By Alisa Fleming | July 18th, 2016
Nadamoo has been around for over a decade, giving them plenty of time to concoct several amazing flavors. In fact, I’m updating this review yet again, to accommodate their latest creations.
Though technically labeled as “non-dairy frozen dessert”, Nadamoo has definitely earned the decadent title of ice cream. The rich coconut milk base is whipped to perfection, providing an indulgent, yet perfectly fluffy texture that allows an ice cream scoop to glide with ease, even straight from the freezer. It’s a truly creamy, dreamy melt in your mouth experience that even our resident coconut-hater enjoyed. Though some Nadamoo flavors do have notable coconut vibes, it was masked or melded beautifully in several varieties
Nadamoo Taste-Testing Round One
Our first panel of reviewers included myself, Tony and our niece, who does eat dairy, and is quite picky, to boot!
Lotta Mint Chip
We loved the luxurious texture and perfectly sweet, naturally minty flavor. I found the chocolate chips to be a little much. They were quite dark in taste, contrasting, and broke up the consistency. If Nadamoo switched from chips to flakes, I’d be sold.
I’m the vanilla and chai lover in our house, so I was the final judge on this flavor. Wonderful depth, ultra-creamy, and intense vanilla tempered only by the deliciously bold spices. Unlike any other and sensational!
Gotta Do Chocolate
This one was rich with nary an underlying note of coconut. We all established it as a “good’ solid chocolate ice cream, but it did lack the wow factor.
Chocolate Almond Chip
There was a wonderful pure almond vibe that moved this Nadamoo flavor to a notch above the Chocolate in my book. It was packed with tasty little chocolate chips and the perfect smattering of nut chunks. Tony really liked it, and it reminded me of my mom’s favorite kind of ice cream.
Sweet Cherry Lime
Amazing and unique were words uttered by both me and my niece. We agreed that it was like a creamy slurpee sorbet. “It’s weird, but actually so good”, she said.
It looked SO enticing, bursting from the package like a soft, fluffy cloud with very generous amounts of chocolate chips. But the taste was way too “coffee” for me. Fortunately, the other two tasters are java drinkers. Tony said “it’s good”, but my teenage niece said, “it’s okay, but kind of weird”.
It sounded so generic: a coconut-flavored coconut milk dairy-free ice cream. But somehow Nadamoo turned this simplistic vegan dessert into an amazing experience. Surprisingly difficult to describe, it’s completely smooth, and doesn’t really smack you in the face with coconut. It’s just really darn delicious.
Bananas for PB & Chocolate
I had mixed feelings about this Nadamoo ice cream flavor. I love bananas, and who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate? But none of the flavors really asserted themselves, rather they tasted muddled into one. It was okay, but not the unique flavor bomb I had hoped for.
I’m a sucker for a good vanilla, and this one delivered. The consistency was rich and creamy with a touch or refreshing iciness. Every bite contained generous amounts of vanilla bean flecks. However, it does have relatively strong coconut undertones that at times compete with the warm, earthy spice.
If let loose in the grocery store with Nadamoo ice cream coupons, this is probably the dairy-free pint that I would buy first. I’m a sucker for this flavor combo, and wasn’t let down by the good, sweet, almost reliable maple-y deliciousness. It was missing just that little something to escalate it to new vegan ice cream heights. I’m not sure what, perhaps just a pinch of salt. Nonetheless, it was still quite stellar.
Nadamoo Taste-Testing Round Two
To trial the new 2016 batch of Nadamoo flavors (pictured above), I recruited two ice cream-loving friends. First up was Caroline of Grateful Foodie, and then another close friend, Raechelle. Since it’s been a couple of years since I reviewed the flavors above, and we had some new tasters, I opted to add the Vanilla to the mix for a point of reference.
This strange flavor had all of us stumped. We simply couldn’t describe it. Raechelle loved that she could taste the salty influence, which is often lacking in “salted” flavors. But none of us got caramel out of it. I thought it had some coffee influence, Caroline said it was a bit butterscotchy, and Raechelle just didn’t know. Overall, we all enjoyed it, and couldn’t stop taste-testing out of intrigue. And although the flavor was obviously influenced in some way by coconut milk, none of us could detect any distinctly coconut hints.
That Snickerdoodle Dough
This was the hands down winner for Raechelle and me. Caroline loved it, too, but couldn’t decide on her top pick. The wonderful cinnamon-bursting ice cream was creamier and less icy than the Vanilla, and none of us noticed any coconut flavor. The snickerdoodle cookie dough chunks were just generous enough, and had that wonderful sugary, addictive texture. Raechelle pointed out that it lacked that true “cream of tartar” snickerdoodle vibe, but she wasn’t complaining.
Like the Vanilla, the consistency was creamy, but a little icy. However, there was an underlying richness that tasted a little buttery. For me, the pistachios gave the overall flavor a little too much of a “soapy” taste, for lack of a better word. However, Caroline really loved the nutty, pale green ice cream, but thought the big pistachio pieces overwhelmed at times.
Cookies & Creme
Caroline really liked this flavor and the fact that it had distinct dark chocolaty cookie chunks (these aren’t Oreos!) rather than a cookie-ice cream blend up. The base ice cream was a lot like their Vanilla, creamy and fluffy, but just a touch icy and refreshing. It had a little bit more of an “icing” flavor than vanilla, but unfortunately Raechelle and I thought the coconut milk overwhelmed at times rather than melding. We also wished there were more cookies. Often an entire scoop had just a few chunks.
Chocolate Cherry Fudge Brownie
Caroline loved this flavor, ranking it in a three-way tie for first place. It has a kid-like chocolate ice cream base that is more “cocoa” in taste and consistency than rich chocolate, but that was just bold enough to mellow the underlying coconut. The cherry flavor is subtle, but influencing, and makes itself known with occasional whole sweet cherry bites. There are some actual brownie pieces, but they are far and few between. In fact, I didn’t even know those cakey bites were in there until I had a second serving on another night. I’d actually love it if they added chocolate shavings or fudge instead.
The Facts on Nadamoo Dairy-Free Ice Cream
Certifications: Nadamoo dairy-free and vegan ice cream is Certified Organic, Certified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Verified, Certified Kosher DE (they are dairy-free by ingredients, but dairy may be present on the lines or in the facility – see our Understanding Kosher guide), and they use Fair-Trade Certified chocolate, espresso, agave nectar, and vanilla.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Nadamoo frozen dessert is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Select varieties are made without nuts and peanuts. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.