Believe it or not, I still have a pulse — and taste buds. And those taste buds have been dancing with delight over a new discovery. Have you heard about Coconut Bliss? If you haven’t, allow me to share the good news. It’s a dairy-free ice cream made from coconut milk that you can buy in your health food store, and it’s oh-so-heavenly.
See, I’m on a dairy-free kick for a bit to check for sensitivities, and I really wanted an ice cream fix the other day. I needed ice cream. While I’m all about making coconut ice cream at home (hats off to Kimifor that brilliant idea), my new itty-bitty freezer doesn’t provide sufficient room for my Kitchen Aid ice cream maker bowl. Oh woe. Until I procure an additional freezer, then, I have to buy my frozen treats in the store.
Fortunately, I remembered seeing an ad for coconut ice cream and decided to check out Whole Foods’ offerings. Sure enough, both Nada Moo and Coconut Blissgraced the shelves. We nabbed Maple Pecan Nada Moo (giggle with me over their tag line: “When Having a Cow Is Out of the Question”) and Vanilla Island Coconut Bliss. We needed one of each. For research purposes, you see.
The Nada Moo was yummy, yes, and far better than rice milk ice cream, but it didn’t come close to touching the profound excellence of Coconut Bliss. CB was rich, velvety, full-flavored, sweetened perfectly, and just plain fabulous. My mother-in-law said she might like it even better than regular ice cream. We all agreed that we’d consider it on even footing with gourmet ice cream.
Because I wanted to be absolutely sure about this recommendation before posting it, ahem, I bought another pint over the weekend, this time of Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge. Studded with gorgeous chunks of hazelnuts and a thin fudgy ribbon, it was heaven on a spoon. I’m so hooked.
So if you’re dairy-free, vegan, or if you’re merely an ice cream fanatic looking for the next thrill, you musttry this stuff. It costs a pretty penny ($5 to $6 a pint), but it’s made with only organic and fair trade ingredients, and the dessert is so rich, a pint can satisfy four people. Even once I get my home ice cream maker up and running, I’ll indulge in CB’s version regularly. You simply can’t get that knock-your-socks-off texture at home. Check out CB’s website for more info on their ingredients, story, and where to buy their products.
One last thought: The Vanilla Island flavor was awesome topped with fresh, local peaches. Mmmm!