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?
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.
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.