Most people fancy an ice cream at this time of year- but just because it has the word 'cream' in its name doesn't mean vegans can't enjoy one in the sun too. 

Even vegans can enjoy ice cream!

Even vegans can enjoy ice cream!

Blue Skies 

A brand new range of fruit ice creams made with the creamiest, freshest coconut milk has arrived in a freezer near you. Dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan friendly – they are a delicious treat that everyone can enjoy. Plus, as well as feeling good by indulging in a tasty treat, you can feel good knowing your purchase is helping others through the Blue Skies Foundation.

Blue Skies have 20 years of expertise in fruit. For 20 years they have supplied the freshest, hand-picked, hand-cut fruit straight from harvest to countries worldwide. Sold via leading retailers and often as own label rather than Blue Skies – everyone will have at least seen, if not tasted some delicious Blue Skies fruit.

Now Blue Skies has poured all that love, care and expertise into making the creamiest coconut milk fruit ice creams. Available in three flavours, Mango & Passion Fruit, Chocolate & Orange and simply Coconut. Blue Skies experts carefully grow, hand-pick and cut the fruit, choosing only the best, before churning it with creamy fresh coconut milk (also picked and cut by hand) at source. It goes straight from tree, to tub, to you.

By purchasing Blue Skies you’re not only treating yourself, you’re helping communities too. Blue Skies is committed to practicing equitable trade by ‘adding value at source’. Unlike most of their competitors, the finished ice creams are made in the country or region where the fruit is grown, rather than in factories elsewhere. By doing this, as much as 70% of the value of the finished product stays where the fruit is grown, compared to as little as 15% if it is produced outside the country. This means more jobs in the local community and an improved economic landscape.

Plus The Blue Skies Foundation has helped over 100,000 people across Africa by investing in over 70 projects throughout Ghana, Egypt, Senegal and South Africa. So by indulging in some delicious ice cream you can feel good, and a little less naughty, by knowing your tasty treat is helping others. 

British entrepreneur and founder of Blue Skies, Anthony Pile, says: “The journey to fresh hasn’t been an easy one. At Blue Skies we believed no one had truly experienced how fresh fruit really tasted, but were told fresh from harvest and ready-to-eat fruit couldn’t be done. Determination and passion for fresh however won, and now our farms and factories in Africa and South America produce arguably the finest fresh-cut fruit produce in the world.

Now we want to bring more delicious fruit products to the world, and by combining creamy coconuts with our perfect, sun-ripened fruit we have a match made in ice cream heaven. We grow, cut and churn the fruit with the coconut milk at source, delivering a treat everyone can enjoy - all our ice creams are dairy free, gluten free and vegan friendly too. You get delicious fruit and coconut milk straight from tree to tub.

We hope that everyone enjoys the delicious fresh and creamy taste of Blue Skies ice cream, we have loved creating them – from growing the fruit right through to getting them to a freezer near you.”

So whatever your flavour, Mango & Passion Fruit, Chocolate & Orange or simply Coconut, Blue Skies ice cream is the perfect way to feel less guilty about treating yourself.

Available in Waitrose -  £4.99 for 450ml

For more information visit: www.blueskies.com

Coco Loco Coconut Water Popsicles (£1.99, 4 pack) 

Supermarket Aldi is going tropical this spring with the introduction of its brand-new Coco Loco Coconut Water Popsicles (£1.99, 4 pack) – in stores now!

Made from naturally refreshing coconut water, the Coco Loco popsicles are available in plain Coconut Water or Tropical Coconut Water flavours. What’s more, with less than 75 calories per popsicle, they are the perfect guilt-free spring treat, and vegan too!

Booja Booja 

Booja-Booja’s new tubs are worth celebrating, not only do they give indulgent dairy ice creams a run for their money, they are made from a handful of simple organic ingredients, look beautiful and have won many taste awards including the Great Taste Awards 2016 for its Hunky Punky Chocolate and Keep Smiling Vanilla M’Gorilla. Plus they have the added bonus of having at least 70% less saturated fat than leading dairy ice cream, meaning that not only do they rival their dairy counterparts on taste but on nutritional and free-from credentials too.  

Instead of using dairy based ingredients, Booja-Booja ice creams are made using cashew nuts, which are blended together to make a creamy base.  This is then transformed by the addition of other vibrant, natural ingredients. 

Rather than sugar and a long list of stabilisers, emulsifiers, flavours and other chemicals, all six flavours are made with the finest, minimal number of organic ingredients and without preservatives or other additives.  The ice creams are made raw wherever possible and agave syrup provides gentle sweetness for the majority of flavours.  Foods containing fructose, such as agave, lead to lower blood glucose rise than those with sucrose or glucose.

Booja-Booja dairy free ice creams are available from independent health food stores, Ocado, Holland and Barrett and Waitrose at an RRP of £5.99 (500ml) and £1.99 (110ml). 

