Let’s get one thing straight- I’m not a big ice cream fan. I’ve bought a whopping two tubs of ice creams since going vegan in January 2012, and it’s not something I spend a lot of time thinking about. However, I’d also been craving a Mr Whippy all summer. I’d honestly had a soft-serve hankering for about three months, and when you’re vegan and especially living in the UK, it’s not something you can hop down to your local ice cream van to fix. It’d been in the back of my mind to try and find somewhere that does great vegan ice cream, but as I’ve mentioned, ideas about curry and breakfast burritos often cloud my judgement.
Until, that is, Sloane Brothers asked if I wanted to come and try their tropical flavour fro-yo.wanted to come and try their tropical flavour fro-yo. They’re based on Brick Lane, and have recently launched a dairy-free coconut yoghurt to go alongside their other flavours. Finally- after all these months of staring through the window at SNOG and feeling guilty about it, I was gonna get my soft-serve fix.
Sebastian and Maria at Sloane Brothers were super friendly and took us through all of the flavours and toppings- which- for vegans- includes Jammy Dodgers, chopped nuts, a load of fresh fruit they prepare right there at Brick Lane, and even marmite (??!!!!). Having opened in June, Sloane Brothers are also now working on a few other dairy-free flavours to have alongside the Tropical coconut option. Coconut flavours aren’t usually my fave thing in the world, but Sloane Brothers have made a pretty subtle tasting one- it wasn’t as strong as say the Co-Yo brand or even Coconut Collaborative. I chose a medium pot, which was still huge, and then Maria piled on all the fruit available. And seriously- piled.
I have no idea how she got that much fruit to balance on yoghurt. It was such a treat to tuck into a huge pot of vegan, fruity goodness, and made months of hankering after a semi-trashy ice cream so worthwhile.
Sloane Brothers' pots go from small to large, and I’d say the medium is definitely enough if you’re having it for breakfast or if you’ve had lunch. They cost around the £5 mark once you’ve added different toppings, but as an alternative to a pastries and multiple flat whites, I’m definitely going to be back for a morning kick-start. Considering how tricky it can be to find a vegan breakfast-to-go in this part of town, a totally tropical strategy seems like the best way to go.