Plant-based, dairy-free, low-calorie and keto options are fueling the market in 2020.
Unilever PLC’s Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto business is releasing two new dairy-free sorbetto flavors – strawberry hibiscus and dark chocolate – and four new Layers varieties.
The Coffee Cookie Crumble Layers, inspired by the Affogato, features layers of cold brew coffee gelato, chocolate flakes, chocolate coffee sauce, vanilla bean gelato and amaretti cookie pieces.
The Banana Caramel Crunch Layers, inspired by banana pudding, includes layers of banana pudding gelato, pie crust pieces and dulce de leche.
The Lemon Berry Pie Layers, inspired by Southern lemon pie, features layers of lemon gelato, graham pieces, blueberry sauce and pie crust cookies.
The Dairy-Free Coconut Chocolate Cookie Layers, inspired by coconut macaroons, includes layers of coconut sorbetto, oat crisps, dairy-free hot fudge and chocolate cookie pieces.
Unilever’s Magnum Ice Cream brand is adding a new flavor to its non-dairy bar lineup and two new tub varieties.
The Magnum Non-Dairy Sea Salt Caramel Bars feature a sea salt caramel base made with coconut oil and pea protein dipped in a cracking non-dairy chocolate shell. The plant-based bars are certified vegan and made with Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa.
The new Magnum Double Almond Brown Butter tub includes almond ice cream with swirls of brown butter sauce and milk chocolate pieces in a cracking milk chocolate shell.
The Magnum Double Pistachio Honey tub features sweet pistachio ice cream with swirls of honey and milk chocolate pieces in a cracking milk chocolate shell.
A sunflower seed butter base is the star of three new Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy frozen dessert pints that debuted in January. The Unilever subsidiary is the first national brand to offer sunflower butter pints to the public, according to the company.
Varieties include “Milk” & Cookies, featuring a vanilla non-dairy frozen dessert with chocolate chip cookies, chocolate sandwich cookies and chocolate cookie swirls; Crème Brulee Cookie, with burnt caramel frozen dessert, brown sugar cookies and salted caramel swirls; and Mint Chocolate Cookie with mint frozen dessert and chocolate sandwich cookies.
Ben & Jerry’s sunflower butter pints join the brand’s 12 other non-dairy frozen desserts, which feature an almond milk base.
Frozen novelty maker Chloe’s is expanding beyond fruit bars to launch Chloe’s Oatmilk Pops, a line of non-dairy treats inspired by classic ice cream flavors. The desserts are the first oat milk pops on the market, according to the company.
Chloe’s chose to innovate with oat milk because of its environmental benefits, Chloe’s said, as well as its creamy nature. Sweetened with cane sugar, the pops are dairy-free, plant-based, gluten-free and Non-GMO Project verified. Flavors include raspberry chip, mint chip and salted caramel.
The raspberry chip pops contain 100 calories, 13 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein per pop; the mint chip variety contain 120 calories, 16 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein per pop; and the salted caramel flavor contains 110 calories, 15 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein per pop.
“With our new Oatmilk Pops we are diving deeper into decadence, while remaining true to our core value of using simple ingredients,” said Chloe Epstein, president and co-founder of Chloe’s. “Oat milk is rich and creamy and has quickly become one of the most popular dairy alternatives because it works so well in a variety of applications. There are many oat milk products on the market that add artificial ingredients, but we’ve been working to perfect a pop recipe with oat milk as the base that still upholds our guardrails of ingredient integrity and we’re thrilled with the result. We have no doubt these will be a consumer favorite.”
Chloe’s Oatmilk Pops retail for $4.99 to $5.99 per box of four pops.
Alden’s Organic in January debuted dairy-free frozen desserts in carton and sandwich formats that are made with brown rice, oat flour, coconut oil and pea protein. The 14-oz cartons come in seven flavors: Caramel Almond Crunch, Muddy Brownie, Vanilla Bean, Double Strawberry, Freckled Mint Chip, Peanut Butter Chip and Cookie Crumble. The sandwiches come in two varieties: Vanilla Bean Round Sammie and Caramel Drizzle Round Sammie.
“Consumers are craving a dairy-free option that actually delivers an exceptional flavor-filled experience,” said Joelle Simmons, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Alden’s Organic. “We saw an opportunity and worked through 29 variations to develop a more progressive, organic dairy-free recipe that upholds the high standards of our famous ice cream.”
