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04/18/2012

Guest Product Review: So Delicious No Sugar Added Coconut Milk ice creams!  »


So Delicious, the brand that has long satisfied many vegans’ ice cream cravings, has come out with a new line of no sugar added vegan frozen confections with erythritol as the primary added sweetener.

Why is this important? For one thing, after working for nearly two years at The Tree of Life, a raw vegan retreat center and holistic health facility, I learned from the vegan medical staff that erythritol is much healthier for us than processed white sugar. Since it is a sugar alcohol, and has a super-freaky-sounding name (almost as creepy as xylitol), erythritol isn’t nearly as weird or bad as it sounds, and can be derived from non-GMO, ethically sourced plants. While many companies wanting to provide “no sugar added” sweeteners to their products dump in aspartame, Splenda, and other artificial sweeteners that have been linked to a host of maladies, So Delicious made a “no sugar added” line right, and went with a safe, low-glycemic sweetener. Bravo!

The best part about this science is that it tastes so amazing. To be fair, my palate became used to all kinds of natural sweeteners while working at The Tree (Stevia is my bff), I suspect most ice cream fanatics mindful of avoiding sugar-related side effects will seriously love it. This has no weird aftertaste. (Stevia sort of does; I don’t notice it anymore, but this confection definitely has no funky aftertaste whatsoever.) The “No Sugar Added” fudge bars are by far the best vegan fudgesicles I’ve ever had. They are creamy, decadent, with strong notes of coconut and just the right amount of cacao. Perfect! I also love the No Sugar Added Vanilla Bean, which could be added to a bowl of berries or atop a slice of lovely raw vegan pie. In sum, these are indeed sooooo delicious! Get them now at local Bay Area health food stores!

Note: If you have pets, do NOT feed them xylitol or erythritol. They can’t process it in their adorable little bodies, but don’t take that as a sign we shouldn’t be ingesting it, too: remember, dogs can’t have chocolate and other things our livers are perfectly equipped to process in moderation.

This is Vegansaurus raw correspondent Sarah E. Brown’s latest post! Read more by Sarah on Vegansaurus, and visit her personal blog, Queer Vegan Food.

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