Updated 2021! “I wish I could go out for a frozen yogurt,” were words that left my lips. Not a sorbet, a real creamy, soft serve frozen yogurt. It was a manifesting moment. Within 24 hours, I received word that TCBY had partnered with Silk to launch the nation’s first dairy-free frozen yogurt. The fledgling flavor was chocolate almond milk.
My husband, niece, and I made the short trek to our local TCBY. My niece, who eats dairy, couldn’t believe her taste buds. “I expected it to taste weird, but it is really, really good.” My husband and I concurred, this fudgsicle-like dairy-free frozen yogurt was worth a return trip. It was lighter than ice cream, almost like a spoonable frosty, but still rich and luxurious. That was several years ago. Today, TCBY has a whole menu of dairy-free flavors, and we have every available detail below.
TCBY Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Vegan Options
This listing is a little different from most of our dairy-free menu guides. We have the quick list here, followed by a mini Q&A from an interview we had with a TCBY representative. Below this section, we’ve also included the dairy-free froyo and sorbet ingredients. All items listed are vegan, unless otherwise noted.
Soft Serve Flavors
- Chocolate Almond (contains nuts)
- Dairy-Free Coconut
- Kiwi Strawberry Sorbet
- Limeade Sorbet
- Mango Sorbet
- Orange Sorbet
- Pink Lemonade Sorbet
- Ruby Red Grapefruit Sorbet
- Watermelon Sorbet
- Psychedelic Sorbet
- Cake Cones (contains soy, wheat)
- Sugar Cones (contains soy, wheat)
- Waffle Cones, Junior (contains soy, wheat)
- Waffle Cones, Large (contains soy, wheat)
Heads Up! The Store-Made Waffle Cones do contain milk and egg. They are different from the premade waffle cones. Double check in store to ensure you can get the dairy-free ones. The Cone Dip for their Waffle Cones is also dairy-free, but not the “Kava” Cone Dip.
- Almonds (contains nuts, soy)
- Cherry Topping
- Chocolate Chips, No Sugar Added (contains soy)
- Chocolate Syrup
- Diced Peaches
- Graham Crackers (contains soy, wheat; not vegan)
- Gummy Bears (not vegan)
- Marshmallow Topping (contains eggs; not vegan)
- Marshmallows (not vegan)
- Mixed Nuts (contains nuts, soy)
- Oreo (contains soy, wheat)
- Peanut Butter Topping (contains peanuts, soy)
- Pecans (contains nuts)
- Pineapple Chunks
- Sprinkles, Chocolate (contains soy)
- Sprinkles, Rainbow (contains soy)
- Walnuts in Syrup (contains nuts)
Heads Up! Unfortunately, the Brownie and Low at Granola do contain milk. The Non-Dairy Whipped Topping also contains dairy (see this post for an explanation: Non-Dairy vs Dairy-Free). TCBY does not label their Chocolate Chip Cookies as containing milk, but they are made with butter. TCBY stores can source some toppings locally, so always inquire about ingredients before ordering. If you are concerned about topping cross-contamination, you can ask them to open a new topping package for your order.
Does TCBY’s vegan froyo contain probiotics?
Like all TCBY flavors, the dairy-free frozen yogurt (chocolate almond and coconut flavors) has 7 live and active cultures. The sorbets are not cultured.
Is it really dairy-free?
The equipment is thoroughly sanitized between batches, so you shouldn’t get any dairy-filled frozen yogurt in your sundae, unless there is one in the partner dispenser that you opt to have swirled in. Vince keeps the entire section dairy-free, with the option to swirl in a sorbet frozen yogurt.
Is it safe for severe milk allergies? What about cross-contamination?
Alas, TCBY does serve dairy frozen yogurt, and they don’t currently have plans for a dedicated dairy-free machine (request it!), so cross-contamination is a real possibility. They do thoroughly santize the machines between batches, and some store owners keep a dedicated dairy-free machine. Speak with the store manager to help you decide if their protocols are safe for your needs.
Are the dairy-free flavors available every day?
Since many shop owners have a limited number of machines, the dairy-free flavors do rotate in and out. Most stores will have one or two at all times. They also pack any leftovers from flavor rotation into pints, so you can often pick up flavors that aren’t currently swirling.
