what is the average sugar content of ice cream

What Is The Average Amount Of Sugar In Ice Cream?

What is the average amount of sugar in ice cream? Ice cream. We all love it, but exactly how much sugar is the creamy stuff? Well, in this post we will be looking at the average amount of sugar in ice cream. In order to answer this question, I have selected 4 of the big brands of pints of ice cream (Ben & Jerry’s, Häagen Dazs, Baskin-Robbins, and Bluebell) and I have collated the total sugar content of a 2/3 cup serving of every flavor of dairy ice cream these brands carry. Putting this all together means we should be able to draw some general conclusions about the sugar content of ice cream.

Just as an FYI, this post focuses on regular dairy ice creams. I will be dealing with low-sugar ice creams, sorbets, sherbets, and dairy-free ice creams in separate posts.

Let’s dig in – what is the average amount of sugar in ice cream?

What is the Average Amount of Sugar in Ice Cream?

As a general rule, there are 17g-38g of total sugar in a 2/3 cup serving of dairy ice cream. The average sugar content of Ben & Jerry’s is 34g, Häagen Dazs is 30g, Baskin-Robbins is 21g, and Bluebell is 24g. This makes the average total sugar content in a 2/3 cup serving of ice cream 27g of sugar.

Classic flavors such as pistachio, vanilla, coffee, butter pecan, peanut butter, and chocolate tend to be lowest in sugar.

Which Ice Creams Contain no Sugar - Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry’s

What Is the Average Amount of Sugar in Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream?

I have previously written a post that ranks all 75 Ben & Jerry’s flavors on total sugar content per 2/3 cup serving. You can read this post here – 75 Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Flavors Ranked For Sugar Content.

Below I have collated all of Ben & Jerry’s dairy ice creams (i.e. not including its dairy-free ice cream). On a side note, as a general rule, dairy-free ice cream does tend to contain less sugar than dairy ice cream. You can read more about it here – Lower Sugar Dairy-Free Ice Creams You Need To Try!

As you can see, there are 26g-38g of total sugar in a 2/3 cup serving of Ben & Jerry’s. The average amount of total sugar in a 2/3 cup of Ben & Jerry’s is 34g of total sugar in a 2/3 cup serving. This does make Ben & Jerry’s a higher-sugar ice cream.

This probably doesn’t come as a huge surprise as Ben & Jerry’s USP is their add-ins e.g., the cookie dough, caramel, brownie pieces, etc. Note that the lowest sugar Ben & Jerry’s flavors are the simple non add-in flavors such as pistachio, vanilla, cold brew, and peanut butter.

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Weighs More

It is also worth pointing out that a 2/3 cup of Ben & Jerry’s weighs a lot more than a lot of other ice cream brands. For example, a 2/3 cup of Ben & Jerry’s weighs 141g whereas 2/3 cup of Baskin-Robbins (see below) weighs 98g. This is probably due to less overrun (i.e., air being added to Ben & Jerry’s ice creams plus the weight of the add ins). But this may mean that you eat less (on a cup basis) of Ben & Jerry’s before feeling satisfied compared to other ice cream brands.

