Category Archives: Producers
One product I’ve reviewed on this blog that seems to be quite popular is Ikea’s chocolate oat ball. This is a wonderful delicious sweet and easily worthy of a candidate for my top 10 sweets.
I’ve received a comment asking for the recipe of a similar treat which was distributed at Ikea. I haven’t been to Ikea recently and didn’t pick it up when I was there, but when I sent an email to them I got a response with a PDF scan of the original recipe.
You can read the PDF here:
Comparing the ingredients it’s clear it won’t taste exactly the same, but someday I hope to try it out. One great thing about homemade sweets is you can adjust the amount of sweetness to your taste.
If anyone makes this, please give me a picture and full report on the test!
I recently got a response back from an email query sent to Haagen Dazs with regards to the amount of green tea and caffeine in their green tea ice cream product (which I recently reviewed here).
They were tight lipped on the exact amount of green tea in the product, classifying it as “proprietary information”, but they did respond about the caffeine content:
“there is approximately 25 mg of caffeine per ½ cup serving which is considered 1 serving.”
Haagen Dazs website lists how they use Japanese matcha tea for this product, and according to the energyfiend website, matcha has roughly 70 milligrams of caffeine in 1 cup (8 fluid onces) of tea. This can be twice to three times of that found in other green teas, depending on the company and brewing length. One reason matcha has a high caffeine content is because the whole leaf is present, ground up, instead of just brewing it as other green teas.
Since matcha should be the only ingredient with any significant amount of caffeine present, we can use the above information to get a ballpark figure for how much green tea is in this product. It works out to be roughly one-third cup (1 teaspoon of matcha powder) in a single serving, and almost one and half cups in the entire package (one pint). This is useful information for those trying to make their own homemade ice cream with a similar flavor.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t translate to a huge amount of tea, so those looking to reap the health benefits of green tea would be better off keeping to matcha tea, or mixing in extra matcha powder into your ice cream.
In order to gather information on products for this blog, I’ve contacted a handful of companies. I’ve asked about “natural flavors” and caffeine content among other things.
Of all the companies I have sent queries to, only one of them so far – So Delicious Dairy Free – has asked me for my address so they could send me coupons in the mail.
I gave out my address and in less than two weeks received a pack of coupons in the mail, 9 coupons which save from 50 cents to $1.00 on various product groups: coconut milk, coconut milk creamer, almond plus beverages, and most importantly, frozen dessert pints!
Although this is only a small token of kindness on their part, I really appreciate it. Especially since no other companies have done as much.
I checked their website and they have a form you can provide your email address to get coupons. I recommend anyone interested to try and get some.