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Which Ice Cream or Ice Lolly is the Healthier Option?


Ice creams vs. Ice lollies — it’s the eternal dispute at the heart of every lazy summer’s day. Sort of.

If you’re looking for a way to cool down in this summer’s scorching temperatures and seemingly eternal sunshine; is it better to go for the classic frozen-dairy delight, or for the frosty ice lolly?

Well, let’s take a quick look. Here’s what’s in some of our summertime favourites.


Nestlé Fab Strawberry Ice Lollies

Values per 100g:

Calories: 142kcal

Fat: 5.1g

Total Carbohydrates: 23g

Sugar: 18.2g

Fibre: 0.3g

Protein: 0.6g

Salt: 0.10g

Rowntree’s Fruit Pastille Ice Lollies

Values per 100g:

Calories: 87kcal

Fat: 0.1g

Total Carbohydrates: 21g

Sugar: 19.2g

Fibre: 0.1g

Protein: 0.1g

Salt: 0.01g

Calippo Orange Ice Lollies

Values per 100g:

Calories: 95kcal

Fat: <0.5g

Total Carbohydrates: 23g

Sugar: 19g

Protein: <0.5g

Salt: <0.013g

Sainsbury’s Rocket Ice Lollies

Values per 100g:

Calories: 75kcal

Fat: <0.5g

Total Carbohydrates: 17.6g

Sugar: 16.4g

Protein: <0.5g

Salt: <0.05g

Mr. Freeze Jubbly Orange Ice Lollies

Values per 100g:

Calories: 27kcal

Fat: <0.1g

Total Carbohydrates: 6.1g

Sugar: 6.1g

Protein: <0.1g

Salt: 0.03g

Wall’s Solero Exotic Ice Cream Lollies

Values per 100g:

Calories: 144kcal

Fat: 3.1g

Total Carbohydrates: 27g

Sugar: 25g

Protein: 1.7g

Salt: 0.08g

Ice Creams

Magnum Classic Ice Cream

Values per 100g:

Calories: 309kcal

Fat: 19g

Total Carbohydrates: 29g

Sugar: 27g

Protein: 3.6g

Salt: 0.13g

Cornetto Classico Ice Cream

Values per 100g:

Calories: 311kcal

Fat: 17g

Total Carbohydrates: 35g

Sugar: 22g

Protein: 3.1g

Salt: 0.19g

Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream

Values per 100g:

Calories: 251kcal

Fat: 17g

Total Carbohydrates: 20g

Sugar: 18.8g

Protein: 4.3g

Salt: 0.18g

Häagen-Dazs Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Values per 100g:

Calories: 282kcal

Fat: 17.2g

Total Carbohydrates: 27.8g

Sugar: 23.5g

Protein: 4.1g

Salt: 0.6g

Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Values per 100g:

Calories: 270kcal

Fat: 15g

Total Carbohydrates: 30g

Sugar: 25g

Protein: 4g

Salt: 0.17g


Nutritional red flags


The number of additives found in each brand of ice cream and lollies differs significantly. Some, such as Häagen-Dazs Vanilla, boast few ingredients (fresh cream, condensed skimmed milk, sugar, egg yolk, vanilla extract), while others list dozens of mysterious additives.

As a rule of thumb, lollies and ice creams with fewer ingredients, and fewer processed additives, are likely to be better for your health overall. Simple tastes are usually best here. More intricate flavours usually contain more additives. Check the ingredients lists before purchasing.

Sugar Content

Mainstream ice cream and ice lolly brands all tend to be chock-full of sugar, by and large. Sugar has repeatedly been suggested as a common culprit in over-eating, and too much of the stuff may be linked to excess weight gain and obesity. Try not to over-indulge too regularly.


Ice cream is, of course, made from dairy. Ice lollies typically don’t contain dairy, but sometimes do when the flavours are more nuanced and experimental. Keep this in mind if you have any pre-existing dairy allergies or intolerances.



Neither ice cream nor ice lollies are exactly health foods. Both treats contain a lot of sugar; both are likely to contain a lot of additives too.

Ice cream tends to be higher in calories by a clear margin, largely due to the higher fat content from the dairy used to make it. People who are “bulking” in the gym will likely prefer ice creams to ice lollies. Dieters will probably lean more towards the lower-calorie ice lollies.

People with dairy intolerances should generally limit or avoid ice cream.

Eating either snack in moderation isn’t likely to cause you any problems, and there’s no need to cut out these delightful seasonal treats altogether. Just be mindful of calorie intake, and wherever possible, go for the snacks which have the fewest additives.


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