Dairy Free Ice-Cream Provides Relief For Parents As Dairy Intolerance Rises Amongst Children

The ice-cream was developed when wellness expert and exercise coach Steve Bessant starting experimenting in his kitchen with a borrowed ice-cream maker, believing that taste needn’t be compromised when avoiding dairy. Although originally developed for the Free From sector – with dairy intolerance affecting 13.7 million people in the UK the growth of the ‘want to’ rather than the ‘need to’ market is fast growing.


Already stocked in 300 Tesco stores, 200 Waitrose stores and over 200 independent retailers around the UK, Bessant & Drury’s is a luxury dessert made with the finest natural ingredients, including highly nutritious coconut milk. Renowned for its health benefits, coconut milk gives Bessant & Drury’s a rich, creamy smooth texture yet it has less than half the fat of a dairy ice cream.


Since launch Bessant & Drury has scooped two Great Taste Awards, competing against mainstream ice-cream and also won the Innovation Award at the Free From awards – its creamy taste bucking the trend of dairy free desserts which until now have been dull and watery and with the inclusion of nuts or soya.


Bessant & Drury is quickly growing into a luxury health brand and free from dairy, gluten, soya, cholesterol, artificial additives, colourings and preservatives it comes in four flavours; strawberry, vanilla, chocolate and lemon.


Quashing beliefs that Free From foods also compromise on taste Bessant & Drury was the first coconut milk based ice-cream in the UK, enjoying all of the health benefits of coconut. With its highly nutritious and “functional food” status, coconut was chosen as the main ingredient because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content, which includes being cholesterol free, increasing metabolism, improving calcium and magnesium absorption. It is also a good source of fibre with the added benefit of the fat from coconut being burned by the body rather than stored as body fat.



Coconut milk contains essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that supply a host of benefits to the human body. About a third of coconut flesh is fat (and about 92% of this fat is technically classified as saturated) but it is mostly made up of short- and medium-chain fatty acids that are used as energy and not stored as body fat like long-chain fatty acids found in dairy milk. Once vilified, coconut milk is now appreciated and the popularity of coconut milk is on the upswing. Health benefits of coconut include: Supports tissue healing and repair; Supports and aids immune system function; Improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease; Functions as a protective antioxidant; Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance; Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids; Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes; Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth; Helps protect against osteoporosis; Supports and aids immune system function; Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals/ premature aging.