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December 16, 2008

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Chocolate Ice CreamThe goat’s milk ice creams are even more luscious than the cow’s milk ice creams. Photo by Dusan Zidar | IST.

WHAT IT IS: French-style artisan ice creams.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Made in small batches from the freshest, finest ingredients. The goat’s milk flavors, which are healthier than cow’s milk, are rich and creamy with no “goaty” taste. You’ll be amazed.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The most exquisite flavors with traditional and unusual flavor choices (Caramel with Sea Salt, Lavender, Saffron).

Delicieuse French Artisanale Ice Cream: Maaad About It

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Flavors Of Delicieuse Goat’s Milk Ice Cream

Everything we had in the goat’s milk line was maddeningly good—and we normally do not prefer goat’s milk ice cream. As mentioned earlier, Delicieuse is different—the brand has incredible richness with no “touch of the goat.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the “goatiness” that some people dislike in goat cheese (and that certainly doesn’t belong in ice cream) comes from the presence of a ram in the herd, and his powerful hormones. A doe by herself does not produce “goaty” milk.

Diet is also a factor: Goats are often allowed to consume a broad variety of materials as they roam and browse, while cows are given commercial feed or graze in a limited area of pasture. If goats and cows are similarly managed, says the USDA, the smell and taste of both milks are quite comparable. You’ll prove this point yourself in side-by-side comparisons of Delicieuse cow’s milk and goat’s milk ice creams.

Coconut Ice Cream

The wonderfully non-goaty goat’s milk ice cream. Product photography by Daniela Cuevas | THE NIBBLE.

The only thing to critique about this magnificent line of goat’s milk ice cream may seem a quibble. Some artisans, in their desire to be both “creative” and to distinguish their products, create trademarked names for each flavor in the line. In doing so, they complicate things for their customers. Do you want Madagascar vanilla ice cream or Diamond In The Rough? Can you remember that Maple is called Lollipop In The Snow? Does it make any sense at all that a flavor that should be called, perhaps, Rich Dark Chocolate is called Mona Lisa? Of course not—and that’s why no major product marketer does this. Unfortunately, it seems as if Delicieuse has already spent good money trademarking these baffling names, when they will never mean much more to customers than udder confusion (no pun intended).

There are several flavors available in both cow’s and goat’s milk versions, and the overall impression is that the goat’s milk flavors are a bit less sweet. In fact—and we’ve never found this to be true before—we preferred the goat’s milk flavors! Summer In Provence Lavender was more beautiful than 7th Heaven Lavender in cow’s milk. Here, too, the French Flair ~ Caramel Fleur de Sel (the goat version of Caramel With Sea Salt) was excellent; we preferred it to the cow’s milk version.

Diamond In The Rough ~ Vanilla Bean is exquisite, and far more stunning than the cow’s milk vanilla, as was Mona Lisa ~ Dark Chocolate. Tree Of Life ~ Coconut was lovely, as were Lollipop In The Snow ~ Maple Sugar and Home Run ~ Peanut Butter. In fact, the only flavor that didn’t “win” in our comparison test was the Gut Connection ~ Goat Yougurt—the cow’s milk yogurt ice cream is just that much more exciting.

O.K., now do you see what we mean about the special trademarked names? If you knew what “French Flair” and “Tree Of Life” were, I could just say those words, without having to add “Lavender” and “Coconut.” Let this be a lesson to everyone involved in product naming: Keep it simple and understandable by anyone.

Let’s end with some fun goat factoids:

  • Worldwide, more people drink goat’s milk than the milk of any other animal.
  • In the U.S., there are 1 million dairy goats compared to 10 million cows; but a dairy goat can literally be kept in a backyard. A small animal, it eats little and produces a gallon of milk a day—enough to sustain a household. Think about it: In this economy, a little doe couldn’t hurt. Even Nicole Kidman says she wants to get a few goats and make cheese (for the enjoyment of the craft).

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