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Beat the Heat with a Non-Dairy Treat!

What do you think of when you think of summer? Being from South Texas, the first thing I think of is triple-digit HEAT! Then I think about ways I can keep cool. A nice dreamy swimming pool is an awesome way to cool off. A DELICIOUS way to cool off is by enjoying some creamy ice cream!

But we’re not just talking about any old ice cream.  We’re talking VEGAN ice cream!

Today on the podcast, we’ll be talking about some of the BEST vegan ice cream brands currently on the market. We’ll also share input from some folks from our closed Facebook Group, the Peas and Carrots Society regarding their favorite brands.

Some of the Best Vegan Ice Cream Brands to Help you Keep Cool!

If you’ve listened to us for a while, you’ve probably heard us comment on how amazing it is that there are so many vegan, vegetarian, and plant-based offerings popping up in different industries.

In our last podcast (ep. 313), we talked to the CEO of one such company (who also happens to be our sponsor today), Jonny Edwards of Nuzest Clean Lean Protein. This boom in vegan and vegetarian product offerings is VERY encouraging!

With respect to the topic at hand, vegan ice creams, our local grocer (which is a massive Texas chain) used to only carry maybe 1-2 non-dairy ice cream options. Boy has that changed!  With a rise in demand comes a rise in offerings which is a SUPER great thing for those of us looking to reduce or eliminate all animal products from our diets.

So,let’s start talking about some 6 popular vegan ice cream brands.

So Delicious

We’re going to start with So Delicious because they are a very popular brand that we ourselves have tried and really dig. It is also the number one vegan ice cream recommended by the Peas and Carrots Society.

Victoria Brown of the The Peas and Carrots Society said,

First non dairy I tried. SO DELICIOUS is right!

Not only does So Delicious offer an amazing selection of frozen desserts, they also carry plant-based milks, creamers, cheese shreds, and yogurt alternatives.

They’ve been in the dairy-free business for over 30 years so they are definitely a strong player in this space. They use organic coconuts, are certified vegan, and also non-GMO Project verified.

In 2017, they also joined the B Corp movement which is a global movement of “people using business as a force for good.”

From the So Delicious website:

“Certified B Corporations must meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability, and must aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

Some of the ways we currently live these values are by paying fair wages to our So Delicious employees and committing to reduce our environmental impacts. And in 2018 Danone North America signed the “We Are Still In” petition, standing by the Paris Climate Agreement and committing to meeting its goals.”

Halo Top

This one was mentioned in our Peas and Carrots group so we’re listing it here. In looking at the offerings on their site, they had a really good selection of vegan, soy free, and gluten free treats.

One thing that may be a pro for some but a con for others is that they don’t use sugar but rather, use stevia. They also use erythritol which is a sugar alcohol found in pears and grapes but supposedly does not use blood glucose or bloating.

Peas and Carrots Comment: Rebecca’s Hinson Beck

The Halo Top brand is not bad.  The flavor varieties are spectacular, but I still haven’t found the creamy consistency that I crave in a vegan ice cream yet. 

Ben and Jerry’s

If someone asked me to quickly rattle off the top brands of ice cream on the market, vegan or non-vegan, Ben and Jerry’s definitely would be on that list.

Honestly, before putting together the outline for this article, I didn’t realize just how many non-dairy ice cream flavors they had available. Their non-dairy flavors are made with almond milk and are 100% certified vegan.

Some of those that grabbed our attention were:

  • Cherry Garcia
  • Chunky Monkey
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Cinnamon Buns

At the bottom of their page, they also have some more information and resources regarding their pints to include a form where you can suggest a new flavor. What would you pick?

Haagan Dazs

Haagan Dazs is another one of those big players in the dairy ice cream space that has started offering non-dairy alternatives.

Some of the flavors that stood out to us were:

  • Chocolate Salted Fudge Truffle
  • Crunch Peanut Butter
  • Lemon Sorbet
Trader Joe’s

A lot of folks in our Peas and Carrots group LOVE Trader Joe’s as do we! It’s no surprise that TJ’s came up in this discussion. The frozen treat that specifically came up was the Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip.

Jessica Riggolaud of the Peas and Carrots says,

We love trader Joe’s cherry base with chocolate chunks! Vegan version of Cherry Garcia; our carnivore friends also enjoy it.

Tofutti

Tofutti started out with non-dairy ice cream and then moved into soft serve ice cream. After that,they expanded into cheeses to include cream cheese, raviolli, and pie pizzas which look amazing! We will include a video in the show notes where CEO David Mintz talks about all of their offerings.

We hope that this has provided you with some good options to choose from when it comes to vegan ice cream.  Remember, we vote with our dollars so be sure to pick some up if this is something you like!

Please note that some of the links on this page may be affiliate links and, at no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through to the product using the link we have provided. We never recommend or provide affiliate links to products or services we do not use ourselves, and our ultimate goal is to provide helpful products and advice to you, our readers and listeners.

A Special Thanks To Our Sponsors: Recipe of the Week Vegan Ice Cream (Nice Cream)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • splash of plant milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao
  • couple of drops of vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
    • Optional
      • chopped nuts
      • vegan chocolate chips
      • coconut flakes
      • favorite berries
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Thanks for listening!

Peace and Veggies,
Vickie and Larissa

The post We All Scream for Vegan Ice Cream! (VZ 314) appeared first on Vegetarian Zen.

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