If you’re seeking refuge from the sweltering summer heat—satisfy your sweet tooth and stay cool with a pit stop at any one of these dairy free ice cream shops. Here’s a list of the best vegan and dairy free ice cream parlors the country has to offer. Enjoy!
1. KindKreme – Los Angeles, California
Conveniently nestled inside of the ultra-chic and trendy Sage Vegan Bistro of Echo Park and Culver City, KindKreme boasts many classic vegan flavors such as chocolate, coffee, and mint, which you can customize with a wide variety of tasty toppings. Just throw on some chocolate syrup, salted caramel, almonds, fresh fruit, or chocolate chips and you’ll be savoring every last bite!
2. Kippy’s! Organic Non-Dairy Ice Cream Shop – Venice, California
With an array of vegan and non-dairy flavors—sweetened with raw dates and raw honey, respectively—you can indulge in tasty treats, guilt-free! Made with five ingredients or less, each flavor is dairy free, soy free, gluten free, and nut free. Get creative and top off your favored flavor with a wide variety of superfood toppings such as pecans, golden berries, walnuts, sun dried pineapples, and goji berries!
3. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream – Multiple Locations (NY/LA)
With five locations in New York and three locations in Los Angeles, CA—not to mention two NY stores opening soon—and ice cream trucks all over NYC and LA, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t stop in and grab a delicious frozen treat! Along with its dairy options, Van Leeuwen has many certified dairy free ice cream flavors such as honeycomb, coffee, salted caramel, chocolate chip cookie dough, peanut butter chocolate chip, and so many more—the options are endless!
4. The Chocolate Shoppe – Multiple Locations (Wisconsin)
Although this ice cream shop serves both vegan and non-vegan options, it has several inventive soy-based, dairy-free flavors to choose from—we’re talking black cherry, butter pecan, espresso oreo, and raspberry nebula, just to name a few! Don’t worry, if your taste buds aren’t feeling adventurous; they have plain chocolate, too. For a more fruity option, try their Italian ice flavors of blue raspberry, carrot mango, lemon, and raspberry lemon—which are soy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free!
5. Peddler’s Creamery – Los Angeles, California
If you thought you were addicted to dairy free ice cream before, just wait! With so many scrumptious non-dairy and vegan options to choose from—dark chocolate, vanilla chocolate chip, salted caramel, banana chocolate chip, cinnamon, and much more—you need to head into Peddler’s Creamery ASAP as flavors are constantly changing. Have your chosen scoops thrown inside a vegan, homemade flax seed waffle cone and smothered in sprinkles or chocolate sauce and you’ll be craving Peddler’s irresistible creations any day of the week.
6. Brain Freeze – Elmhurst, Illinois
If you’re looking for vegan, dairy free ice cream, Italian ice, and dairy-free shakes, this locally run ice cream shop’s got you covered! Try a soy Chai Tea shake or a soy NU Creme Biscoff shake. If you’re really feeling fancy, have a go at Brain Freeze’s Nana Creme allergen-free ice cream which comes in blueberry pie or cinnamon crumb cake flavors—all which are free of dairy, soy, gluten, egg, peanuts, and tree nuts.
7. Karma Cream – Gainesville, Florida
If you’re ever in the Sunshine State and looking to cool down—this vegan and non-vegan bakery and ice cream shop’s sensational sundaes, shakes, and homemade ice cream sandwiches will surely do the trick! With 12 certified organic and vegan flavors, made with fair trade ingredients courtesy of Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss, you can create a delectable masterpiece that is free from food coloring, artificial flavors, pesticides, and preservatives. Oh, and did I mention the dark, velvety hot fudge and coconut milk whipped cream?
8. Frozen Sweet – New York, New York
This incredibly unique and colorful, family owned and operated ice cream shop specializes in traditional Thai-inspired ice cream. At Frozen Sweet, the options are endless—vegan Thai ice cream, ice cream rolls, and a selection of non-dairy and gluten-free flavors! Step outside the box and try these vibrant, frozen desserts today!
9. [FoMu] – Multiple Locations (Massachusetts)
If you’re looking for a healthy dessert—[FoMu]’s vegan, plant-based, organic, preservative-free, and naturally sweetened signature ice creams are as close as you’ll ever get! With such popular flavors as chocolate pudding, salted caramel, and avocado (!!!), you can say goodbye to mundane desserts and hello to flavorful explosions!
10. Sweet Ritual – Austin, Texas
Made from scratch, this 100% vegan ice cream shop has a vast selection of allergen friendly and dairy-free treats to cure your insatiable sweet tooth! Shakes, sundaes, brownies, and such toppings as gummy worms, marshmallows, and peanut butter magic shell (yes, all vegan!), you can easily spice up your chosen flavor! With such flavors as cookies ‘n’ creme, peanut butter cup, or sunflower chocolate chip—you may just have to choose two!
What’s your favorite kind of dairy free ice cream?
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