Just prior to trialing it, I read many mixed reviews online about Wink Frozen Desserts. As I soon discovered, the varying opinions were for good reason. Which is why I’ve opted to skip a star rating on this review from us. Instead, I’ll provide enough details about Wink Frozen Desserts to help you decide if these pints might be right for you. And you can read the star ratings and reviews below from dozens of people who have purchased Wink.
Wink Frozen Desserts are extremely light. They range from just 25 to 75 calories per serving. They also have as little as 0 grams of sugars, 2 grams of protein, and 1 gram of fiber in each 1/2 cup. Select flavors have up to 4 grams of sugars and 4 grams of fat.
So what is in them? One sample ingredient label contains the following: water, pea protein, vegetable glycerin, organic agave inulin, organic flavors, organic tapioca, monk fruit, baking soda, xanthan gum, organic stevia, guar gum.
As you might suspect from reading this profile, Wink Frozen Desserts don’t taste like your typical ice cream. With no top allergens, added sugars and fat, they have an overall vibe that is notably off from the norm.
The consistency of Wink Frozen Desserts is closer to a sorbet than an ice cream. It’s scoopable, but a bit icy. As it melts, it does appear thicker, but then it has a slightly gelatinous mouth feel. If given the choice, we preferred it straight from the freezer, fully chilled with that slight icy edge. The picture below does a fantastic job of showing the different textures.
The flavor names on Wink Frozen Desserts imply a potential flavor rush, but the taste of each is actually very mild. For most of the pints, our tasters didn’t even come close to guessing the flavor. As you can see from the ingredient list above, they rely heavily on “organic flavors”, rather than flavorful ingredients that may add to the calorie or sugar count. Honestly, I’ve never seen “flavors” so high up on an ingredient list!
Since Wink Frozen Desserts are less full-bodied than most, and are sweetened exclusively with sugar-free, natural sweeteners, they do have a different underlying influence. For those who are stevia “super-tasters” like me, you may find the stevia and monk fruit combination off-putting. However, if you follow a sugar-free diet or use sugar-free sweeteners often, then the flavors might hit your taste buds just right.
We sampled bites of each flavor and our hands down favorite was the Caramel Candy Apple. We didn’t taste the apple, but the warmer caramel notes helped to mellow the stevia sharpness. Our second choice was the Black Cherry Cacao Nib. Yes, of course we picked two of the higher calorie ones! The base was mild, but did have a cherry influence that we could detect. And the generous smattering of cacao nibs were a nice surprise. But still, these pints are very unique, and didn’t fall in the ranks of ice creams we would purchase again.
What to Do with Leftover Wink Frozen Desserts
This is an update to help avoid waste of these pricey pints. If you aren’t a fan, try blending them into smoothies. Use a frozen banana and some peanut, nut, or seed butter to mellow the flavor and increase the richness without adding sugars (aside from naturally occurring ones).
The photos were provided by Wink Frozen Desserts. Unlike many other products, their photos are quite accurate. What you see is what you will get! Please keep that in mind and take note of the unique melt and icier consistency.
The Facts on Wink Frozen Desserts
Certifications: I believe Wink Frozen Desserts are Certified Vegan, Certified Gluten Free, Certified Kosher Pareve, and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Wink Frozen Desserts are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Wink Frozen Desserts website at winkfrozendesserts.com.
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I went on the hunt for this product after seeing an ad just yesterday. I just found it at the Wegmans,13 miles away. Twenty six miles and a gallon of gas later, I’m at home having tasted the goods. I actually did a Google search to find out if I was the only one who found the results so disappointing after all the effort I put into trying to find the dessert. I really wanted to like this product and support this company because it checks all the boxes for my dietary restrictions. But the taste was just really lacking and what I did taste, I didn’t enjoy in the cocoa dough and cake batter flavors. The article’s description is pretty spot on. I will stick to making my homemade ice cream treats. Nice try Wink.
All you need to know: first ingredient is water. And you can tell. Has almost no flavor, and what flavor it does have is barely sweet. I would eat almost anything if it was 100 calories, but this was not even worth 5 calories. Angry i was forced to purchase multiple cartons to be able to try it, will be throwing it out
Should have read the reviews first
I agree this is the worst “dessert “ I’ve ever had! The texture was oily, the flavor was nonexistent and I too threw it out! I don’t know what I’ll do with the other 2 pints. Don’t waste your money, anything would be better than this.
I cant believe i spend $5 on this garbage!
Only dessert ive ever thrown out!
I recently have been trying a Keto diet and saw WINK advertised as an excellent alternative to ice cream. The site minimum order was four containers, so I bought two chocolate and two vanilla. My husband received them in the mail and we couldn’t wait to try our new treat. I should tell you that my husband grew up extremely poor, and he is invaluable at saving leftover food and making a meal of it—NOTHING here goes to waste! In any case, we thawed the treat and cracked open a chocolate. He gave me a spoonful, and then the two of us gagged and spit it out! It was SOOOOOO bad! The mouth feel was absolutely horrendous, as though we’d been drinking at the site of an oil spill. The taste was just wretched, and the aftertaste was worse! We threw it out and he later tried the vanilla and said it was even worse than the chocolate. I can’t believe they are selling this stuff. It was some kind of a chemical concoction. This was just too, TOO disgusting. Seriously, if my husband actually threw it OUT, it had to be the worst of the worst! The rating system demanded that I fill in one, but NO STARS! Not even a fraction of a star!!!
These pints make me sad, which is a real travesty. Ice cream should NEVER make you sad. They’re icy, chalky, and flavorless at best. Oh, and you will pay dearly for that dreadful experience, too. You would honestly be better off crunching on ice cubes.
I took 2 small bites and the after taste was so strong it made my stomach sick. Tasted nasty along with its texture.
Now I have 6 pints I’ll have to throw away.
I tried the cocoa flavor, and threw it out after one spoonful. The monk fruit sweetener gives it a horrible chemical aftertaste- it tastes the way burning plastic smells. I had to rinse my mouth to get rid of it. I recommend vegan Halo Top instead.
Never Buy it again
I bought Chocolate mint and it tastes exactly like tooth paste. Nothing else.
I purchased the chocolate which was the only flavor that my local grocery store stocked. I rarely return items…..but after eating two teaspoons that is exactly what I did…returned it for a full refund..$4.49. I use Stevia so I am familiar with this sweetner….but OMG…this frozen dessert tasted so bad….just like medicine…I would not have cared about the consistency, but I can’t believe that this product is on the market….Who did the taste testing???