*Disclaimer: I was sent their full range of ice lollies to try and review, but all opinions stated are honest and 100% mine.*
what is miiro?
I’m sure a lot of you are wondering (pun intended; you’ll get it if you read on 😉) what “MiiRO” actually is. MiiRO creates a range of vegan “magunum-style” ice lollies that come in 3 different flavours. The idea behind their name is that MiiRO comes from the Latin for “wonder”, which I thought was a really nice touch. They are completely dairy-, gluten- and refined-sugar-free, plus totally delicious. Whilst I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with regular ice lollies, nor are these “healthy” simply because they’re vegan. However if you are avoiding any of those ingredients, are vegan or just want a slightly healthier option then these are for you.
I’ve got 5 criteria – variety, ingredients, packaging, taste and price – which will combine to determine its overall score. Each category is judged out of 10 stars in case you’re wondering!
variety – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This scores 8/10 for me because they have 3 flavours: peanut butter, salted caramel, and chocolate hazelnut. It’s already a pretty impressive and tasty range if you ask me, but I’d LOVE to see a few more flavours which are maybe a bit more out there. I’m thinking banoffee (my addiction is real), pistachio, raspberry & white chocolate, mint chocolate… the options are endless! It’s also making me really hungry just thinking about all those different combinations.
ingredients – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I think these ice lollies do deserve to score pretty highly (i.e. 9/10) based on their ingredients simply because I know how to pronounce almost all of them. Whilst I used to steer clear of anything that had “refined sugar” or “gluten”, I don’t anymore, however I do still like these sorts of products. (The difference is that I no longer feel like I “can’t” have their original counterparts). Anyway, they’re all made with premium ingredients, so no corners are cut here and you really are eating proper stuff. Not stuff that simply looks like chocolate!
packaging – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Okay, so 5/10 might seem a bit harsh, but I’m a harsh marker and I do think there’s room for improvement here. The design on the boxes is very aesthetic, however they are quite hard to open and flimsy once taken out of the freezer. We also struggled unwrapping the lollies from their wrappers, and found they stuck quite a lot. In my boxes, once opened all the lollies had the same wrapper so you can’t distinguish them either if you don’t have the room for the boxes in your freezer. This is just me being really picky though!
taste – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The most important thing if you ask me! They taste AMAZING, and I promise I’m not just saying that. Seriously my whole family loves these so much. The ice cream in the middle is so creamy and perfectly sweet, with the salted caramel/ peanut butter/ hazelnut flavours really coming through. The chocolate coating is also not too sweet, but not too bitter. So basically you don’t get a sugar-overload or a wave of bitterness!
price – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
As with all products that are made with ethically-sourced, premium ingredients, you do pay for it in terms of cost. A box of 3 costs £5.89, which equates to roughly £1.96 per lolly. In comparison with a similar-sized magnum (MiiRO are 70ml each, the magnums in question are 88), it costs £3.89 for a box of 3, or £1.30 each. However, personally I think it’s worth it, and whilst I wouldn’t have it regularly (thinking about Uni budgets here), it’s an ideal treat from time-to-time!
overall – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
(I just added them all up and divided by 5 #A-Levelmaths)
In summary, I would definitely recommend them to anyone and everyone, especially for their taste. They’re delicious as is, or you can up the delicious-factor by 349289430 by making “MiiRO nachos”. Sounds weird, (and no I don’t mean bake them with cheese and guacamole), but I did this for father’s day last weekend and it was such a hit!
Not the mexican baked good, but something entirely different. Think a platter of chocolate ice lollies drizzled with salted caramel sauce, topped with popcorn, flaked almonds and frozen berries. Yum!
- 5 MiiRO ice lollies (one flavour or a mixture; use more or less depending on how many you're feeding)
- 1 tbsp salted caramel sauce (I used a vegan, coconut-based one from Sri Lanka)
- a handful each of salty popcorn, flaked almonds and frozen berries
Start by unwrapping your lollies and arranging them on a plate or platter of choice.
If necessary, gently warm your caramel sauce (so it's not solid), allow to cool slightly before drizzling over the lollies. Scatter the toppings as desired, then either serve straight away or store in the freezer until ready to devour. Enjoy!
I hope you’ve found this post informative, and if I have tempted you to try them then I’d love to hear your opinion. Does it beat a magnum, or will a magnum always have a special place in your heart? Let me know!