The 10 Best Keto Ice Creams of 2023

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Best Keto Ice Creams

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If you want to try all the keto ice cream you can handle, opt for Nick's Swedish Best Sellers Variety Pack Ice Cream. If you want to stay low-carb, but prefer to ditch the dairy, the Nubocha Chocolate Arriba and So Delicious Coconutmilk Dipped Vanilla Bars will curb your sweet tooth.

Ice cream is one of life’s simple pleasures, and although your favorite Häagen-Dazs pint may be off-limits on a keto diet, you don’t have to miss out entirely. Today, there are plenty of available ice creams that are rich, creamy, and as close to the "real" thing as you can get.

The best keto ice creams aren’t just low in net carbs, but they actually taste good, so you never have to feel like you’re missing out on the treats you love. Just because an ice cream is categorized as keto doesn’t necessarily mean you should eat it. Important things to assess on the nutrition label are the net carb count, serving size, and ingredients.

We did just that and found 10 that check all the boxes and will still satisfy your sweet tooth.

Best Overall

Nick's Swedish Best Sellers Variety Pack Ice Cream

Nick's Swedish Best Sellers Variety Pack Ice Cream

Nick's Ice Creams

What We Like
  • Large variety of flavors

  • Use of natural sweeteners

  • Super creamy texture

What We Don't Like
  • Price is a bit steep

N!CK'S is a Swedish company run by Niclas "Nick" Luthman, who was diagnosed as pre-diabetic in 2014, according to the brand’s website. After getting his health back under control, he recognized a need in the market for tastier snacks that were also healthy. According to Nick, "N!CK’s is all about finding creative solutions through science to make the world a better, healthier place."

Nick's now produces not only keto-friendly ice cream by the pint, but also snack bars, ice cream sandwiches, bundles for those who can’t pick just one flavor, and vegan ice cream. They use a variety of natural sweeteners like allulose, monk fruit, stevia, birch sugar/xylitol, erythritol, and chicory root fiber in their products. But, as noted on their website, “It'll probably just taste like delicious ice cream to you.”

The wide variety of flavors will appeal to just about everyone—from Cookies & Cream to Peanut Butter Cup to Salted Caramel, you can’t go wrong. They are all low in carbohydrates, high in protein, and keto-friendly, so you can indulge to your heart's content.

Price at time of publish: $75 for 6 pints

Net Carbs: 7 grams | Serving Size: 0.66 cup/100 grams | Calories Per Serving: 70

Best Bars

Keto Pint Sea Salt Caramel Keto Ice Cream Bars

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Keto Pint

If you prefer your ice cream on a stick (and dunked in chocolate), Keto Pint ice cream bars are the choice for you. These low-carb ice cream bars are made with cream, egg yolks, and a combination of keto-friendly sweeteners, including erythritol, stevia, and monk fruit. They’re then dipped into an MCT-rich chocolate coating, made with coconut and MCT oils, to create a delicious, satisfying keto dessert with 15 grams of fat and only 2 grams of net carbs per serving.

In addition to sea salt caramel, the brand also offers peanut butter cup and mint chip ice cream bars, as well as a full line of keto ice creams by the pint with flavors such as black raspberry, peanut butter cup, butter pecan, and cake batter.

Price at time of publish: $6 for a pack of 4 bars

Net Carbs: 2 grams | Serving Size: 1 bar | Calories Per Serving: 160

Best Vanilla

Mammoth Creameries Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Mammoth Creameries Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Mammoth Creameries

Mammoth Creameries proves that vanilla doesn’t have to be boring and that it’s possible to make a delicious keto ice cream. Although it’s more of a frozen custard than a true ice cream, this keto-friendly dessert is made with minimal ingredients, like cream, grass-fed butter, egg yolks, xylitol, vanilla extract, vanilla bean seeds, and pink Himalayan sea salt. It’s rich, creamy, and only has 1 gram of net carbs per serving, with four servings in the pint. 

If you’re not really a vanilla person, Mammoth Creameries also makes chocolate, lemon buttercream, and chocolate peanut butter flavors. You can try them all in the Keto Starter Pack.

