Sweet Musings with a Bitterly Sharp Wit

A Sweet and Sour Valentine


True love isn’t just pure sweetness, contrary to popular belief. To take such an overly simplified view would miss the whole point of any affair worth having. Like a story without conflict, a relationship that doesn’t face adversity at some point is unlikely to survive. It’s the nuances, the bitter moments and surprising twists, that enhance and further strengthen the attraction. The same should be said of desserts; if one is based purely on sugar and no true substance, it’s not worth eating in the first place. That’s why my Valentine’s Day contribution is quite simple on the surface, but surprisingly complex and perhaps controversial once you dig in deeper.

Lightened with cool, fluffy CocoWhip from So Delicious, this charming frozen souffle is effortless to make. Unlike the traditional baked rendition, there’s no fear of deflation before the lofty treats reach the table, leading to premature heartbreak. Strawberries lend a pretty pink hue, but the first bite proves that this treat is far from child’s play. Tangy balsamic vinegar smacks with acidity and brightness, jarring at first but an unexpectedly satisfying contrast to the fruity jam. The combined flavors linger, hauntingly, temptingly, long after dessert spoons have been licked clean.

Prepare to fall in love- Deep, unforgettable, true love. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples, but for those seeking a bit of bitter-sweet complexity in their lives, too. After experiencing it once for yourself, it’s hard to imagine being satisfied with anything else.

This post is sponsored by So Delicious Dairy Free, inspired by their 21-Day Dairy-free Challenge and is part of the Dairy-Free Menu Plan event hosted by Go Dairy Free. Stay tuned for a full week menu plan coming to Go Dairy Free at the end of the challenge, crafted by a dozen creative bloggers ditching dairy.

Frozen Strawberry-Balsamic Souffle

1/2 Cup Seedless Strawberry Jam
1/4 Cup So Delicious Coconut Milk Strawberry Yogurt
1/4 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar
2 Teaspoons Balsamic Glaze or Reduction
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Original So Delicious CocoWhip

To Serve:

Original So Delicious CocoWhip
Fresh Strawberries, Sliced

Set out three 4-Ounce ramekins on a small tray to more easily maneuver them in and out of the freezer. Cut three strips of aluminum foil or parchment to fit comfortably inside each ramekin, extending a above the rim by about 2 inches. Tape the strips to ensure that they stay in place. Lightly grease and set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together the jam, yogurt, sugar, balsamic glaze, and salt. Once smooth, add about half of the CocoWhip, mixing to incorporate. Fold in the remaining half more gently, keeping it as light and fluffy as possible.

Spoon the mixture into your prepared ramekins, dividing it equally between the three and smoothing out the tops. Place the ramekins into the freezer on a level surface, and allow them to rest, undisturbed, for at least three hours or until set.

Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving. Remove parchment collars and garnish with additional CocoWhip sliced strawberries, if desired.

Makes 3 Servings

Printable Recipe


Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

16 thoughts on “A Sweet and Sour Valentine

  1. What a delicious recipe both in words and ingredients Hannah.. Wonderful.. And have a lovely Valentines Day when it arrives my friend xx <3

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  2. This looks delicious. Now that Steve is a vegan I am making a bigger effort at preparing more exciting vegan food every day. This looks perfect for dessert to me. I am SO glad that you pointed out the flip side to relationships and dessert here. You need balance to achieve nirvana and every up has it’s down. We don’t celebrate valentines day. I think it’s a crock (Aussie word meaning “bollocks”) Another day to try to wrest your hard won dinero’s from your moth eaten wallet. I think that producing a scrumptious dessert like this one, just for the sake of it on any given day is more romantic. Consider this recipe tucked away for romance later on in the year. It deserves to be separated from the rest :)

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  3. What a wonderful and creativity recipe, Hannah! I wish I can get all the ingredients asap and have a try. Thanks for your kindness, such a romantic dessert to share with someone you love. :)


  4. Mmm, this sounds like and delicious, Hannah!



  5. This sounds amazing – I love the idea of adding balsamic to a dessert and can’t wait to try. Thanks!


  6. Yummmm ….this looks delicious!


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  8. This sounds so delicious and impressive. The trickiest thing will be to find a level surface in my freezer. :D

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  9. What a divine dessert recipe! So perfect for Valentine’s Day but wonderful for year-round, too! Sharing …

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  10. What an easy but impressive looking dessert! Love the addition of the balsamic vinegar for a bit of tang. :-)


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  12. Sounds absolutely delicious! And love the way you linked the characteristics of this souffle to the characteristics of a relationship :D
    xx Eliane

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