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!

Ben & Jerry's 

Attention ice cream fans unable – or choosing not – to consume dairy; your long wait is soon to be over! It’s almost time to raise spoons in celebration of an all-new, non-dairy flavour lineup.

Now fans are able to dive deep into a decadent tub and experience all the chunks and swirls Ben & Jerry’s is known and loved for, but this time in a vegan certified, almond-based indulgence.

For years, non-dairy fans have been forced to watch ice cream consumers with envy, unable to satisfy their sweet cravings. Now the tables are turning. Non-dairy and vegan consumers alike will be able to participate in a truly indulgent ice cream experience, enjoying two classic Ben & Jerry’s flavours… as well as a Non-Dairy exclusive flavour, Peanut Butter & Cookies. Chunks? Check. Swirls? Check. Non-Dairy? Check. We kid you not!

The new lineup includes a trio of flavours ready for spooning, including:

  • Chocolate Fudge Brownie: Irresistible chocolate non-dairy ice cream with fudge brownies. Our fabulously fudgy brownies have come from New York’s Greyston Bakery in Yonkers since ‘88, where baking is part of a greater-good mission to help provide jobs & training to low-income city residents. This concoction includes Greyston’s vegan brownie, which brings a taste like no udder.
  • Chunky Monkey: Okay, so we monkeyed around with our classic Chunky Monkey… banana non-dairy ice cream with chocolatey chunks & walnuts - guaranteed to make fans go truly bananas!
  • Peanut Butter & Cookies: We’ve always had a thing for peanut butter…and cookies. Presenting: vanilla non-dairy ice cream with chocolatey sandwich cookies & scrumptiously crunchy peanut butter swirls.

What’s even sweeter is that Ben & Jerry’s new flavours are the first ever non-dairy Fairtrade-certified ice cream in the UK! So non-dairy fans can be sure that they taste good…and do good too!

“Our fans dared us to go dairy-less… and we did! Creating non-dairy ice cream that meets the funky and chunky expectations of Ben & Jerry’s fans was quite a challenge,” says Ben & Jerry’s Flavour Guru, Andrea Ball. “But we’re delighted to confirm the long wait is nearly over! Spoons at the ready to dig in…”

The new Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy family is available in freezers across the UK with a recommended Retail Price of £5.99. To learn more about Ben & Jerry’s new flavours or to find a store that stocks Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy near you, visit www.benjerry.co.uk/flavours/non-dairy.

Perfect World Ice Cream 

Perfect World Ice Cream - the pioneer of the healthy ice cream movement in the UK, has launched its revamped range with Tesco and Ocado, available now.

The no added sugar, vegan, gluten and soya-free brand has secured listings for its Caramel Pecan flavour in more than 500 Tesco outlets, while Ocado now stocks the full range of six flavours – Caramel Pecan, Double Choc Chip, Mint Choc Chip, Raspberry Ripple, Sweet Espresso and Pistachio. 

All flavours come in 500ml tubs (RRP £4.49) and boast as little as 334 calories per tub – a third of the calories in premium, dairy ice cream brands such as Ben & Jerry’s. Perfect World Ice Cream contains no-added-sugar and is instead sweetened using plant-derived sweetener Stevia. The new range, on top of the already impressive list of nutrition and health benefits, is fortified with 12 key vitamins and minerals, an industry first. One tub contains 100% of your daily requirements including vitamins D, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, B12, and minerals chromium, manganese, copper, zinc. Each entire tub contains only around 1 tsp of naturally occurring sugars and the saturated fat content is one of the lowest against other competitors in the market, see table below.

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 

With the summer season nearly - finally - upon us Poptails by LAPP has launched two new alcoholic Calippo-shaped cocktail sorbets for grown-ups:  Whisky Sour, made with Whisky, Orange & Grapefruit; and Spritz made with Prosecco, Bitters & Blood Orange (RRP £4.50 for each 110ml ice lolly, strictly 18+).

The Hackney-based brand has also introduced two non-alcoholic organic flavours to the mix: Berry made with Strawberry, Raspberry & Watermelon and Passion made with Pineapple & Passion Fruit (RRP £3.50 for each 110ml ice lolly), both perfect for the little ones as they include all the goodness of natural fruit without any artificial nasties.

New flavours join the existing popular range:  Strawberry Mojito, made with Rum, Strawberry & Mint; Limon Colada, made with Limoncello, Lemon & Coconut; and Tropical Punch, made with Rum, Mango & Pineapple (RRP £4.50 for each 110ml lolly, strictly 18+).

Stockists include SPAR by EAT 17 at three of its locations: Homerton (Hackney), Walthamstow and Bishop’s Stortford; UberEATS in Hackney; The Crown & Shuttle in Shoreditch (launching at The Crown’s 5th birthday celebrations on 9 June when the first 50 Poptails will be given out FREE), The White Hart in New Cross, Shoreditch Platform and Studio Spaces E2.

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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