Price at time of publish: $9 for 1 pint

Net Carbs: 1 gram | Serving Size: 0.5 cup/86 grams | Calories Per Serving: 250

What Our Experts Say

"Our formula melts like traditional ice cream, tastes like traditional ice cream, and has the best mouth feel according to our reviews! We use 100% grass-fed butter, heavy cream (no milk), and minimal ingredients." — Susan Krauss, founder and creator of Mammoth Creameries

Best Flavor

Enlightened PB Cookie & Brownie Dough Keto Ice Cream

Enlightened PB Cookie & Brownie Dough Keto Ice Cream

Amazon

What We Like
  • 0 grams of added sugar

  • Only 8 grams of net carbs per pint

  • Fun flavor with lots of add-ins

What We Don't Like
  • Lengthy ingredient list

What’s better than cookie dough? Peanut butter cookie dough plus brownie dough. This vanilla ice cream is packed with chocolate chips, peanut butter swirl, brownie bites, and peanut butter cookie dough—the perfect treat for anyone with a sweet tooth. According to the brand’s website, this "flavor [is] so jam-packed with goodies there was no room for any added sugar."

There is, in fact, 0 grams of added sugar and 8 grams of net carbs per pint, perfect for those sticking to a keto diet or just watching their carbs/sugar intake. There are no hydrogenated fats, high fructose corn syrup, bleached or bromated flour, or synthetic nitrates or nitrites. If you enjoy this pint, be sure to check out some of Enlightened’s other keto offerings and make some room in your freezer; you won’t want to miss out on the other mouth-watering flavors such as Mint Chocolate Chunk or Butter Pecan.

Price at time of publish: $5 for 1 pint

Net Carbs: 8 grams per pint | Serving Size: 0.67 cup | Calories Per Serving: 260

Best Chocolate

Nubocha Vegan Chocolate Arriba Gelato

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Amazon

The Nubocha Chocolate Arriba is crafted by Gianluca Franzoni, the founder and creator of Domori, one of Italy’s finest chocolate brands. Franzoni was on a mission to make the best-tasting vegan gelato—and he may have nailed it. Perhaps what makes it so great is that it’s sweetened only with allulose and has a short ingredient list. Here’s the best part: It has 0 grams of net carbs, so you can enjoy a serving (or more).

Nubocha has other keto-friendly and equally delicious flavors, like Italian vanilla, peanut butter, and salted caramel, but these have around 7 grams of net carbs per 0.66-cup serving, so keep that in mind.

Price at time of publish: $89 for 6 pints

Net Carbs: 0 grams | Serving Size: 0.66 cup/123 grams | Calories Per Serving: 100

What Our Experts Say

"We use just 3 core ingredients: nuts or cacao, allulose and pure spring water. We don’t use any fillers or dairy replacements (such as oat milk, coconut cream, etc.) because we want to emphasize the real, unadulterated flavor of our premium ingredients."Katrina Smith, Co-Founder & CEO of Nubocha

Best Cookie Dough

Rebel Cookie Dough Ice Cream

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Rebel

What’s a life without cookie dough ice cream? Thanks to Rebel Cookie Dough, you’ll never have to find out. Made with cream, almond-flour-based cookie dough, and egg yolks, and sweetened with a combination of erythritol and monk fruit, this keto ice cream has high levels of fat, moderate amounts of protein, and 7 grams of net carbs per pint (roughly 2 grams of net carbs per serving).

You’re not limited to just cookie dough, though. Rebel has a full line of keto ice creams with flavors like chocolate peanut butter, birthday cake, coconut almond swirl, and cookies and cream. It also offers keto ice cream sandwiches in packs of three.

Price at time of publish: $6 for 1 pint

Net Carbs: 1 gram | Serving Size: 0.66 cup/92 grams | Calories Per Serving: 160

Best Dairy-Free

So Delicious Coconutmilk Dipped Vanilla Bars

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With 1 gram of net carbs per serving, these So Delicious ice cream bars toe the line of keto, but they’re still a nice lower-carb option, especially if you’re trying to avoid dairy. Made with a coconut milk base and plant proteins sweetened with a combination of erythritol, monk fruit, and stevia, they’re completely free of dairy and suitable for vegan diets.

