“ Type: Sorbets & Ice Cream „
The recent hot spell prompted me to pop into my local shop on the way home yesterday to get some ice cream to go with my first crop of home grown strawberries. Sadly, everybody else seemed to have had the same idea and the only ice cream left, apart from full price Hagen Daas, which I will only ever buy when it's on special offer, was Nestles Smarties Ice Cream. This was on special offer at 2 for £3 so I just grabbed them, paid and ran. It was a hot day and I wanted to get it home before it melted.
Once at home, I could read the ingredients list at leisure, and discover for myself what a mistake I'd made with this purchase.
Ingredients for the ice cream:
Partially reconstituted skimmed milk concentrate
Emulsifier (Mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids)
Stabilisers (Guar gum, Locus bean gum
Ingredients for the Smarties:
Skimmed milk powder
Emulsifier (Soya lecithins)
Fruit and vegetable concentrates (Sunflower, Radish, Black Carrot, Lemon, Hibiscus, Red Cabbage)
Invert sugar syrup
Glazing agents (Carnauba wax, Beeswax) .....BEESWAX.... Don't they make candles out of that??
There is also a warning that the product may contain nuts but if you have a nut allergy, don't worry that you're missing a tasty treat: You aren't.
The legend on the 800ml container proudly declares No artificial colours or flavours implying this product is reasonably healthy, but the above list of ingredients shows it's anything but. When analysed, this ice cream is little more than sugar, sugar, sugar and more sugar with a hefty dollop or three of fat thrown in.
Each 100ml serving is 135 calories, which is 7% of a child's daily calorie intake, 14% sugar, 9% fat, which includes 19% of the daily saturated fat requirement.
I'm all in favour of eating things which are bad for you in moderation if the product is a good one but this product is hardly worthy of the title of ice cream. I think 'dessert' would be a better descriptive.
The picture on the container is colourful and gives an artist's impression of the contents. Needless to say, they actually look nothing like this. When you remove the lid, you are faced with a couple of creamy coloured blobs of ice cream with bits in but definitely not all bright and shiny as shown in the picture. You have to dig down for those Smarties.
The texture of the ice cream itself is very light and similar to Mr Whippy in that it has more air than substance. The crushed Smarties were little more than bits of Smartie shells and the whole Smarties were mini size and much harder to crunch than a normal Smartie. I would certainly not recommend feeding this to very young children as there would be a strong possibility of them choking on the mini Smarties.
The taste, what little there is, is bland and very sweet and the mini Smarties somehow just don't taste Smartie-like. Whether this is because they have been frozen and have lost the chocolate taste because they are cold is debateable, but all I could taste was the sweetness of the sugar coating.
This product was certainly not fit to be serve with my strawberries and we made do with crème fraiche in the end. Even my son, the human dustbin, after trying a spoonful turned his nose up at this, so rather than waste the second tub, I've given it to my next door neighbour for her children.
I really can't recommend this product at all. I didn't like it and would never buy it again. I really wish I'd bought the Hagen Daas after all. Finally, if I had to sum Smarties ice cream up in one word, that word would be Yuck!
Although we like desserts and sweet stuff in our house, Ice Cream isn't 1 of the things we buy all that often. Not sure why as it is usually pretty well priced, keeps for ages and is nice. This is the last 1 that we bought.
Think it costs around £1.60 for the 700ml tub, but this was part of Asda's £1 per item or 4 items from a large range of various frozen items for £3.
The tub is an oval tub. Quite wide and deep enough as well. A sturdy plastic that can also be used for bits and pieces when finished. Not that colourful a tub. It is a sort of matt Gold colour and the lid is a creamy colour with the branding and a picture of little Smarties and the Ice Cream.
This Ice Cream is milky and nice and creamy. It tastes sort of like a clotted cream or cornish cream taste. It is a creamy colour as well, so think there could have been a dollop of cream in here. There is a good smattering of Mini Smarties through the Ice Cream, so although you do get some spoonfuls of ice Cream without any Smarties in it, this is few and far between. The Smarties liven the rather plain tasting Ice Cream, but I don't mean that statement in a bad way, there is just some more exciting Ice creams out there, but this is nice in a simple way.
This was the first time I had tried this and would be happy to buy this again.
My wife and I both enjoy good ice cream and I stress "good ice cream", we are always looking for something different and we recently tried Smarties ice cream, we bought it mainly for the grandkids but also to try ourselves.
Now we knew this would be no Haagen-Dazs, but thought it might still be nice enough and we were sure the kid would love it.
It is of course made by Nestle, the same as Smarties but it doesn't have the quality to suggest it was made by such a large and well known company.
