Summertime calls for lazy days at the park with your kids. Ahh…relaxing and fun. Wait, is that the faint jingle of the ice cream truck you hear? Before you have time to exhale, the playground has been evacuated as all the children rush over excitedly to the ice cream truck that pulls up. As you walk up to the truck with your kid, you salivate at all the scrumptious options. It’s hot and you decide to not only buy one for your kid, but treat yourself as well. Here are some of the best and worst ice cream truck treats to keep in mind next time you’re stuck deciding whether to undo your hard-earned beach body or delight in a mouthwatering 500-calorie ice cream delight.
Packaged Ice Cream Cone
The Nestle Triple Chocolate Extreme Cone may make your mouth water, but wait, read the label before you grab it! It contains a whopping 390 calories, 21 grams of fat and 35 grams of sugar. Instead of sacrificing your craving, go for a mini version of this treat. The Nestle Lil Drums Cone only contains 140 calories, 7 grams of fat and 10 grams of sugar. You can have one without the guilt.
Ice Cream Bars
An original Klondike Bar is almost impossible to resist with its vanilla ice cream center and chocolatey coating. While it’s not as bad as some ice cream bars out there, it still contains 250 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 23 grams of sugar. Instead, try the Good Humor Cookies and Cream Bar which packs just 90 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and 10 grams of sugar. A fraction of the price for the same great taste!
While a popsicle is usually a better choice than ice cream, you could still make the wrong choice when it comes to these frozen flavored sticks. If you choose an orange creamsicle, you would be adding 100 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 14 grams of sugar to your body. Instead, grab the patriotic firecracker popsicle for just 35 calories, 0 grams of fat and 7 grams of sugar. Why choose a creamsicle when you could cut the calories and sugar by half and still beat the heat with a frozen treat?
Ice Cream Sandwich
Vanilla ice cream sandwiched in between two chocolate chip cookies? Sounds like heaven. But, wait till you read this. The Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich contains 500 calories, 24 grams of fat, and 40 grams of sugar. If that isn’t enough to steer you away from those for life, I don’t know what is! But you don’t have to sacrifice all ice cream sandwiches. The Klondike Oreo Sandwich contains 200 calories, 7 grams of fat and 17 grams of sugar. Yes, it’s still pretty bad for you but not nearly as dangerous as that Tollhouse sandwich!