Coconut Bliss Ice Cream Sandwiches

There are no words to describe the bliss upon discovering these vegan ice-cream sandwiches. So far, we’ve seen only two flavors, vanilla and dark chocolate. If you’re already a fan of Coconut Bliss, you know you’re in for a treat.

We tried the vanilla first, and of course, the coconut-milk ice cream was creamy and delicious, and refreshing.

What’s unexpected about this decadent dessert is that the cookie portion is rather healthy (not that there’s anything wrong with that). The cookie is made of sprouted brown rice flour and hemp seeds, which means it tastes a bit more like a granola bar than a cookie — but we didn’t have a problem with that; in fact, it made us feel rather virtuous.

The vanilla sandwich allows for more of the cookie flavor to come through; you’ll definitely taste the nutmeg and cinnamon. The dark chocolate variety is a bit more flavorful in the ice cream department, but the cookie isn’t the highlight.

For chocolate lovers, the dark chocolate is definitely the way to go; the rich flavor of the ice cream is the main attraction here, with the cookie providing a lovely texture, though its flavors don’t stand out quite as much as with the vanilla.

Our advice? Try both. It’s the only way to know for sure which you’ll love best, and well worth it.

Kite Hill Spinach Ricotta Ravioli

We were thrilled to find Kite Hill ravioli on a recent journey to Whole Foods, and we began with spinach ricotta (still looking forward to trying the mushroom ricotta).

These meals are found in the refrigerated section, and they take only about 5 minutes to cook in boiling water — a fast, easy, and absolutely delicious meal.

We had the ravioli with simple marinara sauce and sprinkled with Follow Your Heart Parmesan.

The pasta was perfect, and the ravioli was lovely, cheesy, and flavorful. We are very impressed and look forward to trying mushroom next.

NuCulture Pimento Paprika

We so enjoyed NuCulture‘s garden herb flavor and bacony chipotle flavor that we tired pimento paprika as well.


It’s delicious, with a lovely smoky flavor that’s not nearly as spicy as the bacony chipotle, making it a great alternative for those who like a little less heat.

nuculture-paprikaThis variety does have the same wonderful, creamy texture and is delicious on crackers and fresh bread.

Silk Yogurt: Peach & Mango, and Vanilla

While we’ve been enjoying Silk soy milk for many years, this is our first taste of Silk yogurt, and we are so happy to make this discovery.


We tried peach and mango flavor, and it’s outstanding.

vegan cheese tasting silk yogurt

The yogurt is bursting with flavor and has bits of fruit mixed in (which isn’t always a good thing, but in this case it works!)

vegan cheese tasting silk ypgurt

This yogurt is also perfectly textured — rich, creamy, and perfect for those who want thick yogurt but not-quite-Greek-style-thick.

It can be enjoyed plain, but we mixed in some museli, nuts, and fruits, and it was delicious.

vegan cheese tasting breakfast

We also sampled Silk’s vanilla flavor, and it was quite good, but not nearly as flavorful, so we’d go for peach & mango over this one.


The only problem with this amazing yogurt (as well as the others we’ve sampled) is that the sugar content is up there with our favorite vegan ice creams. To give you an idea, here are the sugar amounts per serving (about 150 grams) for the yogurts we’ve reviewed so far:

Silk — 17 grams

Kite Hill – 14 grams

So Delicious — 18 grams

Daiya – 13 grams (blueberry), 15 grams (black cherry)

This is like eating dessert at breakfast (not that there’s anything wrong with that). So if you’re watching your sugar intake, this may not be the best daily food for you. If sugar isn’t an issue, then it most definitely is worth every bite.

Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery

Mr. Dewie’s cashew ice cream is no longer available in grocery stores, but if you’re lucky enough to visit the Bay Area, you can visit one of the creameries yourself. And we highly recommend doing this.

We visited the Albany store for a few scoops, and could not resist taking home pints, bon bons, and ice cream sandwiches.

All but one of the flavors offered on the day we visited were vegan (anything not vegan or organic is clearly labeled), and the hot fudge and caramel sauces are also vegan. We tried chocolate orange chip and coconut flavors with hot fudge and almonds.

