Each evening the little tinkering sound of the ice cream man innocently floats through our neighborhood, resulting in the panicked screeches of elated children. My own memories of chasing down the truck resurface every time I hear the tinny tunes. There was nothing like summer ice cream and sitting with your friends -- and sometimes enemies, since ice cream provides a much-needed truce, right? -- on the still-warm sidewalk in the evening, slurping on your carefully chosen and melting treat. I was prone to get the red-white-and-blue rocket (impossibly heavy and sticky!) or the cone-shaped plastic thing with the orange sherbet and a gumball at the bottom. Don't even pretend you don't remember that wooden spoon.
It's at times like these, when the dairy-eating folk look at each other wisely and think, "Those weirdo vegans are missing out!"
What they don't know (yet!) is that those summers of yore just got better. Way way better. Cow's milk is a bad choice, both for the cows and for us, but there are treats out there that far exceed their cow-milk counterparts. (I'm not pulling your leg. I'm pretty honest about taste. For example, I will admit I haven't found a vegan cheese anywhere near to my liking yet.)
So are you ready for the unveiling of the first fabulous secret?
You sure you can handle it?
Because once you start eating these things, you'll be addicted. I'm not fooling around here.
Ok. You were warned.
The company name is So Delicious and their products are made from coconut milk. I cannot believe how good these things are! I promise you that they taste naughty and wonderful, and I highly suspect you will feel guilty eating them in a "well, you only live once" way! They're rich and creamy and the chocolate part of the sandwiches and bars is .... so indescribably decadent. In short, they're good!
Ryan and I both went gaga over them (and you may be familiar with Ryan's discriminating taste, in both food and choice-of-wife). My Dad and Stepmum sampled them recently and were surprised and pleased at how yummy they were! I found these at Whole Foods, though I suspect they're making a showing at other groceries as well.
Meanwhile, I'll leave you with a much-beloved and often-imitated Eddie Murphy scene on ice cream... (Now if we can just get the ice cream man to carry these products!) (Though Ryan and I have both discussed the many merits of a Margarita truck driving through our 'hood...Any enterprising folks out there want to get started on that?)