One of the hardest things to explain to Zac last year, was that he could no longer have ice cream. Like most children he loved it and squealed with excitement whenever the local ice cream van drove in to our street. I spent a lot of time trying to track down some alternatives, and while I don’t think we will find it in restaurants or on ice cream vans for a while yet, you can find it in the supermarkets.
The first one we found was called Freedom frozen dessert. It comes in a variety of flavours, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. The children liked the chocolate the best. It is very nice and was developed by a very entrepreneurial mum who has a son with a range of food intolerances. She pitched her product on Dragon’s Den successfully, and has gone on to great things and is constantly expanding her range of foods. www.kirstys.co.uk
These foods are mostly just available in Waitrose and Sainsbury’s at the moment and she has launched an alternative milk product, currently available in Asda.
The other ice cream product we discovered is Swedish Glace. http://www.swedishglace.com/ These frozen desserts also come in a variety of flavours – vanilla, raspberry, Neapolitan, chocolate and blueberry. According to their website they are all available in Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s and Co-op. I have only ever seen them in these stores sporadically and I have never seen the full range, just vanilla, Neapolitan and raspberry so far. Apparently they are also launching an ice cream ‘lolly’ and ‘cone’ this year. So I will be looking out for those. Our favourites are the vanilla and the Neapolitan. Well my favourite is the vanilla and the children prefer the Neapolitan. Both are really delicious and it is easy to forget that they are not ‘real’ ice cream.
The thing that I have found hardest to track down is a suitable cone, so I can make Zac an ice cream that looks like the ones Sophia sometimes gets from the ice cream van. The only ones I have ever found are ‘Barkat’ http://www.auravita.com/product/Barkat-Ice-Cream-Cones.GLFR10644.html
I have only ever found them in Sainsbury’s and that was last summer. I cannot remember the last time I saw them on the shelves. They were of course, dreadfully expensive, and often over half in the pack were broken, but they were delicious and in the style of a ‘waffle cone’. If they reappear this summer I will certainly buy them. They are available online through www.auravita.com and www.goodnessdirect.co.uk
The other ice cream alternative is coconut milk sorbet. The first time we came across this was on holiday in Spain last year, just at an ordinary ice cream vendor. It was absolutely delicious. I have never found it on sale anywhere yet, but have found a recipe that looks simple. Best made with a full fat coconut milk.