I have to confess to being a tad excited about the sudden availability of new vegan ice creams that are becoming readily available. My personal mission is of course to try as many as possible. So when I heard about a new company called Miiro that had produced a range of new vegan ice creams I just had to try them. I had planned to try them at the Allergy and Free From Show in London but was just too full to have one. So I ordered some from Ocado. They proved to be very popular as they only flavour left was chocolate hazelnut. So this was the flavour I had to try.
I liked the dark green colour of the packaging with the picture of lolly to the centre. However, I found the rest of the design to be a little to busy for my personal taste. They are clearly labelled as being dairy free, gluten free, and suitable for a vegan diet. Onto the ingredients list hazelnuts are in bold as an allergen. There is also a warning that they are produced in a factory that handles milk and nuts.
On opening the box I was greeted by 3 large sized lollies in the same style packet as the packaging. Which I thought looked worse in a smaller version, sorry. On removing this I discovered a thick chocolate covered lolly. The initial aroma was pretty special an aroma of strong cacao. This aroma intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test. On biting into the lolly I got a nice crisp crunch from what I can only describe as a very thick chocolate coating. This was followed by the what I can only describe as a disappointment. I was hoping for a smooth ice cream centre. Instead it was slightly crunchy a bit like a naff sorbet where you get those ice crystals but these weren’t present in the lolly. I found it difficult to lick the lolly and had to bite it. Onto the taste the chocolate layer was something special its strong cacao element was rich and indulgent. I certainly got my chocolate hit. However, this was let down by the ice cream centre it seemed to lack flavour. If I was blindfolded I would have never been able to tell it was hazelnut. Perhaps the strong cacao just overpowered this.
So would I recommend these ice cream lollies? No I wouldn’t. The chocolate outside layer of this lolly was something special but the lack of flavour and the non smooth texture of the ice cream inside just let it down. Sorry Miiro but these lollies just weren’t for me.
My mum asked if she could do a guest post on blog a few months ago, so of course I said yes. Ironically, her post got the quickest numbers of likes. So every now and then my mum is going to do a post for my blog. Now, I should also mention that my mum follows a gluten free diet and not dairy / lactose free like me. That said we often enjoy the same foods and drinks together. So here goes my mum’s second post. I’ve just eaten this, I was given it on Sunday at the Allergy Show, London.
I personally found it a little hard going, and a tad dry. I thought it would have more chocolate than it did, which was a little disappointing. It is perhaps a little too healthy for me so I won’t be buying some! Overall, not too sweet, which is good, and certainly filling.
I have just recently discovered the Nakd brand. They are basically a healthy alternative sweet snack to enjoy that come in bars or a little packet of nibbles. They are marketed as being wheat, dairy and gluten free as well as being suitable for vegans. There is a variety of flavours to choose from. I decided to take advantage of their offer at the recent allergy show in London and get a range of their packets. As Wimbledon is well and truly upon us I decided to try their strawberries and & cream nibbles first. I personally love this packaging as it’s a pretty pink colour with pictures of the brown treats cascading down the side of the packet. The packet weighs 40g and this serving contains 137 calories, 4.7g of fat, 21.1g of sugar and 0.0g of salt.
On opening the back I noted a nice subtle aroma of strawberries and cream, which to be honest I didn’t expect. This was a pleasant surprise and made me want to dive straight into the bag. Inside I could see what I would describe as little balls of what looked like squeedie balls of chocolate. On closer inspection you could just see the mixture of the three ingredients. These being dates, cashews, and raisins with a little rice flour and natural flavours thrown in for luck.
On touching a ball they were soft and bouncy. On bitting into the ball I got a nice combination of textures. The outside was slightly dry with the inside being moist and slightly sticky. I could defintley taste the strawberries and cream element to this snack. Again like its aroma it was subtle and not to artificial or strong in taste. I have to confess the packet didn’t last long. I ate the packet in 2 sessions during the day as I personally them a little sickly , but I think that’s because I don’t have a sweet tooth. So if you follow a dairy, lactose, gluten, or wheat free diet are vegan and fancy an alternative sweet treat why not give these a go. So thanks Nakd for producing a nice sweet treat that I can enjoy. I am looking forward to trying these next.