I didn’t know much about Halo Top ice cream until this year, when Eric Webb impressed me with a ranking of every flavor of what I only knew to be a low calorie ice cream.
This high-protein dessert isn’t just a diet product. It’s a national phenomenon, now the bestselling pint of ice cream in the country, besting Ben & Jerry’s and Haagen Dazs.
Pretty impressive for a company that only started in 2012.
I picked up a pint of Halo Top’s sea salt caramel ice cream, which was just a few doors down from another product I’d been wanting to try: T éo Gelato’s pumpkin pie flavor.
T éo is the Central Austin gelato shop that entered the grocery market a few years ago in partnership with H-E-B. (They won the grocer’s 2015 Quest for Texas Best competition.)
T éo’s pints have also been flying off shelves, and even though these two products don’t claim to compete, this ice cream lover wanted to know if the stevia-sweetened Halo Top was even in the same universe as T éo, which is made with cane sugar and locally sourced milk and isn’t marketed as healthy enough to be consumed in one sitting.
I tasted both in my Facebook livestream this week. As you can see — around the 6 minute mark — I was quite surprised when I tasted them side by side.
I’d love to hear what you think about Halo Top and T éo, if you’ve tried them. From what I’ve heard on social media so far, the Halo Top is one of the more divisive foods in the market today.