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The Twin Cities has many vegan ice cream options at locally owned shops, so make sure to check them all out.
Milkjam Creamery offers multiple vegan ice cream options, and it’s delicious! Find them next to World Street Kitchen in Uptown (you can even walk between the two without going outside). I love the Indian Elvis (curry peanut butter banana) and the Black (the darkest coco) topped with curried peanuts. It’s creamy, flavorful and amazing. They rotate the flavors frequently, so it seems there’s always something new to try.
Crepe and Spoon in northeast Minneapolis offers multiple flavors of coconut-cashew ice cream. I’ve tried so many flavors from Matcha to PB&J to Thai Tea to Chocolate Peppermint, and all have been rich and delicious. They’re even better when you put a scoop in a warm, fresh crepe. They also feature The Herbivorous Butcher’s plant-based meats and cheeses on their crepe menu.
Izzy’s Ice Cream has two locations: one each in St Paul and Minneapolis. You can also find them at select Twin Cities grocery stores (check the website for a full list). Their vegan options includes a plethora of sorbets and a handful of dairy-free ice cream flavors. What I love is that they’ll add an extra small scoop, called an Izzy Scoop®, to your order so if you’re waffling between two flavors, you can have both!
If you’re in the mood for a particular flavor, check the website for current flavors (updated every 3 minutes) so you won’t show up only to find that the flavor you were craving isn’t in the day’s rotation. The last time I went, the options were chocolate, blueberry and peanut butter. Their sugar and cake cones are vegan.
Sebastian Joe’s in Minneapolis has been known for their fun, creative dairy ice cream flavors as well as yummy fruit sorbets but in July 2017 they rolled out coconut milk ice cream! Their chocolate and strawberry are perfectly rich and creamy. They don’t have vegan cones but these two flavors are a delicious place to start in their dairy-free venture.
Pumphouse Creamery is in south Minneapolis, and they have a few vegan options with a coconut milk base. I visited for the first time in 2015 and tried the Coffee and Chocolate, but it was too water heavy and thus more icy than creamy. I visited again July 2017 and while it was slightly better, it’s still very icy. They have more flavors now, and I tried the Coffee with Newman O’s and the Door County Sour Cherry — the sour cherries are on point and not something I’ve seen in ice cream before so I give them points for that.
While it’s not an ice cream shop, I’d be remiss not to mention J. Selby’s and their incredible SoyClones because I typically visit this awesome plant-based restaurant two to three times a week for either brunch or dinner. You can get a SoyClone with many different mix-ins, my favorites of which are chocolate chip cookie and brownie. Also keep an eye on the flavor of the week because you’ll get to try something unique and fun!
La La Homemade Ice Cream is nestled in a cute little space in Uptown, and they have a couple vegan flavors. The Raspberry sorbet is pretty straightforward, but I’m impressed with the silkiness of the Dark Chocolate sorbet. I would eat a pint of that in a heartbeat. They also have a Banana Coconut but I’m not a fan of coconut. The shop is very bright and welcoming.
MN Nice Cream started as a food truck that now has a physical location in NE Minneapolis near Able Brewing. The Galaxy Cone is marked vegan, and I enjoyed strawberry soft serve topped with fruit and nuts. They have several toppings options and plan to expand the number of vegan flavors as their business grows. Be prepared to wait in line!
Loulou Sweet and Savory offers rolled ice cream. When I stopped in, they were out their vegan mix and were looking into a different one.
6/18/18 update: I went with two friends and they only had enough vegan mix for one serving, so we left without trying anything.
Do you know of any ice cream shops with vegan options that I need to add to the list? Please share in the comments!
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