A few months ago, a kindly Tofutti representative contacted me, asking if I'd like to review some of the company's frozen, dairy-free desserts*. Having had only limited exposure to the brand's product line--at the time of request, I had only tried the faux cream cheese and sour cream in several applications, with mostly acceptable results--I was open to tasting something different. I finally did just that, recently opting to try two different flavors of Tofutti Cuties, those seemingly omnipresent, palm-sized "ice cream"-like sandwiches.
Mint Chocolate Chip was the first flavor I elected to try. As is often the case with soy-based, nondairy "ice cream" treats, the sandwich was rock solid right out of the freezer, although allowing it to thaw for a few minutes at room temperature melted it just enough so that I wouldn't lose any teeth during the tasting. After averting a potential dental emergency (okay, that's an exaggeration), I soon realized that these Cuties would live up to their "snack size" label; it took only a few modest bites to consume a single sandwich. Thawing the treat improved the dessert's creamy texture and made for somewhat sticky (although not uncommon for typical ice cream sandwiches) chocolate cookies. The cookies alone were, in fact, very similar to those featured in the non-vegan ice cream sandwiches I loved as a child--soft, stick-to-your-teeth slabs of chocolaty goodness. The mint chocolate chip filling wasn't quite so tasty, at least on its own; it didn't taste particularly creamy and the flavor was a bit flat. The filling benefited from being sandwiched between cookies, making the overall package a decent treat for occasional consumption.