Sunday, October 26, 2008

Not the best ice cream



When my mom and I get together, you know there's going to be ice cream involved.  So when we stopped at Whole Foods last night (don't worry co-op folks, I'm no traitor.  There are no natural foods co-ops in Dallas that I know of) I had to pick up a pint... or two.  

I couldn't resist choosing these two flavors.  I'm a sucker for a new flavor of Purely Decadent and key lime sounded divine!  The NadaMoo ice cream intrigued me not because of the mint chip flavor, but because it is made with coconut milk and sweetened only with agave nectar and malted grains.  Unfortunately, neither of these really lived up to my high hopes.

The NadaMoo ice cream was missing something- but I don't think it was the sugar. The sweetness of the agave was fine, but the ice cream wasn't rich like I expected after having had other coconut milk ice creams.  The chocolate chips were few and far between and didn't have that characteristic "snap" that frozen chocolate pieces usually have.  They were more...chewy.  I wanted to love this ice cream, I really did.  I shouldn't give up on it, though.  The first time I tried Oatscreme I hated it, and now it's one of my favorites.

The Key Lime Pie flavor sounded perfect in every way.  But I expected a very tart ice cream and lots of graham cracker crumbs.  Sadly, the ice cream was pretty flat- decent lime flavor but none of the acidity that you'd expect from a key lime ice cream.  It reminded me of Silk key lime yogurt in that it was a bit too sweet.  The graham cracker crust pieces were definitely my favorite part- I ended up fishing out all 4 pieces that were in the pint.  My recommendation?  Add citric acid for tartness and do an actual graham cracker crust swirl rather than a "graham flavored sauce" swirl.  

Honestly, I ate a good bit of both ice creams for the purposes of this research.  And since they were the only ice cream I had- they were okay.  But up against Purely Decadent Peanut Butter Zigzag, Coconut Craze, or Cookies and Cream or Coconut Milk Cookie Dough ice cream, these two wouldn't be in my top 10.


7 comments:

Sanja said...

I'm sorry they weren't what you hoped they would be. But... the only ice cream flavors I can get around here are vanilla and chocolate, so I'm kinda jealous anyway... Coconut Milk Cookie Dough ice cream sounds definitely like my cuppa tea!

Jenn's an Ice Cream Maker said...

Ice cream is always involved when my family and I get together too! Glad we're not the only ones! Sorry your ice cream experience wasn't the best you've ever had though!

Kerry said...

I've been hooked on all the Purely Decadent flavours since I discovered them. Chocolate Peanut Butter Zigzag used to me my favourite, but Cherry Nirvana is starting to grow on me. I hope I see Key Lime in my grocery soon.

Conquerbysmiling said...

Aww I"m soryr that you didn't like them very much!
I have to admit, I didn't know so many flavors existed! haha. the favorite one that I have tried so far was Butter Pecan from Soydreams- talk about delicious!

ice cream freaks said...

Thank you for testing these flavors out for us. I recently tried the new Purely Decadent Mint Chip made with Coconut Milk and was a little disappointed as well. To me, coconut and mint just don't go together. However, my kids didn't have any complaints. They loved it.

allularpunk said...

that's disappointing... i hate when i get new flavors of ice cream that end up stinking. i had some rice dream vanilla swiss almond ice cream last week, and it was terrible! there weren't even any almonds in it, what!?

aTxVegn said...

I was so sad to see NadaMoo here. I admit I don't love all their flavors, but I swear the plain vanilla is incredible.