Although I am not vegan, it is something I have thought about changing my diet to for a while now. I think for me I don’t want to rush into it and want to make sure that if I do decide to vegan or vegetarian I am doing it with much thought and intention.
I have been slowly trying meat and dairy alternatives, but so far I haven’t been able to find a good vegan ice cream or good vegan cheese.
Until, recently that is.
On a day where the basement flood-megedon happened, we looked at each other exhausted from the day’s snafus and said, “let’s go on a drive together.” So we hopped in the car, drove along West Chester Pike and ended up at D’Ascenzo’s Gelato shop in West Chester.
It was so cute the way it was set up with the French-inspired bistro chairs, flowers lining the walls and plants near the outdoor seating area. Between the outdoor decor and the music playing outside, it made me feel like I stepped into a different world that isn’t in the middle of downtown West Chester, PA.
As we scanned the different flavors and choices, my eyes were drawn to the chocolate oreo cookie gelato – not only because it’s chocolate and oreo, which are too of my favorite ice cream combinations, but also because it was vegan. I thought that I would give it a try and see if I ended up liking it. Worst case scenario is that I try it, absolutely hate it and vow to never eat vegan ice cream again. A little less dramatically stated than that, but I know you get the picture.
I ordered it and when I took the first bite I was genuinely shocked.
As someone who loves froyo, gelato – you name it – I am very picky when it comes to ice cream. But for this being a vegan ice cream, I honestly wouldn’t be able to tell it was vegan if served to me without the label.
I am not sure what milk alternative they use, but if I had to guess I’d say it’s probably almond milk because it had a bit of an almond-like after taste. I love almond milk, however so it wasn’t really a big deal to me in terms of the after taste.
The texture, to me, was still a lot like gelato. It was very creamy and still had that sort of stretchy, tight texture that gelato ice cream tends to have. For that reason, I think it’s an ice cream I would definitely try again.
Although I am not vegan or vegetarian quite yet, trying this ice cream out and actually enjoying it made me think about how maybe once I decide to take that step it’ll be not as difficult as I think it’ll be to enjoy my favorite dishes without some of my favorite ingredients.
Have you ever tried vegan ice cream? Was it yay or nay?