Welcome back to Vegan Review. In this, our 4th episode, we are tasting coconut-based ice creams.
Before we start, I would like to take a moment to extend our thanks to So Delicious (otherwise known as Soy Delicious. They’ll never lose that moniker. It’s like calling Whole Foods Market “Fresh Fields” or for example, around Philly, you’ll hear tons of people calling the ATMs “MAC Machines,” even though they’re all now owned by STAR. It just sounds better, and it’s what we basically grew up knowing you by.) They gave us 2 coupons for free pints to buy at any of our local stores.
We would also like to thank Luna and Larry’s for donating 3 pints of Coconut Bliss, and finally, Maggie Mudd who had gone above and beyond, and sent us 5 pints. Goodness gracious! Thank you from the bottom of our bellies.
In addition to those generous contributors above, we had tasted KOV (which stands for Kosher Organic and Vegan), a local Philly company just starting out. And last but not least, Sharon’s sorbet. (We wanted to include their chocolate sorbet in the tasting, but unfortunately, none of the stores we visited, had it in stock, so we only had the coconut to taste. But I can tell you, the chocolate sorbet is very lovely. Nice and chocolatey, and light in texture, if ever too slightly sweet.)
Unfortunately, it appeared that the luna and larry’s package may have been quarantined in MD on it’s way to my porch. there was a sticker about a brown apple moth on the front of the package, and all the dry ice had already evaporated by the time I had opened the package. I popped the pints in the freezer ASAP, but they were pretty soft. (not melty though) But the texture was unfortunately affected for the recording. Recently, I had seen some pints in my local health food store, so I was able to buy one and compare what I remembered tasting with what the new pint tasted like. I’ll shove a tiny review in at the end of the group tasting.
Up next is a field report of high-end blenders. It’s quite a bit different from our current set-up, but i figured it’d break up the monotony. We currently have yogurts and raw chocolates on the itinerary. Please check the earlier posts for the list of brands we’ve discovered and if we’re missing any, please let us know.
We’re hoping to have a marshmallow episode now that Chicago Soydairy has come out with Dandies, but we’re going to wait until they have their set-up finalized and the production up and running so that we’re tasting what the final product is. We also know about Sweet and Sara and AngelFood marshmallows. Are we missing any others?
We should also do the alternative flavored sandwich cookies since we have all those packages of Country Choice in storage. But other than that, we have no concrete plans. If you’d like to request another class of foodstuffs to be tasted after those are recorded, either click on the ideas tab on our blog at veganreview.wordpress.com and leave a comment there, or if you’d rather e-mail your suggestion, go ahead and send it to feedback @veganreview.info.
We also have plans on how we’re going to deal with the website. We’re hoping to possibly create a database where you guys can provide your input for each product with star values and comments and lots of fun stuff. Scott has only built very simple websites before, but he’s up for the challenge. So don’t expect to see the finalized website too soon. It’ll probably happen really slowly, but it’ll happen. In the meantime, we might create a forum there. Why not, right? Who knows, maybe the forum would work better than an official database. We’ll see. What happens happens.
This episode’s outro music is Tropical Dreamgirl performed by Karsten Soltauer, Published by Honey Bowtie Music.
Karsten’s wife, Kate (co-owner of Honey Bowtie Music) sent in the following blurb: He and I are both vegan, and we’ve been vegetarian for a combined 40-plus years. We do a lot of cooking at home, and our favorite foods are the ubiquitously popular dishes like pizza, burritos, or spicy pasta. We modify the standard recipes to be healthier than usual, but we still strive to achieve the peak of flavor. And we’re both confessed hot sauce freaks.
Podcasters for this episode:
Carrie, Scott, Beka, Dynah, Charlotte, Amanda, Jon, Rebecca and Jen
Maggie Mudd was the clear winner here. (Part of me wonders if they’d be so popular had they had simple flavors to test. But many participants liked the texture, and texture trancends flavors.) Other pints with multiple fans were Sharon’s Sorbet’s coconut flavor and Luna and Larry’s dark chocolate, and both flavors of So Delicious had its’ fans.
KOV had the least amount of fans with it’s crystally texture and overwhelming flavors.
Overall, they were all enjoyable. (but some people said they’d push away certain flavors such as Maggie Mudd’s lemon poppyseed (but that flavor had fans, so it was just a personal issue) and KOV.
Here is a list of ingredients of the pints tasted for this episode. Naturally, if your pint has a different ingredient list, that means it has been reformulated, and the review here no-longer stands.