As many of you know, my favorite dessert is and has always been ice cream. Unfortunately, the only love I get back from ice cream is around my hips and stomach – great if I was a bear trying to hibernate for the winter, but bad if I’m trying to get in shape for swimsuit season. Luckily, for those days when I’m hankering for something sweet but have already indulged, I can turn to my lower calorie friend – the soft serve.
Soft serve is a frozen dessert very similar to but much lighter than ice cream, since it’s lower in milk fat and contains up to 60% air by volume. I had always enjoyed McDonald’s original vanilla soft serve in high school (sweet, cheap, and only 150 calories a cone!), but soon abandoned that in favor of Tasti D-Lite when I moved to NYC (a bit pricier but loads more flavors!). Although I liked the wide variety of flavors, I always thought Tasti D-Lite tasted a bit artificial and well…obviously “lite”.
TLC also makes a variety of desserts using soft serve, including:
Special occasion cakes
Soft serve bars
And my favorite item during the tour – the soft serve fudge sundae (can you believe that this is only 300 calories?!?)
All and all, I was incredibly impressed with The Lite Choice – healthy, all natural, and tasty. Now I won’t ever abandon my beloved full fat ice cream (don’t worry Ben and Jerry’s – you guys still have my heart and sales dollars), but The Lite Choice is definitely the next best thing!
[photos: Jen "Q" Chen]
****Giveaway****The Lite Choice has generously agreed to give coupons for FREE TLC soft serve at their stores to THREE lucky financefoodie.com each week for the next TWO weeks! Store locations
Congrats to - Chris, Maren, mverno,
ktgonyea, anonymous, and Karla!!
You can enter up to FIVE times:
1. In my comments section, go to the TLC website and tell me what TLC flavor you want to try
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Contest ends June 16, 2010 at 5pm EST. Remember, winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org and announced on the financefoodie.com site each week!