The 10 Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints to Scoop Up

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Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsDairy-free frozen desserts have come a long way. Just a decade ago, there were only a few pints hidden in the frozen food department of expensive markets. Now, there are entire chilled sections dedicated to non-dairy delights in many natural food stores and some conventional grocers. The question has shifted from what dairy-free ice cream is available to which one you should try first! So what is the best dairy-free ice cream?

To find out, we’ve sampled our weight in store-bought dairy-free frozen desserts and think that the following deserve your attention. These are the ten best dairy-free ice cream pints that we’ve tried to date, plus a bonus!

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints that You Can Buy at the Grocer (all vegan, many gluten free)

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints Sold at Grocers

These are the unbiased favorites of our tasting staff and many of our readers. Feel free to read the full reviews that I’ve linked up to for more details. And don’t hesitate to leave a comment sharing the best dairy-free ice cream in your opinion!

Haagen Dazs Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Standing apart from the pack, this indulgent ice cream producer doesn’t use a single dairy-free base for every flavor. Instead, they fully customize each flavor individually. For example, the Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge is made from ground peanuts – no almond, coconut or soymilk added. The result is pure bliss. It’s richer and has the most “grown up” indulgence of any brand we’ve tasted. See our full review for ingredients, availability, and more information.

  • Base: It varies by flavor
  • Champion Flavors: Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge and TRIO Crispy Layers
  • Key Dietary Notes*: Depending on the flavor, you might find wheat, soy, peanuts, or tree nuts in the ingredients. But they are all egg-free and vegan.
  • Availability: United States, Canada, and United Kingdom
  • Special Note: Don’t get confused if you see water as the first ingredient on Haagen Dazs Non-Dairy. Technically, most ice cream contains a lot of water. Even coconut milk and dairy cream are usually made up of more water than fat. But with Haagen Dazs, the ingredients are fresh ground, so the water is listed separately.

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So Delicious Dairy Free Cashewmilk Frozen Desserts

When their Cashewmilk pints landed on the market, it was a game changer for dairy-free consumers. After years of coconutty ice cream, this dreamy line emerged with a more neutral base flavor and unbelievable decadence. Even die hard dairy ice cream fans have trouble turning down a scoop of these varieties. See our full review for tasting notes on select flavors.

  • Base: Cashew milk
  • Champion Flavors: Snickerdoodle, Peachy Maple Pecan, and Chocolate Cookies ‘N Cream
  • Key Dietary Notes*: Depending on the flavor, you might find other tree nuts in the ingredients. They all appear to be certified vegan and certified gluten-free.
  • Availability: United States and Canada

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints that You Can Buy at the Grocer (all vegan, many gluten free)

Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Like all Ben & Jerry’s ice creams, their Non-Dairy line is over-the-top. It includes several riffs on their most popular classic flavors, like Cherry Garcia, Cinnamon Buns, and Chunky Monkey. But they’ve also whipped up a couple “non-dairy only” pints like Coconut Seven Layer Bar and P.B. & Cookies. But be sure you are prepared for a flavor rush. These are very sweet pints that often contain dessert within the dessert. See our full review for tasting notes on some flavors.

  • Base: Almond milk
  • Champion Flavors: P.B. & Cookies and Caramel Almond Brittle
  • Key Dietary Notes*: Depending on the flavor, you might find wheat, soy, peanuts, or tree nuts in the ingredients. But they are all egg-free and vegan.
  • Availability: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia

Ben & Jerry's New Non-Dairy Flavors - Vegan Cherry Garcia, Caramel Almond Brittle and Coconut Seven Layer Bar

Nadamoo Dairy-Free Frozen Dessert

We’ve seen several ice cream shops release pints, but Nadamoo started with pints, and has now opened their first ice cream shop. If you can’t make it to Austin, Texas, just head to your local grocer. In all likelihood, they’ll have at least a few fun Nadamoo flavors in stock. It is coconut-based, with hints of coconut in most of the flavors. But they get quite creative with the flavors and always boast a very creamy consistency. See our full review for tasting notes and more information.

