Enlightened ice cream is a low calorie ice cream. Low fat ice creams have been very popular lately with the explosion of Enlightened ice creams competitor Halo Top. Enlightened ice cream is very creamy in my mind and has unique tasty flavors that work well.
After going from grocery store to grocery store, I felt an adventure on hand. Why not rank all of the Enlightened flavors?
One of my favorite bloggers Junkbanter already does Halo Top. So why can’t I take over Enlightened ice cream. Now Enlightened is new to my area so this blog post will be an adventure. Continuously updated in my travels and you are here for the ride!
This will include Enlightened new flavors as well as their classics. Let’s dive into this!
S’mores Enlightened is something special. Even from the regular high sugar, high fat brands, this one is a winner.
Made with a marshmallow base, with graham cracker pieces, and a wonderful fudge swirl. Notably, the graham cracker wasn’t very present to me. I visually saw them swimming throughout the ice cream but taste…nah! The fudge swirl along with the marshmallow base were the stars. Enlightened didn’t skip on the fudge swirl and it was extra rich. In all, this one so far isn’t only a new flavor but my favorite as well. Far better than Halo Top’s version.
2. Sea Salt Carmel
Sea salt caramel by Enlightened deserves to be in the top 5. As soon as you pop the lid you get a overwhelming aroma of the caramel ice cream. Huge swirls of actual caramel swimming through the ice cream as well. Taste wise, the ice cream doesn’t lack in caramel. The salted caramel comes through in the swirl. There is a distinctive taste between the ice cream and the swirl giving you the perfect balance between the two.
3. Brownies and Cookie Dough
A brownie flavored ice cream with brownie bits and cookie dough pieces. What takes away from this particular ice cream is the lack of cookie dough pieces I received. When I did get a bite of cookie dough this ice cream was amazing. But, that’s when I did actually get to one. Overall, this is one of my favorites the ice cream is chocolate but gives you that fudge flavor you are looking for.
4. Movie Night
Movie night is a popcorn flavored ice cream with butter notes, chocolate and caramel swirls. Maybe, I just live in a small area. But movie nights never were like this where I’m from. You definitely get the butter feel from the ice cream, but popcorn, no. That is ok, the swirl comes through fine but doesn’t shine as well as it does in other flavors. I can see this flavor losing its ranking at number 2 really fast. Overall, it is a very good ice cream I had a hard time putting down.
5. Strawberry Cheesecake
So I love cheesecake! Not afraid to admit it! I was excited to try this one most next to movie night honestly. I wasn’t let down by any means the ice cream is great. Yet, I don’t get much cheesecake if any due to the strawberry swirl. It is so potent throughout the entire ice cream. This isn’t a bad thing, you get your swirls worth for your money. Sadly, it outweighs the ice cream flavor. If there is any cheesecake here it is diminished. If you love strawberry though hold on to your seats because this will probably be one of the best you’ve ever had.
6. Frozen Hot Cocoa
The funny thing about frozen hot cocoa is it took the longest to thaw I’ve seen. It’s a cocoa flavored ice cream with a huge marshmallow swirl going through it. The marshmallow is not overly sweet but, let’s itself be known. You can’t confuse the flavor with a regular chocolate. The cocoa is very apparent, especially after having the brownies and cookie dough right beside it. If hot chocolate is your thing this flavor will not disappoint.
7. French Toast
Firstly, I was disappointed. Halo Top’s waffle’s and syrup can kinda go hand and hand with this one. They both have a artificial taste to them. This version is far creamier but I don’t get french toast. I get ice cream and maple. Not a bad thing by any means. Just a little mislead by the name. If any of you enjoy ice cream and maple this one will knock your socks off! A maple swirl through the ice cream you can’t miss it, and are sure to taste it. Maybe I should move this one up some!
8. Bananas Foster
This was the first flavor of Enlightened ice cream I’d heard of via Instagram. So, my eyes lit up when I finally found it at Sprout’s. I couldn’t help but compare it to Halo Top’s chocolate banana since I’d had it first. Complete blow out! This surpasses Halo Top simply for the base alone. Truly, banana flavor comes through without being chemically or artificial. The caramel swirl is great, something I see they do very well. Which gives that perfect balance of caramel to banana. Great job here!
9. Cookie and Cream
I’m almost certain they thought they had already produced this flavor. Coming so late in the product line someone realized they’d forgotten one. There isn’t much to be said here we all know cookies and cream ice cream. Very creamy as normally expected from Enlightened, and cookies saturated throughout.
10. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Don’t think because this is towards of the bottom of the list it isn’t good. My favorite Halo Top flavor is their peanut butter. So, due to that this version had its hands cut out for it. Peanut butter chocolate chip does a very good job for what it is. The ice cream is a smooth peanut butter flavor with chocolate chips throughout. You can even smell the peanut butter, really great job!
That is it for now. More to come, more flavors to test. Stay tuned…