The Frill of Healthy Ice-Cream!

With the sun beating brightly on the UK over the last week or so, the country has basked in its glory in the only way we know how – by eating. Al fresco dining, juice breakfasts, salad lunches and of course a truly authentic summer delight – ice-cream.  Whilst ice-cream is consumed all year round, there’s something different to the feeling of sitting in the park, sun hat on and a crunchy cone in your hand with the sticky filling dripping onto your hand.  It takes you back to childhood memories when life was so much breezier.

Yet when you have become dairy-free through different reasons from allergies to intolerances to health reasons to just choosing to be dairy-free, it’s not always easy (or fair) to miss out on what is a universal feel-good feeling. However the ever creative innovators out there always come to the rescue to make us ‘foodie outsiders’ to feel part of the crowd.  The growth in dairy-free products, including ice-cream, has been manifold over recent years with it no longer being seen as a ‘difficult’ food adjustment but part and parcel of daily life.

However for the health conscious amongst us, having dairy-free ice-cream is stull full of sugars and whilst a treat is part of a balanced attitude, if there are products that can cater for healthy dairy-free ice-cream consumers, (not a tall ask!) then count me in. Such products do exist and trying to source these is of paramount importance – because no doubt the UK will go back to its dull and cold weather quicker than it takes the time for the melting ice-cream to fall onto your lap!

northernmunkeebites.frill2Frill The Frozen Smoothie: Intense Chocolate

Rating: 7 out of 10

Appeals to: dairy-free consumers, health conscious eaters, chocolate lovers


A huge tub of ice-cream is always a good sign and this product comes in just that – a large circular tub. The chocolate brown colour is not the most imaginative and at first I didn’t quite connect the image of a polar bear to ice-cream but I can only assume it’s due to the connection of cold.  The cardboard tub is also quite standard and perhaps not even the most sturdiest.  However the writing on the tub is attractive with the name of the product eye-catching and information on ingredients being simple and clear.


£4.99 ( – for the health conscious consumer, the price point is in line with other products of this ilk. The tub is a large size and feels like good value for money.  However for those who just want dairy-free ice cream (without any health benefits), this perhaps may feel a little too steep.


This product is not marketed as a dairy-free ice-cream but as a frozen smoothie. However on consuming this particular flavour it does taste quite ice-cream like – creamy and milky which is a pleasant surprise.  You can most definitely taste the flavour of the cocoa and the hint of elderflower adds a slightly refreshing flavour to the chocolate.   What adds to this is the fact that there is high fibre content and natural sugars due to the ingredients used, so you really are consuming a healthier treat.  You don’t need to consume copious amounts to get that satisfied feeling, although that’s a personal choice and no doubt you can easily finish the tub in one sitting if you so choose to! It is very more-ish and you don’t feel like you’re missing out by not having a dairy-ful ice-cream.

Verdict – in a word, flavoursome. This product is an example of substance winning over packaging as it’s tasty and satisfies a craving whilst providing some health benefits too.


Thanks for taking the time to read and feel free to leave your comments below.

Guest Blogger: Mrs M.

About Me

As a person with a recently diagnosed sensitive digestive system, I’m now on a path to make sure I eat well whilst still enjoying myself. Having been fearful of food, I now love finding new products, going to new restaurants to try new twists on dishes and am constantly looking for quirky items to consume.  I’m a huge supporter of simple food that is made tasty with the right combination of ingredients and more importantly enjoying your food and diet in a balanced way.  That means I always have room for my favourite item – chocolate!



Mango Jerry!

Product Review: Mango Girls

So this review is perfect for summer preparation…adult soft drinks!

The adult soft drinks market isn’t immune to the craft and artisan revolution and there has been a huge influx of fantastic small producers coming to the market. This has driven a range of soft drink trends including retro, with brands like Fentimans, coconut drinks, lead by Vita Coco, and premium iced teas, with great brands such as Charbrew showing us how it’s done.

To compliment the new trends are those soft drinks that are doing old favourites and doing them well such as San Pellegrino; that is also the category where I see the Mango Girls…

Rating: 8/10

Appeals to: fruit lovers, tea-totallers or those who want a premium mixer!


The guys at Thorne Produce have done a great job with the packaging, it’s simple and not overly-pretentious. It also manages to capture some of the character of the brand without overkill. Perfectly appropriate for the category and the shelf.


£2.95 to £4.38 – this is priced perfectly for a premium soft drink, it doesn’t price itself out of a competitive market but it does set itself apart from the mainstream pretenders!


The USP is outlined here in The Mango Girls’ strapline: never from concentrate, we never add sugar. All natural fruit juices with fantastic flavours as you’d imagine; but a fruit juice is a fruit juice is a fruit juice, right? Wrong!

Blood Orange Juice

Just WOW! I love a blood orange, it has the right balance of tart citrus and super sweet fructose and this is captured beautifully in this bottle. This is the perfect drink for quenching thirst when the sun is beating down on you.

Apple and Alphonso Mango Juice

This tipple is different to the first with a sweet English apple blended delightfully with the exotic, smooth and rich mango. It’s not something that you could drink by the pitcher but it would be an ideal BBQ accompaniment.

Apple and Passion Fruit Juice

This is a much more delicate apple flavour than the one blended with mango and the passion fruit lifts the sweet apple notes to finish off the mouthful.

Alphonso Mango Puree & Passion Fruit Puree

These purees are fantastic little creations, perfect for adorning an ice cream or sorbet or even using as part of a cheeky cocktail. They are concentrated bliss!

Verdict – in a word, fruitful! If you’re going to a BBQ and still drinking J20 or Britvic 55 you need to have a quiet word with yourself – it won’t take long, just find a quiet room and a mirror (or a smartphone with a front-facing camera) and just tell yourself ‘I deserve better!’ These are fantastic fruit juices and well worth paying that little bit extra.


Northern Munkee.