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 wanted to love this ice cream or frozen dessert but I should have know that when it was FREE of everything food it was too good to be true. This is terrible I can’t even pretend to like it.
What a disappointment.
Worse frozen dessert I’ve ever tasted!
If you want to turn into a real star.....
If you want to turn into a real star, eat Wink! You will turn into nothing but a ball of hot gas for 24-48 hours afterward! It is a magical experience no human will ever forget! Your peers might think you spilled beef stew on you because the smell lingers that long too! It really is incredible how transformed I was. Like a near death experience and crippling self control all rolled into one! I give this product 3 stars because the death feeling is delayed a few hours after only enjoy a mild ice cream euphoric feeling.
I really wanted to like this product!
I was so excited to finally find it on the shelf at Wegman’s. Let it thaw a bit….my chosen flavor tonite was pumpkin spice…so excited cause I love pumpkin spice! Oooh…..weird on my tongue….I thought I might get past the odd texture…then this weird flavor came through….sort of soapy, salty like baking soda maybe…lingered in my mouth….so Sad this is not going to be my thing…
I was so excited to finally get my shipment (after several weeks of waiting and contacting customer service), but the taste is terrible 🙁 I wasted my money for sure! Do NOT expect it to be ANYTHING close to ice cream.
Don't spend your money
it’s best to just get right to it. Without exaggeration, this is the most awful tasting anything. I was so excited, but it all just tastes like bean paste. I couldn’t make it past two bites. Very depressing. Just threw away 4 pints. my high hopes dashed.
Wanted to like it.....
Ordered 8 containers, ended up throwing all of them in the trash. Wish I would have found these reviews before I wasted my money. I was looking for something low carb. I guess if you had a bunch of allergies and this was all you could get, it may be ok. Tastes terrible….
I see Wink as a great outlet and “doable” replacement to ‘treats.’ Yes, it’s not as good as food full of sugar in a wrapper, but once in a few bites in my taste buds adapt to the stevia and it satisfies my cravings. Since eating wink, I run to my freezer at 2am wanting a snack and I’m able to JUST have that and not crave more after. I’m able to have 1/2 a pint and be satisfied and go to bed without eating something worse. I’ve lost 5 pounds in just 2 weeks. So I look in the mirror and it makes me love the desert a lil more.
Its icy and flavorless. It does not resemble ice cream in any way. I could not tell what flavor I was eating. It felt like a glutenous mess in my mouth. The worse part is that I was forced to buy 3 pints and now have to figure out what to do with it. What a rip off
Response from Go Dairy Free
I think it would work well as a base for smoothies. If you like bananas, I would personally blend it with a frozen banana, and then add any other fruit or flavorful ingredients you like. I would personally add some nut or seed butter for richness, but I’m not sure if you are looking for very low calorie.
Straight up tastes like dirt