It probably started with ice cream melting down a cone and dripping all over your tiny hand. Now it has turned into a lifelong love affair with frozen treats. But the choice is no longer between cup or cone, soft-serve or double scoop. Now you can pick among “ice creams” such as hemp and soy, flavors such as carob and fruit, and more. To help you decide, here’s a guide to some standout post-dinner—or all-day—frozen delicacies to nurture your inner child.

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Best Ice Cream

Straus Family Creamery Organic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

For the vanilla purist. This rich and creamy ice cream has flecks of vanilla bean for a serious vanilla experience. Even chocolate lovers—like me—will have to grudgingly say, “Darn, that’s awesome.”

1/2 cup: 240 cal, 150 fat cal, 15g fat, 10g sat fat, 70g chol, 55mg sodium, 20g carb, 0g fiber, 19g sugar, 4g protein

Best Ice Cream Bar

Julie’s Organic Ice Cream Chocolate Ice Cream and Dark Chocolate

If you shrunk heaven down to 1x4x3 inches and jammed a wooden stick into it, this would be the taste. Crunchy dark chocolate covers creamy chocolate ice cream—and, yes, it’s organic.

1 bar: 270 cal, 160 fat cal, 18g fat, 11g sat fat, 55mg chol, 35mg sodium, 24g carb, 0g fiber, 17g sugar, 4g protein

Best Popsicle

Natural Fruit Chunks O’ Fruti Fruit Bar, Caribbean Mix

The concept is simple: Chunks of fruit adorn a stick. The result is a fresh flavor that tastes—well, like you’re doing your body good. The Caribbean Mix comes loaded with strawberry, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, and coconut; or choose among 20 other varieties.

1 bar: 130 cal, 0 fat cal, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 0mg chol, 14mg sodium, 33g carb, 1g fiber, 29g sugar, 0g protein

Best Vegan

Imagine Foods Organic Soy Dream Strawberry Swirl Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

With a texture somewhere between ice cream and frozen yogurt, Soy Dream is a close cousin to the “real thing”—and really good. The company also makes Rice Dream products for those looking to cut down on soy intake.

About 1/3 cup: 140 cal, 60 fat cal, 7g fat, 2g sat fat, 0mg chol, 125mg sodium, 20g carb, 1g fiber, 14g sugar, 1g protein

Best Nontraditional

Triton’s Chocolate Dipped Banana Bits

These bite-size pieces of banana covered in chocolate and nuts rock. The crunch, followed by the icy banana center, turns any frown upside down. It’s a match made in heaven.

3 pieces: 170 cal, 100 fat cal, 11g fat, 5g sat fat, 0mg chol, 20mg sodium, 18g carb, 1g fiber, 10g sugar, 2g protein

Best Sandwich

Original Sources Hemp I Scream! Double Dutch Chocolate Sandwich

Hemp ice cream sandwiched between two hemp-based cookies? Yes. Absolutely. Buy a case now. You will want it. The nutritious hemp “ice cream” is rich and satisfying and surrounded by still-crisp cookies.

1 sandwich: 399 cal, 168 fat cal, 19g fat, 2g sat fat, 0mg chol, 118mg sodium, 52g carb, 7g fiber, 12g sugar, 7g protein