We Tried Countless Vegan Ice Creams—Here Are the 8 Winners
Summer may be over, but these vegan ice cream options can be enjoyed year-round. Here are the best non-dairy ice cream brands to try.
As the days grow shorter and the air gets crisp and clear, seasonal favorites like pies, loaves, and crumbles may take priority for some. But honestly, what is pie sans a scoop of vegan ice cream?
Vegan ice cream is nothing short of a summer staple, but it tastes just as delicious year-round. But if you’re new to the dairy-free dessert game, fear not—we’ve done the taste testing for you.
Read along for the best vegan frozen desserts to have on hand anytime you need to assuage your sweet tooth. Non-dairy devotees are sure to agree: these brands and flavors represent the best in the freezer section.
The 8 Best Vegan Ice Cream Options
Best Overall: Van Leeuwen
With the largest variety of non-dairy flavors ranging from Peanut Butter Brownie Honeycomb to Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll, Van Leeuwen offers a mouth-watering array of vegan-friendly ice cream.
The creamy texture and abundant flavor of Van Leeuwen’s ice cream make its non-dairy base almost unrecognizable. Renowned for its simple and all-natural ingredients, it will satisfy your cravings without compromising on preferences.
Best Chocolate: Jeni's Texas Sheet Cake
Calling all chocolate lovers! Do we have a treat for you. Jeni’s dairy-free Texas Sheet Cake ice cream is every chocolate maniac’s dream.
Layered with fair-trade cocoa, chocolate cake crumbles, and decadent fudge ribbons, this creamy, triple chocolate dessert may inspire you to polish off the entire container (apologies in advance). Dairy-free or no, this vegan ice cream is widely regarded as one of the best frozen desserts ever.
Best Vanilla: Oatly Vanilla
Oatly has made its mark as one of the best (if not the best) and most beloved oat milk brands to date. And fortunately for us, this commitment to the dairy-free life extends to their line of frozen desserts.
Formulated with Oatly’s famous milk base, these treats are creamy and flavorful—especially the vanilla. Soft vanilla notes are paired with a slight hint of sea salt in this nostalgic pint. Packed with ground vanilla beans and natural vanilla flavoring, this subtle but sweet creation will satisfy any non-dairy sweet tooth without being overly rich.
Best Cone: Jolly Llama Vanilla Fudge Sundae Cone
Want a non-dairy version of Drumstick ice cream cone? You're in luck. Jolly Llama has the best non-dairy options around. There's even chocolate at the bottom of the cone for the perfect last bite.
There are multiple flavors to choose from, all of which are vegan and gluten-free: Caramel Chocolate Chip Cone, Vanilla Fudge Sundae Cone, Sea Salt Caramel Cone, and White Mint Chip Cone. But take it from us: it's hard to beat the classic vanilla fudge sundae.
Best Strawberry: Van Leeuwen Strawberry
Made with fresh-picked, organic Oregon strawberries and coconut cream, Van Leeuwen’s Vegan Strawberry ice cream is a favorite of any fruit fanatic.
This sweet and savory treat has a texture so creamy that the difference between this ice cream and its non-dairy counterpart is basically non-existent. And since it’s formulated with strawberries that are sustainably grown and harvested, you can rest assured knowing that you’ve made a delicious and eco-friendly dessert decision.
Best Classic Remake: Ben & Jerry's Phish Food
This indulgent, chocolate dessert is a dairy-free take on one of Ben & Jerry’s most iconic flavors: Phish Food. Layered with marshmallows, caramel, and little fudge fish, this fun-filled ice cream is pretty much an ode to childhood.
Ben & Jerry’s never slacks on flavor, ensuring that your dairy-free experience is just as satisfying as the classic kind. With a creamy, milky texture that melts in your mouth, you’ll be left wondering if this frozen treat is, in fact, vegan after all.
Best Speciality Flavor: Planet Oat Cookie Dough
Planet Oat’s Cookie Dough is simply the best. Formulated with Planet Oat’s fan-favored oat milk, this rich vanilla ice cream base is run through with chocolate chips and chunks of vegan cookie dough, promising the experience of your favorite childhood flavor.
Best Dipped Bar: SO Delicious Mocha Almond Fudge
Jam-packed with flavor and satisfying crunch, SO Delicious’ dipped Mocha Almond Fudge bar is the best non-dairy frozen grab-and-go sweet.
The texture of the almond-based ice cream provides almond milk devotees with a superior dessert option, and although these bars may be founded on notes of mocha, this is any chocolate lover's dream. Layered with fudge swirls and wrapped in a rich, chocolate shell, this bar will satisfy any craving.
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