“ Brand: Skinny Cow / Type: Ice Cream „
This is a premium ice cream which is marketed as being cheaper than things like Ben and Jerrys but also having much less fat at just over a gram per 100ml. This gives an ice-cream which is mousse like in taste and texture.
It comes in a plastic tub and has a chocolate sauce swirl and tiny pieces of brownie included. This is a product which can only be used as part of a desert rather than on its own. This is because of the lack of texture and variety in the product. It does however taste really good and melted nicely in the mouth. The sweet level is quite high and is satisfying to eat.
It is available in only large Tesco branches from what I can find and even then the full skinny cow range is not available. There is generally no offers on either so the £3 price is what to expect. Additionally there is 150ml taster pots and these tend to include more flavours than is also included in the full 500ml versions in the cabinet.
Just a late night shop at tesco, I found myself drawn to this Skinny Cow Ice cream. It was the name that first attracted me to it and i let out a big giggle in the ice cream isle, automatically making other shoppers look in my direction.
This skinny cow is a chocolate ice cream, that can work well for anyone watching the calories as it only has 117 calories and 1.1 grams of fat per 100ml eaten. So this is the diet version of every other ice cream on the market.
The tub is circular and roughly 7 inches tall, and the packaging that contains the ice cream is just as spectacular and the taste of the ice cream itself, it is made out of a thick cardboard and has a black and with cow print of the front with the logo Skinny Cow.
This has a rich chocolate smell and flavour to it, once you put the ice cream into your mouth it instantly melts.
As this is low fat i think i will be buy another tub on my next visit to tesco.
Skinny Cow Ice cream, cheeky name - cheekily gorgeous ice cream. I adore ice cream especially those that contain chocolate and have been known to devour an entire tub of Ben & Jerrys in the early hours of the morning (!)
The ever increasing size of my hips have put paid to that these days and I thought chocolate ice cream would be off limits for evermore, but no! during my usual weekly trip to the supermarket I let gaze wander over to the ice cream cabinet and spotted something called Skinny Cow, what a cool name I thought, though I bet it's not as good as it's full fat cousins. How wrong I was! I bought a tub thinking it wont be the end of the world if its no good but secretly hoping I would like it...
Well on opening the tub that evening I almost melted quicker than the ice cream at the gorgeous chocolately smells wafting towards me. Despite being low fat its rich and creamy and as is easy to dig your spoon into the tub straight from the freezer instead of having to wait 5-10 minutes for it to soften.
The ice cream itself is a rich chocolate one with swirls of chocolate sauce and small chunks of chocolate brownie mixed in, all in a chocoholics dream. It only contains 117 calories and 1.1gm of fat per 100ml which compares very well with other premium ice creams available. You could eat half the tub and not have to feel guilty about it and feel like you'd have to run around the block 20 times the next day.
I'm sticking with this one now as a very good substitute for the other fattening ice creams I love, my hips will thank me for it!
I'm a sucker for ice-cream and this is definitely my in my top 3! Absolutely love it!
...:: The Good Stuff ::...
Once I've opened a tub of Skinny Cow, I can setlle down and really indulge without feeling so bad about the health aspects. Each 100ml contains 117 calories and 1.1g fat. There are 500ml in the tub. On average if you eat half the tub that's only 2-3g fat and roughly 250 calories which is extremely good compaired to other similar ice creams. But that doesn't mean it skimps on the taste either! I absolutely adore this ice cream - it's vanilla flavour with a gorgeous rich chocolate sauce and mixed in are brownie chunks. The taste is deep and delicious and I personally think this rivals Ben & Jerry's! It's just as good if you ask me, yet cheaper and lower in fat if that's important to you. For around £2.48, you get 500ml, compared to B&J which retails at roughly £4+. I have noticed however that Tesco often have offers on these at £1.99, so keep your eyes peeled!
...:: The Not So Good ::...
I actually cannot think of anything negative to say about this product. Except perhaps that it's addictive! They can be hard to come across, but I've found the tubs in Tesco and some Asda stores.
~*~ What are they? ~*~
I recently reviewed the Skinny Cow mint stick ice creams which were so gorgeous that on my next visit to Tesco I decided to invest in my next victim flavour - 'Cheeky Choc Brownie' ice cream, in a 500ml tub. Usually I'd be terrified knowing that I had a whole tub of ice cream sitting in my freezer (as I am one of those people that can't stand to know it's still there and have the habit of getting up in the middle of the night to finish it off in it's entirety!), but knowing that the whole tub contained under 600 calories, compared to almost triple that in your standard premium ice cream brand, I was not at all worried!
