To keep things PC with the dairy industry, they are labeled as “frozen dessert,” but Tempt’s dairy-free summer treats would be labeled as creamy ice cream bars if I had a say.
I’d been searching for these ice cream bars since early last summer when they first hit the freezer section of many grocers … just not the ones in my area. But this summer, we are in a new city, one that embraces the summer heat and all things dairy-free and frozen. So last week when I spotted two different flavors of the Tempt Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Bars, I swooped up a box of each – in the name of reviewing them for you here on Go Dairy Free, naturally.
As I savored the Vanilla with Blueberry Pom Swirls Bar, I marveled at how creamy it still was even after some slight melting in the car ride from the store. They had warped a bit, as you can see, but not a single ice crystal in the entire bar – they were perfectly smooth and creamy throughout. The Vanilla with Fudge Swirls had an equally smooth vibe, but the swirls were like fudgesicle syrup drizzled in rather than the bright berry flavor of the others.
As mentioned, they did melt a bit in transit, so mine aren’t as pretty as they could be – but I still wanted to show you what the actual bars look like …
What I didn’t realize at first is that these are 100-calorie bars – bonus! Despite my creamy proclamations, both bar varieties were refreshing and light, weighing in at just 3.5 grams of fat per bar. Nonetheless, they were satisfying; I never reached for more than one in a day.
The base of the Tempt ice cream bars is made from hemp, tapioca, rice, and organic cane sugar. If you’ve had Tempt brand ice cream (in the pints) then you are familiar with the flavor – if not, expect a somewhat mellow flavor with intriguing notes. Unlike many hemp products, the taste isn’t overpowering at all – in fact, I think the rice and tapioca set the stage for the underlying flavor.
Tempt ice cream bars come in two other flavors that my grocer didn’t carry: Chocolate Fudge and Coffee with Cream Swirls. Here, they retailed for $4.99 for a box of 4 bars. An indulgence, but one that I can justify since I won’t be hitting up the ice cream parlors!
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, the bars are Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free, and Wheat-Free, but see the packaging and contact the company for allergen and manufacturing “may contain” labeling.