Before I was vegan I used to love ice cream, especially the sundaes at Mcdonald’s, I also loved making banana milk shakes and adding in vanilla ice cream to make it really creamy and smooth.
After going vegan in 2012 I suddenly found myself unable to consume anything made from dairy. Ice cream was out of the question, so was any milk, or cheese.
I felt it was more important to go vegan though, animals were suffering and my craving for ice cream is nowhere near a priority.
Even though I knew that going vegan was the right thing to do, that didn’t stop the major cravings for something cold, sweet, and creamy.
I then discovered that there are numerous vegan ice cream brands on the market that had existed all along, they were just sitting on the frozen dessert isles and I had completely missed it.
But what a pleasant surprise when I realized these vegan ice cream alternatives were nearly identical to the real thing! I tried out quite a few brands through the years and I want to share with you what in my opinion is the top 5 tastiest vegan ice cream brands:
Dream is a brand that creates non-dairy products including plant-based milks and ice cream desserts.
Their ice cream is made using several different bases such as almond, coconut, rice, and soy. Each base will have it’s own signature such as “Almond Dream,” “Soy Dream,” “Coconut Dream,” or “Rice Dream.”
They have a wide range of frozen dessert products including ice cream sandwiches, bites, bars, pints, yogurts, and not all of them are vegan. To be sure, you should always check the list of ingredients to make sure there aren’t any animal products in there.
I usually only find the pints and ice cream sandwiches in the frozen isle in my local supermarkets, and those are all vegan.
They come in a variety of mouthwatering flavors including vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan, strawberry, vanilla fudge swirl, toffee almond fudge, mint chocolate chip, cocoa marble fudge, and much more.
2. Coconut Bliss
As the name suggests, Coconut Bliss ice cream is made from a base of coconut milk. It does come with a variety of unique flavors such as chocolate chip cookie, salted caramel & chocolate, vanilla, dark chocolate, ginger cookie caramel, summer berry swirl, and much more.
Coconut Bliss has a variety of ice cream products including pints, ice cream bars, and recently they just came out with an ice cream cookie sandwich.
It’s base only contains 6 ingredients (coconut milk, agave syrup, coconut cream, vanilla extract, and the individual flavors) and these ingredients are all organic.
Because the base is made with coconut milk and cream, this brand of ice cream does contain a high amount of saturated fats (about 14g fat per 200 calorie serving), but it’s the good kind of healthy fats because the fats from coconuts raises the “good” HDL cholesterol.
3. Ben & Jerry’s
With veganism gaining in popularity in recent years, non-dairy ice cream has now gone mainstream. Even Ben & Jerry’s now have vegan products to meet the rising demands of vegan alternatives.
If you didn’t know, Ben & Jerry’s is an American company that started up in the 1970’s, they create ice creams, frozen yogurts, and sorbets.
They now have 9 different vegan flavors, they are: chunky monkey, cherry garcia, chocolate fudge brownie, peanut butter & cookies, coffee caramel fudge, caramel almond brittle, coconut seven layer bar, cinnamon buns, and peanut butter half baked.
4. SO Delicious
Yes, SO Delicious is indeed so delicious, very appropriately named.
The best thing about this brand is that all of their products are 100% certified vegan, and they have tons of products and flavors. They have pints, ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches, yogurts, creamers, and milks.
They use several different bases for their products including coconut, almond, soy, and cashew. Their ice cream has 33 unique flavors in total, my favorite one is the cashew milk cookie dough.
Haagen-Dazs is one of the top American ice cream brands, they’ve been around since the 1960’s.
Recently they have come out with 4 vegan ice cream flavors, they are: chocolate salted fudge truffle, coconut caramel, mocha chocolate cookie, and peanut butter chocolate fudge.
It’s about time that these mainstream ice cream brands branch out into the vegan market, because veganism is going nowhere and it’s only getting stronger.
Make Your Own Vegan Ice Cream
Can’t find one you like in store? Then why not create your own? There are many ways to create vegan ice cream. Something as simple as a banana can be made into ice cream by simply freezing them and then whipping them in a blender until they’re nice and creamy. I’ve written a post about how to turn frozen fruit into ice cream, read it HERE.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for something fancier there are many recipe books out there that teaches you how to make vegan ice cream of a variety of sorts. Check out a few recommended recipe books down below:
I’ve been able to find all of the brands on this list in my local supermarket here in Canada, I’m sure they’re all over the US as well.
People are waking up to the horror of the dairy industry and are looking for vegan alternatives, and many companies are aware of this and that’s why non-dairy products are popping up everywhere nowadays. There’s a vegan version of everything, non-dairy milk, non-dairy ice cream, non-dairy cheese, non-dairy yogurts, vegans aren’t missing anything at all.
There’s no reason to continue support the dairy industry because all of these dairy-free vegan alternatives taste just as good as the real thing, no…. they taste better, because they’re cruelty free.
It’s time to spread the vegan message to your friends and family. I suggest you to go pick up a few of these vegan ice cream brands from your supermarket, and serve them to your loved ones. But don’t tell them it’s vegan until afterwards, I’d bet anything they wouldn’t even notice.
If you have a favorite brand of vegan ice cream not on this list, please share it in the comments down below. If you liked this post, like and share it on social media and spread the word. Thanks for reading.
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