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Purely Decadent Dairy-Free Ice Cream: The Original Soymilk Indulgences

Posted on by Alisa Fleming in Frozen Desserts with 16 Comments
Product by:
Turtle Mountain
Pomegranate Chip, Cookie Dough (gluten-free)
$4.99 per pint

Reviewed by:
On July 6, 2014
Last modified:December 5, 2014


Though Turtle Mountain has turned most of their attention to the So Delicious coconut- and almond-based lines, the Purely Decadent soymilk-based pints and quarts are classics that many still love. We loved the smooth and creamy base of the Cookie Dough and the fact that it tasted more like a classic Vanilla (without overwhelming coconut!). The Pomegranate Chip is like a delightful sherbet, and both varieties have scrumptious chocolate flakes throughout.

My how times change. It seems like not long ago that Purely Decadent Dairy-Free Ice Cream was the pioneer in the world of non-dairy frozen dessert. Created by Turtle Mountain, the fanciful flavors saved me many times when those cool and creamy cravings hit.

Purely Decadent Dairy-Free Ice Cream - Purely Vanilla (made with organic ingredients)

Turtle Mountain has since developed and rapidly expanded their So Delicious Dairy Free line, which includes dozens of coconut-based, almond-based, and soy-based delights. But the Purely Decadent Dairy-Free Ice Cream product line persists thanks to its loyal vegan and dairy-free followers.

However, this is an updated review, as many of the Purely Decadent flavors that we had enjoyed before have been discontinued. But the one below is still chilling in the frozen dessert aisle, along with several others, including Turtle Trails, Vanilla, Chocolate Obsession, Peanut Butter Zig Zag, and Cookie Avalanche. Feel free to share your personal reviews of these or other Purely Decadent Dairy-Free Ice Cream flavors in the comments below.

Purely Decadent Dairy-Free Ice Cream is a soy-based frozen dessert, but it is made with organic ingredients and non-GMO verified. Thus far, we have sampled (and remembered to take notes on) the following:

Purely Decadent Dairy-Free Ice Cream: Cookie Dough

In a unanimous vote (okay, it was more of a chaotic shout) Cookie Dough was selected as the first flavor to start scooping. I opened the pint to a wonderful surprise. Beyond the expected cookie dough, it appeared that shavings of chocolate had been dispersed throughout.

Purely Decadent Dairy-Free Ice Cream - Cookie Dough (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

The smooth and creamy vanilla base scooped with ease. In terms of taste, it wasn’t my favorite vanilla, but as a back drop for the numerous chocolate flecks and balls of cookie dough, it served the purpose nicely.  The ice cream texture was dense and creamy, easily rivaling your average gourmet ice cream.

Of course, the cookie dough was positively scrumptious. But wait, it gets infinitely better; this Purely Decadent Dairy-Free Ice Cream is actually gluten-free!  Yes, those wonderful chunks of cookie dough are dairy-free and gluten-free. Perhaps the cookie dough had a slightly different texture, but in those little ice cream-sized balls, it wasn’t detectable.

My husband, who has been known to snub many ice cream alternatives, looked up for only a fraction of a second to mumble, “it’s good” with a mouthful of ice cream. I was smitten by the chocolate flakes, and really who doesn’t love cookie dough?  If our empty (and licked clean) bowls were any sign, this pint is a winner.

Purely Decadent Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Alas, some Purely Decadent Dairy-Free Ice Cream varieties have gone to the flavor graveyard.

Certifications: Purely Decadent Dairy-Free Ice Cream is certified vegan, certified gluten-free, certified kosher, made with organic ingredients, and non-GMO verified.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Purely Decadent Dairy-Free Ice Cream is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Select varieties are nut-free and peanut-free by ingredients. 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 So Delicious website at www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com.

About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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  1. BeccaJanuary 26, 2013 at 4:28 pmReply

    You have inspired me to try Purely Decadent again. The only flavor of theirs I’ve tried was the Cookie Avalanche, and it was very disappointing; far too sweet and with hardly any of the ‘cookies and cream’ flavor one expects based on how it looks. I disliked it so much that I threw away the rest of the pint, something I have never done before! But you give me hope that it is the exception to the rule.

  2. linda rangelMarch 28, 2013 at 2:45 pmReply

    please don’t discontinue the fruit sweetened chocolate almond frozen dessert, it;s the best! my whole foods store said they are no longer carrying it.

  3. JulieOctober 26, 2013 at 5:59 pmReply

    What happened to the Carrot Cake flavor?? I LOVED it and you don’t make it anymore? I want it back – it was awesome!! Your best flavor of all!!

  4. JoannaJanuary 2, 2014 at 7:12 pmReply

    Chocolate Obsession was the most delicious non-dairy ice-cream I have ever eaten! Target Store sold it, but has not re-stocked the product. What other retailers sell Purely Decadent? Is the brand name So Delicious non-dairy ice-cream & Purely Decadent non-dairy ice-cream made by the same company or are they separate companies? Purely Decadent is an incredible product and I hope someone can guide me to a retailer that sells this brand.

    • Alisa FlemingJanuary 3, 2014 at 8:54 amReplyAuthor

      Hi Joanna, they are the same company. I’ve seen Purely Decadent at Whole Foods recently.

      • kyndra wrightOctober 12, 2014 at 8:01 pmReply

        Hi my name is kyndra,
        My brother in law and myself are both can’t have dairy and we tried Purely Decadent when we went up to out lake house which is in Chico. We loved it, but we live in Sonoma California and can’t find it in any stores. Do you know of some stores we should be looking at?

        • Alisa FlemingOctober 13, 2014 at 3:04 pmReplyAuthor

          Hi Kyndra, I would see their website for a store locator – you can search by product.

  5. Ray hounselMay 23, 2014 at 5:50 amReply

    We used to purchase purely decadent vanilla non dairy ice cream in our local HEB store here in Sugar Land Texas. However they have not carried that flavor for some months now. Has purely decadent stopped making that flavor?

  6. NatalieJuly 7, 2014 at 1:02 amReply

    I actually wish they had some that had mix-ins that were not chocolate, or at least not so much chocolate. I am sensitive to chocolate and I usually get cravings at night so I can’t eat the yummy cookie dough flavor. These are delicious ice creams though, and I always enjoy your reviews.

    • Alisa FlemingJuly 7, 2014 at 2:39 pmReplyAuthor

      I hear you Natalie, chocolate does get a bit overdone at times!

  7. LinwoodJuly 22, 2014 at 10:14 amReply

    This is some of the best ice cream around. Can never get enough.

  8. alena svetelskaJuly 23, 2014 at 6:05 amReply

    i havent try it yet,but bought it to my mom,who absolutly love it.

  9. Kelly FaberJuly 30, 2014 at 5:11 pmReply

    I have never tried these before!! They look so tasty!! I love cookie dough…so I would definitely try that flavor first!! mmmm!

  10. jan b.August 2, 2014 at 7:12 pmReply

    We love Purely Decadent. It’s the best dairy free ice cream on the market. However, we can no longer find it at Whole Foods or our co-op. Is it still available?

    • Alisa FlemingAugust 3, 2014 at 7:18 amReplyAuthor

      Hi Jan, I recently confirmed with Turtle Mountain (the maker’s of this brand) that Purely Decadent is still available, and have paired down my review to include the flavors still available that we’ve tried. You can see the full list of their available Purely Decadent flavors at http://www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com

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