Contains: Palm Oil, Nuts
Free from: Gluten, Soy
Ice cream has always been one of my favourite deserts and luckily turning vegan didn’t mean cutting it out entirely with Booja Booja (if you’ve got the offshore bank account for it), Almond Dream and now Alpro pumping out vegan friendly alternatives. My choice this time round was the Hazelnut and Chocolate with the other flavours being Vanilla, and Coconut. At £3.50 a pop, these won’t break the bank and its non-vegan counterparts retail for around the same.
To kick things off, one of the first things to note is that like any ice cream, dairy or not, this thing requires a pick axe to get any out. Other than that, Alpro have nailed the classic brown velvet sheen that you’d expect to find when opening up a big old tub. This is definitely transferred to the texture as well where it scores highly for smoothness but it’s also got a chunky-chewy quality to it. So texture? Good. Taste? Chocolaty-ness? Whilst tasty and definitely a nice hint of chocolate in there (GREAT for those who don’t like it super rich), the lack of even a tinge of hazelnut was a slight let down for me.
Could you feed this to an omnivore? Absolutely. Would they know the difference? Not a drop – this product is almost identical to dairy ice creams. It’s soft, it’s creamy and it’s got enough chocolate flavours to satisfy your tough workday cravings.
Overall, this was a great dairy-free alternative. They’re no different to your everyday ice cream in price and you still get the satisfying first dig into a creamy tub. I have a bone to pick with the lack of hazelnut but as a chocolate ice cream? This is definitely a good freezer filler.
- My Rating: 4/5
- Omnivore Score: 5/5
- Overall: 4.5/5
Find this product at: Tesco, Waitrose and Ocado.