Oh. My. Goodness. DF Mavens Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars are going to be the death of me. Any desires that I had to cutback on sweets were completely dashed by these amazingly decadent frozen desserts.
The initial release of DF Mavens Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars included 5 very assorted varieties, some with an almond base, some coconut milk, but all dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free (yes, even the ones with cookie!). The bars are a little pricier than the norm, and appear average in size, but as we realized just halfway through our first bar, they are actually quite substantial and well-worth the indulgence.
Tasting Notes for DF Mavens Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars
Thus far, we’ve sampled the following (in the order shown):
Chocolate Almond Fudge
The chocolate-covered, chocolate almond ice cream bar seemed like an obvious one to try first. No frills, chocolate on chocolate (see the picture below), and easy for my taste buds to compare to other dairy-free chocolate frozen treats.
The inner chocolate-almond ice cream was simply perfection – creamy and rich, yet cool and refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness and cacao. The outer chocolate shell was very dark (I would estimate 75% to 85% cacao), and it tended to melt at room temperature (granted, our home was at about 72ºF, but not warmer than a good ice cream day!). Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but would love a shell that holds up a little better and that is just a touch milder, like a rich 60% semi-sweet. I think it would meld just a bit better with the firm, semi-sweet ice cream center.
Key Lime Creme
This was a surprise delight. No coating was needed in this completely creamy ice cream bar that tasted like frozen lime cheesecake with fresh mint zest throughout. No joke – AMAZING cheesecake. There are sugar cookie bits throughout this bar, but I didn’t notice anything crunchy as I indulged, just sweet, delicious frozen dessert.
And since it doesn’t have chocolate in the title, I found this flavor easy to hog for myself. These are out-of-this-world gems. Trust me, you won’t want to share.
Mint Chocolate Cookie
But wait, it just keeps getting better. With a name like Mint Chocolate Cookie, you’ll just have to be prepared for the battle over the last bar. There is no getting around it, because quite frankly, these DF Mavens dairy-free ice cream bars are even MORE incredible than they sound.
I didn’t even have to take notes after we sampled the Mint Chocolate Cookie; there was simply no doubt that I would remember the cool, creamy mint ice cream filling with its warm almond hue, enrobed in a rich shell of chocolate and rolled in generous amounts of sweet, crunchy chocolate cookie bits. It’s possible that this flavor had the same very dark chocolate coating, but the cookie addition and the contrasting mint ice cream just made it all work.
The Facts on DF Mavens Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars
Price: $7.99 per 4-pack
Certifications: DF Mavens Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars are Certified Gluten-Free and Certified Vegan.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, DF Mavens Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Select varieties are also nut-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.