Thursday, May 17, 2012

Product Review: Mimiccreme

I spotted this in whole foods and it inspired this 
whole product-review-like post.
What is it you ask?
It's an almond and cashew cream!
If you don't have a super duper powerful blender 
(like a vitamix) this is a difficult 
thing to make.
It comes in several flavors 
(plain, hazelnut, vanilla) 
also sweetened and unsweetened.
I'm working with the straight up plain 
unflavored unsweetened variety.
The ingredient list is short. 
The only red flag was the "natural flavors". 
What the hell does that mean?
Other than that it was sea salt and sodium biocarbonate 
(baking soda).
Also, this product is not raw which would be totally 
kick-ass if it were.
 Whatever, it's vegan, soy free, cholesterol free,
 gluten free, and maybe most importantly, non-GMO!
 So my first thought was, Vegan Ice Cream.
It's almost summer.
It was time to dust off the old ice cream maker.
I adapted a recipe from Vice Cream, my favorite vegan/raw ice cream "cook"book.

Chocolate Chai Ice Cream
adapted from Vice Cream

2 1/2 cups Mimiccreme (plain, unsweetened)
2 dates (soaked)
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
2 tsp. minced ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/2 cup raw cacao powder

I put everything in the blender and got it nice and smooth.
Add it to your ice cream maker according to it's directions.

What went right.
It was quick and easy to put this all 
together and it tastes fantastic.

What went wrong.
In the blending process the "cream" seemed to 
lose it's... creaminess.
I'm not really sure why.
Which brings me to my next problem.
When it was done in the ice cream maker and I put it in the freezer it froze up super hard.
It was nearly impossible to scoop and had to sit out for 
quite a while.
Not good if you're having a major snack attack!
Next time, I would combine all the
 flavoring ingredients seperately
and mix them into the "cream" by hand.
Not sure if it would solve this problem 
but it would be worth a try.

Ok, so that was ice cream.
One other thing I tried was a chai latte.
When I drank coffee I had to have a nice frothy cream with it.
I didn't mess around.
If I was going to do it, I was going to do it right!
You can read more about that here and here.
Anyhoo, I thought a nice chai latte would be nice once in a while and since I'm trying to seriously limit my dairy (and meat) intake this might be just the replacement.
I was right.
It frothed beautifully using my handy dandy frother that I bought at ikea for $2.99.
Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos of this gorgeousness. 
But can't you just picture it in your mind?

Overall, I give this product a big thumbs up!

I hope you enjoyed this post.
I'll do another one next month and if there is anything you think I should review/try leave a suggestion in the comments.
It can be anything (within reason).

*Never paid to promote products. It's just for fun!

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