Vegan Ice Cream (Taste Teat 2018)

Vegan Ice Cream That Taste Just As Good As The Original

If you are like most people, you LOVE ice cream and vegan ice cream sounds nasty. We LOVE ice cream, but we are lactose intolerant.

It sucks!

Fortunately, we live in a time where vegan and alternative products are all the rage. There are more options for people who can’t have regular cow milk (like us) than ever before!

Turns out that non-dairy ice cream is better than we originally thought, and there are dozens of flavor options. We wanted to do a taste test to find out how good non-dairy, vegan ice cream really was. We also threw in a goat and cow milk ice cream to compare flavors.   

Soy Milk Chocolate Ice Cream (So Delicious)

Our first vegan ice cream is soy milk ice cream from So Delicious. From the start, it has a strong nut flavor. It’s almost cashew flavored. However, the aftertaste is like drinking chocolate soy milk.

It’s an odd texture because the ice cream has lots of nut shavings and chocolate pieces. It’s as if they put little pieces of chocolate wood chippings inside the mix. It tastes good, but it has a weird texture.

In comparison to regular cow milk ice cream, soy ice cream is much lighter and less creamy. With that said, if the texture doesn’t bother you, it’s pretty good overall.

Vegan Ice Cream

The Plastic Spoon Ranking: 7 out of 10     


Almond Milk Chocolate ice cream (Ben & Jerry’s)

Our second vegan ice cream is Almond ice cream from the classic Ben & Jerry’s. To be completely honest, it doesn’t taste at all like ice cream. Compared to dairy, this vegan ice cream is basically made of water.

There is very little creaminess!

However, the brand we tried is Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie and, the chocolate flavors infused into the ice cream taste great! They really cover up the lack of creaminess with the added flavors.

There is no weird aftertaste or textures to complain about, it’s a solid frozen treat. As ice cream goes, it’s a little on the harder side. It was left in the freezer overnight and was fairly hard to scoop out of the container in the morning.

Vegan Ice Cream

The Plastic Spoon Ranking: 7 out of 10


Cashew Milk Chocolate Ice cream (So Delicious)

The third vegan ice cream we tried was Cashew ice cream from So Delicious. It has a strong nut flavor almost immediately after the first spoon full. If you don’t like nuts, you will not like this ice cream. Its consistency has a shaved ice texture and is very different from a traditional dairy ice cream feel. The chocolate flavor is strong but, in my opinion, it wasn’t enough to block out the overpowering nut cashew flavor.

Don’t misunderstand me, this cashew ice cream wasn’t bad!  

I would recommend not eating this ice cream in the hopes of it tasting like actual cow milk ice cream or some type of substitute. It will not replace the original. Sorry, everyone.

Instead!

Think of it as a frozen, chocolate treat. If you eat this cashew ice cream with that mindset, it will taste pretty good.     

Vegan Ice Cream

The Plastic Spoon Ranking: 7 out of 10


Cow Milk Chocolate Ice Cream (Breyers)

The classic, original dairy ice cream we all grew up loving! They can try to make vegan ice cream alternatives, but nothing will ever taste quite like dairy.

Dairy has a unique thickness and creamy consistency that is not found in other alternative ice creams.

We are both lactose intolerant and stopped drinking milk over 10 years ago. Joshua and I, for the most part, have lost our taste for dairy. We still eat cheese and a few other products with dairy in them, but we never drink milk or have cow milk ice cream.  

In comparison to vegan ice creams, I’m not a big fan of dairy ice cream. Although it tastes decent, it has a weird aftertaste that lingers in your mouth. It’s a weird sour after flavor that sticks to your tongue and makes you wonder if your breath smells bad. It’s by far more creamy than any other style and it has a thickness to it that only dairy can give.

Vegan Ice Cream

The Plastic Spoon Ranking: 7 out of 10


Coconut Milk Chocolate Ice Cream (So Delicious)

 The fourth vegan ice cream is Coconut Chocolate ice cream from So Delicious. It is rich, thick and it’s fairly creamy for being coconut based. It’s a very simple ice cream. No texture surprises or coconut shavings and, most importantly, no weird flavors. Just a smooth coconut and strong chocolate flavor.

 

What I like about coconut ice cream is the aftertaste. It leaves your mouth feeling clean and fresh. Unlike dairy products, it’s a light, easy fruit to eat or drink which makes it ideal for people with sensitive stomachs.

Vegan Ice Cream

The Plastic Spoon Ranking: 8 out of 10


Goat Milk Ice Cream (Laloo’s)

Goat milk is very distinct and different from cow milk. It has its own “goat” flavor. I wouldn’t say it’s bad, it’s just different.

As for the texture, goat milk ice cream is smoother than cow milk ice cream. It doesn’t freeze as hard as all the other ice creams we tested. After staying in the freezer all night, the goat milk ice cream was still easy to scoop out of the container and kept, what I would call, the perfect ice cream consistency – not too hard or too soft.

Now, I recognize that goat milk ice cream is not vegan ice cream, but we wanted to really compare the difference between popular vegan options and dairy. Plus, when we saw goat milk ice cream at Whole Foods, would couldn’t resist trying it! This was our first experience with goat milk ice cream.   

Like cow milk ice cream, goat has a sour aftertaste that leaves your mouth feeling nasty. Once again, not my favorite, but also, it’s not so bad if you like dairy.

Vegan Ice Cream

The Plastic Spoon Ranking: 7 out of 10


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AuthorDavid

David Fuertes - I'm a food, media and music lover who wants nothing more than to go on my next food adventure with amazing people. I like two things about The Plastic Spoon: 1. Trying new Miami Food. 2. Meeting amazing people along the way.

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