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We Tried Halo Top's New Dairy-Free Ice Cream And Here's What Happened

We got an exclusive taste of Halo Top's seven vegan flavors and compared them to the originals.

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How's everyone doing this Thursday morning? Good? Bad? Don't know how this will affect your mood, but we've got some exclusive Halo Top news.

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Starting later this month, the popular low-cal ice cream brand will offer a line of vegan options — a treat people have been requesting for a LONG time!

It is their top request!
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It is their top request!

The dairy-free ice creams are made with coconut milk, no eggs, and will be available in the following flavors:

Oatmeal Cookie, Caramel Macchiato, Chocolate, Cinnamon Roll, Chocolate Covered Banana, Peanut Butter Cup, and Sea Salt Caramel.
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Oatmeal Cookie, Caramel Macchiato, Chocolate, Cinnamon Roll, Chocolate Covered Banana, Peanut Butter Cup, and Sea Salt Caramel.

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All pints are still under 360 calories, but the vegan flavors generally have a little more fat and a little less protein.

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Note the comparisons of original vs. vegan in the Caramel Macchiato variety.

The dairy-free distinction between the ice creams is written on the gold cover, as well as a white label on the pint that says, "Dairy-Free, Coconut Milk."

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Here's what we thought about the new line!

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1. Chocolate

Vegans said: "Oh damn, that's pretty good.""Tastes kind of watery to me."Non-vegans said:"Oh nope, not into this. You can immediately tell it’s not the original.""It’s a little lighter, regular is creamier. I get more of an Italian ice flavor to it."
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Vegans said:

"Oh damn, that's pretty good."

"Tastes kind of watery to me."

Non-vegans said:

"Oh nope, not into this. You can immediately tell it’s not the original."

"It’s a little lighter, regular is creamier. I get more of an Italian ice flavor to it."

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2. Oatmeal Cookie

Vegans said: "Delicious, would eat in my bed. I didn’t like the raw oats, but I’m not an oatmeal person, and this sold me on oatmeal."Non-vegans said:"You can definitely tell the difference, but it’s good. It has the same chunks as the original.""Oh, yum. Definitely better than the Chocolate."
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Vegans said:

"Delicious, would eat in my bed. I didn’t like the raw oats, but I’m not an oatmeal person, and this sold me on oatmeal."

Non-vegans said:

"You can definitely tell the difference, but it’s good. It has the same chunks as the original."

"Oh, yum. Definitely better than the Chocolate."

3. Cinnamon Roll

Vegans said: "Not amazing.""It has dough pellets inside a cream that has a nondescript flavor."Non-vegans said:"Very cinnamon-y. But you can’t beat the original."
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Vegans said:

"Not amazing."

"It has dough pellets inside a cream that has a nondescript flavor."

Non-vegans said:

"Very cinnamon-y. But you can’t beat the original."

4. Sea Salt Caramel

Vegans said: "Very good.""It starts well, but then tastes like a protein bar. And the ribbon of caramel is just...doesn’t leave a good taste in my mouth."Non-vegans said:"This is the first flavor where it feels completely different. The regular is an all-time fave, and the vegan version just doesn’t translate."
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Vegans said:

"Very good."

"It starts well, but then tastes like a protein bar. And the ribbon of caramel is just...doesn’t leave a good taste in my mouth."

Non-vegans said:

"This is the first flavor where it feels completely different. The regular is an all-time fave, and the vegan version just doesn’t translate."

5. Caramel Macchiato

Vegans said: "It’s kind of melty. Oh, hmmm, no, I don’t like that.""Reminds me of the Chocolate texture. A little watery. It does taste like caramel, but there’s not enough coffee. Reminds me of a Werther’s butterscotch candy."Non-vegans said:"Oh this is melty, but that’s the best way to have Halo. Again, this one failed me. The original is incredible, and the vegan just doesn’t compare."
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Vegans said:

"It’s kind of melty. Oh, hmmm, no, I don’t like that."

"Reminds me of the Chocolate texture. A little watery. It does taste like caramel, but there’s not enough coffee. Reminds me of a Werther’s butterscotch candy."

Non-vegans said:

"Oh this is melty, but that’s the best way to have Halo. Again, this one failed me. The original is incredible, and the vegan just doesn’t compare."

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6. Chocolate Covered Banana

Vegans said: "Promising texture…Oh no. It’s a banana medicine thing. If you didn’t like banana medicine as a kid, you won’t like this.""This is good!"Non-vegans said:"Oooh, this is a different color! Ok, that tastes good. These are very similar, probably the most similar to the original of all the flavors.""I'm not into banana-flavored things, but compared to the original, it's pretty spot-on."
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Vegans said:

"Promising texture…Oh no. It’s a banana medicine thing. If you didn’t like banana medicine as a kid, you won’t like this."

"This is good!"

Non-vegans said:

"Oooh, this is a different color! Ok, that tastes good. These are very similar, probably the most similar to the original of all the flavors."

"I'm not into banana-flavored things, but compared to the original, it's pretty spot-on."

7. Peanut Butter Cup

Vegans said: "It’s sandy? It tastes like toasted sesame seeds.""I like this one!"Non-vegans said:"That’s good shit. That is good shit. Peanut butter is the best one.""I feel like you just can’t go wrong with peanut butter desserts."
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Vegans said:

"It’s sandy? It tastes like toasted sesame seeds."

"I like this one!"

Non-vegans said:

"That’s good shit. That is good shit. Peanut butter is the best one."

"I feel like you just can’t go wrong with peanut butter desserts."

The vegan flavors will be available starting the second week of October and rolling out through the month.

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