Vegan Nice Cream Review
It's that time of year, the brief summer bestows its heat on a UK shores. Nice cream (vegan ice cream) with its cool creamy sweetness is naturally in high demand. It will cool you down AND make you feel like a kid again.
Nice cream has been on sale for sometime but recently we have seen some changes. Many more healthy (with no refined sugar and unpronounceable ingredients) have come onto the market. And nice cream is now available in small portions, little tubs or on a lolly stick rather than large take-home tubs. Making a cold ice cream on the move possible and removing the temptation to sit on the bus ploughing your way through a half litre tub. Nice cream, especially the healthy variety, is not cheap. I would hate for you to spend your money on a product you didn't love. So, for you, I selflessly taste-tested 3 nice creams available from health food shops and some supermarkets.
Nana Nice Cream, banana and vanilla flavour, £1.99
I adore banana ice cream and I love the name of this product. It's cute, very British and is reminiscent of childhood, exactly what an ice cream should be. I really wanted to like it. But I really didn't. The texture was good, creamy as it should be but the flavour let this product down. The vanilla was very overpowering and so strong I couldn't eat more than a few spoonfuls. There are so many great nice creams on the market now, this product has a lot of competition. In its present form it just can't compete with them. This nice cream didn't have a small spoon with it either so I had to grab one from somewhere else. This is quite important when you are expecting people to eat your product on the move.
2. Zen Zen, vanilla flavour, £1.79. The light coconut made this nice cream delicate and not heavy which I loved. The specks of vanilla seeds were clearly visible and of course they're always a joy to see in a desert. The flavour has a lot going for it, however I had to chew my way through it. This nice cream was all ice crystals, like a vanilla graphic granita. This didn't make it in edible. Far from it as it tastes lovely. I ate the whole thing. But it's just not what you're expecting from a nice cream. You want it to be creamy. That's the point. Once this texture is sorted I'll happily work my way through the other flavours.
3. Coconut Collaborative Chocolate Dipped Snowconut Sticks. (choc ice on a stick to you and me!) £4.29 for a pack of 3, so £1.43 each.
A choc ice is a funny invention. On some levels it works - dark cocoa yielding to creamy vanilla, the pleasant crack as you bite through the easter-egg-thin chocolate. And on some levels it doesn’t work - the ice cream is so cold the chocolate refuses to melt in your mouth, your teeth are plunged into freezing ice cream immediately and painfully alerting you to your many dental cavities you didn’t even realise you had! Despite its idiosyncrasies we love the choc ice and this one is phenomenal. The chocolate is wonderfully dark, so this is a nice cream for the grown ups. Vanilla seeds are visible here too, the cream is light. By the time I finished this I wanted another. This comes in a pack of 3 so it is an On-The-Go ice cream if you can eat all three or if you have friends sharing. This was, by far, the winner of this taste-test. They have nailed both flavour and texture. Creating your own nice cream is fairly easy and a recipe that most vegan and/or healthy foodies are familiar with. Whereas creating a choc ice is a tricky thing which I am not likely to tackle. This makes the ‘snowconut stick’ even more appealing.
For my review on the delightful Frill ice cream see this link.
If you want to make your own nice cream (which I recommend as it is so blooming easy) click on the following links
To see FGVs (Fat Gay Vegan) review of nice creams click here