Whether you try to stay away from dairy or just love all things Ben & Jerry’s, rejoice: The Vermont ice cream company unveiled four new sweet options Wednesday, and they’re all vegan.
“You dared us to go dairyless—and we did!’’ their website proclaims. Four Ben and Jerry’s flavors are now made with almond milk in order to be certified vegan and non-GMO.
The company created dairy-free versions of two classic flavors, Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and crafted two entirely new treats, Coffee Caramel Fudge (coffee ice cream with fudge chunks and caramel swirls) and P.B. & Cookies (vanilla ice cream with chocolate sandwich cookies and crunchy peanut butter swirls).
Ben & Jerry’s partnered with Vegan Action, a nonprofit organization that focuses on environmental impact, improving human health, and reducing animal suffering, to ensure that these options don’t include any dairy, eggs, or honey.
A Change.org petition last year asking Ben & Jerry’s for non-dairy ice cream options brought attention to the need for dairy-free desserts (other than sorbet), but Ben & Jerry’s spokesperson Sean Greenwood told Philly.com that the company started working on this line way back in 2013.
“Creating these new flavors with a non-dairy base composition that meets the high expectations of Ben & Jerry’s consumers was quite a challenge,’’ said Flavor Guru Kirsten Schimoler in a press release. “We wanted to bring the same fun with all of the creamy, funky, and chunky swirls plus the Ben & Jerry’s flavor excitement to our non-dairy fans and we nailed it!’’
The new flavors are currently rolling out nationwide. Looking for the non-dairy stamp to know that the ice cream has “everything….but the cow.’’