Being vegan or lactose intolerant doesn’t mean you have to swear off delicious scoops or whole pints of ice cream. Let’s be real, some vegan ice cream brands don’t measure up to the real thing. We’ve saved you the disappointment of buying a dissatisfying vegan ice cream by putting together this list of the best dairy-free ice cream.
Most Popular Flavour(s): Birthday Cake, Peanut Butter Cup, Caramel Macchiato
Calories: 280-360 (per pint)
You’ve probably seen this brand everywhere, from fitness Instagram pages to the frozen section at your local grocery store. Halo Top prides itself on being the best low-calorie ice cream on the market. One entire pint is less than 330 calories and is high in protein. While not all of the flavors from Halo Top are vegan, they offer an array and scrumptious flavors. Some of their 14 vegan flavors include peanut butter cup, sea salt caramel, birthday cake, and cinnamon roll. The best thing is that it is available everywhere. If you can’t wait to get your hands on a pint, you can have it sent to your doorstep by AmazonFresh–delivered with dry ice, of course.
Ben and Jerry’s
Most Popular Flavour(s): Chunky Monkey, Cherry Garcia, Peanut Butter Half Baked
Calories: 200 (per serving)
Ben and Jerry’s brand that is known for its creative and iconic flavors like Chunky Monkey and Cherry Garcia. However, for a while, vegans and the lactose intolerant were excluded from the fun. Until 2016 when they introduced a line of vegan ice cream pints made with almond milk. Now there are vegan versions of their classic flavors Cherry Garcia and Chunky Monkey, along with newer ones like Peanut Butter Half Baked and Coffee Caramel Fudge. Like Halo Top, it can be found at most grocery stores and delivered by AmazonFresh.
Most Popular Flavour(s): Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge and Coconut Caramel
Calories: 270-290 (per serving)
Another classic brand that has branched out and with a line of vegan ice cream is Häagen-Dazs. Made with milk alternatives, this vegan-friendly treat comes in 6 different flavors: salted fudge truffle, coconut caramel, coconut cookies and creme, crunchy peanut butter, mocha chocolate cookie, and peanut butter fudge. There are also two ice cream bar options: coconut caramel dark chocolate, peanut butter chocolate fudge. Their non-vegan flavors don’t stop at just ice cream, dairy-free sorbet is available as well and comes in fruity flavors like peach, mango, raspberry, and the oh-so-popular lemon flavor.
Most Popular Flavour(s): Salted Caramel Cluster, Mocha Almond Fudge
Calories: 150-180 (per serving)
So Delicious is known for their soy, almond, coconut, and cashew products. From vegan whipped cream to nut milk, So Delicious is a vegan’s dream. Therefore, it’s no surprise that they offer the widest range of dairy-free ice cream products. In fact, 33 ice cream flavors, 8 ice cream bar options, and 4 ice cream sandwich types. Yum! The ice cream comes in the regular chocolate and vanilla flavors for each milk type, but it also comes in more fun flavors like chocolate drizzled banana, snickerdoodle, and blueberry cardamom. If you’re trying to cut back on the sugar but still want to enjoy ice cream, don’t fret. They also offer ice cream desserts with no sugar added.
Most Popular Flavour(s): Praline Crunch and Toffee Almond Fudge
Calories: 120-160 (per serving)
Like So Delicious, Dream offers many products made from nut milk: coconut, almond, and soy. Their frozen desserts range from ice cream pints, bars, sandwiches, and bites. Though, be aware that most of their ice cream products are not vegan and is made with milk. Boo! However, there are numerous yummy vegan choices like their Almond Dream Bites and Rice Dream Cocoa Marble Fudge. Their soy ice cream flavors include butter pecan, vanilla fudge swirl, and french vanilla. The almond options are mint chocolate chip, cappuccino swirl, chocolate, strawberry, praline crunch, vanilla, and toffee almond fudge. Mmm!
Most Popular Flavour(s): Oreos and Cream
Calories: 140 (per serving)
Breyer’s is another brand that had to listen to the cries of vegans craving ice cream. In 2017, they introduced ice cream made with almond milk. Unlike the other brands we’ve talked about so far, this one only has two flavors. Womp! But on a positive, they come in hefty portions of 1.5 quarts instead of pints. Yay! The two flavors are vanilla peanut butter and Oreos and cream. Those who have tried a scoop of this creamy vegan treat say that it tastes like the non-vegan Breyers ice cream. Since it is a mainstream brand is available at most grocery stores.
Most Popular Flavour(s): Mint Chocolate Chip
Calories: 140 (per serving)
Cado is a fairly new brand of vegan ice cream. Made with avocado puree, Cado comes in three flavors: mint chocolate, simply lemon, and dark chocolate. Compared to other vegan ice creams, it is 100% organic and made with non-GMO ingredients. One serving has about 12 grams of sugar and is loaded with heart-healthy fats. Since this is a relatively new brand, you probably will have to head to a specialty store to get a pint.
Most Popular Flavour(s): Cherry Chocolate Chip
Calories: 180 (per serving)
Trader Joe’s is the spot for health food, including vegan frozen desserts. Their organic Soy Creamy line is a favorite for vegan ice cream lovers. It’s smooth texture and taste is reminiscent to dairy ice cream. It comes in two flavors: cherry chocolate chip and vanilla. Also, there is a mini vanilla ice cream sandwich option. In addition to their Soy Creamery line, their strawberry ice cream made with coconut milk is another dairy-free choice.