Food Allergy Counseling

Food Allergy Counseling
Sloane Miller, Food Allergy Counselor (Picture © Noel Malcolm 2013)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Smoochies

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It’s been over three years since I’ve had ice cream, in any form. No substitutes either. No sorbet. No rice dream. No soy dream. No Pinkberry (oh wait I did try it when it came to NYC a couple of years back, just a taste, maybe 1 tablespoon and bad tummy immediately. Sigh.).

So when I heard about Smoochies last year, I didn’t give it too much thought. “Lactose-free” soft serve ice cream? I didn’t really believe it. And since it’s taken so long to get my tummy back on track, and I know I'm lactose-intolerant, and my diet is so free-of processed foods, and I’d done without it for so long, I put it out of my head.

That is until last week.

When I'm sick, my eating goes all out of whack. During this last bronchitis all I wanted was white rice and chicken broth, lots of tea, water and not much else. Except ice cream. What’s a lactose-intolerant girl to do?

Smoochies !

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First, some background from the Smoochies site:

Completely lactose free: Between 30 and 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant and suffer after eating dairy products. Smoochies is the only lactose-free frozen dessert on the market.

Only 15 calories per fluid ounce for all flavors and 99% fat free: At Smoochies, we leave the guesswork out. You don't need to read the fine print to figure out which flavors are low fat and which aren't at Smoochies because all of our flavors are 99% fat free and only 60 calories per four fluid ounce serving.

All natural: At Smoochies, we only use the finest all natural ingredients. We never use any artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors.

A good source of protein: The secret behind what makes our product taste so creamy even though it is 99% fat free is the high whey protein content. While you may feel like you’re indulging in a delicious frozen treat, you are actually eating a nutritious product that provides 5 grams of protein per serving.

Ingredients: Low Fat Lactose-Free Milk, fruit sugar, cane sugar, whey protein, milk protein, natural flavors, vegetable gums, mono- and diglycerides, salt.


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As soon as I was well enough, I popped by for a taste test.

I started small: one tablespoon of the coffee flavor. It was very sweet, cold, milky, coffee-y, with a smooth texture.

And then I waited. Would my tummy be very unhappy with this marketed “lactose-free” delight? I waited an hour, nada; two hours, niente. A day, still no bad tummy reaction. This was a good sign.

A few tummy-trouble-free days later, I got the mini (4 ounces and 60 calories) vanilla. The taste reminded me of frozen whipped cream with some frozen custard-y undertones. Very sweet, slightly bitter/chemical aftertaste. The texture was aerated and slightly icy/chewy. But it did the trick, quenched my I-need-some-ice cream-cos-I’m-not-feeling-so-hot-need.

And the tummy? No problems! How exciting is that? Will I be running back every week? Probably not, it's a bit overly processed tasting but if I have a dire craving, I now know where I can go for a lactose-free treat.

7 comments:

Jaime said...

Hi!
I am new to your site. Like you I am very allergic. I am finding your site to be helpful and informative. I have had allergies my whole life only I never really knew how bad it was until a few months ago. I also have severe asthma, so bad that I have episodes where I just stop breathing from time to time. I have had more trips in the ambulance than I would like to admit. It has not been fun. I recently found out I am very allergic to gluten and while doing research I was amazed to find out how much crap we are getting in our food. I am on a journey to be gluten-free, and healthy! In that process I came across your site. I hope you are doing well.
Take care,
Jaime

jumpinjulia said...

Hey! this is just what I need for my Step-D who is lactose intolerant and regularly lapses in her diet for the love of ice cream.

Let me know when it comes to Canada.

Allergic Girl said...

thanks ladies!

ps juminjulia, smoochies is only in nyc right now, but is available for franchise i believe.

Roger said...

For those of us with a dairy allergy, I don't think these would work. They are lactose free but do they still have casein or other milk proteins?

Allergic Girl said...

hi roger
smoochies would definitely NOT work for anyone with a dairy ALLERGY.

for a lactose intolerance they seem to be an okay product but they are still milk based so NOT for you.

have you tried any of the casein free substitutes, like rice dream or soy dream or that coconut ice cream?

Roger said...

I have tried a few different ones. Actually, I found that I like Tofutti's dairy free frozen desserts (ice cream substitutes) better than the others. I will have to try coconut ice cream. I hadn't heard of that before. Thanks for the ideas. I am still getting used to the food allergy world...

Roger

Allergic Girl said...

oh tofutti--i remember that. another resource for dairy-free stuff is alisa's site: http://www.godairyfree.org/