~*~ The brand ~*~
'Skinny Cow' is a company that specialises in low fat, low calories frozen desserts - ice cream in tubs and cartons and ice lollies. Their target market, I'm guessing, is young, health conscious women who are likely to be on some sort of calorie restricted diet, but really after tasting the lolly I'm sure that any one, dieting or not would be more than pleased for one of these this summer!
~*~ The flavours ~*~
I have written about the flavours in my previous review, but for the record, the Skinny Cow range contains a series of ice cream tubs - 'dreamy creamy cookie' - chocolate with cookie pieces , 'cheeky choc brownie', 'madly deeply' - chocolate and white chocolate with chocolate sauce and malt balls, and 'completely mintal' - mint chocolate chip. 'Madly deeply' sounds amazing, I was looking for this in Tesco but unfortunately they don't seem to stock it at the moment. I'll have to look out for that one though!
The Skinny Cow also sells a range of ice lollies in four mouth-wateringly tempting flavours - mint chocolate chip, berry, chocolate and toffee honeycomb. The toffee honeycomb is the newest flavour and I haven't seen it being sold yet, but I'm sure it wont be long until it hits the shelves (I hope!)
~*~ The calories ~*~
None of the flavours from the tub versions of the ice creams contain more than 120 calories per 100ml serving (500ml per tub). The chocolate brownie flavour has 118 calories per 100ml - so per 1/5 of a tub, which isn't bad as far as a serving sizes goes. Compare this to the 250 calories you'll find in a 100g suggested serving size from Ben and Jerry's (chocolate fudge brownie) and you'll really notice the difference!
Each ice lolly in the skinny cow range has less than 100 calories. The mint chocolate chip version I indulged in today contains an innocent 94 calories, so you can treat yourself without feeling like you've ruined your diet! They also contain less than 3% fat. Other flavours in the range vary slightly - 71 calories for the berry, and 87 for the chocolate and honeycomb.
~*~ The price ~*
Tesco sell these tubs for around £2.50 which really is a bargain. I've seen them elsewhere for a much higher mark up so I'm not sure if this is a price from a previous offer which they have then dropped the price again (now selling for £2 per tub). This is a great price for what you get, especially when you compare it to the price of other premium brand ice creams - Ben and Jerry's, for example, is double the amount for
Expect to pay around £1.99 for a pack of three ice cream lollies (also on offer at Tesco at the moment!)
~*~ The taste test ~*~
I had high expectations from this ice cream after consuming the lollies which I was so pleased with. On opening the tub I was faced with what appeared to be a normal looking tub of ice cream - so far so good. It had a rich, chocolate smell, and there were lots of visible brownie chunks and chocolate sauce - I didn't feel cheated at all by the packaging.
On first scoop... the ice cream is soft ice cream. You know how you get the type of ice cream that you practically need a shovel to get to, and then there's the type that never seems to go solid? This is somewhere nearer the never-going-solid end of the spectrum. So, anyway, I scooped.... The ice cream was of the perfect consistency, and easy to remove out of the tub. This sounds like a good thing, but remember, the less time it takes to scoop means the more time you have to eat, so be warned! You might go through the tub at an alarming rate!
The ice cream taste is very chocolatety. If you manage to get a scoop without brownie chunks, you would probably be fooled into thinking it was just a normal chocolate ice cream. I definitely could not tell that it was a low fat variety which is great (ha - fooled you, diet!). The brownie chunks, unlike on first impression are unfortunately actually few and far between. This is a bit of a downfall, but then I guess the more chunks there are, the more calories there are so we can't be too picky. There are enough in there that you get a bit of brownie every couple of spoonfuls so I'm not complaining! The rich chocolate sauce is swirled throughout the ice cream which gives it a good mix of flavours.
Overall, I was very impressed!
~*~ The verdict ~*~
I was very pleased with this ice cream - it is a gorgeous chocolate flavour, has a good consistency, and the brownie chunks are a nice extra, especially for having them in a 'diet' dessert!
I would level the taste with that of a standard supermarket brand of chocolate ice cream, although the brownie pieces make it that bit more special. Compared to the full-fat version of it's calorie-laden rival, Ben and Jerry's, flavour, the taste of the Skinny Cow brand would lose - but only just. Ben and Jerry's ice cream is a lot creamier, thicker and contains more brownie chunks. But for nearly triple the calories, I think I'll stick to the Skinny Cow!
This ice cream makes a great treat, and it's even better to know that you can have it without ruining the diet. I would recommend it to anyone after a treat - but if it's a real bit of indulgence your after and aren't too bothered about the fat content, Ben & Jerry's unfortunately wins on the taste test (but only just!)
I shall definitely be purchasing again - once I've tried out all the other flavours!