Hey beautiful people, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrated, or just a wonderful Wednesday. I was lucky enough to spend mine with family, and had a really nice and relaxing holiday. Today I have a fun little giveaway for you, so enjoy!
Disclaimer: I was provided with free pint vouchers by NadaMoo! in order to sample their product. I was not compensated for this review, and of course by now you know that all the opinions below are my own. I like to keep it real with you all.
As many of you know, dairy and I have not been friends for a very long time. We occasionally reunite for brief, and often painful, periods of time, but for the most part we steer clear of each other. This, of course, means that my ice cream choices are pretty limited. I have never been an ice cream lover, more of just and ice cream liker, although looking back that may have simply been because of the stomach pains that followed each bowl.
Nowadays there are non-dairy alternatives available everywhere you look. Although I enjoy the cashew and almond based options, coconut milk ice cream has always been my preference. My only problem is that a majority of the coconut milk ice cream available has an ingredients list longer than frozen foods aisle, and so many “gums” you’d think you were buying actually chewing gum. I’ve found a few exceptions to the rule, but they are either not readily available to me or the flavors are limited.
When NadaMoo! reached out to see if I would like to sample their coconut milk ice creams, the first thing I did was hop on over to their website and check out the ingredients list.
This is for their vanilla flavor: Ingredients: organic coconut milk, organic agave nectar, organic tapioca syrup solids, organic inulin, organic vanilla bean*, organic vanilla extract*, organic guar gum, organic locust bean gum, sea salt. CONTAINS TREE NUTS (COCONUT). *Fair Trade Certified. That’s it! Organic and fair trade ingredients, no refined cane sugar, and only two gums. And the stats:
After reading a bit more about the company, I told them I would love to try their products. They have a wide range of flavors (vanilla, chocolate, coconut, maple pecan, java crunch, mint chip, almond chip, and cherry lime). The Whole Foods near me carries the pints, but not all the flavors, so I grabbed what they had and handed a few off to my parents so they could join in on the sampling fun.
Here were the verdicts:
Maple Pecan tastes exactly like dairy-filled butter pecan.
My dad and I both worked in ice cream shops growing up (the same chain, even) and we both agreed on this. It smells exactly the same too. Because it is normal to smell your ice cream right? I mean, they are really just like edible candles…
Mint chip tastes like, well, mint chip.
No one could tell the difference between this mint chip and regular mint chip ice cream, and that is saying quite a lot when a teenage boy is involved in the taste testing.
I actually scoped out all the stores near me for vanilla, because although you all know I love my chocolate (although raw cacao has spoiled me and I’m not a big fan of regular old cocoa flavor anymore), and while I did try and like the chocolate flavor, I tend to go for the most simple ice cream flavors. Okay, so this is usually just so I can load it with toppings. The best part right? Unfortunately I couldn’t find it, but I am hoping one of the stores stocks it soon so I can buy them out.
Here is the NadaMoo! mission statement (which I love) with a bit more about the company.
Our mission is “Do good. Have fun. Be profitable.” Here’s what that means to us:
You won’t see many ads for NadaMoo!, and that’s because we believe those dollars are better spent making a direct difference in our neighbors’ lives. We’d rather focus our time and effort supporting local charities and organizations, both at home in Austin and wherever else we put our roots down. When it comes to making NadaMoo! we choose Organic, Kosher, Fair Trade Certified and gluten-free ingredients because we support having a fair, sustainable and contaminant-free food chain. You can rely on us to work with manufacturers and suppliers who share our commitment to quality and equality. We pay attention so our customers can just enjoy!
We believe work should be about more than generating profit—it should be fun. We encourage the creative and heart-felt contributions of everyone we work with, and we especially enjoy sharing NadaMoo! and good times with our customers. (There must be a connection between happy people and healthy food!).
By operating in a financially responsible way we reward and create opportunities for our employees and we are able to do more in our communities. Profitability benefits everyone.
As you can tell, I truly enjoyed the products and would recomend them to anyone looked for a less-processed ice cream they can feel good about eating (literally, your stomach will feel good, I promise), whether they are dairy-free or not.
Enough about me, Nada Moo is giving two of you free pint vouchers to fulfill all your coconut milk ice cream fantasies. A little post-Christmas gift, if you will.
This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone that entered.
Comment below and tell me what NadaMoo! flavor you would most like to try, and feel free to also whine about any dairy sensitivities/intolerances you may have to make me feel better.
Optional (for additional entries):
Follow NadaMoo! and myself on Twitter and tweet which flavor you’d like to try (be sure to include the @nadamoo and @healthlovechoc handles in your tweet) and comment below letting me know you did so.
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This giveaway is open to US residents only (hopefully NadaMoo! will begin to pop up in more stores near all you Canadian friends soon!) and will close Sunday 12/29 at 10pm PST.