I couldn’t resist the opportunity to review Rice Dream Bars when I spotted them on sale next to the Rice Dream Pies. They come in basic vanilla flavors, with nuts and without, and one chocolate flavor with nuts.
The Nutty coating wouldn’t have been first choice, but my local coop was out of the simple chocolate-covered Vanilla Bars. Fortunately, the generous speckling of crunchy peanut pieces offered a tasty textural contrast.
The fresh nut bites complimented the chocolate and vanilla in a way that was a little more grown-up than peanut butter. Beneath the peanuts lies a smooth, somewhat thin dark chocolate shell that was just a little richer than semi-sweet. It crackled with each bite for a deliciously messy experience.
As for the vanilla dairy-free ice cream within, I love how it was squared off rather than rounded. It’s lightly creamy, but not as rich as many traditional dairy ice creams. The flavor is pleasantly vanilla, but not really profound in anyway. It’s more of a sweet, comforting base for this simple frozen dessert.
The Facts on Rice Dream Bars
Price: $1.49 per 3.4-ounce single-serve bar
Certifications: Rice Dream Bars are Certified Kosher Dairy (they are dairy-free by ingredients, but dairy may be present on the lines or in the facility – see our Understanding Kosher guide).
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Rice Dream Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Note that they are made without soy protein, but the chocolate coating contains a small amount of soy lecithin. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement prior to consumption 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 Dream website at www.dreamplantbased.com.
Cohesive dessert that's hard not to like
These personal treats are coated in a delicate layer of dark chocolate that is just thick enough. Two varieties are freckled with peanut specks for a very nutty bite. The dairy-free ice cream within the Vanilla varieties is lightly creamy, gently vanilla, and just a touch frosty for a more refreshing bite. Altogether, it’s a cohesive dessert that’s hard not to like.