Ice creams made by Oreo and Biscoff can have as much salt as McDonald’s fries


Popular ice creams can be just as salty as McDonald’s famous fries and contain more calories than KFC’s fried chicken, analysis shows.

MailOnline analysed the nutritional content of dozens of summertime treats sold in major supermarkets ahead of another warm weekend — with temperatures expected to hit 18C (64F) in London.

Among the worst offenders was a Lotus Biscoff ice cream stick, which contains 312 calories — a tenth of an adult’s daily intake and as much as nearly two KFC chicken drumsticks (170 calories each). 

One Oreo ice cream sandwich is packed full of 0.43g of salt — nearly identical to a small portion of McDonald’s fries (0.44g) and more than a packet of Walkers ready salted crisps (0.34g). 

Meanwhile, a cola flavoured Callipo was the most sugary ice lolly, with 21g sugar — equivalent to five sugar cubes or nearly two Krispy Kreme doughnuts (12.6g). Popular ice creams were just as bad, if not worse, containing up to 24g per serving.

Sonia Pombo, campaign manager for Action on Salt, told MailOnline the calorie and salt levels in the products are ‘staggering’, with the lower calories and zero-salt options showing ‘in many instances these excessive amounts are unnecessary’. 

MailOnline analysed the nutritional content of dozens of summertime treats sold in major supermarkets ahead of another warm weekend — with temperatures expected to hit 18C (64.4F) in London. Among the worst offenders was a Lotus Biscoff ice cream stick, which contains 312 calories — a tenth of an adult’s daily intake and as much as nearly two KFC chicken drumsticks (170 calories each)

Britons are supposed to limit themselves to 6g of salt and 30g of added sugar each day. Eating too much salt can raise blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke, while a sugar-heavy diet can lead to weight gain and tooth decay.

The NHS tells men to eat around 2,500 calories per day to maintain their body weight, while the average woman needs 2,000 calories daily.

WHAT SHOULD A BALANCED DIET LOOK LIKE? 

Meals should be based on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally wholegrain, according to the NHS

Meals should be based on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally wholegrain, according to the NHS

• Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. All fresh, frozen, dried and canned fruit and vegetables count

• Base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally wholegrain

• 30 grams of fibre a day: This is the same as eating all of the following: 5 portions of fruit and vegetables, 2 whole-wheat cereal biscuits, 2 thick slices of wholemeal bread and large baked potato with the skin on

• Have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks) choosing lower fat and lower sugar options

• Eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (including 2 portions of fish every week, one of which should be oily)

• Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and consuming in small amounts

• Drink 6-8 cups/glasses of water a day

• Adults should have less than 6g of salt and 20g of saturated fat for women or 30g for men a day

Source: NHS Eatwell Guide  

Consuming too many calories can lead to obesity, which affects a quarter of Britons and raises the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and having a stroke.

MailOnline examined 90 branded ice creams and ice lollies on sale in shops across the UK.

Ice creams by biscuit maker Lotus — which can cost £3.90 for a packet of three — topped the charts on calories and sugar.

Its Biscoff ice cream stick contained 312 calories per serving. This is around as much as two KFC original recipe drumsticks, which contain 170 calories each. It was also the second-most sugary with 23g per stick.

The white chocolate version was the second most calorific (310) in the analysis and the most sugar-laden — with 24g per serving. 

After the Oreo product, Magnum’s salted caramel ice cream stick was the second-most salty. 

The findings show ice lollies on sale had much lower calorie counts and salt content than ice creams.

Cola Calippos and raspberry and milk Drumstick sweet treats were the most calorific, with 93 and 82 calories, respectively — similar to a chocolate digestive (84 calories).

And the saltiest versions — Ms. Molly’s fruit lollies and the Drumstick lollies — only had up to 0.1g of salt.

However, Wall’s cola Calippo had 21g of sugar — more than a Kit Kat chunky (20g). And Del Monte’s raspberry iced smoothie had 16g of sugar.

Ms Pombo, from Action on Salt, said: ‘It is staggering how calorific some of these options are, and even more surprisingly, the amount of hidden salt. 

‘Why some of these products have more salt than a packet of Ready Salted Crisps is puzzling. 

‘Lower calorie and zero salt options are available, showing that in many instances these excessive amounts are unnecessary.

‘This presents further evidence as to why the Government needs to set mandatory targets for calorie, salt and sugar reduction and create a level playing field for all food manufacturers to work towards. 

‘Without doubt, this approach is both best for business, and for everyone’s health.’

