6 Of Our Favorite Vegan Ice Cream Brands for 2021 (VZ 314)

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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. Have a listen or read on for a quick summary. 

Note: This podcast episode was recorded in 2019. We’ve updated the information below with the most current information for 2021 so what we discuss in the recording may differ slightly as new brands have come on the market. 

 

6 Top Vegan Ice Cream Brands of 2021

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 without further ado, let’s starts talking about some of these amazing vegan ice cream brands!

 

  1. 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 B. of 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, but they also carry plant-based milk, 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.”

 

  1. Oatly

“Wow, No Cow!” is what Oatly likes to say about their delicious vegan ice creams. Wow, indeed! We gave a shout-out to Oatly in our top vegan creamer round-up and we will do so again here in our discussion of non-dairy ice creams. Oats never tasted so good!

 

  1. 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:

At the bottom of their site, 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?

 

  1. 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:

 

  1. 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 omnivore friends also enjoy it.

 

  1. 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, ravioli, 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!

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Thanks for listening!

Peace and Veggies,
Vickie and Larissa

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