Overwhelmed, slight hyperventilation (okay, a lot of hyperventilation), buy-as-much-as-you-can-in-case-they-disappear excited.
Farmer Jack's in Subiaco has become, without a doubt, my favourite supermarket in Perth. It is expensive, but it stocks so many wonderful things. It is the store that provided me with So Delicious no added sugar coconut milk (and Pacific hazelenut chocolate milk) last year. Those discoveries led to quite a bit of excitement too, and every time I've been back, I've walked the freezer aisle in the hope that one day So Delicious ice cream might appear as well.
Yesterday, that day came. It seems my sympathetic nervous system wasn't prepared for it.
As the above picture shows, I bought rather a lot. There were more flavours, too, but thankfully I wasn't carrying a basket or pushing a trolley. I wasn't in a restrained mood, and given how much these products cost, I think it's for the best that I only bought what I could pile into my arms.
The turtle trails coconut milk ice cream was one of a number of flavours on offer (including chocolate, cookies and cream, and mango), but won out quite easily. I had heard of turtle trails ice cream via American sites, but never actually seen it before.
It has a base of vanilla coconut ice cream, and incorporates caramel sauce and chocolate-coated praline pecans.
Yes, it tastes as good as it sounds.
It is rich, sweet, and entirely decadent. The recommended serve is half a cup and I can see why; in fact, I think a quarter cup would go a long way.
The mini coconut milk ice cream sandwiches were also rich, but by virtue of their smaller size not overwhelmingly so. The centre was creamy and oh-so-coconutty. Wonderfully coconutty. The chocolate biscuit edges were soft, sweet and very reminiscent of the non-vegan ice cream sandwiches of my youth.
I liked them a lot. A little sweet, perhaps, but manageably so.
The mini almond milk bars were a serious highlight. I have long suspected that I would enjoy almond milk ice cream, more so than coconut ice cream, and it seems I was correct.
These bars had an ice cream centre that was less sweet and less rich than the coconut ice cream products, and I would happily have bought a full tub of it had such an option been available. Having the ice cream in bar form worked well too though, and the chocolate coating tasted entirely authentic despite being dairy free.
My last purchase, the no sugar added coconut milk vanilla bar, is yet to be tried. I could have waited to post this, but my excitement levels are such that I didn't have the patience. I am also striving for moderation in my consumption of these, because they cost about $15 a box (!). So, I can't offer an opinion on the taste, but I am hopeful indeed.
What was the last supermarket discovery that got you excited?