Little kids look forward to Christmas. Romantics dream of Valentine's Day. Foodies can't wait until Thanksgiving. We count down the days until pumpkin spice season. Pumpkin spice season is a magical time of year when Starbucks releases their infamous pumpkin spice latte. Following the coffee shop's example, restaurants and stores across the U.S. release their own pumpkin products.
For an all-too-brief period, you can find everything from pumpkin beers to pumpkin donuts to pumpkin spice lip balm. Happily, the scrumptious season seems to come earlier and earlier, and this year, we've already spotted pumpkin specials at the start of August.
Of all the major pumpkin spice players this year, Halo Top may be one of our new favorites. The low-calorie ice cream purveyor has just released a surprise seasonal flavor-- Pumpkin Pie. This decadent, creamy, cold, and creamy concoction is infused with pumpkin pie flavor and speckled with real pie crust bits.
The crazy part? A whole pint of Halo Top's pumpkin pie ice cream packs in a meager 360 calories and a whopping 20 grams of protein. To put that in perspective, check out how Halo's stacks up against these other popular pumpkin spice treats:
- Halo Top Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream: 360 calories; 20 grams protein
- Starbucks Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte: 380 calories; 14 grams protein
- Dunkin' Donuts Medium Pumpkin Spice Latte: 340 calories; 12 grams protein
- Dairy Queen Medium Pumpkin Spice Blizzard: 769 calories; 15 grams protein
- Ben & Jerry's Pumpkin Cheesecake (1 pint): 1,102 calories, 16 grams protein
- Slice of pumpkin pie: 323 calories; 5 grams protein
Halo Top calls its product a healthy substitute for full-calorie ice cream and even encourages customers to eat it by the pint. (Well, if you twist our arm...) The company offers 17 other flavors of "healthier" ice creams, including Vanilla Bean (240 calories; 20 grams of protein), Chocolate (280 calories; 20 grams of protein, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (360 calories; 20 grams of protein).
You can bring home your own pint of Halo's Pumpkin Pie ice cream starting next week and up until the end of November. We suggest getting to your grocery store early, because otherwise, you may have to beat out hordes of pumpkin-hungry body builders and CrossFit fanatics for the last pint.