Poptails 

Spring 2017 sees Poptails by LAPP (www.poptailsbylapp.co.uk) launch a trio of distinctly grown up, delectably alcoholic ice pops. Borne from the idea of two French friends living and working in East London, LAPP are creators of gourmet Poptail lollies made from a delicious blend of fresh fruit and premium alcohol (4.5% ABV).

The boozy, Calippo-shaped, sorbets are an inviting combination of the popsicle and the cocktail; the coolest way to chill off this Summer, they will be available to partygoers in the hippest bars, restaurants, hotels and shops across the UK and France (think beach bars in Paris and rooftops in Brixton). Choose from the beautifully smooth Mojito – Rum, Strawberry and Mint sorbet; Punch – Rum, Mango and Pineapple sorbet and Limon – Limoncello, Lemon and Coconut sorbet (RRP £3.99 for each 110ml lolly, strictly 18+).

Inspired by classic cocktails and created with the finest natural ingredients (free from additives and colouring) the fun and unexpected lollies are fat free and under 130kcals, (almost) guilt-free!

For those who are inspired by the perfect marriage of fine spirits and fresh fruit sorbets, LAPP also offer a bespoke service that delivers the Poptail party to you – whether it’s a wedding, a brand launch, an office summer party, LAPP and their handy frozen cocktail bicycle will be the hottest brand to work with this Summer, hot on the heels of their collaboration with Mumm Champagne, the possibilities are endless!

Poptails by LAPP will also be taking over this summer’s festival scene, look out for happy customers cooling down with a Poptail at Secret Garden Party, Field Day and Lovebox as well as We Love Green in Paris.

Poptails by LAPP launch stockists include Spar Eat 17, Albion Counter, Shoreditch Platform, Autumn Yard and Uber Eats with many more bars, cafés and delis to come! 

Alpro 

Say hello to Alpro’s brand new, naturally delicious ice cream. 100% plant-based and lower in sugars and fat*, it’s the perfect treat for any time and every day – with a delightfully creamy texture and beautifully light taste.

Whether you’re looking for a subtle sweet fix mid-week, fancy a naturally tasty treat for one in front of the TV, or hosting a film night, Alpro Ice Cream is delicious enjoyed straight from the tub – or topped with a selection of healthy, plant-based sprinkles.

Made from nature’s tastiest ingredients – from almonds to hazelnuts to coconut to soya – try teaming a scoop or two with fruit, a splash of honey and a scattering of pecans, a selection of toasted nuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon, or a simple drizzle of dark chocolate.

With Soya Vanilla, Hazelnut Chocolate and Coconut to choose from, you’re sure to find a favourite to tickle your taste buds and add a little bit of luxury to the everyday – whenever the mood strikes.

The NEW Alpro Ice Cream (500ml) is available now only in Tesco at an MRSP of £3.50. 

Miiro

New Shoreditch-based startup MiiRO (www.miiro.co.uk) is on a mission to shake up the ice cream lolly category with the launch of three delectable vegan ice cream pops. Made with frozen coconut milk, nutritionally bolstered by tasty nuts, sweetened with coconut sugar and Italian grapes, balanced by Himalayan pink salt and fortified with pea protein, each luxurious Magnum-shaped treat is coated in a thick layer of nutrient-dense raw cacao and contains no refined sugar, no preservatives or artificial flavourings and they’re gluten free to boot. 

Available in three inviting and innovative flavour combinations, Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut (RRP £2.49 for an individual bar and £6.49 per 3x70ml portioned pack), each variety has been thoughtfully designed for the ultimate rich taste and creamy texture, but also with nutrition front of mind. The handy on-the-go bars contain a careful balance of protein, carbohydrates and good fats, they are also rich in fibre.

These satiating ice-lollies are sweetened with nature’s treasures: grapes and coconut sugar, and contain just 166 calories. The coconut milk used to create the ice cream not only provides a creamy texture, it also has a gorgeous taste and colour. The raw chocolate coating lends a satisfying crunch and melts beautifully on the tongue, whilst giving the ice creams a truly sophisticated, rich chocolate hit – because it is raw, the maximum amount of nutrients are retained. MiiRO’s chocolatey covering is silky smooth thanks to a careful selection of the finest cocoa beans; coconut butter adds the depth that you would expect from a dairy bar.

Launched in Spring 2017, MiiRO is already a two-time Free From Awards Gold Award Winner, the nutrient-rich ice creams are hotly anticipated by dairy and gluten free communities and those looking to reduce their sugar consumption, whilst still luxuriating over their velvety, chocolatey fix!

And so begins MiiRO’s mission: to make healthy products, with the finest ingredients, available to a wide audience! Initial stockists include Whole Foods as well as delis, health food stores and cafés nationwide, listings from Planet Organic and As Nature Intended will follow in May 2017 and Ocado from June 2017 – a great start for this tiny start-up!

For more information, please visit www.miiro.co.uk

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