16 Handles


16 Handles is a popular self-serve frozen yogurt and smoothie chain that seems to be expanding rather quickly. For dairy-free consumers, they have at least 2 to 3 vegan flavors on tap everyday, and the variety is impressive. They have a wide range of fun sorbet flavors, including Clockwork Orange, Green Apple, Key Lime, Peach Sangria, Pomegranate Raspberry, Superfruit Acai, and more. Recently, they’ve also added some branded options like Iced Tea Sorbet with AriZona Beverages and Pink Grapefruit Sorbet with Skinnygirl. And last, but not least, 16 Handles actually has some CREAMY dairy-free soft serve selections. At last check, they offered Yo Soy Vanilla, Yo Soy Chocolate and Coco Loco (which is presumably coconut-based).

16 Handles new Yo Soy, Coco Loco and other dairy-free and vegan frozen yogurt and sorbet flavors

CEO Solomon Choi says, “We recognized that there is a growing trend in food for dairy-free alternatives as well as vegan options. 16 Handles is always looking to recognize and respond to evolving dietary needs.” So be sure to give them your feedback, and let them know they’re on the right track!

Again, you won’t find all of these dairy-free options available daily, but at least a couple of them. To make them easy to spot, all vegan flavors at 16 Handles are clearly labeled above the handle.

In terms of toppings, vegan options are specifically noted. You can choose from various fruits, nuts, mochi, and select sauces (like raspberry and peanut butter). Their wet walnuts, toasted almond crunch and goji granola were also labeled as vegan when I last checked. They do have additional dairy-free options, likes gummies and select candies they just aren’t labeled.

16 Handles has multiple locations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida. See their website below for menus, locations, phone numbers, and hours.

Website: www.16handles.com

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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