Pumpkin Pie: ‘Why Is My Pie So Soggy?’
What We Think Halo Top's New Flavors Should Really Be Called
We’ve tasted. We took all of the new flavors of the wildly popular healthy ice cream brand Halo Top and did not judge the book by its cover.
Instead, we hid the titles of these deceptively healthy treats and devised names for them ourselves!
Essentially, we asked several of The Daily Meal editors to try all eight (yes, eight) of Halo Top’s newly released flavors in a blind taste test. Then, we had them conjure their own titles for the tastes, without knowing the actual name on the label.
We put into words what we were all really thinking as soon as we took a bite of each diet ice cream flavor.
Does Pumpkin Pie actually taste like pumpkin, or are we all just lying to ourselves? Did Mochi Green Tea really deliver a soothing tea flavor, or was it more of a scathing bittersweet? Find out our thoughts on the best-selling new pints.
Pancakes and Waffles: ‘Mrs. BUTTerworth’
Because undeniably, if you’re eating this ice cream, you have a great butt.
Still, the reviews were mixed on this one. While one editor loved the sweet maple flavor, others weren’t so sure. Close runners-up for this title were “Butterscotch Left in Grandma’s Pocket for Decades” and “Stale Pancakes.”
We’d rather pour some of the real stuff on our pancakes, please and thanks.
Cinnamon Roll: ‘The Cookie Bake That Never Happened’
It’s so sweet it tastes as if we ate the dough raw for this cinnamon cookie.
This one tasted like straight up cinnamon sugar. One editor thought it was churro-esque in flavor. Another went so far as to draw an emoji with a salivating tongue.
A fan favorite, we unanimously agreed that it was outrageously sweet.
Mochi Green Tea: ‘Sweet Flowers and Goo Chunks’
Accurate. The perfume-like essence of the sage-colored cream was off-putting to some and oddly comforting to others. Regardless, the mochi balls were a surprise. “Jasmine…,” one editor remarked, chewing contemplatively. “But OMG what am I chewing on?! I’m upset.”
Rainbow Swirl: ‘Disney’s Backwash’
Our editors unanimously disapproved of this bubblegummy disaster. It looks sickeningly sweet but just tastes sickening. The bright colors don’t do anything for it but raise the aesthetics to appeal to 12-year-olds and (we imagine) Disney princesses.
It was referred to during our test as “gross color bomb,” “clown poop,” and our personal favorite: “those Flintstones Push-Pops from the ‘90s, but bad.”
Candy Bar: ‘Nuts for Chocolate’
This one was a hit, all around. The communal favorite of the crew, tasters of this chocolate-based dessert loved the hints of peanut butter and the chunks of chocolatey, nutty flavor.
Chocolate Covered Banana: ‘Fake Banana Split’
It’s one of those “you either love it or you hate it” things. Some listed the Chunky Monkey impersonator as a favorite, while another called it “Essie nail polish” and warned: “Do not inhale.”
The banana flavor was interpreted as a pungent fake-sweet without enough chocolate to provide a sufficient reconciliation. It’s trying, we’ll give it that — it just didn’t really get there. Still, some fruit fans went bananas over the stuff.
Caramel Macchiato: ‘Latte-Licious’
Editors loved this one. It was also placed on the line-up directly following the detested Rainbow, so it served as much-needed caffeinated salvation. Though one taster missed the coffee flavor entirely, most unanimously agreed that it was a favorable coffee ice cream — milky enough to feel like an iced latte.
Pumpkin Pie: ‘Why Is My Pie So Soggy?’
Because every brand needs a pumpkin flavor (duh). If you don’t have one, well… You can’t sit with us.
Halo Top tried something interesting for their take on the #PSL trend. They infused pie crust in the creamy treat to make a Thanksgiving dessert-inspired flavor we’ve never tasted before. One confused editor even mistook the flavor to be reminiscent of pancakes.
Still, the crust did feel soggy — we prefer a crispy crust on our pie. But we suppose that’s what we should have expected when it was served submerged in water and cream.