Coffee Almond Ice Cream & Waffle Cone
When we went vegan, we assumed many traditions would be lost, worst of all, getting a cold cone of ice cream on a hot summer’s day. Everywhere we looked for vegan ice cream options, we were faced with disappointment. It seemed like our vegan ice cream dreams were confined to Instagram. Until one day, I was scrolling through Instagram and a greasy waffle cone caught my eye. It was picturesque, a drippy cone of ice cream on a sunny, green background. I was having serious food envy. To my disbelief, I realized it was a local vegan friend of mine who had posted the photo! I was shocked!! Where was this vegan goodness and why was I missing out on it?! Seriously, how did I not know vegan ice cream existed this close to us? After checking the location tag on the picture, I found Queen Street Creamery was a local ice cream truck, typically parked just a 10 minute walk from our apartment! The very next day we found ourselves drifting across the walking bridge with a serious hankering for some ice cream, we knew the ice cream would be the only relief from the heat! And were we ever right!
Queen Street Creamery is a cute little ice cream truck here in Fredericton, NB. Most of their menu options are non-vegan, but we were happy to see they had a vegan coffee almond ice cream and multiple flavours of sorbet which were also vegan. I believe they switch up their vegan flavour occasionally too! Last I checked, they’re scooping a vegan strawberry. They also have a clearly advertised vegan waffle cone! We went for the Coffee Almond Ice cream, since we are coffee obsessed, and it sounded the most decadent of them all. In a vegan waffle cone, because how often do you offered a vegan waffle cone?! The verdict: we are obsessed!!! Check out our restaurant review for some controversy!
The flavour of this ice cream was 10/10! We are both obsessed with coffee and coffee flavoured anything, so we have a lot of experience in the area. Coffee flavours – especially when not in actual coffee – can be hit or miss. It’s easy for them to be either too subtle, or too over powering to the point that you get sick of it before you’re even finished! I’m happy to report that this was not the case with Queen Street Creamery’s coffee almond ice cream. They really nailed the coffee flavour with this one. It was the perfect happy medium between subtle and potent coffee flavour. From the first taste, you know you’re basically eating the frozen (and creamy) version of an iced coffee, yet it is not at all bitter! I don’t know how they managed to make a coffee flavour that’s not too bitter or too sweet but they did a great job. I was satisfied with the flavour right till the very end, and honestly could have went for more after that too!
Another thing that impressed me about the taste of this ice cream was that it didn’t have a gross almond-y taste to it, despite being made from almond milk. I find a lot of almond based milk & ice cream products have a distinct, undesirable almond flavour that’s hard to overpower, but this wasn’t the case for this ice cream. I couldn’t taste any sort of almond flavour, and if it was there, it blended so well with the coffee flavour that I wasn’t able to distinguish it!
Although this kind of bleeds into the texture aspect, I think it’s important to note that there are tiny specks of coffee beans in this! They remind me so much of a java chip frappucino from Starbucks, classy af! Even better, the coffee beans used in the making of this ice cream come from Queen Street Creamery’s parent company, Chess Piece Pâtisserie, so everything here is locally made!!
I don’t know what I was impressed with more, the taste of the ice cream, or the waffle cone. I’ve honestly never had such a delicious, decedent waffle cone! I find they’re usually overly crunchy and dry, so I normally opt for a sugar cone or bowl, but I’m so glad I tried their waffle cone here! They tasted really buttery, soft, and warm. The flavour was almost deep fryer-esque which complimented the cool, creamy ice cream so well!
Vegan ice cream can be a tricky thing when it comes to texture. Depending on what the base is made of, various levels of creaminess can be achieved. Up until I tried this ice cream I considered cashew milk to be the optimal ice cream base. BUT I had to reconsider after trying Queen Street Creamery’s almond base coffee ice cream. The texture of this ice cream was exactly what I have been craving pretty much since going vegan; the classic smooth and creamy soft serve! When they serve the cones, the ice cream is a nice, solid looking sphere of goodness. But as you eat it, it gets a bit softer and creamier, almost exactly like soft serve! So yeah, vegan coffee flavoured soft serve? It doesn’t get much better than that.
I was also really excited about the texture of the waffle cone! I’ve never had a waffle cone quite like this one. The waffle cones I’ve consumed through the years have been crunchy, dry, and usually lacking in flavour. This cone was pretty much the opposite of that! It was crispy yet soft; probably because they’re freshly made from scratch!
I feel like the pictures here speak for themselves, but in case they don’t, these cones are Instagram af! So yeah, presentation was 10/10! I love how the scoops are perfectly rounded and tucked into the waffle cone, they’re so cute! Even more importantly, the presentation isn’t just cute, it’s also functional. It’s too often the case that ice cream experiences are ruined by drip-age and scoops falling off the cone. I was thankful that the waffle cones from Queen Street Creamery were really wide at the top and had a nice tall back to keep the scoops safely secured!
I know I say this in every dessert review post I make, but I stand by the fact that this isn’t a fair rating criteria for ice cream! I know ice cream isn’t necessarily a health food. BUT it is good for the heart, so in a way, maybe it is basically a health food.. a health food for the heart. Potentially the healthiest one of them all! But in all seriousness, this ice cream wasn’t super heavy – or dairy laden – so it didn’t make me feel gross or weighed down afterwards!
I will say, the waffle cone did feel a bit greasy, although this is exactly what I loved about it, I think it’s important to note! Sometimes waffle cones are really dry, but this one had a nice soft – and like I said – greasy, decedent texture to it! My suspicion is that lots of butter was involved in the making of these delicious things!
I was shocked to see that there wasn’t an insane markup on vegan options! I’m really used to vegan options being exponentially more expensive than their murderous counterpart, so it was refreshing to see that the vegan options were priced the same as the non-vegan options!
They offer single, double, and triple scoop cones. I don’t know how they get three of these massive scoops into a single cone, but I would honestly love to find out. The prices start at $4.00 for a single scoop. This is what I got, and it is more than enough for one person, I’m a massive ice cream fan and a single scoop did the trick for me! Double scoops are $6.50. My boyfriend who is a bottomless pit when it comes to ice cream got this and even he admitted it was almost too much! And the triple decker is $9.50. Again, not sure how it’s possible to fit that much ice cream into a single cone… or a human stomach. Safe to say, the prices here are more than fair for the massive servings you get! Especially for vegan ice cream! At most grocery stores, a pint of vegan ice cream goes for about $7… and that’s without a beautiful homemade waffle cone! So not only is Queen Street Creamery ice cream cheaper than grocery store options, it’s also much higher quality, and locally made!
Even better, the vegan waffle cone came with no extra charge! Even though they make their waffle cones from scratch in their food truck, they don’t charge extra for them, which is just a crazy bargain if you think about it! That’s like a premium good right there!!