Ben & Jerry’s Churns Out New Non-Dairy Ice Cream

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Raise your spoons! Ben & Jerry’s has finally entered the dairy-free market with a full line of almond milk-based non-dairy frozen desserts. And the flavor creator, Kirsten Schimoler, obviously has chocoholic tendencies as every new pint has at least a chunk or swirl of cacao.

Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Ice Cream - The classic frozen dessert maker is churning out four vegan, dairy-free almond milk based flavors! Read on for details ...Pictured above, clockwise from top left: Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Coffee Caramel Fudge, and P.B. & Cookies.

Yes, the people’s petition of over 28,000 paid off. After years of testing to get the perfect creamy mouth feel, Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Ice Cream is ready to hit the shelves and Scoop Shops in mid to late February.

Each flavor of Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Ice Cream is Certified Vegan, Fair Trade, and Non-GMO, and built upon a luxurious blend of almonds, sugar, and well … other stuff. What may come as a surprise to many consumers, is that these new flavors do contain soy (oil and lecithin) and in most varieties, gluten (barley) or wheat. In fact, Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Ice Cream seems to be a true indulgence, not rivaling other brands in the purest ingredient use.

Not that I’m complaining; this is a big win for dairy-free ice cream lovers, including myself. The idea of being able to walk into an ice cream shop and walk out with my own scoop (that isn’t sorbet), as a special treat on a sunny day, makes my heart melt. The only problem left: which Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Ice Cream flavor to choose first?

Chunky Monkey: Just like their infamous flavor, but better – it’s dairy-free! A totally bananas non-dairy frozen dessert with chunks of fudge and walnuts.

Chocolate Fudge Brownie: Chocolate on chocolate with pieces of rich fudgy vegan brownies from Greyston Bakery, a New York institution that provide jobs and training to low-income city residents.

Coffee Caramel Fudge: The creamy fair trade base is spiked with fudge chunks and a caramel swirl, perhaps enough to even bring us tea lovers over the the java side.

P.B. & Cookies: This may be the first one I sample. You just can’t go wrong with vanilla ice cream blended with chocolate sandwich cookies and crunchy peanut butter swirls.

Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Ice Cream - The classic frozen dessert maker is churning out four vegan, dairy-free almond milk based flavors! Read on for details ...

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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.

39 Comments

  1. I just had to go dairy free and I LOVE ice cream and didn’t look forward to giving it up. I tried this and it was hard to put down the pint! Soooooo delicious.

  2. Theresa Bass on

    Why would you put gluten in ice cream. So many people have a problem with gluten. I am very disappointed in this new ice cream.

  3. I am severe lactose intolerant and when ever I eat these “non-dairy” ice creams I have bad stomach cramps and diarrheal so it has to have some lactose in it maybe from using the same line

  4. Mary Pascall on

    So disappointed to hear there is soy oil/lecithin in these new products. That eliminates me. It makes me very sick. :-(.

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  6. Wow I was really excited about these for the fun flavors but didn’t realize they would have soy and gluten. Still got my fav So Delicious Cashew Milk Ice Creams! If only my local Whole Foods could keep the Salted Caramel Cashew in stock!

  7. In speaking to Ben & Jerry’s – these are not made on a separate/ dedicated line. So between batches of “regular” ice cream and non-dairy, it goes through an FDA-approved/ required cleaning process. For me, disappointed because my son has anaphylactic allergy to dairy. I do not think I will be taking a chance since these are on the same equipment.

    • Thanks for sharing Steve! I’m actually sending someone next week to the Ben & Jerry’s facility where they will see the process first-hand. You might be surprised how many “allergen-safe” products are made on shared lines. Depending on the processes and the type of the allergen, they are sometimes able to make it pretty safe. For dairy, things like chip factories are more of a risk, because the milk powder can “float” and stick in crevices more easily. For fluid milk and often ice cream, the cleaning can actually be quite thorough since it washes away much more easily. But batch testing should still be done. That said, I totally agree that you have to do what is safest for your son.

    • I have a severe aniphilaxtic allergy to dairy and I tried this. I did not get sick so I will continue eating this product.

  8. I’m so happy, I can’t wait for it… Finally, a treat for me… Please tell me, Where will they sell them and can I find them in Buffalo, N.Y?

  9. Do you know of any gluten free ice creams any where that are not single flavor such as vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry? It would seem that someone somewhere would take that ball and run with because so many people have gluten problems these days.

  10. NOT gluten free plus allergens (wheat, barley, peanuts) are NOT clearly called out on the label! What a disappointment!

    • Part of my life is reading everything on a label. I never feel safe assuming and often, it trips up friends who bring me food or a treat- they will get *vegetarian* and think “Hey, this is the same as vegan”,and I get so sick. (And don’t ever tell that I did!) So just always read labels, it is safer to be our own watchdogs anyway! 🙂

      So I say yayayay!! So amazingly sick of coconut based everything, go Team Almonds 🙂

  11. Ooooh hope these are available in the UK about time other companies did dairy free ice-cream and other products xx well done Ben and Jerry’s xxx

    • I’m not sure Fiona, you would need to contact the company to inquire on that. If they have Ben & Jerry’s in the UK, then there is a good chance the Non-Dairy versions will hit there, too!

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