Add Dipped Ice Cream and Cones to Your “What Not to Eat” List

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.)

Chocolate coating also makes Dove, Häagen- Dazs, and Magnum bars more memorable. Their calories (250 to 350) and saturated fat (10 to 15 grams) may stick around for years.

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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5 Replies to “Add Dipped Ice Cream and Cones to Your “What Not to Eat” List”

  1. I am very careful in what I eat.. BUT.. Every once in a while, maybe every other month I will treat myself to something YUMMY .. So eating something higher in Saturated fat and colories, I feel won’t hurt me, as
    long as I don’t eat this every day.

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