Don’t buy the frozen Wink dessert without reading this review. This vegan, fat-free, sugar-free diet has two enthusiastic thumbs and eight downward fingers.
Unfortunately, Wink Frozen Dessert is classified as a food. Last night I had a pint of their dark chocolate. When I looked at the ingredient list, the only two substances that were recognizable as “food” were cocoa powder and ground flaxseed. Other ingredients include inulin, pea protein, guar gum, stevia and monk fruit extracts, and a substance called “natural flavors.” Please note that “natural flavors” is a general phrase for minor ingredients that the food manufacturer does not have to disclose or list. “Natural flavors” often include neotame, a potent excitotoxin from the same family of artificial sweeteners as aspartame. Without a doubt, neotame would be necessary for the Wink product to be palatable, since the extracts of stevia and monkfruit are not so sweet.
As for the flavor, this could be the Wink ice cream dessert it could be the worst thing I’ve had in my mouth. The appearance and texture of the sherbet is similar to that of the sherbet, but it does not have the satisfaction that the sherbet offers. The sample of dark chocolate I tried was barely called chocolate. Yes, the initial taste was slightly chocolate, but after a second or two it turned into something that tasted metallic, unpleasant, and unrecognizable. It was not, I might add, a flavor I wanted to cultivate. Immediately after eating, I felt headaches around my temples and a slight stomachache.
When it comes to nutritional value, a whole pint is only 100 calories, zero grams / calories from fat or sugar, and not dairy. It was the prospect of having a sugar-free dessert for only 100 calories that appealed to me. You should know better than to expect to get something out of nothing. Many of Wink’s marketing images include fruit shavings, nuts, and coconut, and these supplements are absolutely necessary to make this product palatable. It’s certainly easier, cheaper, and tastier to make your own sugar-free sorbet at home. Then you can also control the ingredients.
And finally, the cost of Wink Frozen Dessert is staggering. Each pint costs $ 8 and Wink requires you to buy 4 pints, or $ 32. Shipping is another $ 9.99. Even with the 1 pint refund for being a new buyer, the total cost was $ 33.99, which I consider money flushed down the toilet.
Bottom line: When you see the good Wink Frozen dessert ad on your Facebook or Instagram feed, just scroll down.
Karen Bentley (SugarFreeKaren) is the author of The Sugar-Free Miracle Diet Handbook, founder of the Sugar-Free Institute, popular educator and seminar leader, and pioneer in adult education on the dangers of sugar and other calorie sweeteners