Photo: Alfero Gelato
Ice-cream is a great way to relax without resorting to meditation (it might not be for everyone) and warm baths (tubs don’t always fit inside HDB toilets). So it’s comforting to know that homegrown and international companies alike are addressing the growing demand for vegan-friendly products. What we mean to say is - congrats, your animal-loving ways don't mean you need to miss out on the cold treats.
1. Alfero Gelato
You might recognise the gelato parlour from this Her World story. But what’s new are the vegan-friendly and gluten-free sorbets ($15 for a pint, $5 for a cup). These are dairy-free yet they manage to retain the coveted creamy texture.
Available in hazelnut and dark chocolate, we found ourselves gravitating to the latter - rich and smooth, it hits the spot. Visit the shop in Macpherson to have either or both in a cop, cone, or atop waffles. The address is 81 MacPherson Lane #01-37.
Otherwise, pints are also available on delivery apps foodpanda and Deliveroo. Opening hours: 12 noon to 10pm from Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed on Mondays.
2. Ben & Jerry’s
The latest from Ben & Jerry’s are the low-fat, low-calorie Moo-phoria flavours ($14.90 per pint): Chocolate Cookie Affair, P.B. Dough and Caramel Cookie Fix. But for non-dairy creations, keep your peepers peeled for the vegan-certified P.B. & Cookies, Caramel Almond Brittle and Coconut Seven Layer Bar the next time you go grocery shopping.
Ben & Jerry’s uses almond milk as a dairy substitute, but there's hardly any difference in mouth feel. The tubs are loaded with familiar chunks and swirls, and these frozen desserts deliver what you’d expect. Think: bits of chocolate sandwich cookies and luscious caramel that elevate the texture.
Ben & Jerry’s pints are available at major supermarket outlets.
3. Raglan Coconut Yoghurt
Originating from New Zealand, the probiotic, sugar-free yoghurt ($14.95 for 400ml, $20.95 for 700ml) made using organic coconuts arrived in Singapore last month. Enjoy it for breakfast - whether in smoothies or fruit bowls, or you could eat it on its own as a snack. It has a shelf life of three weeks, and is best consumed after 10-14 days of opening the bottle.
Flavours available here encompass natural, lemon, strawberry, blackcurrant, and mango. Eaten on its own, the original flavour is refreshing and there’s a slight sweetness to it, which makes it more approachable than some natural yoghurt. That is if you like the taste of coconut. When we tried the strawberry, we noticed that the berry flavour was overpowered by the coconut taste. But it's versatile in that you can feel free to indulge, even if you subscribe to a paleo or vegan diet.
Get your dose from RedMart or FairPrice Finest outlets.