Will there be more dairy-free frozen yogurt flavors? What about vanilla?
After we announced the launch of the nation’s first dairy-free frozen yogurt, sales soared. Many of you raced to your local TCBY to get a taste of the chocolate almond goodness and show your support. Many shops enjoyed an 80% jump in overall sales and several locations actually sold out of the chocolate dairy-free frozen yogurt within one week! So needless to say, they’ve been working on more flavors. They did create a vanilla dairy-free froyo, but it was succeeded by the coconut flavor.
TCBY Dairy-Free Frozen Yogurt Flavors and Ingredients
Chocolate Almond (Soft Serve)
Ingredients: water, sugar, almonds, cocoa (processed with alkali), stabilizer and emulsifier (locust bean gum, guar gum, carrageenan), natural vanilla, natural flavor, contains the following live active cultures: s. thermophilis, b. lactis, l. acidophilus, l. lactis, l. casei, l. rhamnosus, l. bulgaricus.
Dairy Free Coconut (Soft Serve)
Ingredients: filtered water, tapioca maltodextrin, sugar, toasted coconut flavor (sugar, water, coconut, caramel, natural flavor), corn syrup, polydextrose, coconut cream (coconut extract, water, xanthan gum, carrageenan, guar gum), dextrose monohydrate, stabilizer (locust bean gum, guar gum, carrageenan, sucrose), sunflower lecithin, salt, calcium carbonate, contains the following live active cultures: s. thermophilis, b. lactis, l. acidophilus, l. lactis, l. casei, l. rhamnosus, l. bulgaricus.
Kiwi Strawberry Sorbet (Soft Serve)
Ingredients: water, sugar, corn syrup, strawberry base (strawberry puree, natural and artificial flavor, modified food starch, citric acid, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate, red #40, blue #1), stabilizer & emulsifier (locust bean gum, guar gum, dextrose), fd&c red #40.
Mango Sorbet (Soft Serve)
Ingredients: water, sugar, corn syrup, mango puree, natural flavor, modified food starch, citric acid, potassium sorbate, stabilizer and emulsifier (locust bean gum, guar gum, dextrose), fd&c yellow #6.
Orange Sorbet (Soft Serve)
Ingredients: water, sugar, corn syrup, natural flavor (water, salt, citric acid, xanthan gum, sodium benzoate, span 60, polysorbate 60), stabilizer & emulsifier (locust bean gum, guar gum, dextrose), fd&c yellow #6.
Pink Lemonade Sorbet (Soft Serve)
Ingredients: water, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sodium citrate, ascorbic acid, potassium sorbate, modified food starch, glycerol ester of wood rosin, matural and artificial flavors, brominated vegatable oil, red 40., corn syrup, maltodextrin, locust bean gum, guar gum, dextrose.
Ruby Red Grapefruit Sorbet (Soft Serve)
Ingredients: water, sugar, corn syrup, natural grapefruit flavor (ethyl alcohol, natural flavors)., citric acid, stabilizer and emulsifier (locust bean gum, guar gum, dextrose), natural lemon emulsion (natural flavor, water, xanthan gum, citric acid, gum arabic, sodium benzoate, bha), fd&c red 40, fd&c yellow 6.
Watermelon Sorbet (Soft Serve)
Ingredients: water, sugar, flavor base (water, cane sugar, pear juice concentrate, citric acid, natural & artificial flavors, sodium benzoate as a preservative, xanthan gum, yellow 5, blue 1), corn syrup, stabilizer & emulsifier (locust bean gum, guar gum, dextrose).
Psychedelic Sorbet (Hand Scooped)
Ingredients: water, sugar, corn syrup, maltodextrin, raspberry puree, raspberry juice, lemon juice, orange juice, lemon pulp, orange juice concentrate (water, concentrated orange juice, orange pulp, corn syrup, natural flavor), citric acid, yellow 5, stabilizer (carob bean gum, modified cellulose, guar gum), red 40, natural flavor.
Where to Find TCBY
TCBY has over 360 locations in the U.S. See their website below for store addresses and hours.