A spokesperson for Unilever, which makes Magnums, said all of its ice creams are capped at 250 calories per portion and it is continuing to reformulate its products to reduce sugar, salt and calories, as well as creating healthier options and smaller formats. 

They added: ‘While Magnum salted caramel does of course contain some salt, it’s not an ingredient that is widely used across our ice cream portfolio.’

It come as millions of Britons will be outdoors again this weekend after Good Friday saw the hottest day of the year, with people in London enjoying the 22C heat. This coming weekend, the capital is expected to see highs of 18C.

Latest figures show 28 per cent of adults in England are obese, while one in three children are overweight or obese by the time they leave school.

The NHS spends more than £6billion per year treating obesity-related health problems and the cost is set to rocket to £9.7billion by 2050.  

The Prime Minister announced a crackdown on obesity in 2020 after a near-fatal bout of Covid which he attributed to being overweight. 

As part of the plan, new laws restricting offers on foods high in fat, sugar and salt are due to come into effect in medium and large shops in October. Junk food giants will also be banned from advertising online and before 9pm on TV by January 2023.

No10 is also planning to end ‘buy one, get one free’ promotions for unhealthy food and stop the products from being placed in prominent locations in shops, such as entrances and checkouts. 

And a rule came into effect earlier this month requiring restaurants, cafes and takeaways with more than 250 staff to list calories on their menus.

And through the NHS, Britons can now get access to apps as well as free or discounted membership to gyms and programmes such as Weight Watchers to help them shed weight.

But there are concerns Mr Johnson may dilute or drop some of these plans to appease Tory MPs who oppose nanny-state interventions.                        

