“ Brand: Worthenshaws Freedom / Type: Other Desserts „
Hands up who watches Dragons' Den.......
Well if you do watch the popular BBC show then you might be familiar with 25-year-old single mum Kirstie Henshaw, who appeared on the programme back on July. Kirstie approached the Dragons for investment in her frozen desserts business - Worthenshaws and she left the Den with £65,000 worth of investment from Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne.
Kirstie originally started to develop these products so that her four-year-old son Jake, who suffers from allergies, could enjoy something similar to ice cream and the result was Worthenshaws Freedom - a healthy alternative to ice cream that doesn't contain any sugar, gluten, soya, eggs, nuts, artificial flavours or colours.
Worthenshaws Freedom are now available nationwide and you can pick up 480ml tubs of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry Freedom in a number of supermarkets, including Asda, Tesco's Morrison's, Waitrose and Sainsbury's. You'll find Freedom located in the frozen food section and it's usually near other healthy frozen foods, or with the ice cream; and each tub will cost you around £3.95.
In comparison to other ice creams these frozen desserts are very low in fat and to demonstrate this I have listed the nutritional values per 100ml of double chocolate Freedom below:
Energy kJ: 355kJ;
Energy kcal: 85kcal;
Carbohydrate (of which sugars): 4.9g;
Fat (of which are saturates): 2.5g;
Salt Equivalent: Trace.
As you'll see from the figures above, Freedom is very low in calories and fat, so it can be enjoyed by those that are trying to diet and lose weight as a healthier alternative to ice cream. Each product is made sweet by using a unique mixture of fruit sugars.
Taste-wise, Freedom isn't that different from normal ice cream and the chocolate and strawberry flavours are particularly tasty. They melt in your mouth and it's hard to believe that you're consuming a dairy-free product!
I find that if I try to eat Freedom straight from the freezer then it it's too hard to enjoy - because when you put it into your mouth it tastes just like ice and it's hard to find the flavours. So I always leave mine out for a few minutes before I eat it.
Out of the three flavours I'd say that the vanilla is the weakest, I don't think it's that tasty and I was left a little disappointed after trying it. But the double chocolate and strawberry flavours more than made up for vanilla's downfall! Those two flavours are really tasty - but I must admit - I missed the chocolate and strawberry chunks you find in fattier ice cream and if you're a big fan of luxury ice creams then you might be left disappointed by this product.
Overall I'd say that I'm quite impressed with Worthenshaws Freedom and I do enjoy the frozen desserts. However I can't help thinking that £3.95 is a little excessive for a 480ml tub, so I will only buy this product again if I see it on offer. That said, this product has so many unique features - it's low fat and it's suitable for people with allergies - so I can't award it anything less than four stars. Check it out!