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Aug 29, 2005 01:34 PM

ICE CREAM craving for lactose intolerant...

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Hey hounds,

You guys were so helpful the last time!
I have one other related question--

What do you suggest I get to satisfy an ice cream sundae craving for someone who is lactose intolerant? (If you could, please provide specific brand names too)...

THANKS as always!

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  1. I am reasonably, but not fully, lactose intolerant and just take a couple of the lactaid pills before I have ice cream. This seems to work fine for me.


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    1. re: RibDog

      For what it's worth, my stepmother does the same, and only has a small portion.

      1. re: MMRuth

        Sometimes the Lactaid or Digestive Advantage tablets work for me, sometimes they don't. Never know. I have found that increasing my yogurt consumption seems to regulate the system more.

        As to the topic -- Breyers has a lactose-free ice cream, if you can find it, that is okay, but I've only seen it in vanilla. A little chocolate syrup helps. It's good in iced coffee, too. At an ice cream stand, I just had something called Dole Whip, which I was told is lactose-free, and I had no problems at all with it. It's a pineapple whipped frozen something and it's fairly tasty and refreshing and you can have it in a cone. While I find Lactaid milk pretty nasty tasting and smelling to drink on its own, I've made ice cream with it that was fine.

        1. re: K. McB.


          1. re: K. McB.

            Mocha Mix used to have a very good lactose-free Ice Cream in Vanilla and almond fudge (which I love) but I can't seem to find it in the stores anymore as Dreyers no longer distributes it according to the grocery store mananger. RE: lactose free Milk, have you tried Lactose Free Soy Milk ENHANCED in the half gallon size? I think it's actually pretty good.

      2. m
        Morton the Mousse

        If you have an ice cream maker at home, you can substitute canned coconut cream (not coconut milk, not cream of coconut) for dairy cream. The high saturated fat content in coconut makes for a creamy, rich, dairy free ice cream.

        1. What about soy ice cream? (sorry, can't remember the brand name, but it's found at Trader Joe's)

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          1. re: ju

            Good one--do they taste ok??

            1. re: el

              Some are better than others. I really like the Soy Decadent brand. Especially the death by chocolate. Toffutti is good too; however, I usually only get the ice cream sandwhiches by them.

              1. re: adventuresinbaking

                tofutti has good ice cream sandwiches (in several flavors now) and also a "marry me" bar which I think tastes much like a dove bar. VERY yummy. The soy decadent brand of soy ice cream has many tasty flavors, it is by far my favorite of the non-dairy brands.

          2. Have some raw milk just before eating the ice cream?

            "Lactose intolerant consumers can eat raw milk because lactase producing bacteria are present."


            1. The Breyers Lactose Free ONLY comes in vanilla and it's infinitely preferable to the soy and rice dream type desserts, which taste nothing like ice cream (although the Tofutti Cuties ice cream sandwiches are pretty close to a real ice cream sandwich. Except they're teeny tiny and you asked for an ice cream sundae-worthy dish.). I use Lactaid if I really need a fix or get by with the Breyers and fresh fruit. Another option is to consider a sorbet instead of an ice cream. One more idea that I just picked up at Whole Foods but have yet to try is an ice cream based on goat's milk. I purchased the molasses spongecake, although I deeply pondered the blackberry cabernet ice cream. For me, goat's milk is digestible, so I'm curious to see how the ice cream is.

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              1. re: LaLyssa
                Morton the Mousse

                Goat milk and Sheep milk do not contain Lactose. They are fine for the lactose intolerant, but no good for those with dairy allergies. However, as they are low in lactose they are low in sugar and disctinctly less sweet. I'd be curious to hear how the ice cream tastes; I imagine there would have to be a lot of added sugar.

                1. re: Morton the Mousse

                  Gee, I don't know about the sheep and goat milk being lactose-free. On the Lactose Intolerance Clearinghouse webpage it isn't said to be so. He says anything under 2% lactose should be okay for those with intolerance. If his figures in the Lactose Zoo are accurate, goat and sheep milk are both over 4%. (Opposum is 3.2% but mink is 2%, FYI!)


                  1. re: K. McB.
                    Morton the Mousse

                    Interesting. I guess they're low lactose rather than lactose free. Anecdotally speaking, many of my friends with a lactose intolerance are fine with Goat and Sheep milk. I guess someone with a really severe allergy may have problems. I wonder what mink cheese would taste like...

                    1. re: Morton the Mousse

                      According to the Laloo goat's milk ice cream website (see link), goat's milk has about 10% less lactose than cow's milk. The specific protein involved in the individual's allergy determines whether goat's milk might be a suitable alternative.

                      I have no problem digesting lactose, but am interested in trying Laloo's. Only problem is that a pint sells for around $7 at my market so I've held back for now. Anyone have first-taste comments on Laloo's? Favorite flavors? I may just buy a qt. of goat's milk at TJ's and experiment w/ homemade versions...


                      1. re: Carb Lover

                        from what i have studied, cooking for health conscious & people w food allergies, & from practical experience, about 90% of people who are lactose intolerant can tolerate goat & sheep's milk, yogurt & cheeses. My friend was so happy to discover chevre I think she ate salads with chevre for 2 weeks straight!

                        1. re: Carb Lover

                          LaLoo goat milk ice cream is to die for. Their Deep Chocolate flavor is better than many reg ice cream chocolate offerings I've tasted (I can only taste them due to my lactose intolerance). I've been able to tolerate this & Green Valley Organics lactose free yogurt.