Product Review: Skinny Cow Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich
According to Skinny Cow, indulgence is a girl’s best friend. So does that make moderation a guy’s best friend? If so, I should love me some Skinny Cow Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich, which at 150 calories and only 2 grams of fat, is far less lethal to my chiseled frame and dashing good looks than those daily trips to the Aggie Ice Cream station at the Utah State dining hall.
Retailing at $4.24, the pack of six treats isn’t cheap, but the flavor and description caught my eye when I was searching for a ‘healthier’ frozen treat the other day.
Low-fat chocolate and peanut butter ice creams swirled together and smushed between mega chocolatey wafers.
I’ve recently become a really big peanut butter fan, and if you ask me there aren’t enough ice creams with peanut butter mixed in. That I could find one in novelty form that was also low fat seemed to be too good to be true, so much so that I felt kind of bad after buying these. The taste, I figured, had to be mediocre.
These are some hard sandwiches when you take them out of the freezer. The chocolate wafers are pretty standard and have a restrained cocoa smell, but there’s also a fairly strong peanut butter smell that you’d get from opening a jar of JIF or whathaveyou. The ice cream is pretty hard for a few minutes, so I decided to give it some time to warm up. As I do so, the cookie begins to smudge on my fingers, and licking it reveals it’s rather plain and none to sweet chocolate flavor. It’s not rich or decadent, but then again, it doesn’t taste inherently ‘healthy’ either.
I finally get to a point where I dig into the ice cream. Now, it’s described as chocolate peanut butter, but it looks more like chocolate and vanilla ice cream that smells like peanut butter. ‘Creamy’ probably isn’t a word to describe this ice cream, but it’s really got a really good flavor. unfortunately it doesn’t come across just in licking the ice cream, but a full bite won’t disappoint you. The peanut butter taste does lack an oily quality, but it’s quite strong and sweet, with roasted notes lingering in the back of my mouth. The sweetness of the ice cream base is good, but my second bite reveals a pretty standard vanilla flavor with some chocolate mixed in. Donde esta la butter de peanut? It returns on my third bite, and by this time the ice cream has softened enough that I’m actually really digging this (for a low fat treat, that is). The cookie gets better with some time too, and as it softens up, the cocoa flavor becomes more apparent and the gooiness of the wafer plays well with the ice cream. These aren’t huge bites and I down mine after a few solid chomps, but I’m pleasantly surprised in all. This sandwich has really good peanut flavor, and although there’s definitely a non-advertised element of vanilla ice cream base, it’s not like it’s an unpleasent base.
My friend Dubya over at On Second Scoop was pretty hard on this treat, and considering the price, I get what he’s saying. But it’s one of the better low fat ice cream treats you’re going to find on the market, doing well to be both out of the ordinary in flavor and low in saturated fat.
Pros: Very good peanut flavor for a low fat ice cream. Solid level of sweetness. Wafer is gooey and chocolaty. Only one gram of saturated fat.
Cons: My completely non-masculine treat of the week. Marketing targeted exclusively towards female. Ice Cream lacks richness and creamy quality. Contains trace amount of trans fat. Expensive.
Price: 4.29 (Walmart)
Overall GrubGrade: 7.75 (Good)
Nutrition: Skinny Cow Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich
Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Total Fat: 2.0 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 5 mg
Sodium: 100 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 30 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugars: 15 g
Protein: 4 g