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It’s summerrrr!!! And if you don’t know, now you know, because my ice cream review is here!
I’ve been working on this one for a while as I wanted to try as may ice cream brands and flavours as I could. So after months of gruelling research, tasting ice cream, and tasting more ice cream, I’ve now given these ice creams my official rating and an explanation of why each has received that rating. The opinions are all my own, so you may disagree with them and that’s completely ok. I’ve tried to be as objective as possible and judge each ice cream cream based on quality rather than just my personal preferences. Essentially my criteria is:
- Fitting the flavour (ie if it’s vanilla, does it taste like vanilla?)
- Quality (ie if it supposed to include fudge, does it? Is it generous?)
Keep in mind I live just outside Toronto so I am for the most part limited to brands that sell in Canada, so I apoligize if I missed any ice cream you have at your stores, but hey, if you’re really curious the best way to find out is to give it a whirl yourself hehe…
The ice creams are organized by brand and within that by type (ie soy, coconut milk etc.) So I hope this review is helpful. If you disagree with any of my opinions posted here, feel free to comment and let people know as they may be enriched by your opinion!
So Delicious Definitely my favourite brand of ice cream, they have so much variety and they’re widely available. They also alternate and make their ice cream with coconut milk, almond, soy and cashews. They also carry bars and sandwiches so you can truly have what you desire! They are a major non-dairy company and do sell milks, creamers, etc if you’re interested. I have tried the most of their products so I will break down what I’ve had and give each a rating.
Mocha Almond Fudge Bars: MY FAVOURITE. These are made with almond milk, and although I usually prefer ice cream in a bowl (seriously, I don’t even like cones), these are just too damn good. Hands down one of the best ice creams I have ever had-vegan or not. Who doesn’t love mocha? It’s not too chocolately that it overpowers the coffee because they blend swirls of fudge throughout the bar. And the chocolate coating? Out of this world, it’s some seriously good chocolate. To anyone who thinks vegan ice cream would be gross, or not the same, try this flavour. It still knows my socks off.
Cookie Dough: This was actually the first vegan ice cream I ever tried. It’s really great; the cookie dough chunks are so delicious they should sell them as a separate product. It’s really sweet though, definitely for those who have a sweet tooth. Kids would love this one for sure. That’s the only drawback I could think of for this one, so if you’re not a huge sweets person you will want to limit your consumption but you will enjoy it. They only reason I’m giving this 4.5 instead of 5 is because I can see how some people would find the sweetness overpowering.
Mini Sandwiches: Now this is a good product. I have a review for their vanilla ice cream below, and the problems I have with that product are not true for this one. These are really good, and the coconut flavour is almost completely undetectable. I can’t think of anything bad to say about them, nor any reason why someone who likes ice cream bars wouldn’t like these. They’re not too sweet, ad have the perfect ratio of ice cream to brownie (I guess that’s what the dark layers are right?)
Dark Chocolate: Another great flavour, this incredibly rich ice cream is for chocolate lovers only. Like the cookie dough flavour, it’s another one you cannot have a lot of at once. I find I don’t buy this flavour a lot because it is intense, and I’ve never been a huge fan of chocolate ice cream. THAT IS NOT TO SAY I DON’T LOVE CHOCOLATE. I just never have found it to be best consumed as ice cream. But if you love chocolate ice cream or only enjoy ice cream occasionally it’s for you. I like to think of it as an “adult” ice cream.
Vanilla Bean: Vanilla ice cream is notorious for being the most difficult to veganize. It seems almost no matter what you do you can taste the flavours of whatever base is used rather than just the sweet vanilla. Unfortunately, I would say that this is not the ice cream to break this mould. While it is good, you can taste the coconut so coconut haters are guaranteed to hate it. If you don’t mind that, give it a try. It’s completely edible; sweet and and light. I would have to say there are better vanillas on the market but this is serviceable.
Neopolitan: I don’t know if they have this product anymore because I haven’t seen it in months but it is AMAZING. One of my favourite ice creams for sure. The strawberry alone is so perfect it’s worth buying for that reason. I don’t know if it’s just my area but I cannot find vegan strawberry ice cream anywhere, so I have to get my fix in with neapolitan. Honestly they hit the nail on the head with all three flavours that whether you like to eat through each flavour one at a time, or mix them all up, it’s still delicious. This is a must try.
Vanilla Ice Cream: This is my favourite vanilla ice cream. The vanilla flavour is the most pure and authentic I have found in any vegan ice cream. The only drawback to it is that many people have soy allergies so they would not be able to eat this. Lucky for me, I don’t have an allergy so I can enjoy this ice cream. It also comes in a larger container and is cheaper than most vegan ice creams, which makes it convenient. I always say that veganism is less expensive because meat and dairy are the most expensive items in a store. The vegan products that are more expensive than their counterparts and the things you shouldn’t be eating all the time and really should enjoy only as a treat once in a while. Vegan ice cream is one of those pricey items so I like finding cheap options.
