Just Keep Scooping
Written By: Charlotte Farrell Halo Top Scoop Shop
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream that still allows us to fit into our skinny jeans. When Halo Top first arrived on the scene, it seemed too good to be true. Like that guy you just met that’s a doctor, has a summer house in the Hamptons and loves hanging out with your parents. My advice? Stop being a cynic and scoop until you reach the bottom—at least that’s what the pint suggests. To sweeten the deal, they opened their first scoop shop in Canoga Park.
We know, it’s exciting. With all the new flavors that have made their way into our freezers (I may or may not have four pints in mine at the moment), Halo Top is ready to take on the next challenge. The move to brick-and-mortar is a big step, but a welcomed one, as their star has been on the rise since celebs like Karlie Kloss and Brie Larson has voiced their love for the low-calorie treat.
The shop is clad in marble and gold, a modern, classy spin that sets them apart from their sugary counterparts. Alongside their signature low-calorie, low-sugar and high-protein flavors, the shop will debut soft serve, Halo Top tacos and scooped-to-order ice cream sandwiches. ON MY WAY.
Here’s the sitch: when you enter the shop, you have a ton of variations to fit what mood you may be in that day. Had a rough patch with your significant other? Get a triple scoop in a puffle cone (aka a bubble wrap-looking cone that tastes like a fluffy warm waffle) with all the fixings. Overindulged on that XL pizza at dinner? Just have a single scoop with almonds or mangoes. Need to get that Insta feed on point? Order a Halo Top taco with rainbow sprinkles. The world is your oyster—or should I say cone?
I had a quick chat with Justin Woolverton, the founder and CEO of Halo Top, who commented that “This has been a dream from day one. I even thought about going in reverse and opening the shop before doing the pints.” His hope with this first location is to “disrupt the fro-yo industry.” When you visit the typical fro-yo shop, it’s all about the toppings. “You gotta have that stuff. Even I have to have that stuff,” he laughed. Halo Top’s scoop shop cuts the sugar and calories you would find in fro-yo so you can make up for it with a plethora of add-ons. But, in the spirit of being healthy, Woolverton says topping it with fruit will be equally delicious.
After a stressful day, “I would get the peanut butter soft serve and throw a ton of captain crunch on there,” said Woolverton. He paused, and added excitedly, “Then, we have these birthday cake balls, so I would throw that on there too. And put it all in a puffle cone!”
What’s next for Halo Top? “Global domination…I think that this trend of people avoiding sugar resonates,” he said confidently. From Panama to Australia and all the way to Singapore, “There’s no reason that Halo Top shouldn’t be everywhere in the world.” I’ll cheers my pint (of Mint Chip or Candy Bar) to that!
Native Knowledge: Justin’s favorite flavored pint is Birthday Cake, and his favorite scoop shop pick is the peanut butter soft serve.
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Canoga Park, CA 91303
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