And the day finally came, about a week ago, when my eyes locked onto the Coconut Milk ice cream from Turtle Mountain. Many of you know this Purely Decadent brand of ice cream, for its soy-based non-dairy ice cream creations. I have long been a fan of Turtle Trails, as well as a few other Purely Decadent flavors. When I learned that a soy-free, coconut milk-based version of Purely Decadent was launched on the market, I was excited to say the least. (You all know I'm an ice cream junkie, right?)
I picked up a couple of pints and my happy day had indeed begun! My favorite flavor so far is the one pictured, Cookie Dough (also gluten-free). I enjoyed the texture of the ice cream, it has a lighter, more airy quality than their soy counterpart. The coconut flavor is subtle, though not entirely absent. I enjoyed the flavor and didn't mind any coconut undertones at all. And the bits of chocolate crackle and cookie dough made this flavor just about perfect for me. Yes, it was bliss. For a while, until I realized I had been oblivious to the price my hfs was charging for this pint of ice cream. One small container (500 ml) is $7.39! That's just wrong. wrong. wrong. wrong! I also noticed that they had increased their price of the other Purely Decadent flavors (soy-based) to over $6.00 ($6.49 I think). Holy frozen price-hike!
I'm doubting that this coconut ice cream is as expensive in the US or even other parts of Canada. Is it??!! Hopefully our hfs will feature some weekly or monthly ice cream specials, or I'll be making a lot of my own frozen desserts! Luckily, I do have a few ice cream recipes up my sleeve, and a couple of them are in fact coconut-milk based (as I was growing impatient waiting for the Turtle Mountain varieties to make their appearance in our store)... and I will show you one or two of these new recipes very soon.
Price issues aside, definitely give this flavor a try if you are a fellow vegan ice cream enthusiast. I'd also really like to try the Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, but that one isn't available in our store. Also no signs yet of the Coconut Milk Yogurt and Coconut Milk Beverage by Turtle Mountain. I'll be keeping a lookout, you can be sure...
but I better start saving my pennies for a yogurt right now. :)