Gluten free ice cream
Although ice cream is technically gluten free, it’s always best to check the ingredients. Some ice creams may be filled with items containing gluten – such as cookies and cream, cheesecake, and cookie dough ice creams to name but a few. Some of the toppings and hot sauces are also a little on the inconspicuous side. The old fashioned cone? Well, that’s a definite no-go.
Nevertheless, there are many big brands that manufacture numerous options that are safe for celiacs. My personal favourite is ‘Chocolate Chocolate Chunk’ by Haagen Dazs. However, different countries manufacture products in different ways, which means a recipe that is gluten free in one country may not be in another country, so please double check.
Dairy free ice cream alternatives
Dairy free ice cream is becoming increasingly popular. Think Co-Yo but frozen (for those of you who’ve been living in a cave for the past few years – only joking – this is an ice cream made from coconut milk). And it’s perfect for people who are lactose intolerant, vegan, or gluten free. Some of the flavours are insane. In a good way. Think salted caramel with chocolate; matcha; almond chocolate coconut or even butterscotch ripple. So yummy.
The move towards a more health conscious ice cream
The good news about the rising popularity of dairy free ice cream is that the ingredients used within these products is most definitely improving. Hallelujah. I’ve seen a noticeable rise in alternatives popping up as we move towards a more organic, no refined sugar, none GMO, yummy goodness approach. As opposed to a giant spoonful (or cup) of sugar or two. It may have worked wonders for Mary Poppins, but it leaves me feeling a little sickly and with a huge sugar hangover. And if we’re being honest, it’s not the most nutritional thing to put inside of our body.