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Eat - Don't Eat

Dairy-Free "Ice Cream" Bars

When I was a kid I would get Eskimo Pies at the corner store, for about a nickel as I recall, and eat them really slowly. I would actually eat around the edge and then eat the chocolate coating all at once leaving the ice cream. High in saturated fat, they are not something I eat very often (but I do still love them and will indulge occasionally).

There's a lot of options out there in frozen bars and the Haagen Dazs frozen yogurt bars that we've reviewed were fantastic. For this week's review we chose the same three brands that we chose last week but in ice cream bar form -- Purely Decadent Dairy Free, Good Karma Organic Rice Divine and So Delicious.


Purely Decadent Dessert BarThe Purely Decadent Soy Delicious Purely Vanilla bar is by far the winner for a number of reasons. It is dairy free (the reason for this review) and it has a nice, thick chocolate shell on the outside. The "ice cream" is a little strong on the vanilla flavor, but overall the product wins by being the best all around dessert. It is 200 calories and that's actually about 40 more than an Eskimo Pie, Good Karmabut there's a lot less fat and saturated fat (and it is lactose free).

A distant second was the Good Karma Organic Rice Divine Very Vanilla. It has a good "ice cream," but the chocolate isn't so hot, being much thinner than the other two. The same 200 calories as the Purely Decadent but the same whopping 13 grams of fat as an Eskimo Pie (and 7 grams of saturated fat).

Don't Eat

So Delicious BarOnce again, as with the frozen desserts reviewed last week, the So Delicious Dairy Free Sugar Free Vanilla Bar comes in way back in third place. It has a pretty good chocolate coating, but the "ice cream" has a funny rice taste with an off-flavored plastic aftertaste. Interesting how these so-called "natural" foods have a plastic, manufactured taste, isn't it?

So for those of you who love the occasional Eskimo Pie but are too lactose intolerant to really love it (at least afterwards), the Purely Decadent is just right.