“ Brand: Smooze / Type: Ice Cream „
With this recent heat wave I have been stocking up with some refreshing ice lollies to enjoy before the autumn creeps up on me, and I have the urge to devour spongy puddings again! In preparation for this I was cleaning out my freezer when I stumbled across some little Smooze Ices in among the peas and sweet corn, which had somehow leaked and formed a layer of camouflage. I had purchased these a few weeks ago from www.goodnessdirect.co.uk and had frozen them ready for the summer, so I decided to finish these before restocking. Smooze Fruit Ices are a healthy alternative to traditional lollies as they are made from real fruit puree as opposed to concentrate. They are also ultra convenient because they are stored in the cupboard and then frozen as required. They are dairy free and are made from fruit puree and coconut milk, which gives them a creamy taste which is intensely tropical. Made in Indonesia in East Sumatra these are made on farms which have been producing coconuts and tropical fruits in groves since 1986.This natural extension of fruit growing has allowed them to diversify, and to produce an end product for sale, which is now gaining global appeal. As the fruit is grown so local to production these are guaranteed to be as fresh as a daisy! There are 4 flavours, Mango and Coconut, Pink Guava and Coconut, Pineapple and Coconut, and Passion Fruit and Coconut. I prefer the Pineapple and Coconut as I feel it is the one most closely related to the flavours of tropical holidays and intensely hot temperatures. After freezing you simply eat like a traditional ice pop, but you can also snip off the end and pour into a bowl to serve as an alternative to ice cream. This is especially good with tropical fruit. The ice pops are rich in vitamin c so are ideal for children, but of course you need to be aware than any fruit treat is acidic and so be careful with teeth. My dentist told me not to brush for ½ hour after eating acidic foods, and of course regular consumption of acidic foods during the day will predispose to tooth decay. The low calorie content of about 70 means these are ideal for the weight watcher, and the creamy texture makes them a good substitute for higher calorie alternatives, though when faced with a Magnum I think I would find it hard to resist! The great thing is Tesco has started to stock these now, and are currently selling them for £2.49 for 8. To serve you pop into the freezer and leave for about 15 hours, then they advise you to "Freeze, cut, push, and slurp!" Easy- so just remember to freeze them the day before you need them! The distinctive feature of these lollies is the creamy taste provided by the coconut milk, which is unique and makes these taste almost like an ice cream. Very refreshing to cool you down, and certainly small enough for little hands to hold if you have toddlers in the house. I love these as they are very refreshing and I now wish I had eaten some before they were shrouded in frozen peas. Still there is tomorrow, and I will certainly buy these again. I think they would be great to keep in the cupboard for freezing if you knew you were going to have little ones to visit. They will store for a year this way, and if you freeze them in the first 4 months after purchase they will be fine for up to 2 years making them a great standby. The only disadvantage for me is the colour as the lolly is a very creamy pale yellow, as the dark pineapple yellow is diluted by the coconut juice, but this is the product, as it is natural it is not coloured with anything to enhance that. These are a refreshing alternative to ice pops, lollies and make a great treat for a vegan or for anyone allergic to milk.