“ Brand: Booja Booja / Type: Other Desserts „
I am intolerant to dairy and soya, therefore ice-cream is rarely on the menu. I've tried quite a few dairy-free ice creams and haven't been massively impressed, but for some reason this one jumped out at me from the freezer shelf when I was browsing in my local health food shop, and I couldn't resist popping one in my basket despite the hefty £1.99 price tag for a 110g pot.
Booja Booja desserts are dairy free, soya free, gluten free, egg free, organic and made without refined sugar. They are endorsed by the Soil Association and have won a number of awards.
The shop only had two flavours in stock. Hunky Punky Chocolate, and Keep Smiling Vanilla M'Gorilla, although it is actually also available in Coconut Hullabaloo, Feisty Winjin Ginger and Pompompous Maple Pecan. I opted for Hunky Punky Chocolate, which is described as 'luxuriously rich, truffley smooth, dark chocolate'.
There are only 4 ingredients, which rather impressed me. They are: water, raw agave syrup, cashew nuts and cocoa powder. Given that water has no taste and I love the other three ingredients, I was confident that I was not wasting my money.
When I first bought it, it was frozen solid. If you'd tried to put a spoon in that you'd have a very bent spoon! Luckily I didn't need to eat it straight away, as tempting as that might have been. I drove home (maybe 10 minutes) and popped it in the fridge for 10 mins or so while I made and ate a sandwich. The consistency was absolutely perfect after this length of time, so patience is indeed a virtue in this case!
The texture is easily the best I've come across in a dairy free ice cream. It is rich, smooth and creamy. It melts in the mouth and slips down the throat just like a quality ice cream.
The flavour is rich without being intense. The bitterness of cocoa is offset by the agave syrup and perfectly balanced by the cashews. The overall effect is sweet, but not sickly. I had no trouble at all in polishing off the whole little tub.
Unless you happen to have a nut-allergy, this is the ideal treat and I give it 5 starts. Easily the nicest tasting dairy free ice cream on the market. The only drawbacks are the price and the fact that you can only find it in health food shops.
* Review also appears on Ciao *
Fed up with fluffy textured soya icecream that left a nasty aftertaste in my mouth, I found my way to a lovely health food shop who stocked booja booja and picked up the chocolate one. Since then I have never tried another "dairy free" icecream.
Booja booja is not made with soya, or any other dairy alternative, it's made from cashew nuts and agave syrup. That may sound strange, but it makes for a most delicious ice cream with no aftertaste at all.
I even gave some of this to my husband who hates most of my "dairy free" food and he loved it.
It tastes really chocolatey, without being sickly. And although there is no "cream" in this ice cream, it doesn't taste like sorbet at all, it is really creamy and smooth.
My only gripe is that it takes ages to melt so I can't scoop it easily. Oh and it's very expensive so I can't buy it that often.
But if you live in the land of milk free, or happen to be vegan, then find yourself a tub of this stuff, because it is the ONLY dairy free ice cream to eat. And you will honestly never look back. It doesn't taste dairy free at all!
I found this in the freezer section of Whole Foods in High Street Kensington and as other reviewers mention it isn't sold in supermarkets. I commend this but it does mean it might be tricky to get hold of although when I checked with my local health food store they did offer to order some in especially so might be worth checking if you're after some.
I'm not vegan but I do try to avoid dairy generally speaking. I also try to eat as little refined sugar as possible and Booja Booja stuff in a tub is made with cashews as the base and sweetened with agave syrup (a low GI sweetener from cacti). Ice cream was never my drug of choice when I was a sugar junkie (I much preferred cake) but I was known on occasions to eat a whole tub of Ben and Jerrys Phish Food or Haagen Dasz Pralines and Cream so I have sampled dairy ice cream (although not recently).
I'm not sure you can really call this healthy and I do try to limit sweet foods agave included but as an occasional treat I think this would be ok. It's ideal for vegans (raw vegans might be interested to know that only a proportion of cashews in this flavour are raw; other flavours are different, I believe the vanilla is completely raw). It's nice that there are only four ingredients and this reassures me that there's no weird stuff that I can't pronounce let alone identify (water, cashews, agave, cocoa powder).