Ice creams made by Oreo and Biscoff can have as much salt as McDonald’s fries and more calories than KFC’s fried chicken… so how bad is YOUR favourite? 
Ice Creams calories sugar (g) salt (g) price
Lotus Biscoff Ice Cream Sticks 312 23 0.26 £3.90
Lotus Biscoff White Chocolate Ice Cream Sticks 310 24 0.29 £3.90
Haagen Dazs Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream Bar 278 12.9 0.16 £3.50
Feast 4 Ice Creams 270 20 0.1 £2.00
Wicked Kitchen Chocolate & Almond Sticks 259 15.6 0.08 £2.50
Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Tops 250 22 0.12 £3.50
Wicked Kitchen Berry White Sticks 248 20.9 0.11 £2.50
Nuii Caramel White Chocolate & Pecan Ice Cream 247 20 0.26 £4.00
Nuii New York Cookies & Cream Ice Cream 246 19 0.26 £3.90
Nuii Salted Caramel Macadamia Ice Cream Sticks 246 22 0.19 £4.00
Magnum Classic 4X100mlCadbury Dairy Milk Stick 246 18.9 0.11 £3.00
Cadbury Flake 99 Cones 245 20.8 0.05 £3.50
Magnum Double Caramel Ice Cream 244 23 0.12 £4.00
Magnum Almond Ice Cream 244 19 0.08 £3.25
Ben & Jerrys Cookie Dough Peace Pop 243 19 0.26 £4.20
Extreme Cookie Cone Hazelnut 241 18 0.22 £4.00
Haagen Dazs Salted Caramel Ice Cream Stick 240 17.8 0.3 £3.50
Magnum Classic Ice Cream 239 21 0.1 £3.25
Nuii Coconut & Indian Mango Ice Cream 238 20 0.16 £4.00
Magnum Double Raspberry Ice Cream 238 20 0.1 £4.00
Magnum Vegan Almond Ice Cream 238 18 0.07 £3.50
Magnum Mint Ice Cream 236 21 0.08 £3.25
Nuii Dark Chocolate & Berry Ice Cream Sticks 235 18 0.1 £4.00
Cadbury Darkmilk Ice Cream Sticks 234 20 0.09 £2.75
Haagen Dazs Mango & Raspberry Ice Cream Bar 233 20.8 0.1 £3.50
Magnum Double Gold Caramel Billionaire Ice Cream 231 21 0.23 £4.00
Extreme Cookie Cone Vanilla 231 19 0.22 £4.00
Magnum Almond Remix Ice Cream 230 18 0.11 £3.50
Magnum Classic 230 20 0.09 £3.25
Extreme Cookie Cone Caramel 229 20 0.22 £4.00
Magnum Salted Caramel Ice Cream 228 20 0.35 £3.25
Oreo Ice Cream Cone With Oreo Cookie Coating 228 17 0.07 £3.50
Magnum Classic Chocolate & Vanilla Remix 227 19 0.07 £4.00
Magnum White Chocolate Ice Cream 226 18 0.1 £3.25
Extreme Cookie Cone Chocolate Ice Cream 225 17 0.22 £4.00
Magnum Vegan Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream 225 20 0.08 £3.50
Magnum Vegan Classic Ice Cream 224 18 0.08 £3.50
Cadbury Crunchie Blast Stick 220 21.2 0.1 £3.00
Cornetto Soft Cookie & Chocolate 219 21 0.19 £3.00
Magnum Ruby 219 20 0.12 £4.00
Maltesers Ice Cream Stick 219 20 0.08 £2.75
Cadbury Boost Ice Cream Sticks 218 18.5 0.16 £3.00
Kit Kat Ice Cream Stick 215 19 0.18 £3.00
Cornetto Soft Strawberry Ice Cream 213 22 0.16 £3.50
Almondy Daim Chocolate Cake 212 18 0.18 £3.50
Nestle Extreme Salted Caramel White Chocolate 209 21.7 0.26 £3.50
Wicked Kitchen Chocolate & Red Berry Cones 201 14.9 0.12 £2.50
Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel Ice Cream 189 16 0.05 £2.20
Oreo Stick Sandwich 185 16 0.22 £3.00
Cornetto Classic Ice Cream Cones 181 11 0.12 £2.50
Snickers Ice Cream 179 13.2 0.12 £2.25
Cornetto Vanilla Gluten Free Soy Ice Cream Cone 179 16 0.06 £2.00
Extreme Raspberry With Cream 174 21 0.1 £3.50
Cornetto Mint Ice Cream Cones 171 11 0.12 £2.50
Nobbly Bobbly 166 16.9 0.07 £2.00
Extreme Exotic Mango & Passion Fruit Cones 162 21 0.05 £3.50
Cornetto Strawberry Ice Cream Cones 155 15 0.11 £2.50
Mars Ice Cream 140 12.7 0.09 £2.00
Grenade White Chocolate & Cookies Ice Cream Bar 120 1.7 0.15 £5.00
Nestle Milky Bar White Chocolate Ice Cream 105 9.8 0.06 £3.00
Halo Top Peanut Butter Swirl Sticks 100 7.8 0.18 £3.95
Solero Exotic Ice Cream 98 17 0.06 £2.00
Solero Red Berries Ice Cream 98 18 0.05 £2.00
Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich 97 8.1 0.43 £2.50
Halo Top Gooey Brownie Stick 90 9.8 0.17 £3.95
Halo Top Sea Salt Caramel Sticks 80 7.5 0.18 £3.95
Ice Lollies calories sugar (g) salt (g) price
Wall’s Calippo Cola 93 21 <0.02 £2.00
Swizzels Drumstick Squashies Raspberries & Milk Flavour Jumbo Lollies 82 8.7 0.06 £2.00
Del Monte Mango Iced Smoothie 79 15 0 £2.00
Del Monte Raspberry Iced Smoothie 77 16 0.02 £2.00
Nestle Fab Strawberry Ice Lollies 75 10 0.03 £2.00
R Whites Lemonade Lolly 71 15.5 0.02 £2.00
Del Monte 100% Juice Orange Ice Lollies 69 15 0 £2.00
Wall’s Twister 5 Peek-A-Blue Ice Lollies 66 12 <0.01 £2.00
Twister 3Ster Mango Raspberry & Orange Ices 66 12 <0.01 £1.90
Rowntrees Watermelon Lolly 61 11 <0.01 £2.00
Skittles Rainbow Sticks Fruity Flavoured Ice Cream 58 7.2 0.05 £2.50
Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles Lollies 57 11.6 0.01 £2.00
Rowntrees Fruit Stack 55 10 <0.01 £2.00
Rowntrees Fruit Pastille Push Up Lollies 55 10.3 0.01 £2.00
Ms. Molly’s Milk Lollies 49 5.4 <0.01 £0.85
Walls Rocket 44 9.9 <0.01 £2.50
Starburst Ice Lollies with Fruit Juice 39 8 0.03 £2.75
Mini Milk Ice Cream Lollies 32 4.7 0.05 £2.20
Ms. Molly’s Assorted Fruit Lollies 25 5.2 0.1 £0.85
Little Jude’s Watermelon Rockets 24 6 0 £2.75
Little Judes Fruit & Veg Rockets 24 5.4 0 £2.75
Mr Freeze Jubbly Jubbly Cola 19 4.3 <0.01 £1.65
Mr Freeze Jubbly Strawberry 17 4 0.01 £1.65
Mr Freeze Jubbly Ice Lollies Orange 17 3.8 0.01 £1.65

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