Nestle SA’s Häagen-Dazs brand is unveiling Heaven, a new light ice cream collection with one-third fewer calories, half the fat and 25% less sugar per serving than its regular ice cream, the company said.
Featuring ultra-filtered skim milk, Häagen-Dazs Heaven ice cream is made with non-GMO ingredients, contains 230 calories or fewer per serving and comes in four flavors.
The Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel ice cream features chocolate light ice cream swirled with a ribbon of sea salt caramel. Each 2/3-cup serving contains 230 calories, 22 grams of sugar and 9 grams of protein.
The Strawberry Waffle Cone ice cream is strawberry light ice cream dappled with strawberries and pieces of chocolate covered waffle cone. Each 2/3-cup serving contains 210 calories, 25 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein.
The Peanut Butter Chip ice cream contains vanilla light ice cream with a swirl of peanut butter and chocolate chips. Each 2/3-cup serving contains 230 calories, 18 grams of sugar and 10 grams of protein.
The Cold Brew Espresso Chip ice cream features coffee light ice cream with chocolate espresso chips. Each 2/3-cup serving contains 220 calories, 18 grams of sugar and 9 grams of protein.
Häagen-Dazs Heaven light ice cream is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $5.49 per 14-oz container.
In February, ZoCal unveiled its flagship line of frozen desserts, including low-calorie ice cream and zero-calorie ice pop and sorbet bars. All products contain no sugar or sugar alcohols, no fat and no cholesterol.
ZoCal ice pops contain zero net calories and are available in boxes of five for a suggested retail price of $6.49. The ice pops come in six flavors: cherry hibiscus, lemonade, fruit punch, orange, strawberry guava lemonade and passionfruit.
ZoCal sorbet bars, which are individually wrapped and packaged in reusable glass jars, contain zero calories and 1 gram of net carbs per serving. Available in strawberry lemonade, blueberry acai, orange creamsicle and passionfruit flavors, the bars retail for $5.99 per box of five.
ZoCal ice cream is made with whole milk and ranges from 60 to 80 calories per pint. Retailing for $6.49 per pint, the ice cream comes in eight flavors: cotton candy, key lime pie, burnt caramel, cookies and cream, banana cream, mint chip, strawberry and vanilla bean.
Halo Top, a subsidiary of Wells Enterprises, Inc., in January introduced a line of keto-friendly ice cream. Made with ultra-filtered skim milk, which provides more protein and fewer calories than regular milk, the products contain 5 to 10 grams of net carbs and 410 to 630 calories per pint.
Halo Top’s Keto Series includes seven flavors: peanut butter chocolate, caramel butter pecan, chocolate cheesecake, jelly donut, berry swirl, banana cream pie and white chocolate macadamia nut.
The peanut butter chocolate variety is a frozen dessert filled with peanut butter, mini peanut butter cups and a chocolate swirl. Each pint contains 630 calories, 8 grams of net carbs, 22 grams of protein and 6 grams of sugar.
The caramel butter pecan ice cream includes buttery caramel syrup and pieces of roasted pecans. Each pint contains 460 calories, 5 grams of net carbs, 19 grams of protein and 4 grams of sugar.
The chocolate cheesecake flavor is made with cheesecake pieces in a chocolate ice cream base. Each pint contains 470 calories, 10 grams of net carbs, 20 grams of protein and 5 grams of sugar.
The jelly donut offering features a strawberry swirl and glazed donut pieces. Each pint contains 450 calories, 7 grams of net carbs, 18 grams of protein and 4 grams of sugar.
The berry swirl variety is loaded with blueberries and strawberries and layered with a swirl of blueberry syrup and strawberry syrup. Each pint contains 410 calories, 8 grams of net carbs, 17 grams of protein and 5 grams of sugar.
The banana cream pie ice cream includes bananas, chocolate syrup and pie flavors. Each pint contains 500 calories, 9 grams of net carbs, 19 grams of protein and 5 grams of sugar.
The white chocolaty macadamia nut flavor is made with macadamia nuts and white chocolate. Each pint contains 460 calories, 8 grams of net carbs, 19 grams of protein and 7 grams of sugar.
Halo Top Keto Series ice cream is available in 16-oz pints for a suggested retail price of $5.99.
Beyond Better Foods in February added two new flavors to its Enlightened keto ice cream line.