Completely natural and made without refined sugars, emulsifiers or stabilizers Stuff in a Tub has all the creamy, sumptuous indulgence you would expect of the very best luxury ice cream but contains no dairy, soya or rice. It is gluten free, cholesterol free, low GI and GL and many of its ingredients are raw.
I bought a little tub to try and it cost me £1.70. This is comparable to other premium brand min tubs. It comes with a little blue plastic spoon so you can eat it anywhere! I'm not mad keen on chocolate ice cream but this was the only small tub they had and I wasn't about to pass up the opportunity to try it!
The texture is very smooth (I would say smoother than dairy ice cream) but you would not guess it was made with cashews. The chocolate flavour is very rich without being bitter. I did find it a little too sweet but this could be my tastes as I've tried to wean myself off sugary tastes in general. It definitely wasn't too sweet to stop me from eating it and I happily finished off the tub which was exactly the right size.
I actually prefer this to dairy ice cream as I felt it had a cleaner, less cloying taste. I would imagine it's primarily aimed at those who are into health food such as vegans or with dairy/soy allergies as I think you'd have to search for it harder than most brands. I would also think that those happy with dairy ice cream would be less inclined to try it but certainly don't think they'd be disappointed if they did. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a chocolatey treat (excluding obvioulsy those who suffer from nut allergies).
Booja Booja is a vegan company based in Norwich, which is pretty local to me. They have won at least 25 awards for their products, so it's hoped they would be good.
Stuff In A Tub is a dairy and soya free alternative to ice cream, and in 2007 won the Best New Organic Food Product award. According to their site, it's:
'Completely natural and made without refined sugars, emulsifiers or stabilizers Stuff in a Tub has all the creamy, sumptuous indulgence you would expect of the very best luxury ice cream but contains no dairy, soya or rice. It is gluten free, cholesterol free, low GI and GL and many of its ingredients are raw.'
I saw this in a local wholefoods shop for about £1.70 for a 110ml tub, which is very pricey for the amount you get, but alternative products usually are (especially with smaller companies), and there is also a 500ml tub for around £5.00, again, very pricey. However, the methods and ingredients used in the production are what give it this premium price; you are getting a premium product from an ethical company. They will not sell their products in super markets, are vegan and organic.
The ingredients are very simple, and nothing nasty can be found in their products. The ingredients for chocolate stuff in a tub are as follows:
Water, agave (raw), cashew nuts (25%), cocoa powder.
The nutirtion isn't bad, either:
Typical value per 100ml:
Energy 784kJ/185kcal, Protein 3.2g, Carbohydrate 19.7gg (sugars 17.6g), Fats 9.4g (saturated 1.6g ), Cholesterol 0.0g
I am not a vegan or dairy intolerant, however I fancied a change from the usual ice cream I eat, so decided to indulge in a small 110ml tub. The consistancy is not quite like that of dairy ice cream, but is fairly similar.
It tastes amazing, very nice indeed. In fact, it rivals Ben and Jerry's. You wouldn't even notice it was made from cashews. It's sweet but not overly so and the chocolate taste is spot on. The mini tub comes with a spoon which is obviously handy when you're out and about. I would certainly buy it again as a treat.
My only quibble is that it is hard to get hold of this stuff. Your best hope is a local health foods or whole foods shop, and it's always worth asking if they do not stock it.
Booja Booja stuff in a tub is a fantasy come true for hippy vegan raw food enthusiasts who are allergic to soya and who don't care that this isn't actually healthy. And for the rest of us, it's an extremely expensive but actually pretty nice dessert.
There are several flavours, but I got the maple pecan one because it sounded nicest. A 500ml (quite small) tub cost a shade under £5 from my local wholefood store. Yes, you are reading that right. 5 quid for a tub and it's only about four or five small portions. At that price, I wasn't going to buy all of the flavours to review them! Still, by my reckoning, it's not any more expensive than ice cream at the theatre. According to the tub, this dessert is not to be found in supermarkets, so you'll probably have to find a health food store or a whole food store to try it.
There are plenty of non-dairy ice creams available from health food stores, for about half this price. But they generally all have soya in (although many are gluten free), which is another common allergen for some people that I have regularly over to dinner, so I thought this one was good to serve to them.
