Holy cow! This dairy-free ice cream is udderly delicious

Holy cow! This dairy-free ice cream is udderly delicious

In an age where animal-based products are quickly becoming obsolete, the number of dairy free flavors, bases and brands for milk and ice cream have multiplied in response. Whether you are vegan, lactose intolerant or simply want to explore other, cow-free options, the dairy free industry has grown into a delicious franchise that any and all can happily enjoy with a little less guilt. I tested a range of different bases and brands of dairy free ice cream and selected the best competitors. Here are the best, creamiest and most delicious cow-free ice cream brands for everyone to try.



Trader Joe’s Soy Creamy: 5/5

Just like its name, Trader Joe’s soy-based dairy free ice cream is lusciously creamy and sweet, perfect by itself straight out of the tub or partnered with pie or another dessert. The vanilla flavor is surprisingly complex due to a variety of added spices and sweeteners, and the soy milk adds to the taste rather than detracting from it. With this product, Trader Joe’s has created a masterpiece that elevates its brand and will leave you wanting to abandon regular ice cream in the past. It is available at the supermarket for $3.69 a quart.

Best flavor: Vanilla

NadaMoo 4.5/5

With a subtle hint of coconut added to its delicious natural taste, NadaMoo is quickly rising to the top of the vegan ice cream list with its creative variety of flavors ranging from Marshmallow Stardust to classics like Cookies and Cream. The texture of this dessert is smooth and velvety, which makes it one of the most similar to regular ice cream. The taste of this ice cream proves it is more than just a clever name, as the vanilla in both featured flavors is rich and sweet, with just a pleasant hint of coconut. It is available at Whole Foods Market for $4.99 a pint.

Best flavor: Cookies and Cream & Caramel Cold Brew and Cookies

Trader Joe’s Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert: 4/5

 If you’re looking for a quick chocolate fix but want to skip on the cow’s milk, Trader Joe’s coconut milk frozen dessert is the perfect pick for you. Light and creamy with a mild taste of coconut, you cannot go wrong with the basic chocolate and vanilla options. The texture is silky and the flavor is rich, especially in the chocolate ice cream. You will not be let down by this sweet and deeply satisfying taste. Their pints are available at Trader Joe’s for $3.99.

Best flavor: Chocolate

Ben & Jerry’s: 5/5

With their dairy free version of ice cream, Ben and Jerry’s expertly manages to maintain their trademark creaminess and delicious flavor complex. The almondmilk base is unnoticeable, and the flavor comes through clear and delectable. The brand is known for their wide variety of unique and memorable ice cream options, and their dairy free line certainly doesn’t disappoint. Here, Ben & Jerry’s has managed to satisfy ice cream lovers of all tastes and diets, because who says vegan has to be boring? In their coffee ice cream, the coffee taste is potent but the caramel and chocolate chunks add a sweetness that creates an utterly delicious balance to produce a whirlwind of flavor. Their pints are available at Safeway for $6.89 or Whole Foods for $5.99.

Best flavor: PB & Cookies and Coffee Caramel Fudge

So Delicious: 5/5

So Delicious, a brand known for its vegan milk and ice cream options, is now further extending its domain onto the less traveled road of oat-based products. Fairly new to the milk industry and just introduced to the frozen aisle, oat milk creations are being quickly adopted to vegan-leaning brands and this ice cream makes it easy to understand why. Extremely sweet and indulgent with just a hint of oat, this is possibly the closest one can come to real ice cream while remaining within the delicious bounds of veganism. This pint is available at Whole Foods for $5.99.

Best flavor: Oatmeal cookie