The ice cream is vanilla flavoured but it is a bit sickly and certainly not as high quality as Walls or the likes, the smarties through the ice cream are mini Smarties and obviously sue to being frozen in ice cream they are solid hard and you need to have very good teeth to get through them.
The smarties are so small that they are mainly candy shell and very little chocolate so they were a real disappointment as was the rest of the ice cream on the whole and my reckoning that at least the kids would like it was wrong too they too hated the fact that the Smarties were too hard so the whole ice cream went to waste.
Nestle smartie ice cream is basically what it says on the tin, smartie ice cream. Its made by nestle and as I like smarties and I love ice cream I thought I would give this a go one day. Plus I probably should mention it was on offer.
This is very similar to the smartie ice cream you can get in the mcflurrys at McDonalds and I think they started to make this after the success of that so perhaps that's why they started doing this ice cream in the first place.
The ice cream itself isn't bad, but its nothing special really. The actual ice cream is plain or vanilla flavoured and whilst it isn't bad quality, it have had much better, it could taste a lot creamier and a lot more vanilla flavour than it does, it just doesn't seem good enough quality for such a well recognised brand and for the price bracket its in as well.
The smarties in the ice cream are also a let down, similar to the McDonalds version, there all crushed up, but they seem to be crushed up even smaller, and even more sparse than the McDonalds mcflurrys. Surely a company who make the actual smarties could afford to put a few more in there, well obviously not.
Therefore the lack of smarties means you cant even taste the smarties very well, every so often you do get a hint of smartie taste but it should be every spoonful and in between those rare spoonfuls where you do get some smarties your just left with a pretty basic tasting vanilla ice cream which for a small tub for almost £2 just isn't good enough.
When I bought this in my local shop it was a little bit of a replacement job. I was actually searching for a tasty tub of Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough but with none to be found I had to settle for this. "Settle for" been the operative phrase as although this wasn't absolutely dreadful it did leave me feeling pretty unimpressed. Smarties Ice Cream is a combination of whipped vanilla ice cream and mini smarties and can be found in most supermarkets.
The Ice Cream comes in a 950ml tub which is decorated in a similar way to the original packs of Smarties. It is colourful and attractive as well as being familiar and reassuring. After all, who hasn't heard of Smarties? All nutritional information is clearly displayed on the side and ingredients are labeled on the back.
I had a real craving for ice cream, hence why I nipped down to my local shop rather than waiting for the joy that is the weekly shopping trip to Asda. I think it's safe to say that Smarties ice cream in no way satisfied my desire for something sweet and creamy. The ice cream itself is very bland and is one of the poorer vanilla ice creams I have tasted. Mr. Whippy this most certainly ain't. The taste of vanilla is actually very weak and the ice cream itself has no real flavour. Moving on to the mini smarties that, according to the pack, are both whole and crushed and make up 15% of the product. I thought that there was a decent amount of chocolate but more whole smarties were needed to give a bit more texture to the desert. I don't think the chocolaty flavour of the smarties really compensated for the tastelessness of the ice cream. Perhaps a little chocolate or toffee sauce would have helped as well. All in all I was pretty disappointed by the taste.
Interestingly the nutritional information is shown as part of a child's guideline daily amount rather than an adult. So in 100ml there is;
133 calories (7% GDA)
14.7g sugar (17%GDA)
6.1g fat (9% GDA)
3.7g Sat Fat (18% GDA)
0.1g Salt (1% GDA)
Remembering these are for a child it will obviously work out at a slightly smaller percentage for adults. Lots of sugar and lots of saturated fat then but that is to be expected with anything supposedly tasty.
The packaging does say that the ice cream is free from artificial colours or flavours which I suppose is one bonus to an other wise poor product.
I bought this ice cream for £2 which I think is the average price as far as I can tell. It doesn't appear to be any cheaper in supermarkets however; it's worth noting that Asda currently has a 2 for £3 offer on this stuff. It is actually that expensive in comparison with a typical supermarket brand ice cream. However, sadly this stuff tastes much worse than your average supermarket offering. It isn't really that cheap but it certainly tastes it.
In summary, I wouldn't recommend buying this as there are much better offerings out there.
I love ice cream at any time of the year but because of the nice weather we were having I had stocked up whenever I saw something I wanted on offer rather than trying to resist temptation!
The ice cream is provided in an 800ml plastic tub which has a break off tab lid which is easy enough to use and keep the pot sealed when in the freezer although take care when first opening as you can get a sharp edge where you break off the tab to open the lid.
