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. 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 ones below are still chilling in the frozen dessert aisle. 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 flavors:
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.
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. Though, I was a bit concerned as we moved onto the other flavor. This would be a hard act to follow.
Yet another delicious sight presented itself as I opened our second pint. The Pomegranate Chip exuded an inviting purplish hue, spotted with those familiar chocolate flakes. I was a bit let down to see that our pint had been slighted. It seems the ice cream packer was amiss, not filling this pint to the top. A good 20% short in volume, it was obvious that we would need to make this Purely Decadent dairy-free ice cream taste test count.
Though it retained that infinitely smooth and creamy texture I had come to expect of the Purely Decadent Dairy-Free Ice Cream line, the Pomegranate Chip pint ventured into the world of refreshing. In fact, it reminded me of a sherbet. Having never experience pomegranate in ice cream form, I would say the flavor closely resembled a raspberry sherbet. The chocolate was thinly shaved as to not overpower the ice cream, but it was a definite enhancement. Occasional bites loaded with dark chocolate pieces offered an almost bon bon like experience.
Though our loyalties remained with all things cookie dough, the Pomegranate Chip Purely Decadent dairy-free ice cream was a clear winner in the realm of fruity “ice creams,” whether dairy-rich or dairy-free.
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.