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Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

May 26th, 2011

Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Taste Tester and I just returned home from a lovely long weekend spent with family and friends in Omaha, NE. If you haven’t been, it’s a nice city packed with a lot of good eats. What made our dining experiences throughout the weekend interesting was that our foodie family is made up of gluten-free, vegan and/or nut-allergic members. As you might imagine, eating together was a curious meeting of tastes and dietary minefields.

The youngest member of the family is a chocolate peanut butter-loving vegan who told me that I absolutely had to try Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream. This was not the first time the brand had been recommended to me, so upon returning home, I immediately ran to our nearest health food store and grabbed a pint. Aside from satisfying a craving, it served as a convenient means to procrastinate on unpacking. Score!

Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

This was my first experience with non-dairy ice cream and despite the contradiction of that description, it’s surprisingly good. Considering the heavy flavors that are involved, it’s also surprisingly light. As a coconut lover, I liked the added addition of coconut to my usual chocolate and peanut butter-preferred combo. Turns out, they are very complimentary. The chocolate could have been a bit more rich, but where it lacked, the tasty peanut butter picked up the slack. There were healthy chunks of nutty, not-too-sweet, natural pb throughout each spoonful.

The texture of the ice cream was pretty normal for the most part, but certain bites could be described as maybe a little “foamy” to the tongue? I liked it a lot, but it’s not a normal characteristic of ice cream and might annoy a die-hard ice cream eater. I live with one, so I know you’re out there. [I'm making a Clint Eastwood-inspired glare at the computer screen right now.]

The side of the container advises you to let it sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. Common sense perhaps, but for impatient types like me, this is a difficult and often-ignored step. Luckily, that’s about how long it takes to do a little blog photo-shoot, so by the time I was done, it was at optimal semi-melty ice cream-enjoying temperature. Mmmm.

Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

I think it’s safe to say that Operation Non-Dairy Ice Cream was a success! This ice cream pretty much satisfies any of the latest dietary restrictions / trends (gluten-free, soy-free, vegan, organic, non-dairy, low glycemic) – barring a peanut allergy of course – and yet it’s still good enough to satisfy your average “eater of anything” (that term sounded nicer than “garbage disposal”), like myself. So pick up a pint of Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream and grab a spoon. If you like it, the Cappuccino also came highly recommended.

Guess I’ll go unpack now. Or maybe have a second helping…

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4 responses so far:

  • I’ve tried that ice cream and have to admit it’s pretty good. My favorite non-dairy chocolate pb ice cream though is the coconut milk ice cream made by purely decadent. It’s less rich and more sweet which reminds me exactly of Turkey Hill’s chocolate peanut butter swirl, which is pretty much the standards I set every ice cream to.

    by Evan ThomasMay 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm
  • Thanks so much for giving our Chocolate Peanut Butter a try, and I hope the unpacking wasn’t too painful :)

    by Kiley @ Coconut BlissMay 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm
  • I love coconut milk ice cream, my favorite is purely decadent’s cookie dough, but the choco pb that Evan mentioned is pretty good as well. I’ve only had coconut bliss once, but did not like the texture as much.

    by RodzillaMay 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm
  • That’s way more clever than I was expiecntg. Thanks!

    by JeraJun 11, 2011 at 6:08 am

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