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Consumer Reports sampled ten light and fat-free ice creams, including ones from Haagen-Dazs, Breyers, and Dreyer's. Erin Gudeux explained, "The term 'light' means a food that has one-third fewer calories or half the fat of a regular version."

Sensory panelists had the tough task of taste-testing six vanilla and four chocolate ice creams. One fat-free ice cream disappointed. Breyer's Free Fat-Free Double Churn Creamy was gummy. And as with most fat-free foods, it doesn't necessarily offer real calorie savings. Haagen-Dazs Extra Rich Light Vanilla Bean and Dutch Chocolate were the clear winners. Both Haagen-Dazs vanilla and chocolate ice creams rated very good and they have big flavor. But Haagen-Dazs will hit you harder in the wallet. But compared to the other light ice creams tested, Haagen-Dazs has about twice the calories and fat and costs about twice as much.

A tasty runner-up? Breyer's Double Churn Light Creamy vanilla and chocolate ice creams. They cost a lot less and have far fewer calories.

If you think you go through a gallon of ice cream faster days, you are! Many ice cream companies are downsizing! The traditional half-gallon carton which, equals two quarts, had shrunk to 1.75 quarts awhile back. Consumer Reports says Turkey Hill, Breyer's and Dreyer's are smaller again down to one-and-a-half quarts.

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