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 think Winks frozen desert is great. I buy it regularly. No it is not like ice cream, it is not dairy! To me it has a sorbet texture. The flavors are delicious. They have a nice variety. If you are on a dairy free,sugar free diet this will be your go to dessert.
Excellent taste no sugar love it
Not For Me
I generally like to have somewhat of a low-carb diet and was excited when I came across Wink… but wow, it was a huge disappointment. If you’re a fan of Arctic Zero, then you’ll probably enjoy it. Flavors are very faint, but if anything, it tastes like super watered down protein powder to me. For now, I’ll continue sticking with Rebel, Keto Pint, and Enlightened.
Helped me control my eating as I didn't want to eat it.
The taste was so bad that it was actually good for my eating habits. I had no interest in eating the ice cream that was in my house. I preferred to go without. That says something!
If you go into this thinking Haagen Dazs, you will be disappointed. If you go into it thinking this is a new frozen dessert, then it turns it its pretty good. Flavors aren’t really what they say they are, but they aren’t bad either. I have several I like.
Terrible taste and after taste
I love Wink
So many people claim they hate wink, but honestly, I think they’re not very appreciative of the product! To begin, you have to keep in mind it’s literally free of everything, including dairy, sugar, nuts, etc. It’s not going to taste like real icecream, because it’s not. The entire pint has 100 calories, meaning you can eat the whole thing without an ounce of guilt. Most icecreams (especially vegan ones) can have close to 400 calories PER SERVING. This is why I truly appreciate Wink. The flavors are mild but enjoyable, and the stevia gives the product a light sweetening that isn’t overpowering. As an avid dieter and fan of all things sweet and cold, Wink allows me to indulge in ice cream without going over my calorie limit and allows me to not have to meticulously weigh out a serving of icecream. It is a delicious product as long as you keep in mind it’s not going to taste like icecream. I’ve loved wink for years and have been super upset by many supermarkets stopping the sale of them (since people were returning them too often). Let people have nice things!
It’s nothing like ice cream. Tastes like chemicals. No thank you.
You develop a taste for it
It does taste different when you first try it but after a couple of servings I really developed a taste for it. So completely worth it given the number of calories, fat and carbs. I’m a fan. Just wish it was available in stores.
I love Wink!
I absolutely love it with some Wax Orchards Oh Fudge or in a blender with some homemade almond milk. I mean look at the ingredients they’ve done a phenomenal job at keeping it clean so don’t expect it to be this clean and taste like regular ice cream. You are what you eat and I’ll be a loyal customer for life