All for an ice cream…Today I took a fifty minute drive just so I could try the new gluten-free, dairy-free soft serve ice cream that is now sold at Divine Treasures in Manchester, Connecticut. If you are not familiar with Divine Treasures, you should set your GPS to 404 Middle Turnpike West so you can check out the incredible handmade, dark chocolate creations in this shop. And of course, you should try a few chocolates when you get there, along with the ice cream!
Fortunately for me, the health food store across the street from my office in Hamden, CT sells Divine Treasures gluten-free chocolates so I have not had to travel far to experience the “divine treasures” which are free of refined sweeteners and animal products and are made using organic, local ingredients.
So you must be asking, if it’s dairy-free soft serve ice cream, what’s the base? Well, this ice cream is cashew based. Owner Diane Blanchette-Wagemann explains, “We use only choice cacao bean from regions as far as Madagascar and Venezuela, blended slowly in Belgium for full mind/body flavor.”
Well, let me tell you, I felt fabulous eating my chocolate ice cream from a gluten-free cone! How long has it been since I’ve eaten soft serve from a cone? I proudly walked around the plaza like a little kid eating my very first cone. And I didn’t even bite off the bottom this time!
I must say, when I finished the ice-cream, I also didn’t experience that energy rollercoaster ride that I often get after eating something with refined sweeteners. All in all, I was very pleased with the chocolate flavor of the ice cream. I think I expected more of the cashew to come through, but I wouldn’t have been able to tell you that the ice cream was cashew or nut-based, had I not read about it in the Natural Nutmeg magazine.
In retrospect, I sort of wish I had gone all out when I ordered my ice cream though. I settled for a gluten-free cone with caramelized hazelnut crumbs, but I contemplated the hot fudge and peanut sundae. I guess that choice was wise on my part though. It means I will just need to make another trip to Manchester this summer to enjoy a soft serve sundae in Parkade Plaza!