Product: Dream Sea Salt Caramel Gelato Almond-Based Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert – $5.99+
I was on a mission one afternoon. I needed to pick up a few supplies at the grocery store. As I was leaving, my roommate told me to splurge a little and pick out a product that I have been wanting to try, but haven’t found a way to justify it. Within reason. Which, knocked out a few options…but I wasn’t without a few choices.
It was a hot summer afternoon, and I found myself wandering around the tiny, but stocked, natural foods area. I ducked over to the freezers and let my eyes peruse some of the options inside.
And then…I saw what could be one of the most epic dessert options in the gluten-free and dairy-free world – Dream Sea Salt Caramel Gelato.
Gelato…that is dairy free? You bet your lactose-intolerance! The Dream Sea Salt Caramel Gelato is an almond-based non-dairy frozen dessert. Yes! You read that right…almond-based. Mmmm…almond milk! And, it just happened to be one of my favorite flavors in the entire world – salted caramel. SOLD! And, it definitely fell into the ‘within reason’ addendum my roomie threw into the deal. Happily, I took it to the register, checked out, and came home to store it in the freezer.
That was a little while ago…but I had some cookies and bread and other delicious frozen treats to work through first. I have a system. But tonight, on a story, thundering evening, after eating some gluten-free and vegan mac and cheese…I chose the Dream Sea Salt Caramel Gelato for dessert.
I dished up two servings of the frozen treat. In fact, certain that the Dream frozen treats would act like coconut milk based treats, I allowed the gelato to sit out on the counter while my roommate and I shoveled our main course into our faces. Okay…we might have been a little daintier than that, but we were hungry and Annie May’s Sweet Café in Louisville makes some of the best mac and cheese out there for someone like me, with multiple food allergies.
It was the right move. After we finished eating and rinsed the dishes, I got out a 1/2 measuring cup and some bowls and got to work on dishing up dessert. Gelato is usually rich and creamy. While the Dream Sea Salt Caramel Gelato is definitely rich, the creamy nature gets a bit lost in the almond milk base. Much like coconut milk, it is a little harder and tends to break apart instead of just slipping onto the spoon. But it was delicious…and that was the important thing.
Oh…my sweet Italian dessert. Holy goodness. This was one fantastic, sweet treat. This frozen dessert combines a hint of saltiness with a rich, smooth caramel flavor. The result is a decadent and delicious dessert that is created without the use of dairy. The almond base lends a nice, slightly nutty flavor and gives it a thick texture. Not creamy like I associate with gelato, but still rich and smooth. The dessert melted on my tongue and I savored each burst of flavor. This had just the right amount of caramel flavor and the right hit of salt to make it one of the most perfect frozen desserts in my freezer. It was so hard to keep to that serving size.
So, let’s get down to the bones of it…
The Dream Sea Salt Caramel Gelato Almond-Based Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert is made from filtered water, evaporated cane syrup, almonds, tapioca maltodextrin, expeller pressed oil, brown rice syrup, and contains 2% or less of natural flavors, cocoa butter, soy protein, sea salt, potato starch, guar gum, carrageenan, carob bean gum, sunflower lecithin, soy lecithin, caramel color. This gelato is cholesterol free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and kosher.
As far as nutrition information goes, a serving of the Dream Sea Salt Caramel Gelato Almond-Based Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert is 1/2 cup. There are 4 servings in the pint. A serving of the gelato will provide you with 140 calories and 6 grams of fat. In addition, you will take in 115 mg sodium and 15 grams of sugar. That is definitely a lot of sugar, but this is a gelato. Finally, you will be consuming only 1 gram of fiber and 1 gram of protein. Not filling…but totally delicious!
I was blown away by the amazing flavor, rich texture, and the sweet and salty nature Dream Sea Salt Caramel Gelato Almond-Based Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert. Each bite was an icy, decadent treat, for sure. It was so tempting to just polish off the pint, but this means I have one more evening with this dessert. Tomorrow will sure be delicious. If you haven’t tried Dream’s frozen desserts, I highly recommend starting off with the Sea Salt Caramel Gelato. It’s a new favorite. Definitely.