Ice cream is a very important part of my daily diet—even during a time of quarantine. There's always a pint (or more) in my freezer. When the freezer runneth dry, I get very cranky. It should come as no surprise, then, that I was eager to sample the new oat milk ice cream from Planet Oat. So eager, actually, that I tried all of the flavors so you don't have to. You're welcome!
Each flavor is made with Planet Oat's infamous oat milk, making them a non-dairy dream for lactose-intolerant ice cream fanatics (or just people looking to cut back on animal products). The pints are selling for $4.99 in groceries nationwide—but you don't need to find all of them (like me). I've power-ranked the six flavors, and while they're all good, there are three that truly stand out.
This may seem an obvious choice for last place, but hear me out. Because it's not made with any real dairy products, oat milk ice cream is considerably less creamy than the standard treat. There wasn't anything wrong with this flavor—there just wasn't enough going on to mask the icier texture. This is still a great option for non-dairy dieters, though.
The plain chocolate flavor does slightly more to distract from the non-creaminess, but it still doesn't compare to regular chocolate ice cream or the more exciting flavors at the top of this list.
4) Cookies & Cream
This was a really tough call. I'm a hardcore cookies and cream devotee—it's my go-to at any ice cream shop—but this one just didn't leave a lasting impression on me. As with chocolate and vanilla, there wasn't anything bad about it; the flavor just didn't quite make the mark.
3) Blueberry Oat Crumble
When it comes to the next three flavors, you can't go wrong with any of them. It was a very close call between them, but after careful consideration, Blueberry Oat Crumble takes bronze. I much appreciated the crumbly oat bits scattered throughout. They enhanced the oat milk's flavors nicely. And the blueberry swirl gave a fruity finish that did a better job convincing me I was eating regular ice cream. I like flavors that pack a serious punch, though, which is where the first and second place picks shine.
2) Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl
Is there anything better than peanut butter and chocolate? This combo is a faithful second choice for me when cookies and cream is not available. Planet Oat managed to perk up their regular chocolate with salty-sweet peanut butter swirls that complement the cocoa goodness just right. I could see myself eating this bad boy straight from the pint.
1) Coffee Fudge Swirl
In first place, beating out all the competition, is this java-inspired pint (sound the trumpets)! At first taste, the chocolatey fudge swirl hits. You enjoy that for a few seconds before getting that sweet, sweet coffee flavor. Then, the two tastes combine for a treat that's part mocha, part cold brew, and completely delectable.