Peters No Sugar Added Vanilla is a low fat ice cream with only 3.8g of sugar per serving. It is a sweet treat without the guilt, but does it taste good? I bought a tub to help you decide if it’s worth a place in your freezer.
Is the ice cream any good?
Once the lid is removed, you’ll notice that Peters No Sugar Added Vanilla looks a lot like regular ice cream. It’s a nice off-white colour, like other popular family tubs.
The ice cream scoops well and doesn’t need much time at room temperature to soften. It has a reasonable texture that’s soft, creamy, and enjoyable.
Are there any downsides?
I was excited to try this ice cream – the packaging says:
“… today’s better-for-you treats are missing the classic taste and smooth, creamy texture that we know and love. As one of Australia’s most trusted brands in ice cream, Peters is now providing options for everyone – regardless of diets or trends. So we’ve set out to create a great tasting range that caters for everybody.”
Unfortunately, the flavour is no match for regular ice cream. The tub uses sorbitol and steviol glycosides to sweeten up the frozen dessert. It’s extremely sweet and has a slightly artificial taste.
This ice cream will probably taste fine if you’re used to artificial sweeteners. But this better-for-you treat also misses the classic taste of traditional ice cream.
The other issue with Peters No Sugar Added is the use of sorbitol. This ingredient can have a laxative effect, so overeating may cause a lot of discomfort.
- Less sugar than most tubs.
- Under 100 calories per serving.
- Good texture that’s easy to scoop.
- Sorbitol may give a laxative effect if over-consumed.
- Its flavour is no match for regular ice cream.
What are some similar products to try?
Here are some tasty alternatives if this product isn’t available or you want to compare similar products.
Streets Blue Ribbon Light Vanilla 2L: A popular ice cream in Australia that’s made with buttermilk. It’s an excellent option if you want less fat, but aren’t so concerned about the sugar.
Peters Light & Creamy French Vanilla 1.8L: If you prefer the taste of French vanilla, this is a good option. It’s a low fat ice cream but there’s more sugar in this alternative.
What do customers think?
After reading all the online customer reviews for Peters NSA, I created a summary of what they thought:
Peters No Sugar Added Vanilla Ice Cream received mixed reviews from consumers. Many praise its taste and texture, comparing it favourably to traditional ice cream. They highlight its suitability for those on low-carb, low-sugar, or ketogenic diets.
It is considered a healthier alternative for satisfying sweet cravings, particularly for diabetics and those looking to reduce sugar intake.
The biggest issue consumers have with this ice cream is its laxative effect. This is attributed to the addition of sorbitol. Several reviews warn that consuming more than a small amount can lead to gastrointestinal discomfort and urgent bathroom visits.
Price is also discussed. Some find it reasonably priced for a specialty product, while others consider it expensive, especially given the 1.2L pack size.
The main ingredients in this ice cream are skim milk concentrate or solids. The ice cream is sweetened with sorbitol and steviol glycosides.
Ingredient list: Skim Milk (Concentrate or Solids), Water, Sorbitol, Polydextrose, Cream, Vegetable Origin Emulsifiers [477, 471 (Soy)], Vegetable Gum (412), Mineral Salt (341), Flavours, Colour (160b), Sweetener (Steviol Glycosides).
Milk fat impacts ice cream consistency. Higher levels result in a creamier, smoother mouthfeel. The tub is 97% fat-free, with 2.3% milk fat.
More expensive brands have much higher milk fat levels. For example, Haagen-Dazs Light Vanilla has 16%.
No ice cream is good for you, so eat it in moderation. This product has 2.0g of saturated fat per 100g and 7.6g of sugar. It contains a lot less fat and sugar than regular brands.
Number of servings: 12
Serving size: 50g
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About the company
Peters is an iconic Australian ice cream brand established in 1907 by Frederick Peters. The brand was developed using his mother’s recipe and has since become a staple in the Australian ice cream market.
Over the years, the company expanded across Australia, introducing a wide range of ice cream varieties.
As of 2018, Peters Ice Cream is a subsidiary of Froneri, a joint venture between PAI Partners and Nestlé.