Van Leeuwen Vegan Sicilian Pistachio Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert
I like the pint design of their vegan line over their regular ice cream line as well. It just feels bolder and has more of an eye catching ability. According to the pint, they source their pistachios from Bronte, Sicily which is very close to where my great grandma's side of the family is from. So they scored some bonus points with me there.
The flavor is a whole other beast. I really can't quite put my finger on it but the flavor is familiar. It doesn't come off as all that pistachio like either. It doesn't help the fact that the pistachios have been ground so fine that you don't encounter any bits at all in the flavor. Actually I know what this reminds me of, a macaroon cookie! I'd attribute that to the coconut milk in the base as well as the cookie vibe I always tend to get with a pistachio flavor.
I'm not going to lie, it is very tasty especially given the fact I like macaroons but hate the actual coconut in them which you don't get here. My problem is, there's just not enough going on to make me think this has anything to do with pistachios. If they were to put whole pistachios into the dessert, that might have changed this. As is, I would suggest they consider a name change.
Now back to the price tag, $10 is pretty high for me. That being said, this is a specialty product that is being made for a specific group of people with not much other competition. With So Delicious going for half the price or even less, I'd go with one of their flavors over this one. The quality here is by far superior but it's not enough to justify double the price to me. There are a few flavors they have that I think might justify that price though so here's hoping they go on sale because it's hard for me to pay such high prices for a pint (foreshadowing again? Muahaha!).
Verdict? More like a coconut macaroon than anything pistachio like
Buy Again? Nope but I'd be willing to try other flavors for the right price