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Matchup of the Week: Ice Cream

The following article was written by Keegan Baur.

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” It’s juvenile, I know, but regardless of our age, this dish seems to be one temptation that few can resist. Especially on a hot summer day, a heaping bowl of ice cream is just the ticket when you’re craving a sweet treat. But which brand to choose?

Before I went vegan, Häagen-Dazs used to be one of my favorites. Now I look in horror upon the following nutritional information:

So Delicious Cookie Dough (Gluten Free)

  • Calories: 230
  • Total Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 36 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Source: http://bit.ly/kXLYq2

Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

  • Calories: 310
  • Total Fat: 20 g
  • Saturated Fat: 12 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 29 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 95 mg

Source: http://bit.ly/kcz4zp

As you can see, the Häagen-Dazs version is loaded with extra calories, fat, and cholesterol. Not to mention that there are freakin’ egg yolks in the ingredient list! (Apparently it’s not enough to exploit just cows used for dairy, the company’s also got to capitalize on the egg production of hens.)

Today, So Delicious’ soy-based Purely Decadent brand is my go-to choice for ice cream. Not only are these products delicious and decadent, they’re also created without harming any animals. The cookie dough flavor is even gluten-free! Yum.

This summer, satisfy your cravings by keeping your fridge stocked with vegan ice cream. Which brands and flavors will be in your fridge?

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  • Joe Snow says:

    I’ve been experimenting with making homemade ice cream. I have a cake batter ice cream recipe that I’ve been working on and will post shortly. Here are some of the flavors I’ve made:
    Green Tea:
    http://redundantvegan.blogspot.com/2011/03/four-course-valentines-dinner.html
    Pumpkin Spice:
    http://redundantvegan.blogspot.com/2010/12/ill-be-on-corner-eating-nothing-la-mode.html

  • Penny S says:

    I too wish Silk would come out with an ice cream. I use Silk with vanilla on my cereal every morning, and I love it. It’s good and it helps animals too! What could be better than that?

  • Ashley-P says:

    Hey Ashley! The So Delicious ice cream featured here does not contain any dairy, and you can read the ingredients here: http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/products/product.php?p=purely_decadent_cookie_dough

  • Kristin says:

    Trader Joe’s Cherry Chocolate Chip soy ice cream….OMG!!!!

  • dawn w says:

    Purely Decadent peanut butter zig zag & cookie dough,and toffutti cuties & marry me bars

  • Christina G says:

    My favorite is peanut butter zig zag by Purely Decadent.

  • Ashley B says:

    I bought a tub of so delicious a little while ago and found that it lived up to it’s name, but I was disappointed to find out that it contained trace amounts of dairy protien. Tofutti rules but I haven’t been able to find any for a long time. I wish that silk would come out with an ice cream.

  • Ashley-P says:

    Hey Sarah! If you’re allergic to soy, try a ice cream made with coconut milk, such as So Delicious: http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/ (It’s actually my favorite brand!)

  • Ashley-P says:

    Hey Edna! I’m not 100% sure on whether or not this product contains corn syrup, so I always advise on reading labels before purchasing. However, I did find that they use 70% organic and all natural ingredients (including cane sugar!) so I doubt they use corn syrup.

  • Coley says:

    Cherry Amaretto Coconut Milk Ice Cream by So-Delicious. fabulous!

  • Samantha F. says:

    I LOVE PETA!!! Someone needs to open an all vegan store cuz i dont have time to order food all the time, but this vegan food is better than i expected.(:

  • Priscilla says:

    My favourite vegan ice cream brand is Tofutti.

  • Sarah says:

    I would totally love to eat this, but I’m allergic to soy :(

  • Edna-X! says:

    I’m allergic to corn. Does so delicious have high fructose corn syrup in it? Or ANY corn products at all? I’m glad it’s Vegan and gluten free though.

  • Dianne Rochenski says:

    The mint chocolate chip is fantastic.

  • Anita says:

    Coconut Bliss-hands down-healthy, organic ingrediants. No soy, just coconut, agave syrup and vanilla for the Vanilla flavour brand. It is pricey but you don’t need much to be filled,

  • Karen Sampson says:

    I agree that many of the vegan products I want to try are using GMO products and my husband and I will only eat non GMO whenever possible. Why aren’t these companies getting on the organic bandwagon as well as being cruelty free? Supporting companies that genetically modify food is doing as much harm to the environment as factory farms do to animals. Also, the price is so high even if they used non GMO products I couldn’t afford it!

  • Stephanie says:

    Nada Moo! Coconut is hands down the BEST vegan ice cream. The coconut milk provides a ton of creaminess without all the fake gunk found in so many soy creams (which are by far, of course, preferable to “real” dairy ice cream, which is usually far from real)! Better yet, most flavors are organic! Choco-chip mint is my fave, closely followed by Maple Vanilla. SHOUT OUT ATX! Peace out.

  • Raven says:

    The BEST and most reasonable price-wise is Trader Joe’s Soy Ice Cream in Raspberry Chocolate Chip!!! YUMMMMMMMMM :)

  • nik says:

    SD also makes It’s Soy Delicious, a fruit-sweetened line that’s excellent! I love the Vanilla, topped with fresh blueberries and kiwi slices.

  • Aysha says:

    Luna and Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss ice cream is also really good. It’s vegan, and all of their ingredients are organic :)

  • MalkatHaMuzika says:

    YES! This stuff is simply the BEST.

  • Arusa says:

    Purely Decadent(its from the same company as So Delicious) ice cream is the best vegan ice cream I have tried, I have only tried 3 vegan ice cream including this one. I have only tried Chocolate Obsession and its pretty yummy. It has a lot of fiber, it’s organic, doesn’t harm any animals. I had the ice cream today!

  • karen says:

    I haven’t tried vegan ice cream yet. My husband & I are vegitarians & we’re slipping being vegan here & there. I would love to try vegan ice cream though. Only problem is, as poor college students as we are, getting the best is pricey. Isn’t that terrible? The best foods for ya are the most expensive. :/

  • SarasR0ses says:

    I think this ice cream may even be better than most traditional ice creams!

  • kathy says:

    I was excited to try this but when I found it I saw ingredients that are likely genetically modified. The flavor I was looking at contained beet sugar and soybean oil. Sugar beets and soy may be genetically modified if they’re not organic. I wish they would use organic beet sugar and soy so I could try this :(

  • Melissa says:

    I LOVE So Delicious coconut milk ice cream! They have so many yummy flavors like Turtle Trails, Cherry Amaretto, and Mint Chip, but none of the cruelty! My freezer is always stocked full, and I’m always rotating the flavors, since there are so many to choose from.

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