredient #6: Nonfat Milk
  • Ingredient #7: Mono and diglycerides of fatty acids
  • Ingredient #8: Vanilla
  • Ingredient #9: Guar Gum
  • Ingredient #10: Carreegnan

First ingredient is milk (when milk’s first and cream’s second) The only downside I see with this ice cream is the addition of corn syrup. If only they stuck with ONE SOURCE of sugar. I didn’t review the Fruit Rainbow Sherbet because it’s basically a few types of sugar mixed together with flavoring.

Vendor: Lulu Hypermarket.

Fahad’s Final Verdict: APPROVED

The Skinny Cow – Caramel Shortcake, Mint Double Choc, Triple Chocolate

Per Stick

Calories 87 – 94 – 93

Protein 3 – 2 – 3 grams

Net Carbohydrates 13 – 12 – 12 grams

Sugar 13 – 12 – 12 gram

Fiber 2 – 3 – 3 grams

Fat 2 grams

  • Ingredient #1: Nonfat Milk
  • Ingredient #2: Cream
  • Ingredient #3: Sugar
  • Ingredient #4: Polydextrose
  • Ingredient #5: Whey
  • Ingredient #6: Nonfat Milk
  • Ingredient #7: Mono and diglycerides of fatty acids
  • Ingredient #8: Flavoring
  • Ingredient #9: Guar Gum
  • Ingredient #10: Carreegnan

Starts with nonfat milk, cream’s in second, one source of sugar, 2-3 grams of fiber, moderate in carbohydrates, low in fat, contains a good amount of whey protein and contains more nonfat milk.

Vendor: Lulu Hypermarket.

Fahad’s Final Verdict: APPROVED

Weight Watchers Giant Chocolate Cookies & Cream, Giant Latte, Giant Chocolate Fudge

Per Stick

Calories 130 – 90- 110

Protein 3 – 3 – 4 grams

Net Carbohydrates 20 – 17 – 20 grams

Sugar 16 – 15 – 16 gram

Fiber 4 – 4- 5 grams

Fat 4.5 – 1- 1 grams


Weight Watchers Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich

Per Sandwich

Calories 120

Protein 3 grams

Net Carbohydrates 25 grams

Sugar 11 grams

Fiber 3 grams

Fat 2 grams

I forgot to take a picture of the ingredient list of the Weight Watchers ice cream. However, I do recall a very short ingredient list, with only 1 man-made ingredient called polydextrose, which is a food ingredient classified as soluble fiber and is frequently used to increase the non-dietary fiber content of food and replace sugar.

Vendor: Lulu Hypermarket.


Fahad’s Final Verdict: APPROVED

Breyer’s French Vanilla, Vanilla Fudge Twirl, Extra Creamy Chocolate, Butter Pecan

Per 1/2-Cup

Calories 140 – 130 – 140 – 150

Protein 3 – 2 – 2 – 2 grams

Net Carbohydrates 14 – 17 – 16 -14 grams

Sugar 14 – 15 – 15 – 14 gram

Fiber 0 – 0 – 1 – 0 grams

Fat 7 – 6 – 7 – 10 grams

  • French Vanilla Ingredients: Milk, Cream, Sugar, Egg Yolk, Natural Flavor, Natural Tara Gum.
  • Vanilla Fudge Twirl Ingredients: Milk, Cream, Sugar, Whey, Natural Tara Gum, Natural Flavor. Fudge Twirl: Milk, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Whey, Cream, Natural Tara Gum, Salt.
  • Extra Creamy Chocolate Ingredients: Milk, Cream, Sugar, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Corn Syrup, Whey, Carob Bean Gum, Guar Gum.
  • Butter Pecan Ingredients: Milk, Cream, Sugar, Butter Pecans (Pecans, Butter, Cottonseed Oil, Salt), Whey, Natural Flavor, Natural Tara Gum, Salt.

You see anything you don’t know how to pronounce? Anything out of the ordinary? You shouldn’t, because all the ingredients are found in true authentic all-natural ice cream. This trumps all for PURITY.

The French Vanilla beats all the flavors since it contains less ingredients and one source of sugar. Extra Creamy Chocolate comes in second, Vanilla Fudge Twirl takes third and Butter Pecan finishes last for its high calorie and fat content.

Vendor: Lulu Hypermarket and The Sultan Center.

Fahad’s Final Verdict: APPROVED

Note: Be sure not to go over the servings I analyzed above.


29 Responses to “Mark’s Ice Cream Post”

  1. Fahad’s ultimate ice cream post - 2:48AM Says:

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  2. Danderma Says:

    I love this post! I usually pig out on frozen yogurt now a days as an alternative to Ice Cream but I do miss ice cream

    I think I will go with the Skinny Cow brand and stock my freezer with it… the turkey field madry farm thing has corn syrup and whenever I see corn syrup I put whatever it is down… no corn syrup for me.

