What if I said the phrase, “ice cream made with pea protein”? Get up off of the floor and stop acting like you fainted dead away (still, that was cool how you threw out your arm and almost smooshed the dog for effect).
Wink’s Frozen Desserts are pretty much devoid of anything you want to avoid with any kind of food allergies; they’re gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy-free, vegan-friendly, and are even conscious of the environment. Sweetened with stevia, you’ll never miss the sugar headaches you experienced with standard ice creams. And each serving is only 1 net carb (they subtract 5 for sugar alcohols)!
Wink’s website is so seriously stinking cute that I immediately go there when I’m especially PMSy. It’s seriously that cute. At least 60 million less people get the stink eye one week out of the month thanks to their cute mascots, special effects and freaky cute fonts.
With so much missing from every little pint container, how might this be something that even remotely interests you? There’s flavor in them thar pails. Each small pint of Wink has a load of flavor to make up for everything else it’s missing in terms of a standard ice cream. The pea protein they use adds some terrific heft, and the lack of preternatural colors makes for a dessert you feel good about serving your kids.
Cookie Dough (pictured above): With a chocolate color appeal and some amazing, oomphy flavor, this one is a winner. It has the flavor profile of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream–without the cookie dough. If you want some chunk of burning love in there, you have options. Keep reading…
Mix-ins: I loved mixing in coconut, chopped chocolate and macadamias to get the crunch I want.
Overall review: I loved it with my taste buds, and it gave me what I needed texturally when I used add-ins. Without the add-ins, a nice, mild chocolate taste. It’s definitely promises cookie dough–so use those mix-ins if you feel depressed.
Cake Batter (pictured above): As sweet as Birthday Cake minus the sprinkles. This refreshingly light flavor is reminiscent of vanilla cake batter. The slightly pink color makes it feel more Birthday Cake special, too.
Mix-ins: White chocolate chips, coconut, a couple of sprinkles on top. I even added a candle. Why not? Everyone likes setting stuff on fire for special occasions.
Overall review: A pleasant, rich vanilla flavor with a darker color. It’s vanilla plus. Think of the most amazing fragrant candle you own that you spent a little bit more for. It’s like that, but with dessert.
Mint Chocolate (pictured above): The scent is pretty much as intoxicating as the flavor (it’s not drunk-making. I said intoxicating. It’s more refined and with fewer regrets later). Without the neon green often seen in mint chocolate chip ice creams, you even feel more natural eating it.
Mix-ins: Coarsely chopped dark chocolate chips add just that tiny bit of crunch I really wanted from this dessert.
Overall review: Without the chunks, it’s a mint sherbet. It’s not texturally creamy like your standard mint chocolate chip, but don’t let that stop you. I also love that the color feels more natural. It’s not day-glo green up in here.
Cinnamon Bun (pictured above): The smell of cinnamon in this recipe is pretty boffo. Who says you can’t enjoy a little breakfast for dessert?
Mix-in: Mix a tablespoon of powdered erythritol with a 1/2 teaspoon of heavy white cream and pour over the top for your own sugar free glaze.
Overall review: Think of this as a cinnamon sherbet and you’re good to go. I want more “cream” in this, but the glaze achieves that, since it’s thick and creamy.
Final thoughts: A little of these flavors go a long way, so while the $6/pint price tag might make you weepy, you get a lot of organic bang for your buck. Also consider that this is a smaller business, they ship quickly, and your product arrives in terrific condition. customer service is perfection and you’re 100% guaranteed to love their products, or they’ll work with you to make it right. Did I mention that their website is freaking adorable?
All in all, when you’re dealing with allergies and sugar free, it’s hard to find one product that can help everyone. Wink really knocks it out of the park with these intensely flavored sherbets! I hope he’ll expand his line to include full-fat dairy and possibly egg for those of us who want low carb and the richness of ice cream coupled with convenience of front door delivery. It’s worth hoping for anyway…
Wink Frozen Desserts
Price: $5.95 for a pint
Usefulness: Frozen dessert fabulousness without sugar, fat, dairy, eggs, soy, gluten or nuts
Positive: Allergy free and only 1 net carb per 1/2 cup serving.
Negative: Only available online.
Website: Wink Frozen Desserts
Disclosure: This product was provided free of charge for review by a site sponsor, but has not affected my opinion of the stuff.