It was over a year ago that I proclaimed my excitement over the new line-up of Amy’s Ice Cream. It seems my jubilant outburst was just a touch premature. They didn’t make it to market last summer, but they are here now, and let me tell you, I think it was worth the wait.
There are many wonderful coconut milk frozen desserts on the market. But Amy’s ice cream takes a slightly different approach, focusing on a perfectly whipped consistency and purity of flavors for an intense and more “traditional” ice cream experience.
Vanilla – This was the creamiest, softest vanilla dairy-free ice cream that I had ever indulged in. It remained perfectly scoop-able until the pint was polished off (no need to let it soften at room temperature!). As for the taste, the visible flecks of pure vanilla bean enveloped my taste buds and offered a decadent vanilla flavor that barely hinted at the coconut base. My niece didn’t love it – she prefers a super-sweet vanilla, and this Amy’s ice cream focused on flavor depth rather than excess sugar.
Chocolate – Pure cacao lovers will swoon for this deep chocolate delight. For our house it was a touch too intense. We still devoured it, but it wasn’t one we would seek out. This is a dark, I would estimate 80 to 90%, cacao dessert.
Mint Chip – It took me a few bites to warm up to this icy flavor, the coconut shined through a bit much at first. But the bold and refreshing mint and generously distributed chocolate chips eventually took charge and won me over. My husband really liked this flavor, too.
Mocha Chocolate Chip – My niece (the sweet coffee lover) adored this flavor. It was too “coffee” for me (I’m an herbal tea gal), but I think most espresso fans would happily dive into this Amy’s ice cream flavor.
Truly Dairy-Free Transition: From the beginning, Amy’s Ice Cream was dairy-free by ingredients, but they were sourcing chocolate for three of the flavors that “may contain trace amounts of milk”. However, according to an Amy’s representative, they have found a delicious truly dairy-free chocolate to use. Beginning this summer (2014) the chocolate-containing varieties will be strictly dairy-free (we were told that they are made on their own line in the Amy’s facility) and reflect that in new packaging. During this transition, strict dairy-free consumers are advised to look for the “new” banner on the pint carton, and to read the ingredient and allergy statement for confirmation.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Amy’s ice cream is dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free (we were told that the chocolate used in the new packaging – rolling out in 2014 – would be soy lecithin-free), vegan, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Amy’s Kitchen website at www.amys.com.