Taste Test: So Delicious Candy Corn Ice Cream Pops & Coco Whip

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We have been on the lookout for these new products from So Delicious for several weeks now and yesterday we hit the lottery! We found both the Candy Corn ice cream pops and the CocoWhip at the Whole Foods in Lake Grove.

Holy deliciousness! We couldn’t wait to dig in so we ripped open the box of Candy Corn ice cream pops and stood in the freezer aisle. I ate the chocolate topped section, my son ate the vanilla middle, and my husband ate the creamsicle bottom. What a great idea for a special holiday treat. Vegan coconut perfection.

And the box comes with two jokes:

“What do you get when you cross a vampire and a snowman? Frost bite!

“What do ghosts serve for dessert? Ice cream!”

We had to wait to taste the CocoWhip because it has to thaw for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator so after a great lunch today, I topped my homemade strawberry ice cream with this fantastic whipped topping.


I usually like homemade but this is way better than anything I have been able to create in my kitchen. I have tried several times with canned coconut milk but it turns out that the added guar gum makes it a challenge to whip. Which is fine because now that I have this, I don’t have to make my own!It is not too sweet, has a great fluffy consistency, and is way better than the Cool Whip I remember having as a kid. And it can be re-refrigerated or re-frozen for longer storage and more eating opportunities.

Two thumbs up for So Delicious. You guys rock!!

Product Review: Vegan Cuts


There is a company out there called Vegan Cuts and they asked me if I would be interested in checking out their Snack Box to review. Of course, anything vegan and I am there. Well, not including mock meat but there is none of that here anyway.

This box is full of great snacks. Here is what I got:

Mediterranean Snacks Baked Lentil Chips
Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers
Runa Clean Energy
Surf Sweets Peach Rings
RawSnacks Cranberry Cashew Snack Bar
Yum Earth Naturals Sour Beans & Fruit Snacks
Rescue Chocolate Peanut Butter Pit Bull
Stash Premium Tea Spice Dragon Red Chai
Smooze Fruit Ice Coconut + Pineapple

I have seen the Baked Lentil Chips and the Surf Sweets before. My son is a big fan of Surf Sweets and we are all a fan of anything crunchy. The multi grain crackers were good.

You couldn’t pay me to drink an energy drink – even one with “natural” caffeine.

We liked the cranberry snack bar but I am loyal to my Greens+ bars but it is good to know this one is out there in case of a food emergency when on the road.

The Yum Earth Naturals are another kid favorite and perfect for this time of year when the entire world is asking what my son is going to be for Halloween. He is going as a skeleton because he has one inside of him already. (Thanks, Kim, for a great comeback!)

The Rescue Chocolate is perfectly amazing and is now on my new list of “Vegan Things I LOVE!”

We can always use more chai tea around here, especially caffeine free tea, since my son and husband drink tea every morning.

Finally, Smooze. I have never heard of this but it is really a cool little product. My son and I had fun eating it out of it’s little slurpy container. Fun!

Vegan Cuts is a great idea. You sign up for a monthly subscription and they deliver vegan goodies right to your house! Each month, 7 to 10 products, that are mostly gluten free are packed up and sent over. How else are we supposed to discover the newest vegan stuff out there?


And here is what it says on their website:

“Vegan Cuts is run by a vegan couple, John and Jill, who really want to see more people shopping with vegan ethics. A commitment to buying vegan food is a great start, but you can also make a positive difference by choosing vegan options when purchasing clothing, shoes, accessories, body care products and everyday household items. This is why Vegan Cuts features a range of vegan products and encourages members to shop vegan by promoting opportunities to save money while eschewing animal cruelty.”

A match made in heaven. Now, I am all about making everything myself and as I get better at cooking the more I am making. Case in point, almond milk. Ketchup is next up, by the way. But there are some things I just can’t make myself. Yet.

Like tea.

Like gummy candies.

Like chocolate.

So, this is a great way to find out who is doing what on the vegan scene and supporting them. I’m in! How about you?

