About Time: You Discovered the Best Ice Cream Brands 2018By Angelica Malin
When a heatwave hits the UK, there’s only one thing for it: ICE CREAM. Forget your everyday scoops, we’re bringing you the best, newest, trendiest ice creams on the market right. Whether it’s a cookie crunch or salted caramel delight, here’s 10 of the best ice creams in the UK that money can buy:
The Lowdown: Oppo have launched their lastest flavour, and take it from us – it’s a summer banger. The Choc Chip Cookie Dough is a healthy ice cream, made using fresh milk, coconut oil and stevia, and is up to 60% less sugar than regular ice cream.
Our Thoughts: ‘Healthy’ and ‘ice cream’ is an oxymoron – but somehow the Oppo boys pull it off. Just because it’s low on sugar, doesn’t mean it’s free from flavour. One of the best ice creams right now in the UK: ice cream has never tasted so virtuous.
Where: Waitrose and Ocado
The Lowdown: If there is a flavour combination more deliciously indulgent than peanut butter and chocolate – we are yet to find it. Add ice cream into the mix and we really don’t think there is anything better. That’s why the good folks at Häagen Daaz have created their new Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream – made with peanut butter sourced from North Carolina in the USA (the Americans know how to do it right).
Our Thoughts: Better than your first snog at the school disco. One of the best ice creams we’ve tried; the combination of peanut butter and chocolate is such a winner.
Where: Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s
The Lowdown: Available in three flavours – Mango and Passion Fruit, Chocolate and Orange and Simply Coconut – Blue Skies experts carefully grow, hand-pick and cut the fruit, before churning it with coconut milk (also picked and cut by hand) at source. It goes straight from tree, to tub, to you.
Our Thoughts: Blue Skies proves that you don’t need dairy to create ice cream. Take a trip to vegan heaven and grate a bit of dark chocolate on the coconut ice cream – it’s one of the best creams you’ll ever try.
The Lowdown: Grom – the iconic Italian gelato maker – has officially arrived in the UK. Grom is made with the highest-quality naturally sourced ingredients, and developed using the best possible fruit from the rolling hills of Mura Mura, and other trusted suppliers and farmers. Grom is available in the following signature flavours: Gelato al Caffè, Gelato Alla Crema di From, and Gelato Al Cioccolato.
Our Thoughts: You’ll be hard pressed to find a better and tastier gelato on the market – it’s smooth, creamy and delicious. One of the best ice creams in the UK right now, for sure.
Where: Ocado and London-based Waitrose stores
The Lowdown: Made with frozen coconut milk, nutritionally bolstered by tasty nuts, sweetened with coconut sugar and Italian grapes, balanced by Himalayan pink salt and fortified with pea protein – each of MiiRO’s vegan ice pops are coated in a thick layer of nutrient-dense raw cacao and contains no refined sugar, no preservatives or artificial flavourings and they’re gluten-free too.
Our Thoughts: Magnum, who? We’re a bit obsessed with these ice creams – one of the best on the vegan market in the UK, we say.
Where: Ocado and Planet Organic
The Lowdown: Healthier and lighter than ice cream, Remeo is the first artisan gelato sold in jars, entirely produced in Italy, 100% natural and gluten-free. The sourcing of the ingredients undergoes a strict and continuous control (high quality fresh milk, liquid Italian Espresso Coffee, Madagascan Vanilla from the Bourbon Region), all of which are not processed but only blended with fresh milk and pure raw sugar.
Our Thoughts: So smooth. So creamy. So god damn delicious.
Where: Ocado, Waitrose and Whole Foods
The Lowdown: Ice Kitchen have transformed the nostalgic classic childhood treat and turned it into a gourmet ice lolly. They make twists on well loved classic as well as exciting creations with surprising flavour combinations – all made with whole fresh fruits, fresh milk and cream, the finest chocolate, coffee, herbs and spices. There’s everything from alcoholic pops to earl grey tea ice lollies and quirky flavours (hello, peach and hibiscus).
Our Thoughts: Did you just read the description? Alcoholic. Ice. Pops. The Mojito flavour is a taste of summer on a stick. One of the best ice creams when you’re feeling a bit naughty.
Where: Buy online
The Lowdown: Magnum have a added a new member to their growing ice cream family: Chocolate and Hazelnut Praliné. The ice cream is from slow-roasted hazelnuts, cream and just a hint of caramel and is then dipped in Belgian milk chocolate, and finished with roasted hazelnut pieces, caramelised in traditional copper pans.
Our Thoughts: One of the best ice creams around – it’s good, like really good. Great, even. But let’s be real here – you can’t beat a white chocolate Magnum.
Where: Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose
The Lowdown: Inspired by Wimbledon, Little Moons has launched a strawberries and cream mochi exclusive to Selfridges. A British twist on one of Japan’s favourite desserts, the mochi balls are made with fresh strawberries, real cream and gelato ice cream – all wrapped in a soft, sweet rice flour dough.
Our Thoughts: Chewy, creamy and cold all in one bite… A textual masterpiece.
Where: Selfridges, London
The Lowdown: Two worlds have collided: online gaming and ice cream. King has partnered with boutique British ice-cream specialists, Rossi, to launch Candy Crush Ice Cream, available in three flavours: Bubblegum Surprise, Chocolate Mountain and Marshmallow Delight.
Our Thoughts: We’re not big fans of the game, but the ice cream is nice.