Taste Test: Perfect World - The Sugar-Free Low Calorie Ice-Cream
I love ice cream, in fact I'd go as far saying I've always been a bit obsessed with it.
Not just eating it - which of course is the best part - but also making it, inventing new flavours, scooping it, serving it and pairing it with other desserts.
Perhaps my love of ice cream comes from my Italian heritage, where paying a visit to one's local gelateria is practically a daily occurrence in the warmer months.
I have fond memories of hot summer evenings in Italy, where dinner in a pizzeria was always followed by a stroll and a cone of cold and creamy ice cream from our favourite gelataio . You can't get more Italian than that!
When I first became vegan I thought my love affair with ice cream had to come to an end.
I tried a few vegan ice cream brands, mainly coconut milk based ones, and whilst I didn't mind them, none of them were a patch on the sweet frozen treat of my childhood.
Luckily, little by little I tried a few more and discovered several brands I liked, including Booja Booja and Alpro, which in my view were the closest to the dairy variety.
Since then more delicious dairy free ice cream has come on the market including good versions by well known American brands.
Craving finally satiated, problem solved. Aside of course from the fact that ice-cream is packed of sugar.
Enter Perfect World. Made with coconut milk, almonds, cashews and pecans, sweetened with erythritol and stevia, fortified with vitamin D, E, B1 Thiamine, B2 Riboflavin, B3 Niacin, B5 Pantothenic Acid, B7 Biotin, B12) and minerals (chromium, manganese, copper, zinc), and with an average of 400 calories per 500ml tub - less than half most vegan ice cream with sugar - this is definitely a much healthier option than the sugar-laden variety.
Taste and Texture
So can a sugar free ice cream taste as good as one loaded with the white stuff? I think the answer is not so much in the lack of sugar, but in the ingredients used to make it.
Perfect World contains the proper stuff. The Pistachio flavour has real pistachios in it, Raspberry Ripple has a good tangy fruity flavour thanks to a generous amount of raspberry juice, and so on.
The lack of sugar is unnoticeable as erythritol and stevia do a good job of sweetening it without any after taste. Perhaps those devoted to sweet monosaccharides might detect a slight difference in taste, but I think this would only bother few.
Texture wise Perfect World is creamy, melts and re-freezes well and works beautifully on its own or as an accompaniment to fruit salads, pies and cake or added to a smoothie - a dream for everyone really, but especially for those who want to avoid sugar or suffer from diabetes.
The range of flavours is good and includes Sweet Espresso, Caramel Pecan, Double Choc Chip, Raspberry Ripple, Pistachio and Mint Choc Chip and at £3.99 - £4.49 for 500ml Perfect World is also well priced.
Perfect World is available from Ocado.