Taste Test: ZenSoy Milk & Zen Chocolate Pudding

A few weeks ago, my son was attending a camp at a local kid’s gym during spring break from school. I dropped him off and then stopped at the front desk to ask about the snack, to confirm it was vegan. In the past, snacks consisted of pretzels and fruit, so it was kind of an afterthought.

The manager casually says, “They are making dirt cake today! He can have Oreos, right?” I said, “Right, but what else is in there?” (Oreos are vegan; Peta says so!)

I never even heard of dirt cake but apparently it is a concoction of crushed up Oreos, chocolate or vanilla pudding, whipped cream, and gummy worms or some combination thereof. After the fact I did some research and it seems to be a vehicle for eating Oreos. Anyway, at camp that day they were only going to be using the cookies and chocolate pudding. I did not have enough time to get home and make my chocolate pudding, even though it is quick and I needed an alternative. I ran to the health food store and found Zen Chocolate Pudding in a package with four little containers. It’s vegan and it says so right on the container. Phew. Ran back to the camp. Anything for my little vegan boy!


Now, I have a thing for pudding. Chocolate, vanilla, chocolate and vanilla at the same time. I have experimented with several techniques to make a pudding reminiscent of my mother’s My-T-Fine puddings we had as kids but I have not yet perfected a recipe and it is kind of too much work at this point.

So I found myself indulging in the Zen puddings. The three little containers that I brought home? I ate all of them. Myself. Not in one day, but one each day. Please! I do have some control. I loved them! I have since tried the vanilla and chocolate and vanilla swirl. Same! Pudding = love! I am not usually one to eat processed foods, but Zen is organic and it is a treat so I am on board!

I corresponded with the company to tell them how much I appreciated the vegan organic pudding and it turns out they make soy milk too! My boys love soy milk. So we did a blind taste test. Our usual brand of unsweetened soy milk vs. ZenSoy Plain Soy Milk.


My husband could tell right away which was which. He has been drinking the other brand forever. However, he did give the ZenSoy milk a thumbs up! My son absolutely loved it and said it was better than the other brand.

I am writing about this today because after reading Pandora’s Lunchbox and learning about how added vitamins may not be vegan, I became very concerned about the few items I still buy in packages. One thing that I love about Zen is that they state clearly on the container that the milk is vegan. Our old brand does not state it as such on the package. I did check their website, where it does say the milk is vegan, but I prefer to support a company that specifically states it on the label.

We have officially converted!  Go ZenSoy!

Taste Test: Kate Bakes Bars

I found Kate Bakes Vegan Bars on – where else? – Facebook! Kate is a vegan baker in the Washington DC area and she bakes delicious, soft, chewy, healthy, organic gluten- free, vegan bars! Woo hoo! Are they as good as they sound? Yes!


Now, anyone who knows me knows that I always have bars in my bag because I never want to be in a situation where I am hungry and I don’t have anything to eat. If that is the case, I end up eating something from a convenience store and while it may be vegan (like Fritos, for example), it is not an ideal snack. So, I am always looking for new alternatives and Kate has come up with a good one!

The bars come in three flavors: chocolate coffee, banana cinnamon oatmeal, and sunflower butter raisin. I held a taste test yesterday midday when three of us were ready for an afternoon snack. We all tasted all three flavors. 

Our general impressions: crispy, chewy, mellow, not-too-sweet, filling but not overwhelmingly so, and tasty. As far as the flavors go, all three of us had a different favorite.

For me, it was the banana cinnamon oatmeal. The banana flavor was just perfect, not overwhelming but fresh and flavorful. Usually, I wouldn’t choose something that says cinnamon on the label (I just don’t like cinnamon, ok?!) for fear it would override all of the other flavors. Luckily, in this case, it did not.

For my husband, it was the sunflower butter raisin. He just loves raisins and this combo worked great for him.

For our friend Billy, it was the chocolate coffee. Neither my husband nor I liked the coffee one but neither of us are coffee drinkers. Billy on the other hand loved it and ate  both of our portions too.

Overall, we give these organic vegan bars two thumbs up! Support a vegan baker and order some today.