July 15, 2012

National Ice Cream Day

"When I'm no longer rapping, I want to open up an ice cream parlor and call myself Scoop Dogg". - Snoop Dogg

It's National Ice Cream Day!
(Please note: this is a floating food holiday. It occurs on the third Sunday of July each year.)

Sponsored byCoconut Bliss

When I first started eating a plant-based diet I had a goal: to eat vegan more often than I did vegetarian. And it was totally doable...

Until it came to ice cream.

I love ice cream. And the idea of giving it up entirely seemed completely baffling to me. It was one of my favorite foods, and I knew that no alternative would ever measure up to the delicious, creamy, refreshing, happiness in a cone that ice cream represented.

One night, while working as a beer model at a Mexican restaurant, I voiced these concerns. The bartender replied, "Have you ever heard of Coconut Bliss?" I hadn't. "Once I discovered them, I never worried about eating ice cream as a vegan again. If you love ice cream as much as it seems, you really oughta try them. I think they'll change your life."

So I did.

And they did.

It was the first vegan ice cream I had ever tried that tasted normal. It didn't taste cardboardy the way soy-based ice creams can, or mealy the way rice milk-based ice creams can, and it didn't taste overwhelmingly coconut-y like almost all coconut milk-based ice creams do. That's one of the biggest problems with vegan ice creams, in my opinion. It doesn't really matter what flavor you get, because the only thing you'll really be able to taste is whatever "milk" is being used. That's not the case with Coconut Bliss. It tastes like the flavor of ice cream it says it is. Dark chocolate tastes like dark chocolate, and nothing else. You wouldn't ever know it was made with coconut milk.

Or that it was vegan!

Coconut Bliss was created because Luna and Larry Kaplowitz wanted a tasty frozen dessert they could enjoy without feeling bad afterwards. According to their website, "We had both given up dairy for health and ethical reasons, and tried all the soy and rice-based alternatives, but weren't satisfied with any of them. They either didn't taste good, or we felt sick after eating them, or they had a long list of ingredients that didn't really sound like food. One day Luna said 'what about coconut milk?' We'd used it a lot in Thai-style cooking and it seemed ideal. It was naturally rich and creamy and had great nutritional properties. So with the aid of a two-dollar hand-cranked ice cream maker from Goodwill we made our first batch. As soon as we tried it, we knew we were on to something special. As time went by and we shared it with our friends, who also loved it, it became apparent to us that we should focus our energy on this and make it available to more people."

Good decision, Luna and Larry.

I hope today you had the opportunity to indulge in a little ice cream without it being too sinful for either your hips or the world we live in.

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.