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Cold Stone Creamery - For starters, stick with the small "Like It" size. (ALL of the following nutritional stats are for a "Like It" size cup.) Your best bets are the Sweet Cream Sinless Sans Fat ice cream (140 calories, 0g fat, <1g fiber -- POINTS® value 3*) and the sorbets (150 - 160 calories, 0g fat, 0 - <1g fiber -- POINTS® value 3*). FYI, a few of the Signature Smoothies aren't bad either -- the 2 to Mango and Berry Lemony ones are both fat-free and each have 160 - 190 calories, 0 - 3g fiber and a POINTS® value of 3*.
Baskin-Robbins - At BR, it's all about the "Lighter Side" selections. But be careful, because even some of those can be a little high in calories and fat. Here's the deal. (All of the following nutritionals are for the small 4-oz. servings.) The best of the bunch is the No Sugar Added Ice Cream in either Low Fat Pineapple Coconut or Berries 'n Banana (110 - 120 calories, 2g fat, 0 - 1g fiber -- POINTS® value 2 - 3*). Other great options include the Vanilla Nonfat Frozen Yogurt, most of the sherbets (the Rock 'n Pop Swirl's a little higher than the rest), the sorbets, the ices, and the No Sugar Added Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (130 - 160 calories, 0 - 5g fat, 0 - 1g fiber -- POINTS® value 3*). The No Sugar Added Caramel Turtle Ice Cream (160 calories, 4g fat, 0g fiber -- POINTS® value 4*) is pretty decent, too. The rest of the stuff gets a little "caloried" away! BTW, their Vanilla Soft Serve (sold at some locations) isn't low-fat or guilt-free in any way -- a regular 6-oz. serving has 280 calories and 11g fat (POINTS® value 7*). That's a little silly...
Ben & Jerry's - You might think the guys who invented some of the craziest flavors in history would have nothing guilt-free to offer. Guess again! Here's the rundown on the stuff at their "Scoop Shop". (Nutritionals are for half-cup servings.) Most of their sorbets have just 100 fat-free calories and 1g fiber (POINTS® value 2*). The Jamaican Me Crazy one has a bit more calories -- 140 total -- and that's also fat-free with a gram of fiber (POINTS® value 3*). The frozen yogurts have 130 - 160 calories, 1.5 - 2.5g fat, and 0 - 1g fiber (POINTS® value 3*). HG Warning! Their No Sugar Added Vanilla Fudge Chip ice cream may be sweetened with Splenda, but it's loaded with fat -- it tips the scales at 180 calories, 13g fa t, and 3g fiber (POINTS® value 4*).
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Cones = our friends. Well, at least some of them. A small cake cone (that flat-bottom one) has only around 20 - 25 calories and less than a half-gram of fat (POINTS® value 0 - 1*). A small sugar cone (pointy bottom) typically has 45 - 60 calories and a half-gram of fat or less (POINTS® value 1*), which isn't too bad. And it's easy to stick to just a single scoop with either of those. But beware of giant waffle and sugar cones, which will add many, many calories to your frozen dessert (not to mention increase the likelihood of getting served several scoops instead of just one!).
Shake Shocker! A "Gotta Have It" size PB&C shake (aka chocolate ice cream with milk and pean ut butter) from Cold Stone contains -- brace yourselves -- 2,010 calories and 131g fat (POINTS® value 50*). AHHHH! ALL of Cold Stone's shakes have AT LEAST 1,000 calories, 54g fat and a POINTS® value of 24*... even for a SMALL "Like It" portion! Instead, gulp the Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake from the HG cookbook, which has just 188 calories and 6.5g fat (POINTS® value 4*)!
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Scoop Shocker! Think full-fat ice cream isn't so bad as long as you keep your portions small? Wrong-O! Even a single scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream at Baskin-Robbins has 280 calories and 18g fat (POINTS® value 7*). Yowza!
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