Price at time of publish: $8 for a box of 4

Net Carbs: 1 gram | Serving Size: 1 bar | Calories Per Serving: 140

Best Budget

Breyers Frozen Dairy Dessert Vanilla Chocolate Strawberry

Breyers Frozen Dairy Dessert Vanilla Chocolate Strawberry

Instacart

What We Like
  • 3 flavors in 1 container

  • Low in calories

  • Good value

What We Don't Like
  • Not for those who don’t tolerate Splenda

If you’re looking for a more wallet-friendly option, you can get 1.5 quarts of this keto-friendly ice cream for about the same price as a pint from other brands. And with vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry all included in one container, there is something for everyone–no need to compromise; "the Breyers take on the classic Neapolitan— Strawberry Chocolate Vanilla Ice Cream treat— is the best of 3 worlds," according to the manufacturer. 

This no sugar added flavor from Bryers has only 100 calories per serving and is sweetened with Splenda. It’s also made with non-GMO sourced, high-quality ingredients "like sun-ripened California strawberries, real cocoa, and 100% sustainable vanilla from Madagascar," according to the manufacturer. For those with allergies, note that this product is gluten-free, egg-free, fish-free, peanut-free, shellfish-free, soy-free, tree nut-free, and wheat-free. You’ll be thankful to have more of this ice cream; with 3 flavors to choose from, you’ll keep coming back for more.

Price at time of publish: $5 for 1.5 quarts

Net Carbs: 17 grams | Serving Size: 0.67 cups | Calories Per Serving: 100

Best with Real Cream

Mammoth Creameries Chocolate Peanut Butter Keto Ice Cream

Mammoth Creameries Chocolate Peanut Butter Keto Ice Cream

Amazon

What We Like
  • Made with real cream

  • Low in sugar and net carbs

  • Great flavor

What We Don't Like
  • Quite high in fat

With cream as the first ingredient stated in the ingredient list, you know you’re going to be in for a rich treat. This keto-friendly frozen custard is packed with peanut butter and chocolate flavors. While it’s high in fat, it is lower in sugar, with only 2 grams of net carbs and 2 grams of sugar per 0.5 cup serving. 

Based in Austin, Texas, this company is on a mission to take "back ice cream for everyone who wants a delicious treat that’s sensitive to sugar-conscious diets and lifestyles. We’re the first true option for people who follow low-carb, high-fat diets, have diabetes, or want something with clean, simple ingredients that still tastes damn good. Regardless of your taste preferences or dietary restrictions, Mammoth’s the product for you!" according to the brand’s website. If you like this flavor, be sure to check out their many other options–from lemon buttercream to butter pecan, you can’t go wrong.

Price at time of publish: $8 for 1 pint

Net Carbs: 2 grams | Serving Size: 0.5 cups | Calories Per Serving: 260

Best Without Sugar Alcohols

ReThink Ice Cream Coffee Chocolate Hazelnut

ReThink Ice Cream Coffee Chocolate Hazelnut

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What We Like
  • No sugar alcohols

  • Lactose-free

What We Don't Like
  • Not super low in sugar

Manufacturers will often add sugar alcohols to their ice cream formulations, and, while many people have no issues digesting these, for others, they can wreak havoc on stomachs. Rethink’s ice cream, however, is referred to as "tummy friendly", perfect for those who are sensitive to sugar alcohols because it contains none. They also went a step further and eliminated lactose, so this is also a good option for anyone sensitive to lactose in general. Instead, the ice cream is sweetened with organic agave nectar and natural stevia extract. 

We particularly like this coffee chocolate hazelnut variety, described as "The aroma and flavors of everyone’s favorite morning ritual in a coffee-infused ice cream ribboned with chocolate hazelnut," according to the company’s website. They have plenty of other flavors, as well, if you’re in need of some more "tummy friendly" options for your freezer–check out the cardamom pistachio or black cherry vanilla.

