Dairy free ice cream

For the millions of lactose-intolerant people out there, ice cream is a vice that can sometimes feel on par with a Schedule 1 substance without all the violence and oppression. As a dessert lover whose stomach gets shredded from the slightest glance in the direction of cheese, finding the right dairy-free ice cream is a painful process of trial and error.

I went on a journey to find some of the best lactose-free, plant-based, vegan, all-around delicious dairy-free ice creams out there.

Beckon Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

It’s unbelievably delicious, surprisingly lactose free. Trust us, you can’t tell.

Beckon


I put aside my normal wariness for dairy alternatives in order to try Beckon, and found myself rewarded for my stability. Beckon, to me, tastes a tad sweeter than lactose-heavy ice cream, almost having more of a frozen milkshake quality to it… which is the precise reason I settled on chocolate chip cookie dough as my favorite flavor. The cookie dough chunks add a perfect amount of body and sweetness that makes Beckon live up to his name.

Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Mint Chocolate Chance Frozen Dessert

Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Mint Chocolate Chance™ Frozen Dessert

Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Mint Chocolate Chance™ Frozen Dessert

Ben & Jerry’s


Ben & Jerry’s has been on the forefront of the ice-cream-as-activism scene since their founding in 1978. This 100% vegan certified non-dairy ice cream comes to us as a collab with Chance the Rapper, whose favorite flavor just so happens to be mint. You can always trust Ben & Jerry to deliver on flavors that pack a punch, and Mint Chocolate Chance doesn’t disappoint with bold mint and chocolate chips that melt in your mouth.

Klimon Cherry Bomb

Kilmon Cherry Bomb


A newcomer to the ice cream scene, Klimon makes almond-based, dairy-free frozen desserts that promise mouth-watering flavors based on the promise of “no dairy, no difference.” I picked up their Cherry Bomb as a random Walmart after catching a glimpse of their decidedly-punk packaging. Cherry Bomb blew me away with its rich, decadent flavor and cherry-packed pint that is somehow only 670 calories?!

Van Leeuwen Sicilian Pistachio Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Vegan Sicilian Pistachio

Vegan Sicilian Pistachio

vanleeuwenicecream.com

$12.00


From the people who brought us such flavors as Kraft Mac & Cheese ice cream, Van Leeuwen has cracked the code on blending together flavors that make “real” ice cream taste like cow poop. This is, hands down, my favorite ice cream in any category and I don’t care how much each pint drains my bank account. Made with special pistachios purportedly only found on a mountain in Bronte, Italy, this cashew milk and coconut cream-based dessert is as smooth as it is luscious — and borderline impossible to put down.

N!CK’S Peanot Butter Fudge

Peanot Butter Fudge

Peanot Butter Fudge

nicks.com

$9.99


What’s better than erroneous exclamation points and umlauts? Vegan ice cream that manages to taste like ice cream! Lactose-free, Keto-friendly, and vegan with only 290 calories per pint, N!CK’S is technically lactose-free but contains animal-free dairy protein — so anyone allergic to actual milk, as opposed to lactose, can take a hike. I’m a sucker for peanut butter, so Peanöt Butter Fudge sent my tastebuds soaring with a flavor that just about reads like ice cream. Texture-wise, it’s quite light – but you can’t keep an entire pint under 290 calories without making a few sacrifices.

NadaMoo Banana Caramel Crunch

Banana Caramel Crunch

Banana Caramel Crunch

nadamoo.com

$14.00


Like the big boys at Ben & Jerry’s, NadaMoo has cracked the code on delivering full milk flavor without the sh*t-your-pants qualities of lactose.

Wildgood Mango ice cream

Mango


Made with borderline-intimidating ingredients like chicory root fiber, pea protein, carob bean gum, and *check notes* extra virgin olive oil, Wildgood’s mango ice cream lives up to its name with a *checks notes again* wildly good taste you could swear was dairy-based. The not-so-secret secret ingredient is a flavor made with alphonso mango; a prized Indian mango known for its taste, smell, and vibrant color. Creamy, tangy, and shipped in recyclable eco-friendly coolers, Wildgood makes for a refreshing springtime dessert.

Häagen-Dazs Non-Dairy Coconut Caramel

Non-Dairy Coconut Caramel

Non-Dairy Coconut Caramel

$238.00


Like my gluten-free brethren overjoyed by the influx of gluten-free snacks desserts, I was one of the brave lactose-intolerant people whose addiction to ice cream really gained traction after Häagen-Dazs’ contribution to the dairy-free game. Made with naturally dairy-free ingredients like coconut cream, brown sugar, and molasses, coconut caramel is one of the brand’s two vegan flavors in their non-dairy line, and a total marvel at what the brand can do with coconut and caramel. Smooth, creamy, and freaking luscious, animal cream’s got nothing on coconut cream.

HONORABLE MENTION: Sticky Sweet

THE BEST PLANT-BASED ICE CREAM YOU'VE EVER TASTED

THE BEST PLANT-BASED ICE CREAM YOU’VE EVER TASTED

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Despite the fact you can only get this plant-based vegan ice cream in Maine, Sticky Sweet is absolutely worth the honorable mention. I bought their Sea Salt Maple flavor on a whim and ate it all within three days. My wife didn’t even know I had bought it — how f***ed up is that?


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