The ice cream has a similar look to frozen yoghurt or ice cream, is a pale brown in colour and tastes quite sweet. The maple comes through and it does taste slightly nutty, though I couldn't tell that it was pecans and cashews that it came from. It doesn't have the creaminess of either ice cream or soya based non-dairy ice cream - it's much closer to being a sweet nut sorbet that wasn't sharp really. When it melts, it retains a fairly foamy consistency, quite like ice cream does. All in all, it's perfectly palatable, and tasty too and good for people with a sweet tooth.
According to the tub, it is organic, free from dairy, soya and gluten, is low GI and GL, has no cholesterol or refined sugars in. The ingredients are kept raw (I am given to understand that that just means "not cooked above 45 degrees C"), which apparently causes no diminishing of enzymes and vitamins, according to the tub at least. Now call me a bit cynical here, but I hadn't realized I should be looking to get my vitamins and enzymes from a tub of non-dairy ice cream, what with it being junk food, so I'm not too sure how much benefit that would bring me.
The tub contains only five ingredients. Water (obtained from reverse osmosis apparently - I guess that I'm probably undoing any benefits by having regular tap water with it), agave syrup (diabetic friendly according to the tub), cashew nuts, maple syrup and pecans. The pack does not contain calorific information, perhaps so we can't tell that it probably isn't actually healthy, no matter how much the information on the tub seems to imply. It's probably nice for raw food vegans to actually have a junk food dessert that they can actually eat and not get stuck with fruit salad all the time.
I've found that it has a tendency to bend spoons like Uri Geller. Plus, it's so expensive that it sits in the freezer of the store for ages, meaning it has a bit of a tendency to get ice crystals. But I can't see any way around this - I wouldn't buy anything frozen mail order! I don't think it is overpriced, given the ingredients and the methods used in the manufacture, but it's too expensive for me.
In summary, it's pleasant enough, and I'd certainly eat this again if someone put it in front of me. But I can't see myself spending that much on a small tub of ice cream.
Review may be cross-posted elsewhere.
Being restricted to what food I should and shouldn't eat, means a trip to the health food shop is a regular occurrence. With the local health food shop in the centre of town having closed recently, I had to walk slightly out of the town centre (which isn't far as it's a small town!) to the sole remaining health food shop in town.
The last time I was in this health food shop I picked up a tub of Booja-Booja Coconut Hullabaloo Stuff In A Tub, which I loved, so when I saw this Booja-Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate Stuff In A Tub I decided to grab a tub.
So what is this Booja-Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate Stuff In A Tub? It's actually a dairy free and sugar free version of ice cream, so both me (lactose intolerant and wheat intolerant) and diabetics can eat this stuff without worrying about any reactions!
As this is both chocolate and dairy free, I decided to go with a small tub, e.g. the 110ml tub for one person, as dairy free chocolate stuffs are usually quite bitter. Reading the back of the tub I'm told it's "The multi award-winning delicious alternative to diary ice cream: Luxuriously rich, truffley smooth, dark chocolate".
Lifting the cardboard top off the lid of the 110ml tub exposed one of those little blue spoons, so I took it out and then removed the lid.
There's no doubt about it, this is seriously dark chocolate ice cream, but while it's rich, it isn't too bitter. It is smooth, as described, and tastes truffley - I think this is due to the cashew nuts in it (not that you'd know without looking at the ingredients). I don't think you'd want much more than this 110ml as I think it would be sickly in a greater quantity.
Without seeing the packaging, I don't think you'd know this wasn't proper ice cream! What's more, it's not just dairy free and sugar free, it's also cholesterol free, soya free and organic. It is also suitable for vegans.
The ingredients listed are: Water, Agave (raw), Cashew Nuts and Cocoa Powder. Not much too it then! This seems to be quite a guilty free frozen desert, and not just for those of us on dairy free and sugar free diets.
One thing I will note is that Booja-Booja Stuff In A Tub desserts are never sold in supermarkets, as they have a commitment to the independent retail sector. This is a positive thing, but this means you won't be able to get this in your weekly shopping (unless you happen to do your full weekly shop at an independent retailer).
I paid £1.79 for this little 110ml tub, which I thought was well worth it for this treat. You can also get Booja-Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate Stuff in a 500ml tub (ideal for sharing!).
(P.S. - I'm not quite sure why Dooyoo decided to use a picture of the whole range [showing the Ginger one in the front], especially when I gave a link to the Booja Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate Stuff in a Tub!)