Salt and Straw: Go West for Innovative Vegan Ice Cream Flavors

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Salt and Straw began in Oregon, but this ice creamery has rapidly expanded. They now have over a dozen scoop shops in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco serving small batch, artisanal ice cream made from local ingredients. And recently, they’ve expanded their vegan flavor options.

Salt and Straw is an artisan ice cream shop chain with crafty dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan flavors

Vegan Flavors for All at Salt and Straw

Their scoop shops always have at least a couple creamy, dairy-free flavors on hand. But this year, they’ve added “vegan menus” with even more options. The flavors change monthly to feature seasonal ingredients. And these aren’t your typical ice cream flavors.

Some of the vegan varieties that you might come across include Roasted Strawberry Coconut, Freckled Mint TCHO-colate Chip, Lemon Cheesecake, Raspberry Ginger Beer, and Cloudforest Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies & Cream. They also serve holiday flavors, like Mummy’s Pumpkin Spiced Potion in fall and Berries, Beans, & BBQ Sauce in summer (yes, I said beans).

The flavors are usually gluten-free too, but I was told in-store that their cones contain both dairy and gluten. So opt for a cup when making your order.

I had the chance to visit their Lake Oswego location, which is just outside of Portland. I loved how the staff came out into the line to offer whatever samples you want – no waiting! They had a sorbet and the Strawberry Coconut, so I tried samples of those. The sorbet was good, but I wasn’t in a sorbet mood. The Strawberry Coconut was very rich and creamy with warm strawberry weaved throughout. I’m just a little burnt out on dairy-free coconut ice cream, so I didn’t get a scoop, but it was good! (Don’t worry, my aunt and dad did by scoops.) I’m hoping to get the chance to try some of there other vegan flavors when traveling.

If you don’t live near a Salt and Straw, you can order their pints online. They have a choose your own flavor pack for home delivery, and they ship throughout the U.S.

Salt and Straw is an artisan ice cream shop chain with crafty dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan flavors

Where to Find Salt and Straw

As mentioned, they have locations up and down the west coast of the U.S. See their website below for addresses and hours.

Website: saltandstraw.com

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