    Qawwak Allah 3la hal post el summery :D

  3. FAHAD Says:

    Danderma: I’m glad! I’ll be reviewing more healthy ice cream options.

    All: THIS IS NOT THE FINAL LIST! There are more.

    I know Babble likes Haagen Daz, so I’ll be including it in my next list. If anyone has any other brands please don’t hesitate to tell me.

  4. buzfairy Says:

    My favorite is Baskin Robins…. And I’m like Babble, I’ve got a soft spot for haagen Dazs’ Cookies & Cream.

    But seriously speaking now. For low cal, fat free ice-creams; kdd lulu and rocket are excellent choices.

  5. FAHAD Says:

    buzfairy: I’m mostly concentrating on nutrient content and purity. KDD’s ice creams have more cream than milk. In addition, they contain trans fats.

    The Rocket ice cream is all sugar and flavoring. No nutritional value.

  6. buzfairy Says:

    I thought you might say that, cause it’s absolutely true.

  7. zaydoun Says:

    Baskin-Robbins and Haagen-Dazs: Approved or Not Approved?

    Also what’s your take on the frozen yoghurt craze?

  8. Yours Truly Says:

    You have to go to Mark’s blog and salvage the KDD ice cream post and the calories mentioned there. Mark took the calories from the website but I’m sure the website is wrong because the calorie count is clearly mentioned on the ice cream wrap as PER PIECE not per 100 ml.

    Sandwich mentions 90 or 89 calories (can’t remember) on its wrap. But according to the website, it has 36!

    As god is my witness, if sandwich has 36 calories, I’ll be having 3 as a snack for tomorrow!

    So it’s your call Fahad! :P

  9. Reno Says:

    Could you review london dairy & movenpick as well guru?

  10. security adviser Says:

    Yeah London Dairy & Movenpick… must include those

  11. deQor8 Says:

    From ur list I think the Skinny Cows are the most satisfying to me … their quality is really good and the taste is even better.

    Unfortunately, I always manage to pickup the box that has been somewhat defrosted at some point. I’m fed up with the Ben & Jerry’s, Blue Bell’s, Skinny Cow’s etc. being defrosted (during shipping?) then frozen again at the store. Not good at all!!

    BTW, I was at a small grocery store here in China which specializes in imported goods and they’re sellng Haagen Dazs pints for 98 RMB which is roughly KD4.150 .. ouch … Ben & Jerry’s bout half that price :)

  12. mimi Says:

    Fahad how do i know if a certain ice-cream contains eggs ? is it written ?

  13. Bo-Ya3gooob Says:

    Need ur approval on Baskin Robin’s Chocolate Mouse Royal with extra Hot Fudge… 

  14. Bee Says:

    Heya Fahad, Cold Stone if you can :)
    much obliged!

  15. FAHAD Says:

    Bee: Will do :)

  16. FAHAD Says:

    Bo-Ya3gooob: NOT APPROVED! I’m guessing you knew this prior to asking :p

  17. FAHAD Says:

    mimi: yup- if ice cream was used then it’ll be included in the ingredient list.

  18. FAHAD Says:

    deQor8: Highly agree! Skinny Cow’s THE BEST!

  19. FAHAD Says:

    security adviser: problem with London Dairy is the fat content. We’ll see if it passes the test.

  20. FAHAD Says:

    Reno: sure bro!

  21. FAHAD Says:

    Yours Truly: You know why KDD tastes so damn good?

    1) 1st ingredient is cream.
    2) Milk is way back the ingredient list.
    3) Hydrogenated Palm Oil- TRANS FATS!

    I don’t do Breyer’s when I cheat. I always reach for KDD :)

  22. khalid Says:

    mashalah good work :) too bad i cant have milk hehe

  23. FAHAD Says:

    zaydoun: I’ll have to check them out and let you know.
    I’ve posted a lot about frozen yogurt. Skim my blog :)

  24. her Says:

    thank you for the post ! LOVE ice-cream :D going to get some skinny cows soon :)

  25. expatandthecity Says:

    Great post! The variety of ‘healthier’ ice cream in the US is amazing! When I find some of these brands in Kuwait they look like they melted during transport and were refrozen. The taste just isn’t the same or fresh. I know it’s getting better but I’m still going to visit ice cream shops when I want a treat. With all the swimming I do in summer it’s allowed. :)

  26. FAHAD Says:

    her: I’m glad ;D

  27. FAHAD Says:

    expatandthecity: greatly agree with you, but we can’t do anything about it. Local brands taste great, but are way too bad to consume.

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  29. Faisal Says:

    Hello, I know this is waaay late to write here haha but Fahad need to ask I was in the States last summer and I bought me some Ben and Jerry’s french vanilla ones (Light ones) was wondering how many sugar are in those? and how many calories I’m consuming.. Sorry for being out of date! keep the healthy lifestyle always going. Allah ye36eek meyat 3afia buddy.

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