The vegan ice cream revolution is here! While dairy-free ice cream options have been abundant in recent years, most of it came from solely vegan ice cream brands. It was a true sign that times are changing when ice cream the magnate Ben & Jerry’s first announced they would be making a foray into the dairy-free ice cream territory. Their almond milk-based ice cream won our hearts (and taste buds) with vegan versions of classics like Chunky Monkey and others.
Ben & Jerry’s dairy-free pints were so successful that, this year, they dropped three new flavors without doing any PR. But that wasn’t a problem – Ben & Jerry’s fans took care of PR for them and news of vegan versions of Cherry Garcia and Coconut Seven Layer Bar, as well as one original flavor, Caramel Almond Brittle, quickly spread across social media.
Just a few days after this, the news that shook the vegan ice cream world took place, Breyer’s, a brand whose signature rectangular black cartons of ice cream that’s probably been in all of our freezers at some point in our lives, released their first vegan ice cream flavor. And news in the vegan ice cream world just keeps getting better because Talenti, a company known for its ultra-decadent gelatos, has just released a non-dairy ice cream flavor: Peanut Butter Fudge.
We’ll be seeing this in our dreams.
Okay, so technically, it’s a “dairy-free sorbetto.” But technically, sorbetto is made with frozen fruit — and Talenti’s Peanut Butter Fudge flavor has none of that. And unlike most dairy-free frozen treat options currently on the market, it’s not made with soy, cashew, coconut, or almond — the main ingredient is peanut butter. 30 percent peanut butter, to be exact. It’s pretty much like digging into a big tub of frozen peanut butter with a dairy-free fudge swirl. We’ll give you a moment to collect yourself.
So, why are so many companies suddenly taking notice of the vegan ice cream market? It might have something to do with a recent study by Packaged Facts, which revealed that “free form” frozen desserts (including rebels like vegan ice cream) are one of the key products that are driving the U.S. ice cream industry towards a $28 billion market. And according to David Sprinkle, a researcher for Packaged Facts, “Ice cream and frozen novelties remain among the top ten food categories in supermarkets. More than 85 percent of U.S. household use ice cream or sherbet.”
So, you can’t really go wrong with ice cream — and we’re not complaining about having more options. Hopefully, this means that more ice cream companies will take notice and plunge into the world of vegan ice cream! Of course, you always have the option to make your own vegan ice cream. The Food Monster App (available for both iPhone and Android) just happens to have an awesome collection of over 100 vegan ice cream flavors (along with over 8,000 other vegan recipes).
If you need us, we’ll be camping out in the frozen food aisle waiting for Peanut Butter Fudge “sorbetto.”
Image source: Talenti