Updated February 2023! “I wish I could go out for a frozen yogurt,” I said to my husband one afternoon. “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 made with fruit, almond milk, or oat milk! We have every available detail below, including a dairy-free quick guide, full ingredients, and answers to various FAQs.
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.
Oat Milk Froyo Line: Though they aren’t listed on the TCBY website, we have confirmed with TCBY that their Oat Milk dairy-free frozen yogurt flavors have not been discontinued. But they have run into some supply chain challenges, which have lowered the availability. If you don’t see those options at your local shop, they’ve said to speak with the management of the shop to find out if they can get it from their local distributor.
Other Allergen & Dietary Notes: All items listed below are vegan and made without egg, gluten, peanut, soy, and tree nuts, unless otherwise noted. The oat milk flavors are marketed as “gluten free” but do have a “may contain gluten” disclaimer, as noted below.
Soft Serve Flavors
- Dairy-Free Chocolate Almond (contains nuts)
- Dairy-Free Coconut
- Latte Oat Milk
- Wedding Cake Oat Milk
- Kiwi Strawberry Sorbet
- Limeade Sorbet
- Mango Sorbet
- Orange Sorbet
- Pink Lemonade Sorbet
- Ruby Red Grapefruit Sorbet
- Watermelon Sorbet
Heads Up! Some TCBY locations keep a dedicated dairy-free machine with two flavors that you can swirl. But some rotate flavors through all machines. Discuss the protocols with your local shop management if you are concerned about potential cross contamination.
- 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 (not the hot fudge)
- 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! The Non-Dairy Whipped Topping does contain dairy (see this post for an explanation: Non-Dairy vs Dairy-Free). The Brownie Bites, Cookie Dough, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Granola, regular Chocolate Chips, Caramel Sauce, and Hot Fudge Topping also contain milk. 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.
- Banana Splits (no whip, ordered with dairy-free froyo and toppings)
- Frozen Yogurt Pie (no whip, ordered with dairy-free froyo and toppings)
- Milk Shakes (with almond milk where available, and dairy-free froyo)
- Parfaits (with dairy-free froyo and toppings)
- Shivers (with dairy-free froyo and toppings)
- Smoothies (with dairy-free froyo, available dairy-free at most locations)
- Sorbet Fizz
Heads Up! Verify that your location has dairy-free options for the items listed above. Availability of almond milk, ingredients used in smoothies, froyo pies, and other menu items could vary by location.
Does TCBY’s vegan froyo contain probiotics?
Like all TCBY flavors, the dairy-free frozen yogurt has 7 live and active cultures. The sorbets are not cultured.
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 sanitize the machines between batches, so you shouldn’t get any dairy froyo in your dairy-free order. And some store owners do 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
Wedding Cake Oat Milk (Soft Serve)
Ingredients: tcby oat milk base oat milk [water, whole oat flour (whole oat flour, natural flavor)], sugar, tapioca syrup solids, safflower oil (high oleic safflower oil), tapioca maltodextrin, pea protein, stabilizer & emulsifier (mono & diglycerides, guar gum, cellulose gum, carrageenan, standardized with dextrose), salt, natural flavor, cake batter flavor (water, propolene glycol, natural and artificial flavors, xanthan gum, titanium dioxide, citric acid). Contains active live cultures: b. lactis, l. acidophilus, l. bulgaricus, l. lactis, l. casei, s. thermophilus, l. rhamnosus. may contain gluten.
Latte Oat Milk (Soft Serve)
Ingredients: tcby oat milk base oat milk [water, whole oat flour (whole oat flour, natural flavor)], sugar, tapioca syrup solids, safflower oil (high oleic safflower oil), tapioca maltodextrin, pea protein, stabilizer & emulsifier (mono & diglycerides, guar gum, cellulose gum, carrageenan, standardized with dextrose), salt, natural flavor, cappuccino flavor (caramel color, water, propolene glycol, natural and artificial flavors, alcohol, fd&c red 40, salt). Contains active live cultures: b. lactis, l. acidophilus, l. bulgaricus, l. lactis, l. casei, s. thermophilus, l. rhamnosus. may contain gluten.
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.
This Post is for Informational Purposes Only
Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, food sourcing, and restaurant protocols are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.
There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.
Each location of a chain restaurant has different management and staff, and some might have different owners. This means differences in processes, ingredients used, menu options, and food sourcing can occur. Always verify the safety of your order for your needs at your current location.
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A little concerning
I usually have good experiences at our local tbcy. I got the oat milk latte just to try it. It had a good flavor but I noticed these little grey specs in the frozen yogurt and tried to think what it could be. I called my store and asked them and she said if they were (hard)grey specs it might be “METAL.” Metal???! Yikes! I’m a little worried but don’t see the recipe on the site listing ingredients so I can make a rational deduction and figure out what I just ate.