Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter
Ice cream is probably the only dessert item with which I have a love-hate relationship. I love the flavours and the creamy texture, but alas, I cannot eat it anymore. Dairy just doesn’t agree with me. So when I heard of a non-dairy ice cream alternative, created specifically for people like me who love ice cream but simply can’t eat it anymore, I was ecstatic.
Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss is a line of non-dairy ice cream made with organic coconut milk sweetened with organic agave syrup. It is made by hand using a hand-crank ice cream maker. “When people ask us how we came up with Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss we’d like to say that we are entrepreneurial geniuses, but the truth is much humbler,” says Larry Kaplowitz, Cofounder. “We just wanted a dairy-free ice cream that tasted as good as it made us feel.”
Their line includes a wide range of flavours like: Chocolate Walnut Brownie, Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge, Mint Galactica, Summer Berry Swirl, Chocolate Peanut Butter and more. Every pint contains organic ingredients; all products are non GMO, soy free and gluten free as well.
I tasted Chocolate Peanut Butter and was pleasantly surprised. While it wasn’t exactly like ice cream (nothing can truly replicate ice cream without the, well, cream) it was a great alternative. First impressions included a light bitter-chocolate flavour that reminded me of cocao powder. The second flavour that hits you is coconut, which starts out faint but is sometimes so strong it overpowers the chocolate. If you’re lucky enough to have some of the peanut butter swirl on your spoon, it is a strong, peanut flavour more akin to peanut brittle than butter; it works really well with the chocolate and coconut, bringing the three flavours together nicely. While the texture is more like frozen yogurt than ice cream, if you eat enough of it (which I will) you’ll get used to the texture and forget about ice cream altogether.
A word of warning – if you are not a fan of coconut, this is not the ice cream replacement for you. The coconut milk is evident in every bite. I’m curious to try out their other flavours to see if the coconut milk is always a primary flavour.
You can find Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss in health food, organic food and other organic stores across Canada and the US.