Vegan ice cream wars into overdrive
Every now and then something unexpected comes along and changes my life. My existence is peppered with random signposts, events and life-altering moments that have impacted deeply upon me.
One such occasion occurred last week as I was innocently trolling the Internet. I was casting an eye over the Vx website (as I had heard they were hosting a 2 year anniversary celebration) when I stumbled across an invaluable nugget of information: there is a new vegan ice cream on the market in the UK. My world was once again turned on its head.
The humans behind the new vegan desserts known as Bessant & Drury’s are wildly talented individuals. I can’t recall ever having been so instantly enamoured with a vegan ice cream in my life. Stunning doesn’t cut it. Would you like to share in my accidental, life-changing joy? Read on.
Bessant & Drury’s first made an appearance in my life during a visit to Whole Foods Market in Kensington. My curiosity had been aroused sufficiently by the Vx mention to ensure I made a direct line for the frozen food aisle. I grabbed a mini pot of the chocolate variety, noted that is was soy/additive/gluten free and headed to the upstairs dining hall ready to consume.
This vegan ice cream was so bizarrely-good on first taste, I thought I must have been mistaken. I was actually terrified that I had made an error as surely nothing could be this delicious. The chocolate Bessant & Drury’s made my taste buds sing. Imagine if someone could harness the taste of chocolate fudge, infuse it with coconut milk and then freeze it. Ridiculous and irresistible and a reality. I am beside myself with delight that this now exists.
Of course this first encounter wasn’t close to enough for a FGV.
I have since purchased a large tub of the strawberry Bessant & Drury’s ice cream. Like its chocolate relation, the strawberry tub was divine. It was creamy, sweet and eerily reminiscent of frozen yoghurt. I can assure you I will be increasing my familiarity with this dessert exponentially.
The lemon flavour I picked up yesterday was more of a sorbet. Whereas the chocolate and strawberry were both creamy, the lemon enjoyed a crunch. Delicious of course, but less an ice cream vibe. That said, I will be buying it again (and again).
All that is left for me to do is to get my chubby monster paws on a tub of the vanilla… and start the whole tasting process all over again. I’ve seen the future of the vegan ice cream wars and its made of coconut milk.
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