Sunday 25 February 2018

Taste test Non-dairy ice-cream

Katy McGuinness

After having tested five non-dairy ice creams, our testers came to the conclusion that unless you have a real reason for eating non-dairy as opposed to traditional ice-cream, then you'd be better off with dairy. That said, some of the non-dairy versions we tested were pretty good. We opted for a chocolate flavour when available, but there are other flavours in most ranges.

Nobo Chocolate and Toasted Almond, 500ml, €7.50, 9/10

Made with coconut milk, honey, avocado, cocoa powder, toasted almonds and Irish sea salt, this Irish brand is quite delicious, with proper chocolate flavour. Not too strong a coconut taste, which was a plus for some testers and 191 calories per 100ml serving.

Coyo Raw Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream Alternative, 500ml, €10.99, 8/10

You need to be a coconut fan to enjoy this one, so it divided our testers. Very slow to melt, so it lasts. Good chocolate flavour and 162 calories per 100ml.

Mullins Bally Bleat Goat's Milk Ice Cream, 500ml, €4.49, 7/10

Some testers were put off by the tangy taste of this vanilla flavoured ice cream, while others loved it. A good option for those avoiding cow's milk and 142 calories per 100ml.

Alpro Hazelnut Chocolate Ice Cream, 500ml, €5 (€2.50 in Tesco until Jan 30), 4/10

testers enjoyed the first nutty mouthful of this 100pc plant-based ice cream, but found that a synthetic taste developed. It contains palm oil, albeit sustainable and is 120 calories per 100ml.

Swedish Glace Heavenly Chocolate, 750ml, €3.95 (Dunnes special offer, €3), 2/10

This soy-based ice cream alternative was not popular with our testers, who said that with their eyes closed they couldn't tell what flavour it was supposed to be. Contains palm oil and a long list of additives and is 108 calories per 100ml.

Irish Independent

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