This ice cream is vanilla flavoured and it contains both whole and crushes pieces of mini Smarties which are chocolate bean shapes covered with a crisp crunchy sugar shell. The ice cream does have a lovely vanilla flavouring to it and the mini Smarties are lovely and crispy and hard because they have been frozen in the ice cream. This is not the nicest vanilla ice cream I have ever tried but because there is quite a few Smarties in it it's quite enjoyable and I usually allow mine to melt quite a lot in my bowl before eating it with wafers or something similar and it's very nice for this purpose and really enjoyable for young children on a hot summers day or as an after dinner treat.
There is 133 calories and 6.1g per 100ml serving so this should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a healthy diet but I usually find myself polishing off 1/3 of a tub each time as I love ice cream!
I purchased my 800ml tub for £2.00 from Tesco and this is available in a fairly wide variety of stores now and is on special offer quite often so if you want to give this a try then keep your eyes peeled.
I am rating this ice cream 3/5 and have knocked off stars because I could get a fair nicer vanilla and a packet of Smarties for cheaper than £2.00 and it would taste much nicer. For children it's got a novelty factor but I'd personally recommend investing in an ice cream maker and making your own as long term it'll save you more money and it's fun to get the children involved.
== Smarties Push-Up ice-cream ==
We have tried the Smarties ice-cream cones, crunchy cones filled with broken smarties and topped with whole ones. We have also had the tubs full of broken smarties ice-cream. But these are something a bit more fun and different....
=== Cost ===
The boy got grandma to buy a pack on his last visit and they cost £2.49 for a box of 5 from Tesco. They are available in most supermarkets and frozen food places.
=== The ice-creams..===
The box feature a picture of the ice-creams and states "No artificial colourings" Since they said goodbye to the Blue smarties. These are a 'Push-up' style ice-cream in a cardboard cylinder 'cone', each individual cardboard cone is about 10cm long and 90ml. They have an easy to remove foil top and feature a funky transparent plastic 'stick' tube at the end to hold it with and to push up your ice-cream. The tube-stick is also filled with whole miniature smarties.
The actual ice-cream itself is the same as the other Nestle Smarties ice-cream products. It smells sweet and pleasant on opening and it filled with crushed up mini-Smarties. It tastes a little of vanilla but mostly the taste comes from the many Smartie pieces squashed into the ice-cream. Is not that creamy but pleasant enough, too sweet for my taste to eat regularly but is a favorite with little boy.
=== Eating it...===
A bit like an advanced version of a push-up ice lolly these push-up ice-creams are fun to eat especially for kids. Top is easy to peel off without adult help and the ice-cream does push out easy enough once its been out the freezer a couple of minutes - found it needs a bit of time to melt enough to allow it to be pushed out.
The smarties in the tube can be a bit hard to get out and have been scattered everywhere when boy got stressed at it. You have to tip it up and rattle it around a bit to get to the coveted smarties in the bottom as they can stick on there way out of the cone.
=== Recommend ? ===
Really prefer these to the traditional edible cone type smarties ice-cream as little boy normally eats as much ice-cream as possible then the cone itself ends up in the dog. ..but with these cardboard cylinders there's no waste. They are fun to eat and something a little different to give as an ice-cream treat. Probably not healthy and yes fattening but they are a treat and it is ice-cream full of bits of colourfully coated broken up chocolate Smarties. A nice treat now and again.
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To celebrate yesterdays sunshine I spent today tracking down ice cream treats for the freezer so the next time summer-like weather hits I wont be so unprepared. Smarties ice cream has been around for ages in tubs, but I have only just discovered the Smarties cones that you can buy. Smarties cones are simple ice cream cornets filled with ice cream that has crushed Smarties mixed into it, and topped with whole mini-Smarties. Its not hard, you could DIY at home and, to be honest, you might be better off doing that. Heres why.
The ice cream used for Smarties-themed goodies is extremely suspect. It is supposed to be vanilla but it barely tastes of this. Forget Carte DOr or Haagen Dazs, this is ice cream at its cheapest and tastes of such. For one thing, the texture is all off the odd bits you get without Smarties in break off into flecks if you so much as look at then. The ice cream is not creamy or even a nice colour its a strange shade of white and looks and tastes much more like a childrens ice cream than an adult or family one.
The cornet is strange because it has been frozen, so is not nice and fresh, but frosty and brittle. It tastes reasonable, but cannot compare to a room-temperature one taken from a freshly opened pack. Its one redeeming grace is the chocolate lining that seems to come as standard. This covers the entire inside of the cornet and culminates in a pool of chocolate at the bottom of the cone much more than many other products will give you. This makes the base of the cornet much more secure and less-crushable as well as adding some much needed flavour to the snack.
