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Review: Kāpiti Ice Cream’s New Vegan Range

Updated: Mar 10, 2023

When a premium ice cream brand that’s been around since the 80s releases a vegan ice cream range with a whopping four new flavours, you can’t help but celebrate! Kāpiti Ice Cream made this announcement recently and it’s fair to say that the news received a warm welcome from the vegan community of Aotearoa.

When I shared this info on Facebook, the post reached ~40K people organically, if that’s not a sign that Kāpiti nailed it, then I don’t know what is!

When I first heard about these new treats, my first thought was, “what a time to be alive” and my second was “what flavour do I try first?!”

Sure, you can get all flavours at once but in case that isn’t an option, I have taken one for the team (lol), tried them all and ranked them in order of ‘trying priority’.

I’m not a fan of vegan ice cream that tastes too much like coconut, instead, I like products that mimic how I remember ice cream tasting when I wasn’t vegan. I have a huge sweet tooth and could easily eat an entire block of chocolate on my own. Just last week I actually drove an hour in peak traffic to buy chocolate-covered liquorice from Portershed…that is how much I love vegan treats! In short, I like simple OG flavours and these new Kāpiti ice creams do not disappoint…

The new flavours are:

  • Plant-Based Chocolate & Boysenberry

  • Plant-Based Chocolate Fudge Brownie

  • Plant-Based Salted Caramel & Macadamia

  • Plant-Based Vanilla Chocolate & Cookie

How I Ranked These Ice-Creams

#1 Plant-Based Vanilla Chocolate & Cookie

The cookies embedded in the chocolate coating made this flavour stand out above the rest. The crunchy texture mixed in with high-quality chocolate is perfection! Then the centre is nice and creamy and is exactly how ice cream should taste. I’d go as far as to say that this one is my new favourite ice cream.

#2 Plant-Based Chocolate Fudge Brownie

This contains little bite-sized pieces of delicious vegan brownie! I found it quite hard to control myself and not go through the tub and pick out all the brownie chunks. The ice cream is yummy too and has a chocolate sauce swirl through it. It’s the perfect combo of creamy ice-cream and chewy brownie chunks – this was clearly created by someone who knows a thing or two about ice cream!

#3 Plant-Based Chocolate & Boysenberry

I was expecting just a boysenberry swirl in vanilla ice cream but no, the ice cream is chocolate flavoured making this one big old treat for your mouth. The chocolate is incredible (the same chocolate that coats the Vanilla Chocolate & Cookie ice cream) and every bite is flavoursome!

#4 Plant-Based Salted Caramel & Macadamia

It feels quite mean to rank this in fourth place as it was delicious, it’s just that the other flavours were even yummier. It gave me a bit of a hokey pokey vibe but instead of hokey pokey chunks, they’re macadamia nuts which tastes better than it sounds I swear! The caramel is so good too, it’s the kind of sauce that you want to bottle and pour on everything.

In short, I love them all but if I could only pick one, it would be the Plant-Based Vanilla Chocolate & Cookie Ice Cream. This is a genius creation and I hope it doesn’t end up being a limited edition that I have to miss in the future!

Where to buy: These are sold at select PAK'nSAVE, Countdown and New Worlds Stores.

Find out more: Check out their website and make sure you follow Kāpiti on Instagram and Facebook for any future updates!

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