Many commercial frozen desserts contain fillers, artificial flavors and high-fructose corn syrup. KōV Foods, locally based in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, shies away from these ingredients in pints of its delicious gluten-free non-dairy ice cream alternative.
The frozen desserts from KōV (pronounced "cove"), which stands for Kosher-Organic-Vegan, are made from organic coconut milk and sweetened with agave. I tried a sample of the Ginger Vanilla flavor at Appetite for Awareness (the other variety is Garden Mint Chocolate) and found it creamy, comparable to a super-premium ice cream such as Ben & Jerry's. The desserts are also soy and dairy free and have no cholesterol, preservatives or hydrogenated oils.
The company allocates a percentage of profits to support philanthropic groups, with its website featuring a different artist (spoken word, art, music, crafts, poetry and the like) and cause each month.
The products are available at area Whole Foods Markets, the Fair Food Farmstand at Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market and other local retailers.