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EDITOR’S NOTE: As of the spring of 2020, this ice cream is a Seasonal Favorite at our local Aldi stores. Seasonal Favorites remain in stores longer than Aldi Finds, usually sticking around for a couple of weeks or months, but we’re not sure exactly how long this will be available.
Lately, Aldi has been a great place to buy keto products. If you’re on a low-carb or no-carb diet, the German grocer sells keto-friendly foods such as riced cauliflower, zero net carbs bread (if you are fortunate enough to find it), Parmesan crisps, and plenty of cheese, nuts, produce, and meat.
Aldi has even gotten into the business of keto-friendly desserts with its Sundae Shoppe Keto Ice Cream Pints. These sold for $3.99 each at the time of publication, which was the same price as Enlightened ice cream and Halo Top ice cream at Target. With three 2/3-cup servings per container, it comes out to $1.33 per serving. That price also is slightly less than the $4.69 per pint of SO Delicious ice cream at Target at the time of publication.
It’s an ALDI Find (Special Buy), which means it’s only in stores for a short time, so get it while you can. The Aldi keto ice cream is available in three flavors: Peanut Butter Fudge, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Cookie Dough. Each has no added sugar and 5 grams of net carbs. It’s classic low-carb, high-fat ice cream for keto fans: all of the flavors are all fairly high in calories, with 210-220 calories per 2/3-cup serving. It’s your decision whether low-carb or low-calorie is most important to you.
Instead of sugar, this ice cream is sweetened using erythritol along with monk fruit and monk fruit extract. WebMD reports that erythritol is a sugar alcohol — it’s a sugar replacement, although not in the way that saccharin (Sweet and Low) or aspartame (Equal) are. Instead of being a zero-calorie artificial sweetener, it’s a low-calorie sweetener. WebMD also claims that erythritol is a safe sugar substitute for people with diabetes because it does not alter glucose or insulin levels.
Monk fruit, meanwhile, is a small round fruit from Southeast Asia that is often mixed with erythritol.
How does the ice cream achieve the low carb count? The cartons explain that they calculate the carbs by subtracting the dietary fiber and sugar alcohols from the total carbohydrates, stating that dietary fiber and sugar alcohols don’t count as part of the net carb amount because they don’t raise blood sugar levels, much like the dietary fiber in Aldi’s keto-friendly bread. Soluble corn fiber makes up the dietary fiber in this ice cream.
The primary ingredients for each flavor are cream and skim milk. They do contain some more processed ingredients such as natural flavor, tara gum, and guar gum. (By the way, if you want ice cream that is not low-carb but that has simple, recognizable ingredients, that can be found in Aldi’s Specially Selected Super Premium Ice Cream.)
As with many diet-related products, these keto ice creams may be different in taste from traditional ice creams, but the trade-off may be worth it to you depending on how devoted you are to a keto diet. Sometimes you just accept that certain diet foods won’t be exactly like their traditional counterparts. My family thought some of the Aldi keto ice cream flavors had more of a diet taste, like things with artificial sweeteners often do. We are not keto followers but understood that this ice cream might be a little different from what we’re used to.
As is common with keto ice cream, we also found the texture of this ice cream to be on the crumbly side, and it was frozen very hard and therefore difficult to scoop into serving dishes. One blogger explains that ice cream sweetened with erythritol always freezes hard and has a more crumbly texture, but she states erythritol is the best sweetener for keto dieters because it does not affect the carb count.
Read on for a closer look at specific nutrition information and our thoughts on each of the flavors.
Sundae Shoppe Peanut Butter Fudge Keto Ice Cream
This features peanut butter ice cream with no-sugar-added fudge swirl.
A 2/3-cup serving has 220 calories, 22 grams of total fat (28% of your daily value), 10 grams of saturated fat (50% DV), 115 mg of sodium (5% DV), 19 grams of total carbohydrates (7% DV), 5 grams of dietary fiber (20% DV), 2 grams of total sugars, 9 grams of sugar alcohol, and 5 grams of protein.
The carton states that to calculate the net carbs for this flavor, subtract 5 grams of dietary fiber and 9 grams of sugar alcohols from the 19 grams of total carbohydrates to get 5 grams of net carbs. The carton says dietary fiber and sugar alcohols are subtracted because they do not raise blood sugar levels.
