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February Favorites!

Better late than never, right? Well, it looks like I consumed an incredible amount of sugar last month… Here’s what I’ve found! 

Tofutti Yours Truly Cones are phenomenal… Sweet and creamy ice cream in a crunchy cone. I tried the vanilla, but they have a triple chocolate version that I will undoubtedly be stocking my freezer with.
It took me awhile to find the Ben and Jerry’s Non-Dairy P.B. & Cookies, but I  was hunting for it all over the place.  I finally found it at Kroger. (The hunt was totally worth it).  I was expecting it to be excessively sweet, but that wasn’t the case. This ice cream is made with almond milk, which gives it a mellow flavor, and then packed with Oreo clone cookies and swirls of salty peanut butter.  It you’re a fan of salty and sweet combos, this ice cream is for you. I’m really looking forward to finding the other flavors. I’ll report back!

  
Also shown above, are the Gardein Zesty Marinara Chiken Filets.  They’re the basic filets, but each packet comes with 2 packets of marinara sauce.  I made pasta with a simple olive oil, garlic, and rosemary sauce, then served the filets and marinara on top.  Flavorful, filling, and a little different from the usual pasta dinner. Try it! 

Sweet and Sara’s Toasted Coconut Marshmallows are freakin’ amazing! How they got the texture to be so spot on, I’ll never know, but the  super sweet marshmallow paired with the nutty coconut will quiet even the most persistent sweet tooth. 

  

Well, that does it for me! What awesome plant-based products have you found recently? 

December Favs

 
    

Every Hail Merry product I’ve tried has been awesome, this Chocolate Almond Butter Tart is no exception! Super rich and chocolate-y with smooth almond butter in a thick chocolate crust… What’s not to like? Try the Chocolate Mint or Lemon Miracle Tart, or any variety of the macaroons… They’re all equally fabulous!
   

 

I picked up Amy’s Kitchen Cool Scoops Mocha Chocolate Chip ice cream, not knowing that it was created by a chef that worked at an up-scale vegan restaurant about 5 miles from my home.  I had actually eaten the entire container before I read the back of the package! 

 So, I have mixed emotions over this ice cream.  It was smooth and creamy, but the  little chocolate chips tasted more like carob chips to me.  Also, I’m quite a coffee snob sometimes, so the somewhat light coffee flavor left me a little unsatisfied.  So why the heck am I putting it in my December Favs? Well, I think this ice cream would make an awesome milk shake.  I’m going to buy it again, and blend it up with some sweetened almond milk and coffee. 

  
Karma Wellness Water was an unexpected find.  I just needed something to drink, and picked up the Pineapple Coconut flavor.  Whoa, this stuff is delicious (and fun)!  To drink this, you remove the seal, push down on the top to release the flavor and vitamin powder, and mix it up.  The powder had quite a bit of tropical flavor that I loved, but also contained green tea, potassium, and maca, to name a few.  This really did perk me up, and I will definitely try the other flavors really soon. 

That does it for the treasures I’ve found in December! I hope all of you have had a fun holiday season!

The Skinny Dip

Location:

985 Providence Road (Providence Square Shopping Center)

Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464

Website
Atmosphere:  I’ve eaten at this build-your-own- massive-froyo-sundae place two times.  Both times, they had 1 vegan option available, and one time I was out of luck because there wasn’t a vegan option for that day (check their website or Facebook to make sure).

  

My first adventure I got “German Chocolate Cake”, which was awesome because my Dad loved it and we would have it on his Bday. I added toasted coconut and Oreos from the toppings bar. The flavor was pretty spot on! Super sweet and creamy, with nutty flavor thanks to the coconut. And… Oreos are kind of like avocados to me, they make everything better.  It would have been fine on its own, but don’t expect me to walk away from Oreos. Not gonna happen. 

  
On my second adventure, I got the “Cake Batter” flavor with of course, more Oreos.  Just like the last time, this froyo was super sweet and creamy.  It had a strong vanilla flavor, just like actual cake batter. Good Job, Skinny Dip! 

Just so you know, this place does not charge by size. They charge by weight. So both of these were between $6 – $7 a pop. Not cheap, but either is vegan ice cream in general. 

Dig It or Ditch It?

Dig it!! The vegan flavors I have tried have been great. I like the fact that you can check the day’s flavors online, so you know when you will find a vegan option. The toppings bar was awesome and include fresh fruit, granola, and of course, crushed Oreos. Give this place a try, but don’t go too too crazy, remember they charge by weight! Let me know how you like it!