When it comes to desserts, I'm just not that into fruity things. Apple pie? Sure, it's all-American, but really what I'm thinking post-dinner is, "give me all the chocolate."
So I wasn't exactly prepared to love Halo Top's brand new seasonal flavor launch—Peaches & Cream, which is coming to a store near you this June. To date, I'm a big Birthday Cake fan, and Peanut Butter Cup is my absolute favorite. But I've been a little skeptical of their fruit flavors, since really any fruit-flavored ice cream is just not my jam. But I work at a food magazine, and I consider myself something of an ice cream aficionado (Fun fact: My first job was at Dairy Queen). So I was willing, of course, in the name of Rachael Ray Every Day, to take one for the team and try out this new fruity pint. The full-fat stuff might be what your heart really lusts after, but Halo Top really is more my speed. I don't want to eat a bunch of ice cream and instantly regret it. But I also don't want an icky aftertaste in the name of healthiness either.
Well, friends, happy to report that this new flavor features peaches in a vanilla-and-cream base, and it's pretty darn good. Not saying I'd choose this over Peanut Butter Cup, but if I were, say, at a picnic or a cookout, I could see serving this light, slightly tart but still creamy pint alongside a crunchy crumble or even on its own in a cup or cone. It reminds me of a creamsicle in a good way, and the chunks of peach definitely put it over the top. And with only 320 calories and 20 grams of protein per pint, you can eat it without worrying that your pants might bust in front of all your friends.
This flavor will be available for a limited time this June until the end of August, so give it a try. If you like Halo Top, I don't think you'll be disappointed. I mean, it's made me believe that maybe just maybe, there is a time and a place for fruit-based desserts. And that time is most definitely outdoors this summer.