What's the Scoop?

Ice cream treats are synonymous with summer — and some truly startling calorie counts! Picking your treats wisely can mean the difference between 1,500 calories and just 120.

Popsicle: a Super Twin Popsicle contains just 60 calories.

Frozen Yogurt: 1/2 cup weighs in with 100 – 120 calories. Some brands like Ben & Jerry’s have a higher calorie count at 170 calories per serving.

Soft ice cream: with more air and more liquid, soft ice cream’s calorie count is similar to that of most light ice cream at 100 – 120 calories per 1/2 cup. Add a basic cone (about 35 calories) and dip it in chocolate, however, and the calorie count climbs quickly. A Dairy Queen medium chocolate-dipped soft vanilla ice cream cone contains 470 calories.

Gelato: traditionally made with milk rather than cream, a 1/2 scoop is 120 – 150 calories compared to 150 – 220 for regular ice cream.

Sorbet: 1/2 cup contains about 130 calories and, because sorbet does not contain milk or cream, is almost always fat-free to boot.

Ice cream: regular ice cream contains 160 – 200 calories per 1/2 cup. Add 1/6 cup of hot fudge and you add 150 calories plus trans-fat.

Ice cream bars: a Fudgsicle bar has 100 calories. A Nestle vanilla drumstick has 310 calories, as does a Haagen Dazs vanilla and almond bar.

Milkshakes: usually made of ice cream, full cream milk and masses of sugar, these are the emperors of calorie excess. Ice cream parlor milkshakes generally contain 1,100 – 1,500 calories. A small McDonald’s chocolate shake contains 560 calories.

Hungry for more information? Contact Margaret Moses, MBA, RD, LDN at margaretmo@acac.com.