Alisa Fleming ~ Please allow me to introduce you to my current best friends. Yes, I’m a bit fickle … next week I might be onto a new BFF, but this week I’m adoring the almond milk ice cream from So Delicious, in Butter Pecan and Cherry Amaretto specifically.
Though the So Delicious Almond Milk Ice Cream flavors are definitely creamy and frozen, these are so much lighter than your average ice cream. I would label them as ice milks, but they also didn’t have any of those annoying ice crystals found in traditional ice milks … just a smooth, dreamy texture.
Even so, they were almost refreshing and didn’t weigh the least bit heavy on my stomach. Not surprising, since each serving only has about 4 grams of fat. But what I liked most was the low sugar profile. They use a combination of organic tapioca syrup, organic cane syrup, and erythritol (a sugar alcohol) to sweeten these bad boys, for a net sugar load of just 6 or 7 grams per serving. Though I wouldn’t venture to call this a health food, it is still a treat, these So Delicious ice creams were enjoyable to savor without the post-indulgence crash or continued sugar cravings. I don’t know about you, but typically when I eat sugary goodies, I’m left craving even more sweet treats! A vicious cycle indeed. But one that was broken, for me, with this dessert.
As for the flavor, I think they are particular. The first couple of pints of this almond milk ice cream didn’t grab my taste buds, but when I hit the Butter Pecan, WOWSERS, I was in love. Rich, buttery, and deliciously sweet, this is something that I will definitely seek out in stores.
I also liked the Cherry Amaretto – the ice cream base had a fresh, lightly cherry flavor, and there were huge chunks of sweetened cherries throughout. Maraschino fans will be in heaven.
Those are the two flavors that I’ll be putting in my shopping cart, but So Delicious Almond Milk frozen desserts also come in Vanilla, Chocolate, Mocha Almond Fudge, Mint Chip (I did not trial) and Cookies ‘n Cream (didn’t trial this one either) Flavors.
The So Delicious Almond Milk Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Line also includes two varieites of Chocolate-Covered Ice Cream Bar Minis. I didn’t find them to be very “mini,” but rather the perfect size for a hot afternoon treat. I also thought that the chocolate used for dipping the bars was delightful. These are available in Vanilla and Mocha Almond Fudge (with nut-studded chocolate) varieties.
All of the So Delicious frozen almond milk products should appear in the freezer section of natural food stores (and some mainstream grocers) starting in the spring/summer of 2012.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, the ice creams and bars are Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free, and Wheat-Free, but see the packaging and contact the company for allergen and manufacturing “may contain” labeling.
For More Product Information: Visit the So Delicious website at www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com.