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May 30, 2012 03:46 PM

NoMu or FoMu, it's still fantastic!!

Earlier today, I had the BEST, most FANTASTICALLY FABULOUS, ice cream sundae, at the grand opening of FoMu- the marvelous new non-dairy ice cream shop in Allston!!
My birthday's not until October, and I already told them that I want my cake from them-
The place is truly wonderful!!!!!!!!!

481 Cambridge St
Allston MA

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  1. It's NoMu, yes? This seems like a silly question, but isn't this place going to run into legal troubles as they're flouting the FDA labeling rules on what may be legally sold as ice cream? Ice cream by definition must be a frozen dairy product containing not less than 10% milk fat.

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    1. re: Luther

      They call themselves NoMu Alternative Ice Cream which appears to be common along with Ice Cream Alternative with other people already making nondairy frozen confections.

      Also, apparently these are the people who make the frozen desserts at Veggie Galaxy. I remember being told that they are coconut based. While no substitute in my book for real ice cream, I would definitely be satisfied by it if I could not or would not eat real ice cream again.

      1. re: yarm

        Boy, is the name of this place confusing. The "coming soon" signs (and the vague excuse for a website: have used the name NoMu, but melodyrose is quite correct that the giant sign for the now-opened shop says FoMu.

        And the photos posted on Yelp show menus calling their product "ice cream," with no modifiers.

        1. re: Allstonian

          And if you go next door to Grasshopper, the menu has pork, beef, shrimp, lobster, and chicken, yet no one gets all that confused since it's a vegan restaurant. My god these vegans!

          1. re: yarm

            Not my point. I'm well aware that vegan cooking often involves faux versions of non-vegan foodstuffs. I was referring to the comments from Luther & Gabatta pointing out that there are legal definitions for the term "ice cream" that require the use of dairy products.

          2. re: Allstonian

            They were going to be NoMu, but there is a previously existing food company that already has that name. I think this caused them to change it to FoMu.

      2. If it's non-dairy, it ain't ice cream.

        I know some lactose intolerant people who will be happy to try it though.

        1. The salted caramel is amazing! And they have soft serve coming soon!

          1. I live so nearby but was worried to try it for the first month of its existence. Finally did. I had the Salted Caramel and my friend had the Thai Peanut. Both have the hint of coconut but texture is exactly like ice cream. Perfectly sweetened and spiced. About $4 a cone (including small tip) but I was OK to pay it for the high quality.

            I strong recommend FoMu!

            1. Finally went here yesterday. Tried/shared the Mexican Chocolate and Thai Peanut. Both three others: Pumpkin Spice, Rocky Road, and Avocado to try and share another day.