When I first laid eyes upon the cookie “ice cream” sandwiches from Rice Dream, I realized how long it had been since I had enjoyed one of these frozen concoctions, otherwise known as novelties. My appetite grew wide with anticipation.
After snapping a few quick photos, we each eagerly grabbed a frozen pie. The overall excitement was well noted by the simultaneous noise of plastic wrappers being opened and pulled to the sides.
Tasting Notes for Rice Dream Pie
The generous sizing of each pie was a pleasant surprise. They were not so big that our stomachs might later regret every bite, but they were quite substantial. Further proof that transitioning to natural food does not need to result in downsizing.
I took my initial bite, and immediately noticed the very soft and forgiving nature of the cookies. As I broke through these dessert shields, I was met with a cool crisp mint “rice cream” at the center. My first tastes were more “ice cream” than cookie. Though all was enclosed in a thin chocolate coating. The outer edges housed purposeful spillovers of the frozen dessert. This turned out to be the only turn-off of this particular flavor.
As the Rice Dream melted slowly on my tongue, an unfamiliar bitterness emerged. It seemed to be the mint, in a very potent amount. Each taster noted the overwhelming power of the mint. It encouraged a somewhat harsh and bitter aftertaste. Luckily, when thin slices of the mint Rice Dream were sandwiched firmly between the two cookies, just the right amount of cool peppermint flavor was allowed to surface.
As for the texture of the Rice Dream, it was cool and firm, yet melted to a creamy sweet milk. Thankfully it contained none of the disturbing ice chunks found in many of the frostier ice cream selections. I felt this “lighter” core was a good match to balance out the overall indulgence of this rice cream sandwich.
To avoid overindulgence, we saved our second rice cream pie for another day. Once I bit into this second flavor, I was grateful that I came prepared with a good appetite. For me, this was the one!
Again, the lighter ice milk texture kept the chocolate-coated cookie indulgence in check. The vanilla seemed to lean more towards the creamy side than the mint, but it was still more refreshing than rich. As the first bite dissolved on my tongue, the firm texture gave way to that familiar creamy sweet milk. But this time, my taste buds were very pleased with the aftertaste. The flavor was pleasantly vanilla, and noticeably from the bean, with no artificial or overpowering notes.
The vanilla pie contained the same soft and thick cookies as the mint version, obviously the Rice Dream signature cookie for these novelties. I noticed an intense flavor, that was slightly bitter and flat, but still sweet and rich. Odd, I thought. I grabbed the package and made the discovery, it was carob! As a carob fan, it was to my liking. One taster didn’t like the distinct coating, albeit quite thin and not overly influential, but this is to be expected with carob.
I would not hesitate to serve the Vanilla Pies to any disbelieving non-vegans or real ice cream sandwich fanatics. Aside from the slight carob spin, nothing seemed amiss in this frozen treat.
Please note that these are not the best option for those who have severe food allergies. The chocolate/carob coatings are made on shared equipment with milk containing chocolates, and may contain traces.
The Facts on Rice Dream Frozen Dessert Pies
Certifications: Rice Dream Frozen Dessert Pies are Certified Kosher.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Rice Dream Frozen Dessert Pies are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, 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 Rice Dream website at dreamplantbased.com