Sumptuous fruit, super snacks and luscious ice cream

The best vanilla ice cream

Is it worth spending more on this delightful accompaniment? We put big brands and supermarkets’ own to the test…

Description: The best vanilla ice cream

Winner 43/50 Tesco Finest Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream

Slow-melting, sinfully creamy with a powerful hit of vanilla, this is ice cream perfection. $5.99 for 500 ml

The runners-up 37/50 Green & Black’s Organic Vanilla Ice Cream

A proper vanilla smell and flavor, Very decadent, but the texture is a tad foamy. $6.29 for 500 ml

36/50 The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Vanilla Ice Cream

Taste great, but a little lacking in visible vanilla. Melts quickly on the tongue, $5 for 500 ml

36/50 Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream

Thick, creamy and sweet with an enticing vanilla smell, Melts quickly, $6 for 500 ml

34/50 Waitrose Seriously Creamy Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream

A little aerated and weak in flavor, Too sweet for some, $5.5 for 500 ml

Products were blind tested in the GHI by a specialist team.

Cookery team favorites

Snacking doesn’t have to be a naughty word! Here’s a round-up of the new healthy nibbles that our cookery team just can’t get enough of.

G’nosh Babaghanoush Gourmet Dip “Smoky, complex and taste home-made.” Charlotte Watson, Cookery Assistant. From $4 for 200g (gnosh.co.uk for stockists)

Description: G’nosh Babaghanoush Gourmet Dip

G’nosh Babaghanoush Gourmet Dip

Mixed Seed topped No-No Flatbreads “Addictively crunchy, these low-fat crisp breads are delightful with or without dips.” Meike Beck, Cookery Editor $2.99 for 125g, Waitrose and Ocado

Description: Mixed Seed topped No-No Flatbreads

Yu! Just Fruit Cherry Pieces “These little gems taste like naughty sweets but are made with 100% real fruit! Monaz Dumasia, Deputy Cookery Editor $1 for 24 g, Tesco

Description: Yu! Just Fruit Cherry Pieces

In season peaches

Biting into a juicy peach is one of the pleasures of warmer weather, and their fragrant flesh marries well with both Savoury and Sweet flavors. Vanilla or almond flavors – such as marzipan or Amaretto – will wake up the peachiness, whereas the fruit’s texture and sublime juiciness make it a natural foil for salty cured meats such as Parma ham and chorizo. Choose unblemished, perfectly fuzzed fruit that gives when gently pressed. Why not try this sublime griddled dessert for a true taste of summer? Halve and remove the stones from 4 peaches. Pat the cut sides dry, then brush with vegetable oil. Heat a griddle pan and cook the peaches (cut-side down) until charred lines appear. Carefully pour over 4tbsp Amaretto and bubble for 30 sec. transfer the peaches to serving plates; add a splash of water to the pan, then pour syrup over the peaches. Meanwhile, Stir together 200 g (7oz) extra thick Greek yogurt, the seeds from one vanilla pod and 50 g (2oz) sifted icing sugar. Serve with the peaches. Serves 4.

Description: Luscious, juicy peaches – a real summer treat

Luscious, juicy peaches – a real summer treat

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