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Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Dairy-free, gluten-free non-dairy frozen dessert.

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I hope you like the taste of coconut...

  • Mar 6, 2010
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     I’m a vegan that enjoys something sweet from time to time, so when I first tried Turtle Mountain’s soy-based ice cream over a year ago, it was love at first bite (or should I say pint…). However, since then, I have made the decision to consume less soy because of conflicting arguments over the dangers and benefits of soy. (It seems my list of acceptable foods becomes shorter every week.) There are several alternatives to soy when it comes to non-dairy “milks”, etc., but with ice cream, it becomes a bit tougher. Rice Dream has a pretty good line of rice milk-based ice creams, but I really didn’t want to forsake my loyalty to Turtle Mountain because of the good they do for sea turtles (Turtle Mountain has teamed up with the Sea Turtle Restoration Project by providing much-needed funds and promoting awareness). Because of this dilemma, I simply stopped buying ice cream of any kind. However, my family is celebrating a birthday tomorrow, and when I found out that there was going to be ice cream cake involved, I decided to buy a pint of Turtle Mountain’s Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Ice Cream so that I wouldn’t be left out. After testing it out, I decided to share my experience.


     With Turtle Mountain’s soy-based ice creams, you can’t really “tell” that they are made from soy. They just taste sweet and creamy, like ice cream should taste. However, the coconut milk ice cream that I tried today definitely tasted like coconut. I purchased the chocolate flavor, and could still detect the coconut. It definitely wasn’t subtle. I like the taste of coconut, but not when I’m expecting chocolate-flavored ice cream. Of course, the chocolate is the only flavor that I have tried so far, but I have a feeling that this coconut undertone will be present in all of the flavors. There is even a “coconut” flavor, as if that was necessary. The coconut milk ice cream still had a creamy texture, and it was pretty sweet, but the coconut flavor did bother me a bit. It will take some getting used to.


     As far as nutritional information is concerned, Turtle Mountain’s Coconut Milk Ice Cream is much less healthy than its soy line. While almost all of Turtle Mountain’s ice creams have chicory root extract added to them to boost the amount of fiber, one serving of the Coconut Milk Ice Cream contains at least thirty-percent of your recommended daily amount of saturated fat (that’s the bad kind). Some flavors can have as much as a whopping forty-five percent! So, if you were tempted to consume the whole pint in one sitting, you’d be eating two-day’s worth of saturated fat all at once. Regular consumption of this ice cream is enough to throw every study that suggests that vegans have lower risks of heart disease right out the window.


     Overall, if you are looking for a dairy-free, soy-free ice cream, I would recommend Turtle Mountain’s Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Ice Cream only if you enjoy the taste of coconut, and if you are willing to consume it sparingly. The Coconut Milk Ice Cream also costs a few dollars more than the soy-based ice creams. I will continue to purchase this product, but not very often. I can only hope that Turtle Mountain puts out a line of rice milk-based ice cream next.

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March 06, 2010
Hi Ula! Actually, the fat in Turtle Mountain's coconut milk ice cream is "good fat." (Not that ANY fat in excess is good.) But the medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut are not the same as saturated fat from animals. Coconut's fats have some significant health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease, and it's even purported to help with weight loss. Bear in mind also, that this coconut milk ice cream contains half the fat and one third fewer calories than full-fat dairy-based ice cream, and you've got yourself a healthier treat than Håagan- Dazs. (Not that I'm implying that any vegan would eat that!) But for most people, coconut milk ice cream is a much better choice. I can understand that the coconut overtone is not to your liking. I happen to think it tastes amazing. The chocolate flavor is one of my faves, because it's very light and creamy, and reminds me of chocolate mousse. Since you don't like the taste of coconut in your ice cream, you may prefer Good Karma rice cream, although it's flavors taste overly sweet to me, and I'll be sticking to Purely Decadent. I can't wait to try all their flavors!
March 07, 2010
I realize that this coconut milk ice cream has less fat than dairy ice cream; I was comparing it to Turtle Mountain's soy-based ice cream.
March 06, 2010
whoa. this is such an in-depth review of this product. I have seen this around the store and I am such a sucker for coconut! co-co-nut. Thanks, Ula, you rock!
March 06, 2010
You're welcome, and you rock too. If you like coconut, you may enjoy this more than I did. If that's the case, I recommend picking some up.
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  • Dairy Free/Lactose Free
  • Sweetened with Agave
  • Gluten Free
  • Contains no soy protein
  • Cholesterol Free
  • No Trans Fats
  • Certified Vegan
  • Certified Made with Organic Ingredients
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Type: Dairy-free/soy-free
Size: Pint
Flavor(s): Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, Coconut, Cookie Dough, Mint Chip, Mocha Almond Fudge, Passionate Manga, Vanilla Beans
Vendor: Several grocery stores
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