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Vegan Ice Cream is all the Rage

It’s been hot lately so naturally many people want ice cream, but many don’t want the dairy that comes with it. If you like dairy-free ice cream, you’re not alone.  

Vegan ice cream is made from various natural plant sources such as almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, and rice milk, and it’s getting more and more popular. Many flavors are available such as caramel, chocolate, coconut, coffee, vanilla, and fruit. In 2019, caramel was the most popular, but the fruit flavors are growing rapidly.

According to one report, the global vegan ice cream industry was estimated at $520.9 million in 2019, and is expected to hit $805.3 million by 2027. Where there used to be only a few makers of vegan ice cream, its growing popularity has seen a number of companies enter the market. They know it’s the ice cream of the future. Meanwhile, us consumers have more and more varieties to choose from. You scream, we scream, we all scream for dairy free ice cream!

Ice Cream with added veggies!

Peekaboo Ice Cream promo

A new form of ice cream is hitting the markets – ice cream with hidden veggies.  Designed with picky eaters in mind, the organic-certified Peekaboo ice creams all come with veggies included.  The idea is to target kids who don’t like to eat veggies and adults looking for guilt-free indulgence. Peekaboo’s chocolate ice-cream, for example, contains enough cauliflower to contribute 10% of the daily requirement for Vitamin A, calcium and riboflavin per serving; the strawberry flavor includes hidden carrots giving 20% of the vitamin C requirement; and the mint chip with hidden spinach includes 25% of the daily needs for vitamin A and 10% of iron.

While the flavors currently available are not vegan, they have several vegan flavors in the pipeline.  They expect for these to be available online in the Fall and to hit the grocery shelves nationwide in the Spring of 2020.

While we don’t recommend that you rely on ice cream for your main supply of vegetables, this novel idea of including vegetables in foods popular with kids is likely to be a hit with parents struggling to get their children to eat their veggies.  The creator claims that Peekaboo bridges the gap between what we can’t get enough of (ice cream) and what we don’t get enough of (veggies).   It seems like this idea will catch on quickly.  Watch out for other popular food products to start adding veggies too!

Nadamoo – new dairy-free ice cream

Nadamoo HelicoptersThere are so many wonderful products at Vegfest every year and many are new to our region. One of our favorites is Nadomoo!  As its name implies it’s a dairy free ice “cream”.

Nadamoo! was a big hit at Vegfest so we decided to find out more. Here’s how they answered some of our questions. I’ve just got to try the Birthday Cake Cookie Dough!

When did your company start? Our company was started in 2004 in Austin, TX.

How would you describe your product? It’s the best tasting ice cream on the market! We think that just because it’s non-dairy doesn’t mean that it should lack in flavor. We have the creamiest, richest most ice cream-like plant-based product out there, or at least we think so!

What motivated you to begin? What’s Nadamoo! all about? NadaMoo! is a family brand that was created by our founder so that her sister, who suffered from food allergies, could enjoy ice cream with the rest of their family. Needless to say, we are all about family and inclusion. We want everyone to enjoy our dessert regardless of dietary restrictions.

What interested you in expanding into the Northwest? Just like Austin, we know there are lots of customers in the Northwest looking for organic, non-dairy desserts. We believe in transparency and creating a clean label.

How many kinds of Nadamoo! are there? What are the newest varieties? There are currently 15 flavors of NadaMoo! The newest flavors are Birthday Cake Cookie Dough and The Rockiest Road which were released in February 2017. Chocolate Peanut Butter was just released in May 2017!

Where can I buy Nadamoo! products locally?  Our products are currently available in Whole Foods Markets in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Lynnwood, and University Place, and also at the Metropolitan Market in Tacoma (Proctor) and Sno-Isle Coop in Everett.

New Vegan Ice Cream shop in Seattle

frankie-and-jos-ice-creamYes, we know it’s December but this is just too good to wait for summer. A new dairy-free, vegan, ice cream shop, Frankie and Jo’s, has just opened in Seattle. The shop is at 1010 E Union, tucked between Soi and General Porpoise.

Its celebration of plants extends to the decor, palm-fronded wallpaper and a plethora of actual, live greenery. But the real excitement lies in the cooler, and the eight rotating flavors ready to be scooped. There’s a brown sugar vanilla, gingered golden milk (which tastes, in the best possible way, of pure ginger), and salty caramel ash that’s sweet and salty and the color of a thunderstorm cloud. Sorbets include a beet-strawberry-rose combo and concord grape shrub. There’s a pumpkin butter seasonal flavor studded with cornbread and spiced pecans and the very popular—chocolate date, which packs all the richness of a date milkshake. It bears repeating: everything in here is vegan.