  • Base: Coconut milk
  • Champion Flavors: That Snickerdoodle Dough, Birthday Cake Cookie Dough, and Vanila…ahhh
  • Key Dietary Notes*: Depending on the flavor, you might find tree nuts in the ingredients. But they’re all certified vegan and certified gluten-free. I believe they are also soy-free.
  • Availability: United States

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints that You Can Buy at the Grocer (all vegan, many gluten free)

Coconut Bliss Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Known for its purity, this coconut-based ice cream line has an ingredient list that reads like homemade. They also have a big flavor selection that focuses on quality ingredients and creamy indulgence. In fact, this is one of the few certified organic brands. For tasting notes and more information, see our full review.

  • Base: Coconut milk
  • Champion Flavors: Ginger Cookie Caramel, Cherry Amaretto, and Mint Galactica
  • Key Dietary Notes*: Depending on the flavor, you might find tree nuts in the ingredients. But they all appear to be soy-free, vegan, and certified gluten-free.
  • Availability: United States, Canada, Australia and Germany

Almond Dream Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Technically, our first choice would be Dream Gelato, but they’ve sadly discontinued those pints. Almond Dream is the next best thing (both are almond-based), and we think some of their flavors just edge out Breyer’s in the almond category. But Rice Dream and Soy Dream didn’t come close to our top picks. We recommend keeping it nutty with this brand. The one caveat is that this brand does contain carrageenan (Breyer’s does not, but Breyer’s is sweetened with corn syrup).

  • Base: Almonds
  • Champion Flavor: Toffee Almond Fudge
  • Key Dietary Notes*: They are all egg-free and vegan, and they appear to be made without soy, wheat, and coconut.
  • Availability: United States, Canada, and United Kingdom

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints that You Can Buy at the Grocer (all vegan, many gluten free)

Tofutti Dairy Free Frozen Dessert

This could be the original dairy-free ice cream brand, or at the least, it’s one of the first. And unlike many other brands that have come and gone, this one has persisted. Because it’s pretty darn good. It’s one of the only soy-based options left, and yes, they use non-GMO soy. They also use RSPO certified palm oil. But if you are looking for the most virtuous ingredients, I would move on. If you just want some straight up dessert, this brand is worth a taste. I think it’s the addition of cocoa butter that helps them nail a good consistency and flavor. See our full review for more information.

  • Base: Soy
  • Champion Flavors: Vanilla Vanilla and Better Pecan
  • Key Dietary Notes*: Depending on the flavor, you might find wheat or tree nuts in the ingredients. But they are all egg-free and vegan.
  • Availability: United States, Canada, and Australia (in the UK, I’ve heard that Swedish Glace is a great soy-based option)

tofutti frozen dessert pints - the original dairy-free ice cream

Steve’s Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Our best dairy-free ice cream pint list wouldn’t be complete without this rising star. Steve is well known for creating unexpected ice cream flavors, so we were excited when he decided to dabble in making dairy-free pints. They’re creamy, and quite sweet, providing a true dessert experience.

  • Base: Coconut cream
  • Champion Flavors: Speculoos Cookie Butter and Burnt Sugar Vanilla
  • Key Dietary Notes*: Depending on the flavor, you might find wheat, soy, or tree nuts in the ingredients. But they are all egg-free and vegan.
  • Availability: United States

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints that You Can Buy at the Grocer (all vegan, many gluten free)

PerfectlyFree Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Lighter, but sweet, these pints have a coconut-vanilla base, and are swirled with flavor. This is one of the only creamy, very allergy-friendly options on the market, and everyone agreed – it’s not bad! It even inspired this Vegan Blondies recipe.

  • Base: Coconut cream
  • Champion Flavor: Caramel Cafe
  • Key Dietary Notes*: This is the one brand that is made on dedicated lines in a facility free from the top allergens, including dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts  (contains coconut). They are also vegan.
  • Availability: United States

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints that You Can Buy at the Grocer (all vegan, many gluten free)

Booja Booja Dairy Free Ice Cream

This long-time vegan truffle-maker knows chocolate. So it’s no surprise that they’ve cornered the U.K. market on rich, decadent, chocolaty ice creams. They use just 4 to 5 ingredients in each pint, to keep the quality and taste pure. If you aren’t ready to make a full pint investment, you can sample each flavor in their mini single-serve tubs.