Chocolate: Similar to their coconut chocolate, this is a good product. A little less intense than the coconut, it’s still rich. I would say that those used to a more “milk chocolate” taste would prefer this for sure. And again, as with the soy vanilla, it comes in a big container so you can eat the whole damn thing and still save a little money!
Very Vanilla: This is my least favourite product they have. It tastes exactly like cashews. If you like cashews, you may like this product, but if you are expecting vanilla it doesn’t taste like that. Needless to say I found this disappointing because it promises “Very” vanilla and it tastes like Very cashew. What I find most puzzling is that they also have a cashew flavour, and I don’t see how it could taste any more like cashew than this.
Cinnamon Cookie Dough: This is a complex and flavourful ice cream. It’s full of cinnamon and not overly sweet. I like to classify this flavour in with the “adult” ice creams as it’s not too sweet, and the cinnamon might be a bit too much for kids. That being said it’s darn good and cinnamon lovers will surely rejoice.
Salted Caramel Cluster: This is amazing. I throw that word around a lot but when I use it I mean it. I’m not even a huge salted caramel fan but this is so good. I bought this on a whim and I’m glad I did; the base is sweet and the add ins provide a nice varied texture that makes for a completely irresistible ice cream. I think everyone would like this.
Salted Caramel Chocolate Covered Bars: Oh my gosh these are great! Even my nonvegan mother think they are great! They are salty, caramely and chocolatey. That about says it all. The cashew taste is undetectable so it’s safe for any cashew haters. The only reason this gets a 4.5 out of 5 is because I’m not the biggest salted caramel fan and I think the Mocha Almond Fudge Bars are better. But if you’re all about the salted caramel, these will make you believe in miracles.
Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss
Cappuccino: While I normally love coffee ice cream, this one did not do it for me. I think there wasn’t enough concentration coffee flavour, which ia justified as it is cappuccino and not coffee, but even still it is far too weak. On top of that the coconut flavour is noticeable and it does not go well with coffee. I also find that their ice creams are less sweet. I am not someone who needs the overblown sugary flavour in my desserts, but I also would like a sweet to be a sweet, without being too sweet. You know?
Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge: I have to admit, I didn’t like this flavour. The chocolate is ok, but I found it bland. I also expected there to be fudge chunks (given the name) and mine didn’t have any, so if there aren’t any fudge chunks, the ice cream itself has to be fudgy and the base just wasn’t rich enough.
Cafe Bars: If I’m going to be honest in this review, I have to give it to you straight here. I hate to say bad things about vegan companies because nonvegans tend to take those critiques and use them as a reason not to go vegan (because if vegans dislike one specific item, then all vegan food is bad right?!) But I’m going ahead here honestly and tell you I really hated this product. As I mentioned in the cappuccino review, coffee and coconut do not go together. I found the coconut flavour so overpowering in these bars it tasted like eating full fat coconut milk out of the jar.
Rating 0/5 (sorry! I love you for being vegan!)
Almond Dream Cafe Latte Gelato: This one has a good coffee flavour, but it’s not amazing. It does taste like what it’s supposed to taste like, so in a sense it lives up to its promise, but it’s not great, and I wouldn’t recommend it to nonvegans as, no offence, it’s not converting anybody. I can’t quite put my finger on it, it could be that it doesn’t use the right amount of coffee, or it’s not creamy enough, but it’s not perfect and I wouldn’t get it again.
Ben and Jerry’s
I think one of the most exciting things for a lot of people is Ben and Jerry’s making vegan ice cream! Even just the idea that a huge ice cream brand is getting into the nondairy world is huge! They’re a major company and their products are GREAT! They even came to vegan fest last year and gave out free ice cream. Seriously, they are trying to make nice with the vegan community.
Cherry Garcia: This is my favourite. Oh my gosh this was the one I was waiting for. This used to be my favourite flavour as a kid and this version lives up to my childhood memories. I would say this product is now up there among my top 2 favourite ice creams ever (vegan or not.) Everything about this is perfect, with the sweet ice cream and chunks of cherry and chocolate. Trust me on this one and just go out and buy it.
Coffee Caramel Fudge: This one is right up there with the Cherry Garcia. It’s amazing. The coffee flavour is perfect. For me the best ice cream flavours are cherry garcia, vanilla and coffee. The coffee flavour in this ice cream is completely divine. The caramel is soft and the fudge is completely necessary. It’s exactly what you would expect from Ben and Jerry’s and it’s a masterpiece.
P.B. and Cookies: This is made with oreos and heaps of peanut butter. Two different flavours that actually go well together. It’s a salty and sweet combination… need I say more? If you like either flavour on it’s own it’s for you to try.
Raspberry Sorbet: I know it’s not technically an ice cream but I couldn’t leave it off the list, it’s just so good. As far as I know this brand is only available at Costco and it’s only a seasonal product (stupid-I would buy enough to keep them in business year round) but it’s for sure worth getting a Costco card for. There’s no added sugar, it’s actually sweetened with rice syrup and it uses apple juice which really adds a punch of flavour when mixed with the raspberries. It’s so yummy!