As someone who has now written multiple articles about Halo Top, I can say with some confidence that the "healthy ice cream" phase has taken over way more of the dessert market than I ever expected it to. But thanks to science, I guess, our sweet tooth tendencies have been rewarded with less diabetes-inducing ice cream options. There are brands all over the world, but the trend has generally been to replicate your favorite pints with healthier ingredient alternatives. And now, enter Yasso.

Yasso began as frozen Greek yogurt bars in classic flavors like mint chocolate chip and fudge brownie. But founders Amanda and Drew soon realized that their idea was a hit, and they've expanded into the low-calorie pint game.

All about the flavors

I'm surprised the pints weren't a thing before, but now that Yasso has gotten their act together, I should start by saying I'm thrilled by the results. I've only eaten two of the flavors, but they were pretty different flavor profiles and both wonderful. More on that later.

For their first iteration, Yasso's frozen greek yogurt pints come in eight flavors. The Best of Both Swirlds flavor combines the classic chocolate and vanilla into a simple, 100-calorie per serving scoop. Caramel Pretzelmania takes sea salt caramel frozen Greek yogurt, swirls it with caramel, and tops it off with chocolate-covered pretzel bits. Chocolate PB & Yay is pretty straightforward, with peanut butter swirls and peanut butter chips added into a chocolate ice cream base. 

Of course, there's the classic chocolate chip cookie dough iteration, aptly named Rolling in the Dough. The Mint Championchip is similarly self-explanatory, and Party Animal serves as the Yasso version of cake batter ice cream.

My personal favorite flavor ideas come in the form of Loco Coco Caramel and Coffee Brownie Break—not their catchiest names, but flavor powerhouses nonetheless. The former matches toasted coconut frozen Greek yogurt with a caramel swirl and mini chocolate chips, while the latter combines a coffee base with chocolate chips and brownie pieces. 

How Yasso compares to other options

I'll always be a proponent of Halo Top's Lemon Cake, but I might be reaching for the Loco Coco now instead. These pints are slightly higher-calorie than Halo Top, ringing in at 100-150 calories per serving. (For reference, Halo Top averages about 80 calories per serving.) But the texture of these pints was light years ahead of that of Halo Top.

I ate the entire Loco Coco and Coffee Break pints, and my panel of friends/judges thoroughly approved. The coconut flavor is pretty strong, but in a toasted candied coconut way that blends well with ice cream. The chocolate chips were sized perfectly—they blended in while scooping, but served as a fun little surprise when you bit into the spoonful. The coffee flavor tasted like regular ice cream (seriously, this is a win), and all of us found ourselves hunting for the brownie bits.

If you're looking to compare to other brands, Yasso is about on par in terms of protein content (5-6 grams per serving, or about 20 grams per pint). The pints are gluten free, and most importantly, there's no erythritol, which is the additive in other brands that makes it hard to stop eating once you start. (So yes, all of that other "eat the whole pint" marketing is intentional.)

Where to get it

Most grocery stores that already sold Yasso's bars are starting to carry the pints, but you can double check that your local chain has them in stock via the "store finder" feature on their website. But be warned, the store I visited was reported as not carrying the pints yet. This was a lie. If you're feeling lazy, you can also just order any of the pints (or all eight) online through Yasso's website. Shipping the pints is a lot more expensive though, so take that as you will.

Considering the impressively quick overcrowding of the diet ice cream alternative market, I wasn't expecting to be that enthused about yet another option. It may be the Greek yogurt base, or the inventive flavors, or simply the trial run via yogurt bars, but Yasso should be on its way to edging out its competition. Or, at the very least, it has likely become my own go-to indulgence.