The best dairy-free frozen desserts

Whether you're vegan, lactose intolerant, or cutting down on dairy, these treats will please your taste buds
By Natalie Koch  Published on 05/22/2018 at 11:18 AM EDT

There are plenty of recipes for a delicious, dairy-free dessert, but what about store bought products? As someone with lactose intolerance and a penchant for laziness, I appreciate being able to pop into my local grocery store to pick up a dessert item for a party (or a Wednesday night on the couch) that won’t ruin me for the next 3-6 hours. Often I find that dairy-free ice creams or frozen treats aren’t flavorful, or have a less than desirable texture. Milk substitutes can be hard to work within your own kitchen, so I imagine translating that to mass production can be even harder. I decided to round up some frozen dairy-free dessert items available at grocery stores and online that will please any tummy: vegan, non-vegan, lactose intolerant or not.

Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Ice Cream

We all know Ben & Jerry make some of the best ice cream flavors around, so when they finally came out with non-dairy versions of their pints I was ecstatic. I tried a couple (Coffee Caramel Fudge—nope, Chunky Monkey—nope) before finding my Holy Grail ice cream: Chocolate Fudge Brownie. The consistency is creamy, not icy like some dairy free ice creams on the market, and the chocolate brownie chunks are chewy and plentiful. They just came out with a couple new flavors that I may need to track down.

My/Mo Mochi Cashew Cream Frozen Dessert

Cashew Cream Full Lineup

I’ve had mochi before, and I’ve had ice cream before, but never in my life have I seen the two together. My sister, who spent a semester abroad in Japan, tells me it’s normal and amazing. This particular brand has a new, dairy free product that I was eager to try. (Full disclosure: I was sent this product for free in exchange for an honest review.) I tried the Salted Caramel and Strawberry flavors—I’m not much for strawberry flavored anything, so the salted caramel was more my speed. The ice cream was super good, very flavorful and a nice consistency. The mochi, which enveloped a dollop of ice cream in a thin layer was…ok? As the ice cream started to melt from me holding it, the mochi got very sticky and hard to bite into. And, overall, I don’t love biting into cold things so I’ve taken to eating my remaining treats with a spoon. That helps. All told, I think this is a fun and different dairy free dessert option that packs some serious flavor into a cute package.

Trader Joe’s Lime Fruit Floes

Trader Joe's Lime Fruit Floe

The folks at Trader Joe’s know what they’re doing when it comes to dairy alternatives—they have baked goods and ice creams and coffee creamers that are all fantastic. These popsicles, however, aren’t a substitute, they’re just a fruit popsicle. They call it a “fruit floe,” I imagine, because it’s a hefty pop. It’s glacier-esque. I believe there are other flavors, but we’re a lime house so I barely pay attention, I just grab two boxes of lime and go on my merry way. Lime Fruit Floes are tart, tangy and not too sweet. In fact, I bet they’re healthy! #denial

Halo Top Dairy Free Sea Salt Caramel

Halo Top Dairy Free

I can’t escape Halo Top’s marketing. Does anyone else have this problem? They’re a very trendy brand at the moment, so they seem to be all over my Instagram feed. I was wary to try it because I don’t exactly get excited by ice cream that proudly states it only has “280-360 calories per pint.” Yawn, who cares? At some point, I tried a mint chocolate chip flavor from Halo Top (full dairy) and thought the flavor was fine but the texture was a little icy and weird. Surely the dairy-free version would be worse? Nope, I was wrong! It’s pretty great. My grocery store only carries a few dairy free flavors of Halo Top at the moment, but I’m hopeful more will come along. The sea salt caramel was creamy, rich, with a perfect hint of saltiness. 10/10 would try all thirteen other flavors.

Do you have a favorite dairy free dessert that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments!

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