Price at time of publish: $8 for 1 pint

Net Carbs: 15 grams | Serving Size: 116 grams (about 0.5 cups) | Calories Per Serving: 260

Final Verdict

Nick's Swedish Best Sellers Variety Pack Ice Cream has everything you could ever want out of keto ice cream—including lots of flavors and natural sweeteners, while still providing the classic creamy ice cream texture. Mammoth Creameries Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Peanut Butter flavors are great options too, because of the cheaper price, the use of grass-fed butter in the ingredients, and the low amount of net carbs per serving.

What to Look for When Buying Keto Ice Cream

Net Carbs

The most important thing is the net carb count. There is no standard way to follow a keto diet, but typical plans require less than 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. You can find ice cream that contains fewer than 5 grams of net carbs per serving, and lower is always better if you're on a keto plan.

Sweeteners

There are lots of no-carb sweeteners out there, but they’re not all created equally. Artificial sweeteners, like aspartame, sucralose, and acesulfame K, may not add any carbs to an ice cream, but they can still raise other health issues, according to the Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics. They can also leave a funky aftertaste that makes the ice cream less than enjoyable. Look for keto ice creams that are sweetened with stevia, monk fruit, allulose, and/or erythritol. Many manufacturers use a blend of sweeteners to create the most sugar-like taste.

Ingredients

While the net carb count is important, it doesn’t always tell the whole story. Manufacturers are allowed to list 0 grams on a nutrition label if there are 0.5 grams or less of a specific ingredient. For example, if there’s sugar in the ice cream, but it only adds 0.4 grams per serving, it can technically be listed as 0 grams. This creates a problem when you eat more than the recommended serving size. Check the ingredient list rather than relying solely on the nutrition facts label. Avoid any ice cream that contains sugar or starchy fillers, like corn, oats, flour, rice, and/or wheat.

Serving Size

Some ice creams are marketed as low-carb or “light,” but it’s really because the serving size is so small. When you’re choosing a keto ice cream, make sure that you’re actually going to be able to stick to the recommended serving size (usually around 0.66-cup), otherwise, you’ll be way over your net carb goal.

FAQs

What is keto ice cream?

Keto ice cream is ice cream that’s been sweetened with low- or no-calorie, low-carb sweeteners, like stevia, monk fruit, and sugar alcohols, such as erythritol and/or xylitol, rather than regular sugar. Like traditional ice cream, keto ice cream is made with a heavy cream base, but the omission of sugar drastically lowers the net carb count, so you can enjoy it without spikes in your blood sugar.

Is all sugar-free ice cream keto?

The term "sugar-free" is not synonymous with "keto." Most ice creams that are marketed as "sugar-free" contain artificial sweeteners that aren’t the best choice for a keto diet. While the carb count may be low, artificial sweeteners, like aspartame, and certain sugar alcohols, like maltitol, can increase cravings and spike your blood sugar and insulin levels, throwing you out of ketosis. Sugar-free ice creams may also contain high-carb fillers and thickeners, like rice or potato starch, that make the net carb count way too high for a keto diet. 

Often, sugar-free ice creams are also made with lower-calorie bases, like skim milk, and don’t have a high enough fat content to qualify as a keto-friendly treat. As a general rule, don’t rely on the package’s marketing to make decisions about whether or not the ice cream is suitable for your diet. Always read the ingredient list and nutrition facts label to make informed decisions.

How We Researched

To compile this list, our team of editors and contributors spent hours researching the best keto ice creams on the market, evaluating their key features—like ingredients, flavor, and net carb amounts—in addition to reviews from customers and other trusted sources. We then used this research to assign a star rating from one to five (five being the best; one being the worst) to certain products on the list.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Lindsay Boyers is a certified holistic nutritionist and keto diet expert who has written several keto cookbooks, including "Keto Snacks," "The Keto for Two Cookbook," and "200 under 20g Net Carbs." She’s experienced the power of fat-adaptation firsthand and knows how important it is to stay on track, even when you want a sweet treat.

The Spruce Eats writer Alyssa Langer is a registered dietitian and foodie, always curious about the next food or ingredient craze and hungry to learn and try more. Having worked in cookbook publishing, CPG label data, nutrition writing, and meal kits, her diverse background and varied interests provide a unique perspective that fosters clear, well-researched, and trustworthy reviews. She updated this story to include the most up-to-date information.

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