Summary Table – Sugar Content Ben & Jerry’s

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream FlavorSugar in 2/3 Cup Serving
1. Pistachio Pistachio26g
2. Vanilla27g
3. Go To Cold Brew28g
4. Peanut Butter World28g
5. Boom Chocolatta Cookie Core29g
6. Netflix And Chill’d29g
7. Wake & “No Bake” Cookie Dough Core30g
8. Cookie Dough Core30g
9. Cannoli30g
10. Half Baked Froyo30g
11. Strawberry Cheesecake31g
12. Chewy Gooey Cookie31g
13. Chocolate Therapy31g
14. Cherry Garcia31g
15. Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake32g
16. Chocolate Shake It32g
17. Coffee Coffee Buzbuzbuz32g
18. PB Over The Top32g
19. Peanut Butter Cup32g
20. Ice Cream Sammie33g
21. Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Core33g
22. Peanut Butter Fudge Core33g
23. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough33g
24. Brewed To Matter33g
25. Mint Chocolate Chance33g
26. Campfire Trail Mix33g
27. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Core33g
28. Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch33g
29. Americano Dream34g
30. Change Is Brewing34g
31. Pumpkin Cheesecake34g
32. New York Super Fudge Chunk34g
33. Peanut Butter Half Baked34g
34. Dublin Mudslide34g
35. Cherry Crumble35g
36. Salted Caramel Almond35g
37. Chocolate Peanut Butter Split35g
38. Brownie Batter Core35g
39. Chubby Hubby35g
40. The Tonight Dough35g
41. Thick Mint36g
42. Triple Caramel Chunk36g
43. Chocolate Fudge Brownie36g
44. Half Baked36g
45. Strawberry Topped Tart36g
46. Gimme S’more36g
47. Chocolate Caramel Cookie Dough36g
48. Tiramisu37g
49. Everything But The…37g
50. Totally Unbaked37g
51. Salted Caramel Core37g
52. Oat Of This Swirled37g
53. Phish Food37g
54. Vanilla Caramel Fudge37g
55. Karamel Sutra Core37g
56. Salted Caramel Brownie37g
57. Chunky Monkey38g
58. Cinnamon Buns38g
59. Whiskey Biz38g

Which Ice Creams Contain no Sugar - Haagen-Dazs


What is the Average Amount of Sugar In Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream?

I have also previously written a post ranking the sugar content of all Häagen-Dazs flavors – you can read this post here – How Much Sugar Does Häagen-Dazs Have?

As a general rule, a 2/3 cup of Häagen-Dazs contains 22g-38g of total sugar.  The average amount of total sugar in a 2/3 cup serving of Häagen-Dazs is 30g. Classic Häagen-Dazs flavors such as butter pecan, pistachio, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and cookies & cream contain lower amounts of sugar (22g-25g of sugar). It is interesting that coffee, vanilla, and pistachio flavors are lower sugar flavors for both Ben & Jerry’s and Häagen-Dazs.

In comparison, Häagen-Dazs seasonal flavors, spirit flavors, and more indulgent flavors, on average, contain more sugar (up to 44g per serving).

Summary Table – Sugar Content Häagen-Dazs

You can see the flavors of all Häagen-Dazs ice cream flavors below. I have not included sorbets as I plan on writing a separate post on sorbets.

Häagen-Dazs FlavorSugar in 2/3 Cup Serving
1. Butter Pecan22g
2. Pistachio23g
3. Coffee24g
4. Vanilla25g
5. Chocolate25g
6. Cookies and Cream25g
7. Vanilla Swiss Almond26g
8. Rum & Raisin26g
9. Vanilla Blackberry Chocolate Trio Crispy Layers 27g
10. Cherry Vanilla28g
11. Coffee Chip28g
12. Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel28g
13. Strawberry28g
14. Vanilla Chocolate Chip29g
15. Banana Peanut Butter Chip29g
16. Mint Chip29g
17. Salted Caramel Chocolate Trio Crispy Layer29g
18. Summer Berry Cake Pop29g
19. Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Trio Crispy Layers30g
20. Rocky Road30g
21. Chocolate Chocolate Chip30g
22. Honey Salted Caramel Almond31g
23. Pineapple Coconut31g
24. Coffee Chocolate Brownie31g
25. Chocolate Peanut Butter31g
26. Caramel Cone32g
27. Vanilla Bean32g
28. Rum Tres Leches33g
29. Double Belgian Chocolate Chip34g
30. Irish Cream Brownie34g
31. Triple Chocolate Fudge Cookie34g
32. Bourbon Vanilla Bean Truffle34g
33. Dulce De Leche35g
34. Black & White Cookie36g
35. Peppermint Bark37g
36. White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle37g
37. Dulce De Leche Churro37g
38. Bourbon Praline Pecan38g

Which Ice Creams Contain no Sugar - Baskin-Robbins


What is the Average Amount of Sugar In Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream?

