Thursday, January 8, 2015

Skinny Cow Chocolate Mousse Ganache: An Udder-Catastrophe

If you’re reading this blog, then I don’t need to tell you that my nutrition could use a little work. In my youth, I read a book about volumetrics as a source of weight loss and it dawned on me: the lighter in calories something is, the more of it I can eat. Enough is never enough and I don’t waste my time crying over the fact that I have no portion control. To manage the cards I have been dealt, I find myself eating a lot (quantity) of lower calorie ice cream. Sure, this might not be as indulgent as a pint of Hagan Daaz, but it feels pretty damn indulgent to sit down and eat two full bowls of ice cream for half the caloric bang.

Now I don’t work in marketing, but if I did I am largely confident that I wouldn’t name a light ice cream targeting the weight conscious consumer anything to do with a cow. That being said, if it’s chocolate, vanilla or frozen I couldn’t care less what it’s called. At my Mom’s recommendation, I picked up a four count box of Skinny Cow’s Chocolate Mousse Ganache Ice Cream Cones. I can’t remember a time that I have had anything with chocolate ganache and not liked it, so seeing this in my local freezer isle, I figured – why not?


For anybody who cares about this, there are 160 calories per ice cream cone, 4.5 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber and 16 grams of sugar. There are no sugar alcohols in this thing. These nutritionals are based on eating only one. With stats like that, I ate two. Looking at the comparison between my hand and the cone, you can see these are on the smaller side anyhow.


A smaller than average ice cream cone throws off the balance between the ice cream versus cone ratio. Eating this, it was a ton of cone. The ice cream itself was light and icy and it had a chemical taste that definitely lingered. The ingredient list is a long one and perhaps this shouldn’t have been a surprise to me. While the synthetic chemical taste was off putting, I still managed to eat all four within two day’s time, so this ice cream is certainly still edible.


The best part of these cones were the rich little nugget of chocolate ganache on the top. Nothing about it tastes less than decadent. Overall, I will not ever buy these again, but if I went over my Mother’s, I wouldn’t think twice about sitting in her living room and eating an entire box of these. Skinny Cows out there, be warned.


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