This was almost unanimously my family’s least favorite flavor. It had the most noticeable artificial sweetener flavor, and two family members didn’t finish theirs, which is highly unusual in this house. I didn’t think it had distinctive peanut butter and chocolate flavors. Rather, it had a more nondescript sweet flavor and didn’t seem very creamy (with lack of creaminess being a common challenge for keto ice cream). The fudge stripes going through the ice cream were also on the runny side, so this was not like other ice creams we’ve had where the fudge is more of a soft solid, but that alone is not necessarily a deal breaker.
For comparison, Enlightened’s Keto Peanut Butter Fudge flavor has 190 calories, 17 grams of fat, and 1 gram of net carbs per 1/2-cup serving, which seems pretty close nutritionally.
Sundae Shoppe Mint Chocolate Chip Keto Ice Cream
This features mint ice cream with no-sugar-added chocolaty chips.
One 2/3-cup serving has 210 calories, 21 grams of total fat (27% DV), 12 grams of saturated fat (60% DV), 0.5 grams of trans fat, 105 mg of cholesterol (35% DV), 65 mg of sodium (3% DV), 17 grams of total carbohydrates (6% DV), 3 grams of dietary fiber (11% DV), 2 grams of total sugars, 9 grams of sugar alcohol, and 4 grams of protein.
The carton states that to calculate the net carbs for this flavor, subtract 3 grams of dietary fiber and 9 grams of sugar alcohols from 17 grams of total carbohydrates to get 5 grams of net carbs. As mentioned above, the carton says dietary fiber and sugar alcohols are subtracted because they do not raise blood sugar levels.
This was generally my family’s favorite flavor, and we thought it tasted just about identical to traditional ice cream and had the smoothest, creamiest texture of all the keto ice cream flavors we sampled.
For comparison, Enlightened sells a Keto Mint Chocolate Chunk flavor with 180 calories, 16 grams of fat, and 1 gram of net carbs per 1/2-cup serving, which seems pretty similar nutritionally once you account for the difference in serving sizes. If you want more comparison numbers, a 2/3-cup of Breyers Original Mint Chocolate Chip has 200 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 23 grams of total carbohydrates.
Sundae Shoppe Cookie Dough Keto Ice Cream
This features vanilla ice cream with no-sugar-added cookie dough and chocolaty chips.
One 2/3-cup serving has 220 calories, 22 grams of total fat (28% DV), 11 grams of saturated fat (56% DV), 0.5 grams of trans fat, 95 mg of cholesterol (31% DV), 90 mg of sodium (4% DV), 20 grams of total carbohydrates (7% DV), 3 grams of dietary fiber (12% DV), 2 grams of total sugars, 12 grams of sugar alcohol, and 5 grams of protein.
The carton states to calculate the net carbs for this flavor, subtract 3 grams of dietary fiber and 12 grams of sugar alcohols from 20 grams of total carbohydrates to get 5 grams of net carbs. As mentioned above, the carton says dietary fiber and sugar alcohols are subtracted because they do not raise blood sugar levels.
My family thought this flavor was okay, and two family members said it was their favorite of all the Aldi keto ice cream flavors. Some of us thought it didn’t taste like traditional cookie dough ice cream, again with that classic artificially sweet flavor, and the cookie dough chunks were smoother and did not have the gritty, sugary texture we usually associate with this ice cream flavor. If you’re devoted to keto, though, this may not be problematic for you.
For comparison, the Rebel brand keto cookie dough ice cream has 160 calories, 15 grams of total fat, and 1.5 grams of net carbs per 1/2-cup serving. In addition, a 1/2-cup serving of traditional Edy’s Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough ice cream has 160 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 21 grams of total carbohydrates.
Aldi’s Sundae Shoppe Keto Ice Cream comes in Peanut Butter Fudge, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Cookie Dough flavors. It has no added sugar and is sweetened with the sugar alcohol erythritol, along with monk fruit. Each flavor has a total of 5 grams of net carbohydrates per serving, with total fat ranging from 21-22 grams per serving. Nutritionally, it is comparable to brands such as Enlightened and Rebel in terms of calories, fat, and net carbs. It’s got some of the issues common to keto ice cream such as a hard, crumbly texture and more of a diet-sweetener taste with some of the flavors, but if you want a keto ice cream this fills that niche. Our favorite flavors are the Mint Chocolate Chip and Cookie Dough.