I have written a whole post previously on the lowest-sugar ice cream options at one of Baskin-Robbins scoop shops, which you can read here – The 14 lowest-sugar Baskin-Robbins flavors.

But below I am just focusing on the sugar content of a 2/3 cup serving of Baskin-Robbins flavors available in prepackaged quarts.

Again, simple classic flavors of Baskin-Robbins are the lowest in sugar. For example, butter pecan, chocolate chip, mint chip, peanut butter n chocolate, and vanilla are Baskin Robbin’s lowest-sugar ice creams available in quart format. The total sugar content of a 2/3 cup serving of Baskin-Robbins prepackaged ice cream ranges from 17g to 25g. The average total sugar content of a 2/3 cup of Baskin-Robbins prepackaged ice cream is 21g.

Summary Table – Sugar Content Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins Quart FlavorSugar In 2/3 Cup Serving
1. Butter pecan17g
2. Chocolate Chip19g
3. Mint Choc Chip19g
4. Peanut Butter N Chocolate19g
5. Vanilla19g
6. Very Berry Strawberry20g
7. Oreo Cookies N Creme20g
8. Jamoca Almond Fudge20g
9. World Class Chocolate20g
10. Baseball Nut Quart21g
11. Chocolate21g
12. Strawberry cheesecake22g
13. Gold Medal Ribbon22g
14. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough23g
15. Rocky Road23g
16. Pralines N Cream25g

Bluebell Ice Cream

What is the Average Amount of Sugar In Bluebell Ice Cream?

Below I have put together the total sugar contents for 2/3 cup servings of Bluebell ice cream. There are 20g-31g of total sugar in a 2/3 cup serving of Bluebell ice cream, with the average sugar content being 24g. As you can see, pistachio, butter pecan, and coffee are yet again lower sugar flavors.

Summary Table – Sugar Content Bluebell Ice Cream

Bluebell FlavorSugar In 2/3 Cup Serving
1. Pistachio Almond20g
2. Buttered Pecan20g
3. Black Walnut20g
4. Moo-llennium Crunch21g
5. Coffee22g
6. Dr Pepper22g
7. Dutch Chocolate22g
8. Coolie Two Step23g
9. Cookies n Cream23g
10. Rocky Road23g
11. Choc Chip Cookie Dough23g
12. Banana Pudding23g
13. Chocolate Chip24g
14. The Great Divide24g
15. Mint Choc Chip24g
16. Cherry Vanilla24g
17. Strawberry25g
18. Ultimate Neapolitan26g
19. Vanilla26g
20. Natural Vanilla Bean27g
21. Milk Chocolate28g
22. Pecan Pralines & Cream29g
23. Strawberries & Home Made Vanilla31g


Sugar In Ice Cream F&Q

Is There A Lot Of Sugar In Ice Cream?

Ice cream can be fairly high in sugar. There are 17g-38g of total sugar in a 2/3 cup serving of dairy ice cream.

Average sugar content of ice cream

What Is The Average Amount Of Sugar In Ice Cream? – The Final Bite

What is the average amount of sugar in ice cream? What have we learned from the above? Well, when it comes to ice cream you can expect to find a sugar content of 17g to 38g of total sugar per serving. If you are looking for the lowest sugar option, then out of the four main brands I mention above Baskin-Robbins looks like the best option. Offering a total sugar content range of 17g to 25g of sugar per serving (depending on the flavor you chose). This is the lowest sugar range when compared to the other brands listed. Who would have known? Finally, the flavor you pick obviously makes a big difference. If you are trying to reduce your sugar intake, then avoid any flavors with add-ins or chunks. These tend to be higher in sugar no matter what brand makes them.

And Remember…

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Ingredients and/or manufacturing processes may change. Always double-check ingredient lists and nutritional information before purchasing any food items.


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