The following product review is for Worthenshaws Freedom Chocolate Frozen Dessert.
Description on the packaging states that this product is “Free From & Fabulous”. It also gives the story of how this product came to be:
My son Jacob was and still is the inspiration for my products. Being allergic to nuts and intolerant to dairy he can’t enjoy most treats like his friends. Being his mum, I didn’t want him to miss out so I created a delicious frozen dessert just as tasty as ice cream but without dairy, or any artificial nasties and containing only fruit sugars. Jacob loved it as did everyone else, so after a lot of experimenting I went on to develop three delicious flavours. Now I want to share my recipes for everyone to enjoy at home. It’s good to know that nice doesn’t always have to be naughty.” Kirsty Henshaw from the heart”
Recipe free from:
- Artificial flavours or colours
Water, Sweet Freedom® (Natural Fruit Extracts (Apples, Grapes and Carob)), Fructose, Coconut Oil, Brown Rice Flour, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Vegetable Fibre, Emulsifier (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Stabilisers (Tara Gum, Sodium Alginate), Flavouring.
We have also reviewed other allergy friendly frozen desserts, which you may like to read about in our “Frozen Desserts” category.
480 ml carton
The whole family put this Frozen Allergy Friendly Dessert to the test.
Ever since watching Kirsty do a very successful job of presenting this product on Dragon’s Den, I have been looking out for it in our local supermarket. When I saw that my local Booths supermarket had started to stock this I was very keen to try it.
First Impression of this product was very good, it is attractively packaged in a carton which is very similar in size and style to Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream (Worthenshaws Freedom 480ml, Ben & Jerry’s 500ml).
The dessert looked appetising and was very easy to scoop out. We had very different reactions to this on the first taste, so I will break them down.
Me: As I have mentioned before, I don’t have a sweet tooth and I am not a lover of ice cream but my first taste of this was very pleasing. I think the reason I liked it so much, was because it wasn’t too sweet and it had a really nice chocolatey taste. It reminded me of something else I have eaten and after wracking my brains (which shouldn’t take too long!) I have realised that it reminds me of Alpro Soya’s Chocolate Flavoured Soya Milk and Chocolate Dessert.
Husband: His first reaction was to say that he wasn’t too keen, he then took a 2nd spoonful and totally changed his mind! He said, “the more you eat, the nicer it gets, and the more you appreciate the chocolatey taste”. His final conclusion was that he thought it was excellent and that he loved it.
Daughters: The two girls who are lactose intolerant preferred it to my daughter who doesn’t have lactose intolerance. It may be that their taste buds are more attuned to the ingredients as they both consume lactose free products on a daily basis. My other daughter did like it, but not as much as her sisters which will be reflected in our overall score.
This is really good quality and definitely equal to any premium brand frozen dessert or ice cream I have tried.
This is a perfect alternative for anyone who can’t eat dairy ice-cream or is on a restricted diet.
I think this products deserves commending because it is also great for people who have issues with soya. A lot of dairy free alternatives contain soya so this is a fantastic product for anyone who also can’t tolerate soya.
It’s especially great for children as there is no need for them to feel excluded when their friends are all enjoying an ice-cream. You could serve this to your child and their non-allergic friends and I am sure it would be enjoyed by all.
I was going to say that the only slight negative for me was the price, our tub cost £4.08. One of my personal allergy related gripes is that most allergy friendly products cost so much more than their non-allergy equivalent.
However, after looking at what prices other stockists are charging I feel that the problem lies with the supermarket I purchased my product from (I can feel a strongly worded email coming on!) I wish we had a Waitrose near me as they have lowered their price to £2 so I could have bought 2 tubs for the price I paid – how annoying.
This is also available in two other flavours:
Which is your favourite?
Ingenius and a super allergy friendly treat! Head off to Waitrose and stock up your freezer.
Suitable for : Egg Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Cholesterol Free, Vegetarians and Vegans
Allergen Advice: Produced in a factory that handles nuts, soya, milk, wheat, gluten and egg.
All of the ingredients used in the Worthenshaws Freedom Frozen Dessert products are peanut, nut, gluten, egg, milk and soya free. Although these allergens are handled on the manufacturing site, we adopt strict procedures of segregation and handling of all allergenic raw materials from receipt through to production. This, together with our rigorous cleaning procedures prior to production, ensure that the risk of cross contamination is very remote. Testing has shown that there are no traces of these allergens, to within the current sensitivity of testing at our UKAS accredited laboratory; therefore we believe that these products are safe for the allergen sensitive consumer. The addition of the statement ‘produced in a factory that handles nuts, soya, milk, wheat, gluten and egg’ is intended as information to the consumer so as not to mislead, rather than a warning.
Price : £4.08 from my local Booths Supermarket
Available from :
Asda £2.50 (vanilla only, available on-line)
Sainsbury’s £3.00 (currently on offer 2 for £5)
Waitrose New lower price of £2.00 (was £3.00)
Please note that this Product Review is based purely on our family’s personal opinions and observations on how this Dairy Free Iced Dessert suited our requirements.
Please make sure you check all ingredients very carefully to ensure that they are suitable for your particular allergy or sensitivity before trying anything we have reviewed on Allergy Friendly Reviews.