The inclusion of the Smarties adds both positives and negatives to the whole thing. On the one hand the Smarties on top are nice, though even when frozen its only the orange ones that have any real flavour. Still, they dont seem to be harmed by the freezing process, and are a nice alternative to a sauce topping, or a flake. The crushed Smarties in the ice cream, however, are a different story. These are pounded to such an extent that they barely have any flavour or texture remaining therefore what you are left with is the dodgy ice cream mentioned above, littered with colour Smartie blood but no real shell or chocolate chunks to break up the texture.
All in all the flavour of the product is a bit dubious, and not as nice as it could be. To make matters worse, the packaging doesnt help things as the stuff theyve opted for (a paper wrapping and a slightly thicker cardboard circle top) is flimsy meaning that the ice creams get dented in the shop, on the way home and while in your own freezer if you dont eat them immediately. This can cause the topping Smarties to dislodge from the ice cream and retreat to the sides, leaving even less texture in the ice cream when you do come round to eating it.
At almost 200 calories the ice cream compares reasonably well to other adult treats but is worse than many childrens ones which is a shame because I think that given the taste and composition this is the kind of product that will appeal more to kids than their parents. £1.10 for one on average is also not a bad price, but you can get a fresh whippy for that around here, and they just taste so much nicer.
However, all is not lost. The idea of the cones is a good one, and as such can be replicated at home with good effect. Take a fresh cone and blob a bit of chocolate spread in the bottom. Freeze for an hour or so to set the chocolate while retaining the freshness of the cone. Take a scoop or two of good quality vanilla ice cream and sit it out until sufficiently soft. Then, stir in some whole mini-Smarties before returning to the freezer. When its time to serve, scoop this into the cornet prepared earlier, top with yet more whole mini-Smarties, and voila. Inspired by and yet unusually better than the real thing.
Recommended only so you can try it once and get the general idea before opting for home-made versions.
Gone are the days when buying a tub of Ice Cream meant a straight choice between Vanilla, or if you where feeling exceedingly daring, Raspberry Ripple.
Nowadays, virtually every Chocolate bar, Dessert or drink has been chopped up or dried and turned into the latest must try frozen dessert. Most of the time the results are pleasant enough, although I once saw a Garlic flavoured offering that I steered well clear of Garlic is lovely with pasta or Garlic bread, but ice cream? Come on.
So the theory was seemingly straight forward when I saw tubs of Nestle Smarties Ice Cream in my local ASDA; I like Ice cream and I like Smarties; ergo, I must like the Ice cream. The Ice Cream comes in a 1 Litre round plastic tub which is decorated mostly in blue with Smarties flying in all directions. A small part of the tub is opaque so you can see the ice cream inside. The Nutritional Information and Ingredients could do with being larger and in a different colour, Dark blue on a light blue background being difficult to read. But read them I did, and here is what I found:-
Nutritional Information per 1 Litre Container:-
Energy 6080 kj - 1450 kcal
Protein 21 grams, Carbohydrate 187 grams, 171 grams of which are sugars, Fat 69 grams, 42 grams of which are saturates, Fibre 1 gram, Sodium 1 gram.
In ASDA, Nestle Smarties Ice Cream costs £1.98. I have also seen it for £2.49 in Tesco, but as this was on a Buy One Get One Free offer in reality it was £1.25 a tub. The secret, as always is to shop around. £1.98 poorer, I left ASDA and travelled home with my new found dessert. This took about 15 minutes which should render the Ice Cream nicely softened by the time I got home, and it did.
On breaking the seal and pulling the tab, I lifted the lid and found an almost white ice cream in a large swirl with different coloured smarties nestling throughout. Some of the colours of the smarties had bled a little as should be expected but the ice cream still looked enticing. The 15 minutes drive home had left the ice cream at the perfect consistency for instant eating which I did with aplomb.
The ice cream had a fairly creamy texture and taste although I found it a little too sweet. The mini Smarties where a nice contrast to the soft ice cream in that I had to bite them, thus releasing a nice chocolate flavour which complimented the ice cream well. I think the inclusion of normal sized Smarties rather than the mini variety would have given a chunkier texture and therefore a more rounded product.
Also, if the Vanilla ice cream was slightly less sweet, the chocolate and the candy shells of the Smarties would give an even nicer contrast. As it was there was slightly too much sweetness which is fine if you have a sweet tooth, but not if you dont. The ice cream was not at all granular, but when it started to melt where I was holding the tub it did taste a little frothy.
On completing the Ice Cream I had a slightly sour after taste in my mouth, but not much different than when eating other dairy products. All in all it was a satisfying experience, there was just the right ratio of Smarties to ice cream and the flavour was good. Maybe a few swirls of plain chocolate sauce would have been nice to counteract the Sweetness of the ice cream but that would have pushed the 1450 kcal content even higher. Perhaps my next Op should be about Salads or Slim Fast milkshakes.