Vegan Ice Cream Challenge: Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss

Luna and LarryIt’s been hovering in the upper 90s here in Atlanta, and weather like this makes me crave ice cream like no other. This year, I’m on the hunt for my favorite vegan ice cream! The plan is to try new pints each week and share my findings right here. I know, it’s a tough life I’ve got.

This week I tried Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss, another coconut-based ice cream, on a suggestion from commenter Hungry Hungry Veganos. Coconut Bliss is soy- and gluten-free, and they use some fair trade ingredients. We used to get coconut ice cream from time to time when I was growing up, so feeling a bit nostalgic, I picked up a pint of their Naked Coconut variety to try it out.

So, let’s see how it stacks up!

The Stats

  • Ingredients: organic coconut milk (Organic Coconut, Water, Guar Gum), organic agave syrup, organic dried coconut, organic coconut extract, organic fair trade vanilla extract
  • Calories per 1/2 cup: 203
  • Total fat per 1/2 cup: 15g
  • Total saturated fat per 1/2 cup: 13g
  • Total fiber per 1/2 cup: <1g
  • 1/2 cup contains: 3% of your iron (based on a 2000 calorie diet)
  • Price: $5.69 per pint

The Verdict
Like the Purely Decadent, this ice cream had that great, creamy ice cream texture. The Coconut Bliss Naked Coconut tasted just like the coconut ice cream that I remember eating as a kid with chewy pieces of coconut in the mix! It wasn’t overly sweet, just rich and perfectly coconut-y.

This brand does seem to have a bit more fat and saturated fat than some of the other ice creams from this challenge, but their ingredients list is pretty impressive! Not only does it have just five ingredients, they are all things that I can identify as food. One of the tricky things about vegan junk food (and any junk food, really), is that it’s often loaded with unpronounceables. The label does state:

*We use a tiny amount of guar gum (less than .35%) – which is made by grinding the fiber-rich Indian guar bean – to help maintain Coconut Bliss’s creamy texture.

That sort of transparency is really refreshing. If you have any other questions about what’s in their ice cream, Luna & Larry address several common ingredient questions in their FAQ, like where their coconut milk comes from and concerns about agave syrup.

Luna & Larry’s makes a ton of different varieties, including ice cream bars. Check out their handy store locator to find a pint!

3 thoughts on “Vegan Ice Cream Challenge: Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss”

  1. So many vegan ice creams, so little time! How fun it must be to participate in this particular taste test, Becky! I’m glad you mentioned the fat content. Purely Decadent’s coconut milk ice cream in the coconut flavor has 1/3 less fat. And I think it’s also much creamier and doesn’t leave a funny aftertaste on my tongue like this one does.

  2. I’m definitely enjoying this project! For next week, a friend recommended hemp milk ice cream from the co-op in my neighborhood!

    Thanks for the tip about the Purely Decadent coconut flavor!

  3. Hey, thanks for the mention! We appreciate it–and we appreciate you noticing that ‘transparency’ in our 99% organic ingredients list.

    Stay cool(er) in Atlanta… we just had a heat wave hit us in Eugene…105 or something like that. We’ve been eating Bliss for breakfast here to cool down!

    from the Bliss Mothership, Eugene, OR

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