The caramel dark chocolate peanut ice cream bar is made with caramel ice cream rolled in crushed peanuts and dipped in keto-friendly chocolate. The bar contains one gram of net carbs and less than one gram of sugar.
The caramel chocolate double dough ice cream pint contains chocolate ice cream, a swirl of caramel, brownie bites and chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough. The ice cream contains one gram of net carbs per serving.
The Cheesecake Factory restaurant chain in February collaborated with Wells Enterprises, Inc. to launch a collection of The Cheesecake Factory At Home cheesecake ice cream.
Varieties include birthday cake cheesecake ice cream with cake pieces, swirls of icing and candy sprinkles; chocolate cheesecake ice cream with chocolate fudge swirls; cookies and cream cheesecake ice cream with chocolate cookie swirls; key lime cheesecake ice cream with graham swirls; traditional cheesecake-flavored ice cream with graham swirls; caramel cheesecake ice cream with sea salt caramel and graham swirls; and strawberry cheesecake ice cream with strawberry and graham swirls.
Drumstick desserts are getting a new cookie-coated makeover with the debut of Crushed It! Sundae Cones and Bars. The frozen treats feature a “unique melt-in-your-mouth cookie coating made with a new to market proprietary technology,” said Nestle SA, parent company of Drumstick.
New Crushed It! Bars mark Drumstick’s first foray into the bars segment. Both the bars and sundae cones feature ice cream centers enrobed in crushed cookies and come in Cookie ‘N’ Cream and Vanilla Fudge varieties.
“The Drumstick brand is constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to innovation, from our unique coatings, flavors and textures to our product formats,” said Joanna Komvopoulos, brand manager for Drumstick. “Knowing that Cookies ‘N’ Cream is a favorite flavor for so many Americans and a staple in sundae shops around the world, we developed Drumstick Crushed It! and doubled down on the experience by amplifying the melt-in-your-mouth cookie coating with our new Cookies ‘N’ Cream and Vanilla Fudge flavors.”
Perry’s Ice Cream Company, Inc. in January launched a line of coffee and tea flavored ice cream bars that contain as much caffeine as a cup of coffee or tea. The new Barista Bars come in three varieties: cold-brew coffee, mocha latte and chai latte.
“Exciting prominent and emerging trends, including specialty coffees, teas and traditional bakery favorites like cookies and cakes, led our new product development for 2020,” said Nichole Buryta, brand manager for Perry’s Ice Cream.”
In January, Nestle’s Häagen-Dazs brand launched two limited-edition ruby cacao ice cream treats.
The Ruby Cacao Crackle Pistachio Sweet Cream Trio Crispy Layers features crispy layers of ruby cacao with layers of pistachio and sweet cream ice cream. Each 14-oz container retails for $5.49.
The Ruby Cacao Ice Cream Bars feature sweet cream ice cream dipped in a ruby cacao coating. One box of three bars retails for $4.49.
"The Häagen-Dazs brand encourages consumers to indulge in the finest, and the ruby cacao collection is an extraordinary new experience for people to try," said Rachel Jaiven, brand manager for Häagen-Dazs. "The flavor is fresh, fruity and smooth with an aftertaste of berry and a hint of cacao. The brand has expertly paired ruby's unique, delicious taste profile and intriguing color with decadent Häagen-Dazs ice cream, offering consumers a variety of ways to experience this exceptional innovation."
Unilever in January introduced Magnum Ruby Minis, making Magnum Ice Cream the first national ice cream brand in the United States to launch an ice cream featuring the new ruby chocolate variant, Unilever said.
The new mini ice cream bars pair sweet cream ice cream with ruby cacao, which expresses a berry-like flavor and pink color. Each bar contains 130 calories.
“As the chocolatiers of ice cream, we’re uniquely positioned to launch the first ice cream featuring this new chocolate variant, ruby,” said Leslie Miller, director of marketing of ice cream in North America for Unilever. “We’re excited to give Magnum ice cream fans another decadent ice cream and cacao pairing, creating the ultimate indulgence moment.”
Magnum Ruby Minis are available in packs of six bars at select retailers and will be available nationwide beginning in February for a suggested retail price of $4.99.
Discovered in 2017 by Barry Callebaut, ruby is the first new chocolate in 80 years, following white chocolate, dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Ruby chocolate features a reddish color and is not bitter, milky or sweet. It has a berry fruitiness and smoothness, according to Barry Callebaut. No berries, berry flavor or color is added to ruby chocolate.
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