  • Base: Cashews
  • Champion Flavors: Hunky Punky Chocolate and Hazelnut Chocolate Truffle
  • Key Dietary Notes*: Every flavor contains tree nuts, but they are soy-free, gluten-free, vegan and organic.
  • Availability: United Kingdom and Australia
  • Special Note: Like Haagen Dazs, water is the first ingredient because the base is ground from cashews, not cashew milk. It’s just semantics with how the ingredients are listed.

The Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Pints that You Can Buy at the Grocer (all vegan, many gluten free)

Lower Calorie Honorable Mention

For the most part, the new lower calorie ice cream trend hasn’t been a big hit for the dairy-free world. Some brands have tried, but the results have been lower than sub par – with one exception.

So Delicious Dairy-Free Mousse

It’s not listed in their “frozen dessert” section, but this really is like a very, very creamy ice cream. It’s fluffier and rivals brands like dairy-based Halo Top for both calories and a luxurious consistency. And we think Halo Top Non-Dairy doesn’t even compare. See our full review for ingredients, availability, and more information.

  • Base: It’s an emulsion with coconut oil and other thickeners.
  • Champion Flavors: Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel Swirl, and Lemon Swirl
  • Key Dietary Notes*: They do contain pea protein, which might be problematic for some with peanut allergies. They all appear to be certified vegan and certified gluten-free.
  • Availability: United States

So Delicious Dairy Free Mousse - low calorie, light and creamy, vegan frozen dessert. Ingredients, tasting notes, availability, and more here ...Scoop it up along with a copy of Go Dairy Free: The JUMBO Guide and Cookbook. It includes many homemade dairy-free ice cream and dessert recipes.

*All of the above were dairy-free and vegan by ingredients at last check. But always check the label. Ingredients and processes are subject to change at any time. Also potential cross-contamination with dairy or other allergens is always a concern in product manufacturing. If you are dealing with a severe or sensitive food allergy, always contact the manufacturer to ensure their processes are safe for your needs prior to consumption.

What’s Your Favorite Dairy-Free Ice Cream Brand and Flavor?

Let us know in the comments below! This is what some of you have said since I posted this round up:

Jennifer P. via Facebook:

Trader Joe’s vanilla soy ice cream is super yummy. I melt some TJ cookie butter (also vegan) and pour on top for some major indulgence.

Brian B. via Facebook:

I’d say cashew milk SO delicious is the biggest game changer in the market because of how creamy it is and how widely available too. Although I’ve only tried a couple of ben and jerries and haagan daaz. A few to check out are Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery & Frozen Desserts & Van Leeuwen (editor note: this is a localized option only)!! They’re the best (most like dairy ice cream) I’ve tried.

Marian B. via Twitter:

You left out Trader Joe’s Dairy free desserts, in Chocolate and also strawberry.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

22 Comments

  1. I am so happy to find dairy free frozen desserts on the shelves in the stores. Sometimes I just don’t have time to make it at home. Your recommendations is greatly appreciated. I like the So Delicious, but want to try some of the others.

  2. There are so many good choices! Some I haven’t tried yet, but the So Delicious is probably my favorite. My mom is crazy about the Mocha Almond Fudge Coconutmilk dessert.

  3. What a round-up! Somehow I find the dairy-free ice creams I’ve been able to try a little too sweet for me. Perhaps its because they are trying to mask some of the coconut flavour. Still better than nothing though!

  4. I love that there are so many dairy free ice creams now. For me, the least amount of ingredients the better. I also prefer a coconut base – it’s creamier and I have less issues with allergies.

  5. I had no idea So Delicious made a peachy maple pecan flavor! I’ll have to look for it and that caramel cafe pint of Perfectly Free. Yum!!

  6. I tried a lot of the different flavors of Stevie’s Ice Cream and I thought a lot of the flavors are nasty. I did like the lemon blueberry ice box cake flavor, because there is a lot of flavor in the one flavor of ice cream.

  7. That’s a hard choice! For versatility, I’d say So Delicious Vanilla Cashewmilk. But for eating, the Ben & Jerry’s flavors are just spot on, especially the PB & Cookies and the Caramel Almond Brittle.

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