You can even sample Frankie and Jo’s by the scoop, rather than taking the full plunge for a pint. Ice cream comes in a cup or gluten free vanilla maple waffle cone and you can top them with things like chocolate magic shell, whipped (coconut) cream, or brownie chunks. The shop will debut more flavors in the coming weeks, and hours will be 2–10pm Sunday to Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 2–11. Track all these happenings, and ogle the ice cream flavors, on Frankie and Jo’s website.

Screaming for Vegan Ice Cream

It’s summer time and the warm weather is here. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to have a nice cool treat? As the kids say “you scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream.” These days more and more folks are screaming for dairy free, no cholesterol, compassionate, and environmentally sustainable “ice cream.” Fortunately, as anyone who’s ever been to Seattle Vegfest knows, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here’s just a sample of some of the products available. Get ready for a taste adventure!

So-Delicious-AlmondSo Delicious is just that – delicious. They make so many flavors and “milks” to choose from, from Chocolate Velvet soy-based ice cream to an array of delicious flavors based on nut milks such as cashew (you gotta give the salted caramel cluster a try), almond and coconut.

coconutblisspintsSpeaking of coconut, why not give Coconut Bliss a try? They definitely got the bliss part right for this line of frozen treats made right next door in Oregon. For a real surprise, try the Mint Galactica!

Remember when Amy’s just made vegetarian and vegan frozen dinners and canned soups? Well, this completely vegetarian company now also makes dairy-free ice cream. Try the Mocha Chocolate Chip. Amy’s discovered this heavenly flavor high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Ben and Jerry’s has finally jumped into the non-dairy ice cream world with four new flavors, Chunky Monkey, PB and Cookies, Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Coffee Caramel Fudge.

Dream foods is a dream come true when it comes to frozen desserts. Actually they have three dreams to experience: Almond, Rice and Soy Dream. The Praline Crunch Almond Dream is exotic, while the Butter Pecan Soy Dream is an exciting new rendition of an old favorite.

Speaking of old favorites, remember Tofutti? They’ve come a long way since their original vanilla-flavored ice cream sandwich bar. Now there are flavors such as Strawberry Rhubarb, and for those willing to take a chance how about their new flavor, Blind Date?

Nadamoo ice creamNow for the new kid on the block, Nadamoo, it’s a made up word which means no dairy. This new coconut-based frozen treat has flavors varying from Vanilla Chai to Snickerdoodle. Originally from Austin, Texas, Nadamoo is now available in the Seattle.

Non dairy ice “cream” has bright future. Ice cream guru, Malcolm Stogo, says he believes the US dairy-free frozen dessert category could “double or triple” in the next five years.

Ben & Jerry’s New Vegan Line

Ben Jerrys vegan imageOh yes! Ben and Jerry’s is finally coming out with a dairy free product to fight global warming. In a statement responding to why it was taking the company so long to come out with their vegan line, they replied, “Simply because we want our ice cream to be the best ever, and when you’re doing something new, that means a lot of, ahem, testing.”

We can’t say we feel too sorry for those ice cream testers tasked with the job of nibbling on chocolate and fruit swirled almond ice cream all day! Much to many an ice cream lovers delight, Ben and Jerry’s finally disclosed that their dairy-free pints would be made using almond milk. Although further details on the flavor and names of the new products haven’t been released, we have a feeling that they won’t disappoint. Look for the new Ben and Jerry’s this spring.

Screaming for a Different Kind of Ice Cream!

Sampling food 3 girlsAs the old summer time saying goes, “you scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!”. However, these days more and more people scream for a different ice cream, and this has most often meant dairy free “ice cream”. While some people are looking for a lower-saturated-fat, heart-healthy option, others are looking for lactose-free options with the growing recognition that most people are lactose intolerant. For others, a more animal-friendly and environmentally-sustainable option is their dessert of choice.

For these reasons and many more, frozen dessert manufacturers now offer a great variety of non-dairy “ice cream” products to enjoy. Soy, almond, rice and coconut form the base for most of the products out there, although new ones such as hemp ice cream are starting to emerge. You’ll find several brands available in many grocery stores and supermarkets. Some popular ones include So Delicious, Almond and Rice Dream, Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss, Amy’s, Tofutti and Washington’s very own, Full Tilt.

The wonderful array of varieties on non dairy frozen desserts also come with many sweetening options. You’ll find a selection of unsweetened flavors for those who like it plain.  For those with a sweeter tooth, sugar-sweetened in varying amounts and even stevia-sweetened versions are available. You’ll find just about every flavor and style you can think of – even a gelato! Adding to this embarrassment of riches are the many different forms to be enjoyed. Besides the traditional pint and quart containers, there are sandwiches and bars for grab-and-go snacks.

Many of the dairy-free brands and varieties were featured at Vegfest and were quite the hit! Look for this segment of the food world to continue its growth. In fact, so many people are going dairy-free these days rumor has it that even Ben and Jerry’s will come out with a non-dairy ice cream early next year. As the weather heats up we’re all glad to have these choices for occasional summer treats.