Trader Joe’s Organic Soy Creamy Non-Dairy Frozen Desert – Vanilla and Cherry Chocolate ChipPosted: May 2, 2014 Filed under: Chocolate, Desserts, Frozen Food, Trader Joe's Brand, Vanilla, Vegan, Vegetarian | Tags: non-dairy ice cream, organic ice cream, soy creamy, soy ice cream, Trader Joe's 18 Comments
To be honest, I picked up Trader Joe’s Organic Soy Creamy Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert (aka vegan ice cream) because I feel sorry for vegans.
I probably shouldn’t, I know that vegans and vegetarians and pescatarians and whatever all else there is are perfectly capable of looking after themselves, but I still feel sorry for them. It’s a crazy, meat eating world out here in America. If people aren’t spraining their jaws exalting the wonders of bacon, they’re drooling over commercials for monstrous, meat soaked burgers. Occasionally I try and put myself in the shoes of a person who, for reasons of personal ethics or personal health, has chosen not to eat meat.
What if the tables were turned, I sometimes wonder, and was in the minority? What if, for example, 99% of restaurants served dog and dog based dishes? What if TV, print media and the internet were plastered in ads showing people taking loving mouthfuls of hot, roasted dog. What if people not only went on at length about how many delicious puppies they ate last night, but would even go so far as to ridicule me for not eating dogs, and bemoan my stubborn refusal to just give in already and start eating puppies like everyone else.
So yes, I bought all the flavors of Soy Creamy Non-Dairy Frozen Desert because I want to morally support my vegan friends (okay…friend) who comes over sometimes. What I was shocked to discover, is that soy based ice cream is great!
I was every bit as surprised as you. As we’ve discussed over “healthy” guacamole and veggie patties, there’s usually a price to pay for healthy and/or vegetarian cuisine. That price is taste. If something is good for you, it doesn’t usually taste very good, and if something is bad for you it generally tastes amazing. That’s the inherent cruelty of life, and strong evidence that the Irish Catholic guilt-based version of God might be the accurate one. TJ’s Soy Creamy completely explodes this model. This vegan, non-dairy, organic, soy-based ice cream is equally as good as it’s dairy based counterpart. In fact, I might actually like it better.
Soy Creamy is just as sweet and creamy as any other grocery store ice cream you’re likely to find, creamier even. I assumed the “creamy” bit in the title was just a throw away marketing line. Not so – this stuff is seriously smooth. Something about the vegan make up of Soy Creamy keeps it from freezing solid in your freezer. We all know that problem, hammering away at the top of an ice-hard lump of caramel ripple, denting up the spoon in an attempt to get out two or three teaspoons worth of ice cream. The vegan ice cream doesn’t have this problem – every spoonful comes out smooth and easy, but still stiff, and melts on the tongue with a full bodied flavor. It strikes the perfect balance between soft-serve and the real stuff.
The flavors are great as well. The vanilla tastes wonderfully rich and perfectly decadent. A bowl of it will leave every bit as satisfied as any milk based alternative. The cherry chocolate chip was also good, but this has never been my favorite flavor, even in the non-dairy world. The combination of chocolate chunks and mild cherry flavor doesn’t work any better as a vegan dish, leaving me equally nonplussed.
The only thing I can imagine that might put people off of Trader Joe’s Soy Creamy is that the aftertaste is different from the aftertaste of dairy based ice cream. You might notice a mild aftertaste of beans a few minutes after finishing off a bowl. Is that a bad thing? I suppose that depends on how you feel about the taste of edamame. For my count, I found it mild enough to right it off entirely. Plus, it’s more than compensated for by the healthy nutrtional profile.
In addition to being totally organic, which it is, the soy cream also has less fat and fewer calories per serving. Trader Joe’s French Vanilla Ice Cream, for example, has 260 calories and 16 grams of fat per serving – compared to the 180 calories and 8 grams of fat in the Vanilla Soy Creamy. Even if you have trouble grappling with the concept of a non-dairy ice cream, the calorie count couldn’t be a more eloquent argument in it’s favor. Eat twice as much for the same amount of calories? I’m on board.
So yeah, I like it. In fact, with the summer coming around the corner I’m libel to buy a lot more. In fact, I might even start buying this exclusively whenever I have a hankering for chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Am I crazy? Arguably, but you’ll just have to try some and find out.
Would I Recommend It: Yes, this is your go to organic ice cream, so or not.
Would I Buy It Again: I may never go back to dairy ice cream.
Final Synopsis: Vegan ice cream that as good as the real thing.
I personally try to avoid soy when possible, I have heard too many conflicting stories about the health risks and don’t really like the taste anyway. When I had a friend visit who couldn’t have egg or dairy (not vegan, just allergic to everything) I bought TJ’s coconut milk strawberry ice cream and we both loved it. Tasted just like regular ice cream w/o the aftertaste you mentioned and with fewer calories than the soy ice cream. Also comes in chocolate, although I haven’t had that one yet. I would recommend it!
Put your concerns aside. There is no consensus that phytoestrogens may cause cancer and plenty of studies indicate they are protective against it.
Animal estrogen which dairy milk is rife with, has been linked to breast, prostate and colorectal cancer.
I understand the concerns! However, if I could help ease your worries, problems occur more often in modified versions of soy (think of Morning Star vegan products). Organic growing and processing should not be a danger on average… unless you’re allergic to soy, having enormous portions, or consuming too much sugar by forgetting that soy cream has its downfalls by being a dessert.
Not a big ‘soy’ fan but I may give it a try. Thanks
Let us know if you like it!
If you’re going to try one of the two flavors, I personally recommend the cherry chocolate chip. It is pretty great.
I buy this all the time and love it!! Delicious and way cheaper than other non dairy ice cream brand. Another pro is no saturated fat like regular ice cream has.
Soy creamy is an excellent substitute for dairy ice cream. I cannot tell the difference.
I will never consume ice cream again in any substantial quantities.. Soy is safe to consume in from the latest barrage of of research with soy.
Dairy has no part in a human’s life, unless it is human breast milk.
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I have been eating the Soy Cherry Chip for years now however this past week, it has made me ill and leaves me wondering if I got a bad batch? or did my system change overnight?
I bought the Soy Creamy cherry and chocolate chip in September of 2016 and it was amazing! So much flavour and so much cherries!! It was the best Ice cream period. I was on a trip from Canada and bought it at the Redding California store.
I bought some more just this week from the Spokane store, really excited to bring some home. I stored 2 packages in 10 lbs of ice and drove for seven hours . They were a little bit thawed but I was really disappointed that there was hardly any cherries in the container!!
There should be more consistency with your product. To put a lot of cherries in at one time and next to nothing is very disappointing!
Thank you Wayne Shimoda
I bought some more
Being lactose intolerant, Trader Joe’s soy ice cream is the best thing going. Much cheaper than anything at Whole Foods for the size, and tastes as good as real ice cream. I only wish TJ’s still offered the chocolate version. Vanilla is good, but a bit too plain and miss the chocolate savoriness. Their cherry chocolate is much too sweet and more expensive.
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