About a month ago at Whole Foods, I tried a sample of Alkemie, a new dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, raw ice cream. I also met co-founder and executive chef, Daniel Clary; he’s a really nice guy.
Of the three flavors currently available, I like the Vanilla Bean the best and purchased a pint. It’s smooth, creamy and rich-tasting. You get the full flavor of the vanilla, without a strong coconut taste like you do with coconut-based ice cream. But it does have a hint of cashew. Probably because it’s made of raw cashews, coconut cream and agave nectar.
Dark Chocolate and Mint Chocolate are the two other flavors. I’m not a big chocolate eater so I didn’t buy either one of those.
Daniel mentioned that they’re working on 2 new flavors, coming out in the spring. Maybe a coffee or a fruit. With all sorts of crazy flavor ideas in his head, he’s still deciding on what flavors to do next.
Since I was distracted with the sampling and the chatting, some guy mistakenly made off with my shopping cart. I had to go track him down.
At $5.99 a pint, it’s definitely at the high end of premium ice cream, vegan or not. But you get what you pay for – handcrafted, batch-churned, organic ingredients and no refined sugars.
At this price and for this quality, I’m setting a guard to watch over my ice cream. No one is going to “accidently” make off with it.