Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, announced today that they are launching two vegan flavors on August 1. This is the company’s first foray into vegan ice cream.
The two dairy-free flavors are vegan takes on fan-favorites: Non-Dairy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is made with cookie dough pieces, chocolate chunks, and chocolate ribbon and Non-Dairy Extreme Chocolate is described as rich chocolate ice cream with chocolate chunks and a chocolate ribbon. Extreme Chocolate is also gluten-free. 🤤
Both flavors will be fashioned from a base of coconut oil and almond butter. Baskin-Robbins says the result is an ice cream so decadent that no one will be able to tell it apart from dairy.
The Baskin-Robbins culinary team has been hard at work on our non-dairy flavors for over two years. It was important for us to take the time to get it right. Both flavors are so smooth and indulgent, and the final product delivers the incredible quality that our customers have come to expect from any Baskin-Robbins ice cream. We’re very proud of the result.Jeanne Bolger, Director of Research and Development, Baskin-Robbins.
Baskin-Robbins said the decision to begin offering vegan flavors came after the soaring success of plant-based food sales across the country. Indeed. According to research firm Nielsen, the sales of dairy alternatives have skyrocketed. In fact, this past year alone sales of vegan yogurt are up 31 percent and vegan cheese by 45 percent!
Though the largest ice cream chain in the world, Baskin-Robbins is one of the last hold-outs in major ice cream producers to offer vegan options. Ben & Jerry’s now boasts a product line that’s 20 percent dairy-free. Additionally, companies like Häagen-Dazs, Breyers, and Halo Top have all offered vegan flavors for years.
When it comes to dairy-free alternatives, ice cream is truly some of the best and most widely available vegan products on the market. There is simply no reason to be purchasing subpar dairy versions, especially when the main ingredient is animal cruelty.
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