Hannah of the Bittersweet Blog shared her review of the Soy Dream Frozen Dessert with us.
It all began innocently enough – The simple quest to sample various vegan ice creams, not necessarily to compare to the “real thing,” but to see how they stacked up as an enjoyable dessert by themselves. How far wrong my search inadvertently veered, into that dark, unfriendly realm of vegan foods that make omnivores shudder and exclaim, “Ugh! With ’substitutes’ like that, why would anyone ever go vegan?!” and further weakens my usually unfaltering belief that soybeans can be a reasonable substitute for just about anything that would usually be an animal or animal product.
Tasting Notes for Soy Dream
I had previously bought the travel-sized boxes of of soymilk also offered by Soy Dream, which I found to be perfectly decent. So I was sadly surprised that the quality and taste of their “ice cream” left much to be desired.
At first glance as I opened the lid, I thought that perhaps something went wrong when coloring was added. Or maybe it had gone bad some how? Staring me in the face was this creamy, yellow soy-based ice cream. Not like taxi cab yellow, but much more pronounced than I would expect for something labeled as “French Vanilla.”
Digging in nonetheless, I found that the ice cream was at first touted a very bright vanilla taste. As I continued to stuff my face, it soon became sickeningly sweet. Maybe this was due to the fact that one of the first ingredients was high-fructose corn syrup, followed by oil, and then more sugar. As much as I wanted to enjoy this, I really couldn’t stomach much more than ½ cup at a time.
Lifting the lid, I had to double check the label to make sure I hadn’t grabbed the vanilla again. The contents of the container were so pale – no strawberries to be seen! At least it looked a little more natural. I hoped for the best as I spooned out a bowlful.
At first bite, I was taken aback by the intense flavor. Not at all what I had thought based on its appearance. Unfortunately, it tasted extremely artificial. Nothing like strawberries found in nature, and more like those chemically enhanced children’s fruit snacks, only frozen. The darker spots even tasted sour, not at all pleasant, really. As disappointed as I was with the vanilla, the strawberry was downright repulsive. My greatest regret is having the remainder of the pint to go through.
Admittedly, theses are only two of the ten different flavors that are offered by Soy Dream, and in fact, I even have another one (Chocolate) sitting in my freezer, purchased by my mom. She reports that it’s actually very enjoyable, quite contrary to my reactions towards the contents of the other cartons I explored. Comparing it to something akin to a chocolate sorbet, she went further to say that it feels almost light and airy, as opposed to the standard density of cow’s milk ice cream.
Where to Buy: I believe Soy Dream is distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada, though their website only has a store locator for the U.S.
The Facts on Soy Dream:
Certifications: Soy Dream Ice Cream is Certified Kosher Parve and Non-GMO Verified
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Soy Dream Ice Cream is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian. Most varieties are nut-free. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and 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 Soy Dream website at dreamplantbased.com