Product: So Delicious Dairy Free Soy Milk Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream – $6.49+
When you name your company So Delicious, you are definitely setting a high standard for not only your branding, but also the products that you put out. So far, I have yet to have a flop with the So Delicious items that I have tried. I know…most of said products have been in a non-dairy ice cream form.
That trend continues here…
My local grocery store had a great sale going on for the So Delicious quarts of ice cream awhile back. After sending my roommate out for an item I needed for something I was cooking, she returned with a huge surprise for me. Three quarts of So Delicious non-dairy ice creams to try. And since then, I have dug into the Chocolate Velvet and the Neapolitan flavors and fallen in love with each of them.
All that remained in my freezer was the Creamy Vanilla one. I really wanted to dress this ice cream up. I mean, we all love vanilla ice cream…but it is so versatile. I was thinking of melting chocolate over it…or getting some chocolate syrup from the store…or topping it with fruit and nuts…or sandwiching it between two gluten-free cookies. The possibilities were endless. I mean, vanilla ice cream is like being handed a blank piece of paper and a pencil. You can get as creative with it as you want.
Little did I know that in the end…I’d basically be enjoying it as it was made. Undressed. But…perfectly matched.
So Delicious Creamy Vanilla is a soy milk based ice cream that is vegan, kosher, and gluten-free. It is also non-GMO certified. YAY! That being said, this ice cream had been hanging in my freezer since the summer…so there was no way of telling what state I might find it in when I cracked it open last night. I almost expected freezer burn and ice crystals.
But…I was wrong. When I pulled the lid off the quart, a beautiful white surface looked back at me. Perfect vanilla. And it smelled of vanilla too. So amazing.
When I said perfectly paired just above I wasn’t kidding. You see, I have been watching Hotel Hell (Gordon Ramsay’s new show) and one of the hotels he went to help turn around was one that invented Apple Pie À La Mode. No joke. And I just happened to have a gluten-free apple pie in my freezer as well. Hmmm…what to do…
So, last night after hurrying through dinner in an attempt to make it out to a concert (The Dave Matthews Band was in town) on time, my roommate and I actually allowed ourselves a moment for a palate cleansing dessert. Never miss dessert. It is very important. I had thawed out the pie earlier that day so all I needed to do was toss it in the microwave (Gordon Ramsay would FLIP OUT!). While a tiny slice of pie was heating, I opened up the So Delicious Creamy Vanilla ice cream and got out a spoon.
Apple pie à la mode is a slice of apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream. The warm pie melts the ice cream that is layered on top and what emerges is this amazing dessert that is both hot and cold and melty and yummy and…*DROOL*. Ahem. Sorry. Bit of a food nerd here. At least I’m a foodie who loves to eat (within my dietary restrictions that is!).
So, when the microwave tolled it’s completion of the heating process, I removed the plate with the slice of pie resting on it and eased my spoon into the ice cream.
Smooth. I expected something rock-hard, or flaky (some non-dairy ice creams can be crystallized and a bit hard to get a good, creamy scoop out of). But So Delicious really delivered here. The ice cream folded up in the spoon to create a perfect scoop. I set it alongside the pie (trust me, for calorie purposes, the serving size was halved and setting any ice cream on top of this itty-bitty slice was not an option). I repeated it with the other half of the slice and served one to my roommate and myself.
Oh. My. Foodie. God.
First of all, having a delicious gluten-free pie is one thing. But the ice cream. Oh, the ice cream just totally made this dessert. I loved how it mixed perfectly with the buttery, flaky goodness of the pie crust, and the hot apples in the center just aided in creating this hot/cold, flaky/melty mess of a dessert. And it was everything I dreamed it would be.
The So Delicious Creamy Vanilla won’t slap you in the face with its vanilla flavor. It is very subtle. That being said it is also very delicious. Trust me. I was highly impressed. I loved how it had just the right hit of vanilla flavor so that it wasn’t underwhelming or overwhelming. It was just perfect. I would buy this again in a heartbeat…and eat it straight. I might even still turn it into a sundae, or just put it in a gluten-free ice cream cone (I still have some of those in my pantry!).
Being lactose intolerant and gluten free doesn’t have to mean ice cream is off limits. It just means you find an ice cream that suits you. Preferably one that is So Delicious.