Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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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!

Nada Moo! coconut-milk ice cream

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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Since we are still in a heat wave, we sampled Nada Moo! coconut-milk ice cream, which came highly recommended by a fellow sweet tooth who says she’s never met a Nada Moo flavor she didn’t like.

After tasting Nada Moo’s Cookies & Creme, we feel quite certain that we’d agree about all the other flavors.

Nada MooCookies & Creme is amazing: rich, creamy, with a strong vanilla flavor and plenty of crunchy chocolate cookies.

IMG_3081The texture is lighter and fluffier in texture than Coconut Bliss (which isn’t better or worse, just different), and, like Coconut Bliss, the ice cream is made with organic coconut milk.

IMG_3083We are very much looking forward to enduring the heat wave with more Nada Moo.  Other flavors include Chocolate Cherry Fudge Brownie, Pistachio Nut, Vanilla Cha-Cha-Chai, Sweet Cherry Lime, and Maple Pecan. Yum.

Coconut Bliss Salted Caramel in Chocolate Bars

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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So, Coconut Bliss is not exactly cheese, but it’s in the triple digits here this week, and so we are eating much vegan ice cream. And we feel it’s our duty to inform you of the deliciousness of these coconut-milk ice-cream bars.

IMG_2909Already huge fans of Coconut Bliss ice cream by the pint (which are available in flavors including Chocolate Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge, Mint Galactica, Mocha Maca Crunch, and Ginger Cookie Caramel, among others), we could not resist trying out the bars.

IMG_2910The bars are not as large as they look on the package (are they ever?), but they are a good size and very satisfying.

IMG_2913The Salted Caramel coconut-milk ice-cream is sublime by the pint, and it is only more delicious wrapped in chocolate and delivered on a stick.

IMG_2919I couldn’t possibly recommend this more …  it’s the perfect summer treat. Stay tuned as we sample other varieties…

Ben & Jerry’s vegan ice cream

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press. She is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.

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It was rumored for a long time that Ben & Jerry’s would introduce vegan flavors — and they’re here! With summer on the way, we highly recommend stocking up on all these dairy-free flavors.

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Made with almond milk, Ben & Jerry’s has four vegan flavors (so far), and all are absolutely divine.

  • Chunky Monkey (banana ice cream with fudge chunks and walnuts)
  • P.B. & Cookies (vanilla ice cream with chocolate sandwich cookies and crunchy peanut butter swirls)
  • Coffee Caramel Fudge (coffee ice cream with fudge chunks and caramel swirl)
  • Chocolate Fudge Brownie (dark chocolate ice cream with fudge brownies).

All are delicious — the very favorite among us was Coffee Caramel Fudge, closely followed by P.B. & Cookies. And my personal favorite is Chocolate Fudge Brownie, which is just sinfully rich and delicious.

Thanks to Ben & Jerry’s for making this compassionate choice — this a great step forward for animal lovers, ice cream lovers, and especially for the cows!