While we only had room for one scoop each (and because cashew ice cream is so rich, it’s a good thing there’s so much available to go), we were able to sample many of the flavors, which made the decision-making very difficult.

All flavors are rich, creamy, and delicious — most unique and interesting is “tumeric spice,” which is sweet with a little bit of zing; it’s bright yellow-orange and incredibly appetizing. The chocolate orange chip is another unique and wonderful combo; other favorites were chocolate coconut, mint chip, and caramel almond.

In addition to Albany, you can find Mr. Dewie’s at the Emeryville Public Market. Show up hungry, and bring grocery bags to take home what you can!

Kite Hill Cream Cheese – Plain

We tried the Kite Hill plain after we sampled the chive — and expected this flavor to be less exciting than its chive version. But while it’s not chivey, it is no less delicious.

kite-hill-plainAmong three tasters of a good many vegan cream cheeses over the years, this is the hands-on favorite. This almond-milk-based cheese is perfect for those who want a simple and very good, very authentic vegan cream cheese.

plainIt would likely be great in recipes, but unlike other vegan cream cheeses, it doesn’t have a too-sweet or artificial flavor. It is just plain delicious.

Kite Hill Cream Cheese – Chive

This is my new favorite cream cheese. I used to be addicted to Daiya’s chive & onion cream cheese for bagels, but now it’s this Kite Hill variety. I haven’t looked back.

img_5770This Kite Hill cream cheese is perfect … light, fluffy, creamy, with a wonderful flavor if you like the chives. It’s delicious and flavorful enough to use on crackers, veggies, and crusty bread.

kite-hillOf all the cream cheeses we’ve reviewed, Kite Hill stands so far above the rest. No longer will we ever have to say “it’s pretty good for a vegan cream cheese” — this is just delicious, period. (Stay tuned for our review of the plain version!)

So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt

Next on our list of vegan yogurts is So Delicious, whose vegan yogurts are made from coconut milk.

IMG_2926We sampled the vanilla flavor, which had a wonderful, vanilla-bean taste. (Other flavors include chocolate, blueberry, and mango.)

vegan cheese tastingThe texture of the yogurt was quite watery, which I didn’t enjoy — it’s not as thick as Kite Hill, and very thin compared to Daiya’s Greek Style.

vegan cheese tasting sodelicousBut this does make a good yogurt alternative, especially when you’re enjoying it with cereal or something else that just needs a little something to hold it all together.

Daiya Greek-style yogurt

We continue our coverage of vegan yogurts with Daiya Greek-style yogurts, which come in four flavors (peach, strawberry, blueberry, and black cherry).

IMG_2488The first flavor sampled was blueberry — which is insanely purple in color (see ingredients list here) and also delicious. The texture is nice and thick, just as a Greek-style yogurt should be, and it’s smooth and creamy as well.

IMG_2492We also tried Daiya’s Black Cherry flavor, which was also lovely; its tangy flavor was especially good, and it has all the smooth, thick creaminess as well (with none of the psychedelic color).

bc3While these yogurts do contain fruit for flavor, they are not fruit-on-the-bottom types (which I think is a good thing — better to add your own fruit than dredge up fruit that’s been sitting at the bottom of a yogurt cup, right?). Overall, highly recommended for yogurt lovers.

Treeline Green Peppercorn

We love Treeline‘s many cheeses, especially the French-style spreadable cheeses, and so were thrilled to discover a new flavor (to us, anyway) at a local grocery: Green Peppercorn.

This one is indeed, exactly as the package reads, “mild yet subtly tangy” — it’s terrific on crackers but mild enough to put on bagels as a cream-cheese substitute if you like a little bit of flavor.

This vegan cheese has the wonderful consistency all of Treeline’s spreadable cheeses have, and if you like pepper, you’ll love this — the pepper flavor gives it a nice kick. If your local store doesn’t have it yet, check Treeline’s website to learn more. Because you definitely want this in your fridge.