Happy Friday! To the surprise and delight of many, Sunday is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day in the U.S. Chocolate is the second most popular flavor ice cream behind vanilla, and has been in existence for over a hundred years.
While we still love chocolate ice cream today, we are now more conscious of what we ingest, and are paying more attention than ever to the ingredients listed in some of our favorite foods and treats, including ice cream. In fact, a recent Nielsen study found that more than 60% of Americans say that the absence of artificial colors or flavors is important in their food-buying decisions. And the ice cream industry has taken note. There are now a variety of delicious organic chocolate ice cream options available so everyone can enjoy! Here are a few . . .
Straus Family Creamery Organic Dutch Chocolate Ice Cream. Lusciously rich, this organic ice cream is a chocolate lover’s delight. Dutch Cocoa is paired with only five simple, certified organic ingredients: Cream, milk, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla extract. And, like all Straus Family Creamery’s gourmet organic ice creams, this is Non-GMO Project Verified, certified kosher and gluten free.
Alden’s Organic Ice Cream Chocolate Chocolate Chip. Made with rich chocolate bits blended with sweet cream, this velvety chocolate melts in your mouth. Alden’s organic ice cream contains certified organic ingredients grown without pesticides. Its milk comes from healthy cows raised without hormones or antibiotics, and they never use genetically modified ingredients.
Three Twins Organic Chocolate Orange Confetti, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup. Three Twins Organic ice cream incorporates certified organic ingredients, and does not include artificial colorings or flavors. The Chocolate Orange Confetti flavor starts with a chocolate base that is rich, and then buttoned up with orange oil and a splash of vanilla. Flecks of dark chocolate complete this tasty treat. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup flavor is simply smooth, balanced, and also very tasty. Starting with a chocolate base, cocoa is added along with smooth peanut butter and a touch of Madagascar vanilla that all come together in delicious harmony.
Julie’s Organic Chocolate Ice Cream. Rich, delicious and totally decadent, Julie’s Organic uses cream that comes from USDA Certified Organic cows located in the Northwest. The purity of this cream comes from the care and feed each healthy cow receives. Julie’s has non-dairy options available as well.
Blue Marble Organic Chocolate Ice Cream. Blue Marble got its start in 2007 in Brooklyn, NY, on a mission to offer a “product that made tastebuds happy and hearts feel good.” This ice cream contains no hormones, antibiotics, harmful pesticides or artificial additives. Blue Marble’s dairy is certified organic, sourced from pasture-raised cows, and its flavors are classic, straightforward and pure. Ingredients are selected carefully, sugar is used sparingly and the results are delicious.
Which natural chocolate ice cream is your favorite?