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. And So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Ice Cream is one that easily rivals premium dairy ice cream in richness.
It’s apparent that many others agree, as the popularity and availability of coconut milk ice cream is skyrocketing. Numerous brands are now available, and even So Delicious has expanded their selection of flavors. What started with just five delicious dairy-free coconut milk ice cream options, quickly expanded to eight, and is now at a dozen different flavors of coconut milk cream. And that doesn’t even include the No Sugar Added flavors. Perhaps they have plans to become the 31 flavors of vegan ice cream?
Tasting Notes for So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Ice Cream
We haven’t tried every flavor, and you might have a different opinion. So feel free to leave your own rating and review at the end of this post. It helps others make an informed decision.
Toasted Coconut Key Lime
This is one of their newest flavors, and perhaps one of my favorite. The infusion of lime perfectly marries with the coconut base. But keep in mind that this is an unabashedly coconutty frozen dessert.
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.
Mocha Almond Fudge
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.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl
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 really enjoyed this decadent flavor. I can only eat chocolate desserts in small amounts, and this intensely chocolate ice cream was no exception. Large chocolate slivers were scattered about, which were the perfect touch.
Cookie Dough Ice Cream
We thought the ice cream portion was good. It had a smooth and creamy texture that was rich and luxurious on the tongue. And the cookie dough was not only scrumptious, but generous. HUGE gobs of gluten-free cookie dough were abundantly scattered throughout this So Delicious pint. Tony said he could have eaten a bowl of the cookie dough portion alone. But both Tony and I felt the coconut vibe wasn’t a 100% fit with the cookie dough. It didn’t detract from it , but the two didn’t completely meld.
Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream
Like the Cookie Dough, the ice cream base is quite luxurious. In fact, I would call it more rich than sweet. Though there was a slight coconut flare, the vanilla competed nicely and actually took control a bit. It even dominated over the gluten-free chocolate cookies, even though there were quite a few cookies!
Overall Notes for So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Unlike the Vanilla, Chocolate, Cookie Dough, and Coconut, we detected nary a hint of coconut in the Mocha Almond Fudge, Cookies ‘n Cream, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl flavors. We also found all to have 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. Made 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.
The Facts on So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Price: $5.99 per pint
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.
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Dreamy is the word to describe the consistency
Dreamy is the word to describe the consistency of this coconut milk-based ice cream. The more simplistic flavors do have distinctive notes of coconut (i.e. Chocolate and Vanilla), but the bolder selections drown out these undertones with coffee, peanut butter, or tropical fruit. As coconut fans, we enjoyed the mono-lined flavors and had a true appreciation for the natural intensity of the Coconut flavor.