One of the best dairy-free creations (ever!) has to be coconut milk ice cream. The coconut averse may not agree, since hints of coconut can sometimes be detected (read on for our flavor notes), but it’s hard to argue the creamy consistency of coconut-based frozen dessert. It easily rivals premium dairy ice cream and simply cannot be matched by other types of dairy-free ice cream alternatives.
It’s apparent that many others agree, as the popularity and availability of coconut milk ice cream is skyrocketing. In fact, So Delicious Dairy Free seems unstoppable with new recipes. What started with just five delicious dairy-free coconut milk ice cream options, quickly expanded to eight, and is now nearing twenty different flavors of coconut milk cream. Perhaps they have plans to become the 31 flavors of vegan ice cream?
We’ve barely scratched the surface, touching on the Gluten-Free Cookie Flavors in a separate review, but will update here as we trial more flavors. Also, feel free to share your So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Ice Cream favorites and tasting notes in the comment section below.
Though I would normally reach for the vanilla flavor first, I found myself bowing to my chocoholic husband’s cravings for our initial taste test of So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Ice Cream. The scoop slid with ease through what must be one of the creamiest non-dairy ice creams available. After shoveling several perfect, parlor-worthy scoops, Tony reached for the first bowl, and almost immediately proclaimed, “It tastes like a coconut fudgcicle!” He was so right; I really couldn’t imagine a better description. The taste was pure, creamy, soft, flowing, and rich in cocoa, but with that definite coconut backdrop.
I peeled back the lid of the vanilla pint to discover the purest shade of white I had ever laid eyes on in an “ice cream.” Most vanillas are a bit yellowed, but this looked like a cloud of whipped cream with natural vanilla bean flecks; definitely inviting.
The vanilla had the same wonderful texture as the chocolate, but it was a bit softer. Literally melting on my tongue, it was also a luxurious mix of creamy and refreshing, not the least bit heavy, but oh so smooth. Just as it looked, the texture was also reminiscent of whipped cream. Gone are the days of icy hard dairy-free ice creams!
Yet, I never realized how coconut, coconut milk really is until I tasted this vanilla. I would hesitate to call it just vanilla, but rather I might rename it vanilla-coconut. Both flavors equally shared time and united in the spotlight.
Noting a mild coconut flavor in both the chocolate and vanilla, I was curious how they would make the actual coconut flavor really stand out … but it did! This one is for true coconut fans (such as myself) or someone seeking to create that perfect pina colada. Though a bit thicker than the vanilla, it was still insanely soft and creamy, with giant shreds of coconut throughout! There was no tainting with those pesky vanilla or chocolate flavors, the So Delicious Coconut, Coconut Milk Ice Cream is just that, coconut with coconut added. I loved it! The purity was so wonderfully inviting.
Sweet, sour, and silky smooth; what hit with a mild shock to my taste buds, quickly melted into a luxurious blend of natural goodness. The initial, tangy passion fruit vibe gave way to a mellow and sweet mango flavor. This ice cream version offered the refreshing taste of a sorbet, with just a hint of rich indulgence from the creamy coconut milk. This treat gets two thumbs up and is absolutely perfect for hot summer days (when a rich ice cream may feel just a bit too heavy), or as an after dinner treat.
Just a word of caution: I don’t like coffee. Not a bit. What about mochas you ask? Nope. The bitter flavor that is coffee has never had a place in my kitchen. But, I was still compelled to taste as many coconut milk ice cream flavors as possible. It is my duty as a dairy-free author after all.
This coconut milk ice cream flavor most certainly has a very bold coffee flavor. So present in fact that I immediately wondered if this frozen concoction might offer a jolt of caffeinated energy. But, as it melted and mellowed atop my tongue, I warmed to the complex flavors. The texture was smooth and rich with generous chunks of nuts throughout and a subtle fudgy swirl that added a sweet, yet intense, chocolate syrup vibe. Coffee and mocha lovers shall rejoice, but even this coffee novice was drawn back for seconds.
Vanilla is always my first choice over chocolate, but I have yet to turn up my nose at a bowl when offered, particularly if the phrase “peanut butter” is found in the title. Could there be a better marriage than chocolate and peanut butter? I think not.
The peanut butter flavor seemed mild, not standing on its own, but rather merging with the chocolate for a different sensation. I liked it a lot, but I can only eat chocolate desserts in small amounts, and this intensely chocolate ice cream was no exception. Large chocolate slivers were scattered about and in fact so ever-present that they came together in many spots to form rich chocolate chunks. This was truly a rewarding little treat to top off an already delicious ice cream. I think the only thing that would make this frozen dessert even more perfect in my eyes would be removing the peanut butter from the ice cream base, and returning it as a large swirl throughout.
Click the image below for my full review of the gluten-free Cookies ‘n Cream and Cookie Dough flavors. (The Cookies ‘n Cream comes in both “regular” and gluten-free varieties).
Unlike the Vanilla, Chocolate and Coconut, we detected nary a hint of coconut in the Passionate Mango, Mocha Almond Fudge, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl flavors. And all of these coconut milk ice cream varieties had a texture that was pure, rich luxury without a touch of iciness.
Also, So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Ice Cream (formerly known as Purely Decadent Made with Coconut Milk) is fairly simplistic in ingredients, with just pure organic coconut milk, agave, and all-natural flavor additions and thickeners rounding out the list. Plus, they have a nice handful of certifications, as noted below.
Certifications: So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Ice Cream pints are certified organic, certified kosher, certified vegan, non-GMO verified, and most flavors are certified gluten free,
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Most varieties are also gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, and/or soy-free. 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.