A half-cup (“kiddie” or small) scoop of regular ice cream at Häagen-Dazs or Ben & Jerry’s, for example, has around 250 to 300 calories (mostly from saturated fat and sugar). But companies keep adding candy, cookies, batter, and whatever else it takes to get our attention. Among the worst: chocolate dip.
An empty Cold Stone Creamery chocolate dipped waffle cone or bowl has 310 calories and 7 grams of saturated fat (a third of a day’s worth). At Dairy Queen, getting a chocolate-dipped large vanilla soft serve bumps the calories from 470 to 660 and the saturated fat from 9 grams to 24. (At many places, the “chocolate” coating is mostly coconut oil.)
Instead: Stick to one uncoated, unadorned kiddie- size scoop in a cup, cake cone (20 calories), or sugar cone (50 calories).
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