Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Review: So Delicious Pomegranate Chip Coconut Milk Dairy-Free Frozen Dessert

In my Kroger iPhone app, there is a selection add e-coupons to your phone.  I'm a coupon freak, so this is right up my alley.  There is always a coupon for So Delicious coconut products in there, so sparked by that coupon (and a closeout special price), I finally decided to redeem my coupon and pick up a pint of this So Delicious Pomegranate Chip Coconut Milk Dairy-Free Frozen Dessert at the closeout price of $2.99.  Ordinarily, these pints cost in the six dollar range, so I stay away.  Always the deal hunter though, thought this was the perfect time to snatch it up.  Each pint contains the obvious four half-cup servings and each dairy-free serving is a modest 130 calories.  Not too shabby.  There's also a variety of other health-related benefits as well, such as this product being vegan, gluten free, organic, etc.

Let's not mince words or pretend here...a dairy-free dessert product made with coconut milk just seems weird.  That reason, combined with the high price, is mostly why I had always stayed away.  Continuing the weird them is the description of this from the So Delicious website.  It's both fun and mysterious as the same time, so here it is:  "This rich and creamy coconut milk based, dairy-free frozen dessert can be enjoyed all by itself, or for the more adventurous soul, complimented with an endless array of toppings. Let the adventure begin!"  Okey dokey then.  I find it funny that they make this seem like such an adventure to eat, but then neglect to include the names of the toppings that make this adventurous.  I guess they want you to do your homework and not only read the product name to see the ingredients (pomegranate juice and chocolate flakes made with coconut milk spread well throughout the pint of the pink-colored dessert), but also want you to read the ingredient list to see the rest of the endless array.  I'm going to split hairs here...if there is an ingredient list, doesn't that mean that there IS an end to the toppings once the list ends?  Oh, the English language is such a funny thing with its flexibility.  After reviewing that list, none of those exciting toppings were exciting enough for me to list them out or even sounded tasty, so I'll just move on.

After reviewing those first two paragraphs, I just realized that I've spent a lot of time BASHING this before I even tried out it.  After I took my first spoonful of the very thin frozen dessert, that bashing seems kind of silly.  Sure, the flavor of this was a bit strange and different, but it wasn't half bad.  The frozen dessert itself had a hint of sweetness from the coconut milk, but also had a bit of tang from the pomegranate juice.  Dare I say it, but it was actually kind of fun.  The coconut milk-produced chocolate flakes didn't really have a lot of great flavor and weren't anywhere near decadent.  It seemed that their sole purpose was just to add some graininess and texture difference to each spoonful, which was increasingly difficult to dig out.  Because this was such a thin base due to the lack of dairy, it frozen up quite easily and was rock hard.  Probably would have been wise of me to let this one melt a bit before I dug in.  But, as anyone that has read this blog before knows, I am far from wise.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Was this different?  Of course it was.  Was it strange?  Yeah, it was a little bit strange.  Was it repulsive or not even a palatable flavor?  Not at all.  In fact, despite the fact that this was strange and different, I enjoyed this and give it a BUY IT rating, if you can get it at the right price.  At full price, I'd stay away from this because the flavor is not enough to win me over.  Although, if you can't eat dairy, this would be right up your alley.  At a lower price, I would absolutely grab this because I truly did enjoy it.


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