Cado Ice Cream is a brand of soy-free, vegan, gluten-free, and non-dairy ice cream that is made with an avocado base.
Started in 2015 by a family in Iowa, Cado Ice Cream currently comes in three flavors: Deep Dark Chocolate, Simply Lemon, and Mint Chocolate Chip. The ice cream costs $7 to $8, depending on the store and location you buy it from.
Jack Dowd, one of Cado’s co-founders, said there are several more flavors along the way, including Cherry Amaretto, Java Chip, Vanilla, and Salted Caramel.
Dowd said that he and his family founded Cado Ice Cream because they wanted to create a healthier ice cream option “without any compromise on taste or texture.”
According to Dowd, other manufacturers of non-dairy ice cream use saturated coconut fat or canola oil to make the product. However, he and his family chose to use avocado because it’s a monosaturated fat — “the good fat.”
“The avocado base offers more nutrition and a superior fat, doesn’t compete with traditional ice cream flavors,
has a really creamy quality just like ice cream, and you can indulge but still feel good after eating it,” Dowd said. “Everybody should be eating this, we thought!”
Dowd told us that even though it’s made from avocados, Cado Ice Cream does not actually taste like it. In fact, Dowd said that most people who try Cado have “no idea it’s made from avocados.”
According to Cado’s website, the avocado-based ice cream contains 48 to 52 grams of sugar per container and is sweetened with organic cane sugar. Furthermore, the website claims that Cado Ice Cream products are organic and non-GMO.
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