The Summer Scoop: Best Vegan Ice Creams

July 4, 2019

I scream, you scream, we all scream for — ice cream! Not many people can say no to a scoop of ice cream in the dead of summer. It is no surprise that ice cream hits the spot in any season, but summer is when the marketing becomes almost too much to bear with countless images of a triple-scoop ice cream cone dripping in the summer sun.


How can vegans enjoy this sweet treat though? Not to worry, there are plenty of accessible options for anyone with a vegan lifestyle. Here are some of the best:


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Ben & Jerry’s


This classic ice cream lover’s favorite has recently rolled out 11 vegan flavors to try, and they do not disappoint. I grew up on pints of regular Ben & Jerry’s, and when I tried the vegan PB & Cookies flavor, my life was forever changed. Without a doubt, I would say that flavor is better than almost all of the regular ice creams  I’ve ever had. Give it a try and see if you can resist wanting to eat the whole pint!



Halo Top


This brand has become a favorite of vegans and non-vegans alike -- anyone who is looking for a healthier ice cream option should look no further. With options like Sea Salt Caramel, Mint Fudge Cookie, and Cinnamon Roll, and the whole pint containing around 320 calories, who can say no? We all have those nights when we want to curl up on the couch and eat a whole pint of ice cream, and Halo Top makes that an attainable dream for all of us.


So Delicious


Looking for a variety of milk alternatives? So Delicious offers ice cream made with coconut milk, oat milk, cashew milk, almond milk, and soy milk -- so no matter what your favorite dairy alternative is, they have an option for you. and With so many delicious flavors (including Coconut Macaroon, Mocha Almond Fudge, and Caramel Apple Crumble!), there are endless options to satisfy your sweet craving. I personally love the Salted Caramel Cluster.





Missing cookie ice cream sandwiches? No longer. Coolhaus, in addition to having vegan ice cream flavors, also sells four different ice cream sandwiches: Cookie Dough, Cookies & Creme, Dirty Mint Chip, and Tahitian Vanilla. Those days of longingly looking at a friend’s ice cream sandwich are gone -- go grab a vegan one for yourself!



Arctic Zero


For another guilt-free option, this brand’s line of non-dairy ice cream has only 160-320 calories per pint. With flavors like Cookie Dough Chunk, Cherry Chocolate Chunk, and Cake Batter, there’s no reason to be shy about opening one of these pints and settling in with a spoon and some determination.





With ice cream sandwiches like these, who needs an ice cream truck? Tofutti offers exactly that, and in the perfect portion. Plus, there are varieties like chocolate and mint chocolate chip, and why stop there? Tofutti also has dairy-free cones and pints in yummy flavors like Vanilla Almond Bark, Better Pecan, and Vanilla Fudge.


Whatever your ice cream needs are this summer, you’re sure to be able to find one of these amazing brands at your local grocery store. Don’t be afraid to try them out -- they might surprise you!



Stephanie is an undergraduate student at Washington College. She is an English major with minors in Journalism, Editing, and Publishing, and Justice, Law, and Society. When not writing, you can find her either at a concert, reading a book, or petting a cat.



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