Summer is almost here, gurls! And you know what that means? ICE CREAM! Not that we can’t (and don’t) eat ice cream all year long, but there’s something about a hot summer day that just makes ice cream the perfect dessert.
Now truth be told, I get very serious when it comes to ice cream. I grew up in a beach town where ice cream was a major part of life growing up. More often than not, after dinner my family would get in the car and hit one of the local ice cream shops for dessert. It’s so much a part of the culture that when I told my father I went vegan he actually screamed at me: “What about ice cream?”
That was over 10 years ago, and at the time vegan ice cream options were very limited. But nowadays vegan ice cream is everywhere and it’s DELICIOUS! Major ice cream brands we all know are doing plant-based ice creams that are even better than their dairy counterparts. And we also have our tried and true 100 percent vegan brands that have been with us for decades and are better than ever (more on that later).
Here are all the major ice cream brands that now do vegan:
Breyers introduced two vegan ice cream flavors made from almond milk back in 2017: Oreo and Vanilla Peanut Butter. Both are widely available and also insanely delicious. Breyer’s was the ice cream brand I grew up with so I was so happy when this happened!
2. Ben & Jerry’s
When Ben & Jerry’s announced they were doing vegan ice cream a couple years ago, the world rejoiced! Today, 20 percent of their line is vegan and all the flavors are what exactly what you’d expect from Ben & Jerry’s: creative, fun, and so fucking good! Major shout out to the caramel almond brittle flavor — it’s truly an existential experience. Also, keep in mind, Ben & Jerry’s usually has quite a few vegan flavors on hand at their brick and mortar shops if you’re out and about this summer and want a scoop.
Around the same time Ben & Jerry’s started doing vegan flavors, Häagen-Dazs got its act together too. And let me tell you, they did not come to play… they came to slay. All these flavors are creamy, decadent, and truly fantastic! I can usually find these at my local supermarket; Target carries them as well.
4. Archer Farms
Gurls, I am not joking… the flavor in this photo makes me feel things that I should not be feeling for food. This might be my favorite vegan ice cream flavor in existence. Archer Farms is Target’s brand and they do a bunch of vegan ice cream flavors, but this one is the only one you need to buy. It’s a reason to live.
5. Halo Top
Personally I’ve never understood reduced-calorie ice cream, but if that’s your thing Halo Top is the brand for you. At just over 300 calories a pint, Halo Top makes a ton of vegan flavors to choose from and they’re available at most supermarkets. Get it!
Known for making Italian-style gelato, Talenti also makes four sorbetto flavors that are dairy-free: Peanut Butter Fudge, Alphonso Mango, Cold Brew Coffee, and Roman Raspberry. I’ve only had the Peanut Butter Fudge and it is sensationally good! Talenti is widely distributed so look for it in your supermarket.
7. Simple Truth
Simple Truth is Kroger’s brand name (similar to Archer Farms with regards to Target). Currently, Simple Truth offers three vegan flavors: Sea Salt Caramel, Vanilla Bean, and Butter Pecan. All are almond milk-based and can be found in Kroger or Kroger-owned supermarkets like Ralph’s, Food 4 Less, or Fry’s.
8. Trader Joe’s
Anyone who knows me understands my deep love for Trader Joe’s. They currently offer two soy-based ice cream flavors that are excellent! The cherry chocolate chip does not sound like something I’d usually like but I actually think its delicious. The other flavor is vanilla. Basic for sure but a good base for a sundae or to pair with a warm apple pie or chocolate cake.
9. Van Leeuwen
Handcrafted in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Van Leeuwen pints have started showing up in grocery stores all over the country. They currently do a ton of vegan flavors made with cashew milk, such as: Cookie Crumble Strawberry Jam, Toasted Coconut Blondie, and Cookies and Cream Caramel Swirl! They’re also now making vegan flavors from oat milk that you can find in their ice cream shops and trucks in New York and LA. Be advised though, these pints are pricey.
While it’s obviously AMAZING that these massive ice cream companies are finally making vegan pints, I don’t want us to forget the INCREDIBLE all-vegan brands that have been with us for years! A lot of these are also sold at supermarkets across the U.S. and are pretty easy to find.