Yeah! I really mean it!!
'Cos now I've got this:
|Drool! Drool! Drool!|
This, my friends, is Almond Dream Salted Caramel and I don't think I'll be sharing any of it with anyone... not even Baby... well she's got her Swedish Glace, anyway!
And as I've had to go on a bit of a hunt for it - round three stores no less ('cos not all of the branches of Waitrose that are supposed to be stocking it actually have it on the shelves just yet), I think I might just deserve it??
It is, I have to tell you, absolutely gorgeous!!
Just look at it:
What's in it??
There's only one problem, for me - it contains soya!! Not just soya lecithin (which, as it is a refined oil, which has all the proteins removed, is okay for me) but soya protein.
Nooo!!! Boo hiss!!!
Soya!! I think I'm gonna struggle later (I'll draw a veil over the finer details). Looks like I'm gonna have to pass this one over to Baby after all - it's not worth upsetting my insides, even for this one!! Good job I enjoyed the Mint Choc Chip, so much!!
So, what else is in it??
Water, Cane Sugar, Almonds (5%), Tapioca Maltodextrin, Vegetable Oil: Safflower, Brown Rice Syrup, Stabilsers: Guar Gum; Locust Bean Gum; Carageenan, Emulsifiers: Sunflower Lecithin, Soya Lecithin, Natural Flavouring, Salt (0.3%), Colour: PLain Caramel, Cocoa Butter, Soya Protein, Thickener: Pectin.
Besides the soya, other allergens include almonds.
Legume sufferers also beware!
Other allergen information states:
No added ingredients of dairy origin.
Manufactured in a factory that also handles peanuts, other nuts, eggs.
It's also gluten free!
Where can you buy it??
Well, I can't guarantee that you'll find this particular flavour in any given store, but the following branches of Waitrose are supposed to be stocking Almond Dream ice cream:
Abergavenny, Abingdon, Admiral Park (Guernsey), Alcester, Allington Park, Alton, Altrincham, Amersham, Ampthill, Andover, Ashford, Aylesbury, Banstead, Barnet, Barry, Bath, Beaconsfield, Beckenham, Bedford, Berkhamsted, Biggin Hill, Billericay, Bishop's Stortford, Blaby, Bloomsbury, Brackley, Bracknell, Brent Cross, Bridport, Brighton, Bromley, Bromley South, Buckhurst Hill, Buckingham, Burgess Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Buxton, Byres Road, Caldicot, Cambridge, Canary Wharf, Canterbury, Cardiff Queen Street, Caterham, Caversham, Chandlers Ford, Cheadle Hulme, Cheam, Cheltenham, Chesham, Chester, Chichester, Chippenham, Chipping Sodbury, Christchurch, Cirencester, Clifton, Cobham, Colchester, Comely Bank, Cowbridge, Crewkerne, Crouch End, Crowborough, Daventry, Dorking, Droitwich, East Cowes, East Grinstead, East Sheen, Eastbourne, Edgware Road, Egham, Ely, Enfield, Enfield Chase, Epsom, Esher, Exeter, Farnham, Finchley, Fitzroy Street, Fleet, Foregate Street, Formby, Frimley, Fulham, Gillingham, Gloucester Road, Godalming, Goldsworth Park, Gosport, Great Malvern, Green Street Green, Greenwich, Hailsham, Hall Green, Hampton, Harborne , Harpenden, Harrogate, Harrow Weald, Headington, Helensburgh, Henley, Hereford, Hersham, Hertford, Hexham, Hitchin, Holloway Road, Holsworthy, Horley, Horsham, Hove, Huntingdon, Hythe, Ipswich, Jesmond, John Barnes, Kenilworth, Keynsham, Kingshill, Kingsthorpe, Kingston, Knutsford, Leeds, Leek, Leigh On Sea, Leighton Buzzard, Lewes, Lichfield, Lincoln, Little Waitrose John Lewis Southampton, Little Waitrose at John Lewis Watford, Littlehampton, Locks Heath, Longfield, Lutterworth, Lymington, Maidenhead, Malmesbury, Market Harborough, Marlborough, Marylebone, Meanwood, Melksham, Menai Bridge, Mill Hill, Monmouth, Morningside, Nailsea, New Malden, Newark, Newbury, Newmarket, Newport, Newton Mearns, North Walsham, Northwich, Norwich, Oadby, Oakgrove, Okehampton, Otley, Oundle, Oxted, Paddock Wood, Palmers Green, Parkstone, Parsons Green, Peterborough, Petersfield, Ponteland, Pontprennau, Portishead, Poundbury, Poynton, Ramsgate, Reading, Red Houses (Jersey), Richmond, Rickmansworth, Ringwood, Rohais (Guernsey), Romsey, Ruislip, Rushden, Saffron Walden, Salisbury, Saltash, Sandbach, Sanderstead, Sandhurst, Saxmundham, Sevenoaks, Sheffield, Sherborne, Shrewsbury, Sidcup, Sidmouth, south Harrow, South Woodford, Southampton, Southend, Southsea, Spinningfields, St Albans, St Helier (Jersey), St Ives, St Neots, St Saviour (Jersey), Staines, Stamford, Stevenage, Stirling, Stourbridge, Stratford City, Stratford Upon Avon, Stroud, Sudbury, Sunningdale, Surbiton, Sutton Coldfield, Swaffham, Swindon, Teignmouth, Tenterden, Thame, Thatcham, Tonbridge, Torquay, Tottenham Court Road, Towcester, Trinity Square, Twickenham, Twyford, Uckfield, Upminster, Wallingford, Walton-le-Dale, Walton-on-Thames, Wandsworth, Wantage, Warminster, Waterlooville, Wellington, Wells, Welwyn Garden City, West Byfleet, West Ealing, Westbury Park, Westfield London, Weston Super Mare, Weybridge, Whetstone, Willerby, Wilmslow, Wimbledon, Wimborne, Winchester, Windsor, Winton, Witney, Wokingham, Wolverhampton, Woodley, Wootton, Worcester Park, Worthing, Wymondham, Yateley and York.
...Of which there are four flavours:
Mint Choc Chip (see previous post), Salted Caramel (as above), Praline Crunch and Velvety Vanilla.
How much is it??
At £3.74 a tub (472ml), given the cost of some of the other dairy free ice creams out there, I think it is incredibly good value!! Bargainous, in fact!!
Update Feb 2016:
Now also available from Asda and Morrisons supermarkets. It is cheapest at Asda - priced £2.50.