Summer is not far off-and for many adults and kids alike, thoughts turn to hot sunny days and refreshingly cold desserts.
If ice cream and frozen yogurt choices seem endless, have no fear. Consumer Reports has the scoop on what to keep stocked in your freezer.
Go to any ice cream shop and you'll find plenty of choices.
But what to choose when you want to chill at home?
Consumer Reports tested 25 ice creams and frozen yogurts in three popular flavors-vanilla, chocolate, and butter pecan.
Amy Keating of Consumer Reports says, "Granted, not all are health food, but we do look at nutrition information to see which ones are better for you."
And of course, trained testers also rate them for taste.
The butter pecan top-rated for taste is Haagen-Dazs-which, aside from delicious, is also the priciest.
Amy Keating of Consumer Reports says, "And no surprise here, it also scored the lowest nutritionally among all those tested. A half-cup serving has a whopping 300 calories and 22 grams of fat. So it's a real splurge!"
For about half the fat and calories, try Walmart's Great Value Butter Pecan ice cream, which is just as tasty, with bits of flavorful, roasted nuts. And it's also the least expensive.
More of a flavorful traditionalist? Both Haagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry's vanilla and chocolate have big flavors and creamy textures, but the Ben & Jerry's are slightly lower in fat.
For an even healthier choice, try frozen yogurt.
Keating says, "The hot new thing in the freezer aisle-Greek frozen yogurts-which pack more protein, but none of the four we tested were standouts."
Instead, go with traditional frozen yogurts. Either Blue Bunny Vanilla Bean or TCBY Classic Vanilla offer a treat that's both delicious and healthy.
That is, if you're even thinking about nutrition.
Consumer Reports says it's interesting to note that descriptions in the ice cream aisle are changing. Breyers now calls some of its products "frozen dairy dessert," because among other things, they have too little fat to meet the official government definition of ice cream.
And if you think that ice cream containers are shrinking, Consumer Reports says many are.
Ones, like Haagen-Dazs, look like a 16-ounce pint, but only contain 14 ounces.